“Flower Of Evil” Director Explains His Intentions Behind Impactful Episode Ending Scenes
The director of “Flower of Evil” has broken down the way certain scenes are filmed and the message he aims to portray.
tvN’s “Flower of Evil” stars Lee Joon Gi as Baek Hee Sung, a man who hides his past as Do Hyun Soo and pretends to love his wife Cha Ji Won (played by Moon Chae Won). As a detective, Cha Ji Won begins to suspect that her husband may be a serial killer, and the couple is ultimately forced to confront a dark truth they never wanted to face.
The suspenseful thriller has been boasting impressive viewership ratings thanks to its exciting plot, but also in part due to the extremely impactful endings of each episode. Though every episode had its own unique and eye-catching conclusion, director Kim Chul Gyu picked the three most thrilling endings and described his specific intentions for each one.
Episode 1 – Usage of space and the basement that holds the secrets behind Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won’s seemingly happy marriage
The premiere of “Flower of Evil” depicted the happy everyday life between married couple Baek Hee Sung and Cha Ji Won. However, the ending threw in an extreme twist by revealing Baek Hee Sung’s true identity as Do Hyun Soo and his workshop on the first floor. Lastly, they revealed the secret basement where he had locked up Kim Moo Jin (Seo Hyun Woo), who knows Do Hyun Soo’s secret.
Regarding his reason for picking this divisive two-story house to portray these secrets, Kim Chul Gyu explained, “In terms of video content, I think that a character’s environment often explains their personality or circumstances better than any line or story.”
He continued, “In that aspect, the second floor is the warm and peaceful family space, whereas the first floor is the workshop and the space that connects them to the outer world and other people. Deciding on the basement as the place to hold his dark secret fits with Do Hyun Soo’s complicated and secretive situation. I thought that having all these separate places in one location was necessary for the character Do Hyun Soo to be able to move between his extremely complex and multilayered sides and carry on this interesting and nerve-wracking storyline.”
Episode 5 – Contrasts, the music video, and Moon Chae Won’s emotions after seeing Lee Joon Gi unconscious
The ending of episode 5 had viewers extremely emotional when Cha Ji Won sobbed as she saved Do Hyun Soo from drowning. In his hazy state, Do Hyun Soo looked upon his wife and experienced a change in emotion. Unlike his past self, who insisted that he didn’t understand emotion, he recognized what it was like to feel apologetic for the first time and experienced regret. The scene showed Cha Ji Won’s reflection in the water as she saved her husband, and some viewers interpreted this to mean that she was saving not only Baek Hee Sung, but also his hidden identity Do Hyun Soo.
Regarding this view, Kim Chul Gyu shared, “This drama has a ton of hidden contrasts. Most notably, the contrast between good and bad, lies and truth, love and hate, and though this is a slightly different concept, the contrast between melodrama and thriller. I think the way these conflicting ideas are all in full force creates the tension that becomes the strength that carries the plot.”
The director added, “In the middle of it is the character Do Hyun Soo, who strongly contrasts with the other characters within the drama. He simultaneously has all of the contrasts mentioned previously within himself. To put it simply, he’s a troublesome character (not only to himself, but to other characters as well), but he’s also a charming character because of that. I believe that the ending to episode 5 symbolically shows what kind of character Do Hyun Soo is.”
Additionally, after the episode, the drama aired a music video depicting Cha Ji Won’s emotional scene, rather than a preview for their next broadcast. Regarding this decision, the director commented, “There were two intentions. The first is that episodes 1 to 5 focused on incidents, and the end of episode 5 marked this midway point. I wanted to send the message that starting from episode 6, we would be focusing more on emotion rather than specific incidents and portraying a slightly different story for the time being.”
He continued, “The second is that the impact of having Do Hyun Soo in a critical state in the ending was too strong. Realistically, we judged that immediately showing him in a different way in the preview would be uncomfortable.”
Episode 8 – The real Baek Hee Sung vs. the fake Baek Hee Sung
In episode 8, viewers were shocked to see the real Baek Hee Sung (played by Kim Ji Hoon) wake up after being unconscious. This scene was juxtaposed with the face of the fake Baek Hee Sung (Lee Joon Gi), who had been using his name and identity, and gave viewers the chills.
With regards to this legendary ending, Kim Chul Gyu shared, “What viewers are probably most curious about are, ‘What is the real Baek Hee Sung going to do?’ ‘What kind of role will he play?’ and ‘What will be the relationship between the two Baek Hee Sung?’ I think this ending emerged as we thought about what would heighten the curiosity about these questions.”
Episode 9 left an impact with its explosive ending depicting the tense emotions between Do Hyun Soo and Cha Ji Won, while episode 10 portrayed an emotional ending as Cha Ji Won’s fellow detective discovered her husband’s true identity. With comments from viewers like, “Every episode seems like the finale,” viewers expectations and excitement for the remaining episodes only continue to rise.
Catch the next episode of “Flower of Evil” on Wednesday, September 2 at 10:50 p.m. KST. Thursday’s episode will be replaced by a special broadcast.
Watch the latest episode of “Flower of Evil” below!