What will you do when you discover one day that everything you know about the man you love is all a lie? Will you believe outright what others are saying, or will you give him the benefit of the doubt? Homicide detective Cha Ji-won (Moon Chae-won) is married to a skilled metal craftsman Baek Hee-seong (Lee Joon-gi), a seemingly good family man who cares for her and adores their daughter Eun-ha (Jung Seo-yeon). In reality, Baek Hee-seong is a man with a dark past who is hiding his true identity.
Don’t you find the title of this K-Drama thought-provoking? I did! It’s one of the reasons why I was prompted to watch it. I wanted to find out why Flower of Evil was named as such and if it was a fitting title to this series. I actually found the answers to my questions from the words of the writer herself, Yoo Jung-hee.
In a Soompi article published on September 1, 2020, she said, “I wanted to share the message that even where evil has been buried, flowers can still bloom.” Yoo Jung-hee’s statement will give you an idea of the kind of person Do Hyeon-su is in Flower of Evil.
The writer of this K-Drama introduced an unlikely pair of a cop and a serial killer suspect as the story’s lead characters. That alone is intriguing enough to make viewers watch Flower of Evil. How does a criminal at large manage to deceive his wife who is a police officer? The lead male character also cannot verbalize his emotions, but he does a good job of faking it.
The love story, spanning 17 years, between news reporter Kim Moo-jin (Seo Hyeon-woo) and Do Hae-su (Jang Hee-jin) is also something fascinating to witness. And oh, viewers will shudder at the presence of Do Min-seok (Choi Byung-mo)! Watch Flower of Evil to know why.
Interesting Storyline and Plot Twists
Flower of Evil is a crime-romance K-Drama that will blow your mind and take a toll on your emotions. A man who is accused of a crime he did not commit has to change his identity to be able to live a normal life. His dark past haunts him and threatens to tear his family apart. A wife who loves her husband dearly is torn between protecting the man she loves and fulfilling her duties as a law enforcer.
I can only imagine how tormenting it is to be treated as a monster, to hide your true self from the people you deeply care about, and how fearful it can be to know that the people you love can abandon you once the truth is revealed.
Up until the 8th episode, you will be tricked into believing that Do Hyeon-su is indeed the kind of person others believe him to be. That’s how suspenseful the story is! And the revelations about the other characters will surprise you as well.
Moral Lessons Imparted
1. Never judge people by their past.
Because Do Hyeon-su is the son of a serial killer doesn’t mean he’s also going to be one. He is blamed for the death of the Gagyeongri village head. People also believe he was his father’s accomplice. Everything people say is just based on speculations and rumors. In reality, he is a warm-hearted man who just wants to live normally.
A person’s past does not determine who he is. We have to take the time to know the person before passing judgment on him. It is therefore safe to say that in Do Hyeon-su’s case, the saying “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” is not true.
2. Trust is important in a relationship
It’s hard to rebuild trust once it’s broken. In a relationship, especially for married couples, it’s important to be honest to each other. That’s the key to building trust. In Flower of Evil, Cha Ji-won only discovered her husband’s fake identity after living together for years. While she tried her very best to keep her faith in her husband intact, she also wavered at times. This quite understandable given how she was deceived/lied to from the very start.
The intriguing title, unique characters, interesting storyline and plot twists, and the moral lessons of Flower of Evil make it worth watching. It’s available on Netflix if you haven’t seen it yet.