When The Camellia Blooms
The drama When The Camellia Blooms on KBS2 aired its last episode on November 21, 2019. The drama, starring Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul, became a weekly drama (miniseries) that aired on national TV with the highest ratings throughout 2019. Quoted from Nielsen Korea, When The Camellia Blooms episode 39 and 40, that aired last night, managed to get a rating an average of 19.7 percent and 23.8 percent for each episode, nationally. As for the Seoul metropolitan area, the final episode of When The Camellia Blooms received an average rating of 24.9 percent and 20.8 percent.
Not only did it achieve the highest personal rating, because it easily surpassed the rating record of the previous episode, which was 20.7 percent, the rating of the final episode also set a new record as the highest-rated drama for a drama miniseries that aired on national TV (MBC, KBS, SBS) in 2019, as quoted by Soompi.
When the Camellia Blooms tells the life story of Dong-baek (Gong Hyo-jin) as the single parent of a boy in a new area. There, she opened a business that was unexpected by residents around. The presence and business of Dong-baek makes mothers who have done business in the region feel disturbed.
One day, Dong-baek meets with Yong-sik (Kang Ha-neul), a policeman who has the ability to ‘attract’ criminals. In only two meetings, Yong-sik openly admitted to liking Dong-baek without knowing her past. The story of the romance between them began since the first episode.
However, When the Camellia Blooms not only tells about the relationship between Dong-baek and Yong-sik. Im Sang-choon, the writer of the story, also raised the problem of the relationship of the people who lived around Dong-baek. Dong-baek doesn’t just have a relationship with Yong-sik. She was involved in a complicated problem with a bad man. Actor Kim Ji-suk also enlivened the drama When the Camellia Blooms. He plays the role of Kang Jong-ryeol, an athlete whose marriages have problems.
At the beginning of the first episode, director Cha Young-hoon did not hesitate to show the mystery and gloom of this drama. But in just a matter of minutes, the atmosphere immediately turned pleasant by showing Kang Ha-neul’s actions, which made the audience angry.
In the final episode of the series, the original Joker was finally revealed. The police themselves have arrested Park Heung-sik’s father, Park Seok-young, who has been suspected as the serial killer, Joker. However, Hwang Yong-shik finally discovered another fact, that the real Joker was not Seok-young, but Heung-sik. During this time, Seok-young was only used by Heung-sik to help him solve every murder he committed. In fact, Heung-sik also deliberately made his father get caught by the police.
However, not long after, Heung-sik was captured by Dong-baek and other Ongsan mothers, because Dong-baek also began to realize that Heung-sik was a Joker, the person who had killed her friends, Hyang-mi and Geum-ok. While Jo Jung-seok finally succeeded in undergoing kidney surgery, and he returned to health so he could go through his days with Dong-baek and Kang Pil-gu. On the other hand, the relationship between Dong-baek and Yong-shik finally improved, and the two agreed to go back on a date until finally getting married.
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The Korean drama Vagabond started to air on September 20, 2019, on SBS, replacing Doctor John. Vagabond is a spy drama about a man who is trying to uncover the truth about a plane crash. Cha Dal-gun (Lee Seung Gi) is a stuntman who was involved in a civilian plane crash. Cha Dal-gun survived the accident. However, after detecting the terrible national-scale corruption behind the accident, he began to uncover the truth. On the other hand, Go Hae-ri (Bae Suzy) is a member of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) who works as a black agent (secret agent) and is involved in Cha Dal-gun’s efforts to reveal the truth. Meanwhile, Gi Tae-wong is a workaholic NIS team leader. Gi Tae-wong tried to investigate the case with high objectivity, but, he tried to hide his fiery personality behind his cold appearance.
Vagabond is a reunion project between Lee Seung Gi and Suzy, six years after they starred in the 2013 drama Gu Family Book (MBC). “I work with Lee Seung-gi again after 6 years. I have a beautiful memory at that time, so I am very happy that we can get back together and we can shoot with a feeling of comfort and with increased chemistry,” Suzy said at the Vagabond press conference held on September 16, 2019, as quoted by Soompi.
“It’s not easy to meet the same actress through 2 different projects, so I’m very happy to be back with Suzy through Vagabond. It was fun working with her at the time, but this time, I was able to see her acting style (Suzy) and find out what kind of actress she was. She is an extraordinary actress,” said Lee Seung-gi.
Vagabond is a collaboration between director Yoo In-sik, who previously directed several dramas such as History Of A Salaryman (2012), Incarnation Of Money (2013), and Mrs. Cop (2015-2016),and two screenwriters, Jang Young Chul and Yang Kyung Soon. Vagabond starred Baek Yoon-sik, Moon Sung-geun, Kim Min-jong, Lee Ki-young, Hwang B-ra, Jeong Min-sik, Lee Kyoung-young, Mon Jeong-hee, and many more.
Vagabond is available on the Netflix streaming platform. By airing on Netflix, this drama is considered to have contributed to creating Hallyu content that is known throughout the world, by increasing the scale of broadcasts throughout Asia, America, and Europe. In addition, there are two main markets like Korean films, namely Japan and Southeast Asia.
Here are what people said about the drama:
Yura: The story is amazing, everything is perfect. Overall this drama is great except the ending.. I need season 2 for answered their reason
Aryan: Please do a second season of Vegabond. We need season 2. This drama was awesome.
X2: Gotta have a second season. It was one of the BEST I’ve seen in the Kdrama!
Joseph: This better not be like memories of the Alhambra. There has a to be a season two. This is literally the biggest cliffhanger ever. There are so many questions! There has to be a season 2!
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Extraordinary You aired its premiere episode on October 2, 2019, on the MBC channel. The drama, starring Kim Hye-yoon, replaces the screening slot for the drama Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung. Extraordinary You was adapted from the webtoon titled Eojjeoda Balgyeonhan 7-wol, written by Moo Ryoo, and has been published since January 18, 2018 on the Daum website.
This fantasy drama tells about Eun Dan-oh (Kim Hye-yoon), a student at a famous high school, and her rich family. However, Eun Dan-oh suffered from heart disease. On the other hand, Eun Dan-oh’s fiance, Baek-kyung (Lee Jae Wook) also studies at the same school. Dan-oh really likes Baek-kyung, but her love is unrequited. Suddenly, Dan-oh experiences short-term memory loss and she can see all future events. However, Dan-oh is confused by the symptoms she is experiencing.
Life and the people around her behave differently than usual. One day, Jinmiche (Lee Tae Ri) told Eun Dan-oh that they are currently in manhwa (Korean comics). Because of this, Eun Dan-oh finally tried to find her own true love, and no one could stop her, including the comic writer. Finally, Dan-oh met a student without a name. Eun Dan-oh then fell in love with him. Therefore, Dan-oh decides to name the student Ha Roo (Ro Woon).
Wanna know what people said about the drama?
Gia: Extraordinary yOu is my most favorite drama this year. Good and unique plot, Good soundtrack, Good casts. I can’t move on and I’m still watching it now… again and again
Keime: The most satisfying, unique and well-written drama I’ve watched this year. A drama worth your time and emotions. Great storyline with so many amazing plot twists.
Blessing: This is a very interesting drama series it’s one of the best Korean drama series I’ve watched and I’ve watched many. I love all the characters especially Dan oh
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And that was all the information we could gather for you about popular Korean dramas that aired in 2019. So, which one is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!