Flower of Evil

Flower of Evil (2020, South Korea) - 5 stars

What would a homicide detective do if she suspects her husband as the wanted murderer? This is the premise of Flower of Evil, a 2020 South Korean drama series on Netflix.

I’ve learned from a friend, metal sculptor Richard Buxani, that the Philippine adaptation will be starring Piolo Pascual and Lovi Poe. Not only that but his metal sculptures will also be featured in the series. I got curious when I found Flower of Evil on Netflix and I started binge-watching the original.

Do Hyeon-su (Lee Joon-gi) is a metal craftsman who hides his true identity as Baek Hee-sung from his wife Cha Ji-won (Moon Chae-won), a homicide detective. They have a 6-year-old kid, Baek Eun-ha, who adores them so much. They look like a perfect family.

However, Hee-sung’s parents — Baek Man-woo, the medical director of Ilsin University Hospital, and Gong Mi-ja, a pharmacist – are too cold and distant to Ji-won and Eun-ha. It’s not because of their difference in social status, but because Man-u and Mi-ja know Hyeon-su’s past. They worry that being married to a detective would be their end.

Fifteen years ago, the Baeks asked Hyeon-su to pretend as their only son Hee-sung. The real Hee-sung is in a coma, hidden in their home, and being nursed by Park Seo-young, a deaf servant.

Meanwhile, as Ji-won and her team investigate the case of Kim In-seo, a kid who fell on the stairs and points his father as the suspect, the unsolved case of the murder of a village chief 18 years ago resurfaced through an article posted by a reporter Kim Moo-jin.

That controversial murder has Do Hyeon-su as the main suspect and has been hiding for 18 years. To make matters worse, Hyeon-su’s late father, Do Min-seok, was a known serial killer. So it has become society’s assumption that Hyeon-su, being diagnosed as anti-social and without emotions, might have inherited his father’s killer instincts, thus, a danger to society.

But after solving a homicide case wherein the murderer copied Do Min-seok’s modus operandi, the police re-investigates the cold serial killings. The case is so unique because out of the seven victims, only the last victim, Jung Mi-sook, was the only one reported missing by her husband.

Each 1-hour episode tells the story with flashbacks unraveling Do Hyeon-su’s mystery. Viewers follow Ji-won’s roller-coaster emotions as she uncovers the layers of truth about Hyeon-su one by one.

Characters (even the minor ones) are inter-connected within the story. The plantings of different elements have their own pay-offs which make the series even more whole. This crime drama sustains the thrill and suspense until the end. Thus, I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

Published by Issa Bacsa

Isang Manunulat

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