tvN summer smash hit Flower of Evil is a crime and thriller kdrama that will bring you to the edge of your seat all along its 16 episodes.
After a busy few days we are back to bring you our review on the kdrama ‘Flower of Evil’ . This is one of the best of 2020.
Crime, intrigue, romance and dysfunctional families. This is a kdrama that will leave you out of breath and wondering what will come next. You will be rooting for the main characters to entangle the mess caused by a dark past.
If you guys don’t know, I’m a huge fan of true crime. This drama really pulled me down a rabbit hole. If had been watching alone, you best believe I would’ve binged it in 3 days.
The drama is starring Moon Chae Won and Lee Joon Gi who reunited two years after Criminal Minds (Korean adaptation of the US show). It was directed by Kim Cheol Kyu who brought us great kdramas : Chicago Typewriter, On The Way to The Airport and Emergency Couple.
I’ll try and tell the story without giving away crucial elements that blew my mind.
We follow the story of Baek Hee Sung (Lee Jong Gi) a jeweler, doting father and amazing husband. His wife, Cha Ji Won (Moon Chae Won), is a detective in the crime department. We quickly realize that behind that well curated facade, something is off with Baek Hee Sung and we are left with questions : is he a sociopath ? is he trying to prove his innocence in an old case ? can we to love him ? is everybody going to die?
Overall I loved this drama because it was so different from usual dramas I watch. Now I’ll go into the details of what was so good about it.
The Hunt for a Serial Killer
Although the main story is centered on Baek Hee Sung, we still get to accompany Cha Ji Won on investigations. Those investigations are all gruesome and often lead back to a 20 year-old serial killer case that doesn’t seem to be completely closed. This obviously appealed to me, as a true crime addict.
For once, it seems the wife is more invested in her job and her husband fully supports her (or does he?). It was really cool to see that kdramas are really changing and that not all heroines are naive poor little girls!
Hero or Anti Hero?
In literature, a hero is a superior being with qualities or capacities that makes them stand out from regular people. A anti hero would be the opposite or someone that the reader would hate for his despicable actions. This is where Baek Hee Sung’s story really gets us. We fall in love with him for being so adorable with his wife and daughter but toward the end of the first episode we become confused and are left wondering if he’s not a total psycho.
I was aware of this kdrama but waited to watch it because of the duality of the character. I couldn’t bear to have my heart broken by this man (who I legit called baby cat during the whole show).
It’s hard to speak about the family ties in this drama without spoiling anything. All you need to know is that we have 3 families intertwined and it gets messy.
Baek Hee Sung’s parents are the coldest people on Earth and you can feel that something is very VERY wrong with their relationship with their son.
Baek Hee Sung’s wife and daughter love him unconditionally and they are adorable for it. Legit their daughter made my heart melt so many times, she should have had more screen time.
I cannot talk about the third family as it comes way later in the drama but it is the cherry on top. Make sure to watch so you understand my saying.
Overall it was one of the dramas I liked the most this year! It has some romance, which I always love, but it gravitates more around the mysteries of Baek Hee Sung and the chase of murderers.
Let me know if you watched and please recommend other dramas!