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Romcoms with a twist

When A Camellia Blooms stars Gong Hyo-jin (left) as a single mother trying to make ends meet. In Melting Me Softly, Ji Chang-wook (above) plays a variety show director who takes part in a cryogenic freezing experiment that goes wrong.
When A Camellia Blooms stars Gong Hyo-jin (above) as a single mother trying to make ends meet. In Melting Me Softly, Ji Chang-wook plays a variety show director who takes part in a cryogenic freezing experiment that goes wrong.PHOTO: NETFLIX
When A Camellia Blooms stars Gong Hyo-jin (left) as a single mother trying to make ends meet. In Melting Me Softly, Ji Chang-wook (above) plays a variety show director who takes part in a cryogenic freezing experiment that goes wrong.
When A Camellia Blooms stars Gong Hyo-jin as a single mother trying to make ends meet. In Melting Me Softly, Ji Chang-wook (above) plays a variety show director who takes part in a cryogenic freezing experiment that goes wrong.PHOTO: VIU

When The Camellia Blooms turns poignant with a serial killer, while Melting Me Softly milks the sci-fi premise for laughs

When The Camellia Blooms is a South Korean romantic comedy - with a sting.

It starts with a bleak murder scene in grey before moving on to more familiar ground. Viewers are introduced to Dong-baek (Gong Hyo-jin), the pretty young woman whose arrival and opening of a bar named Camellia shakes up the quiet town of Ongsan. She is a single mother trying to make ends meet and suffers in silence the slings and slights that come her way.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2019, with the headline 'Romcoms with a twist'. Print Edition | Subscribe