Netflix has picked up the international rights to new Korean drama When the Camellia Blooms.
The romance drama tells the story of Dongbaek, an orphan who grew up to become a single mom. She owns a small bar, also called “Dongbaek”, which means “camellia” in English. Her life takes a new turn after meeting Yongsik, a do-gooder police officer in their small town. They fall in love despite social stigma against single parenthood. Yongsik, having been raised by a single mom himself, understands Dongbaek’s challenges and embraces her.
Dongbaek is played by Gong Hyo-jin, who is well known for her lead performances in such rom-coms as Don’t Dare to Dream, The Producers, It’s Okay, That’s Love and Pasta. Yongsik is played by Kang Ha-neul, who has made his name across different genres, in titles such as Misaeng: Incomplete Life, C’est Si Bon and Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet.
When the Camellia Blooms is directed by Cha Young-hoon (Becky’s Back, Bridal Mask) and written by Lim Sang-choon (Becky’s Back, Fight for My Way).
The series will be available exclusively on Netflix outside Korea with two episodes launching weekly from 18th September in the UK and most other English-speaking countries. For Japan, all episodes will launch at once on 15th November 15, following its finale.