Kim Jin-woo's directorial features a promising cast, with Jang Dong-yoon and Yoon Jong-seok in leading roles. The sports drama also stars Kim Bo-ra, Lee Jae-joon, and others in other pivotal roles
The seventh episode of ‘Like Flowers in Sand’ premiered on Netflix with secrets unveiled at a faster pace and the former sports star Baek-do getting back his lost charm. Kim Jin-woo's directorial features a promising cast, with Jang Dong-yoon and Yoon Jong-seok in leading roles. The sports drama also stars Kim Bo-ra, Lee Jae-joon, and others in other pivotal roles.
Like Flowers in Sand delves into the lives of Ssireum townspeople and centres around the traditional sports called SSireum (Korean wrestling), where the wrestlers battle each other on the sand for the coveted championship game titles. The small community of Geosan gets shaken up after two mysterious deaths engulf the town.
Like Flowers in Sand Story
The latest episode begins with another flashback scene. However, this one was quite heartwarming, as Do-sik came to Baek-do's at 4 am just to see him for the last time. The kids have a touching conversation about the school picnic while Do-sik hides her emotions and cries. The flashback quickly shifts to the present day, where Do-sik is narrating her past life to co-investigator Hyeon-uk and accepting her identity. One of the key revelations in the story is that Do-sik's father was the head coach of the Ssireum team. Their happy lives hit a drastic turning point when he was wrongfully accused of match-fixing with a student, who happened to end his life out of shame.
Meanwhile, Do-sik's family was brutally shunned out of the town as the false truth came to light. The cafe owner, Mi Ran, also shares a secret past with Do-sik and her character holds a key to several hidden truths. This episode also featured Ssireum matches between Bakek-do and his rival teams and he happens to crush everyone after following Do-sik's advice and motivation. Baek-do also held the fort of his town's dignity as the other teammates couldn't participate in the games as they fell ill after eating sea food, except Baek-do, who luckily skipped his meal.
Like Flowers in Sand review
The layered approach of the past-present timeline imparts depth to the story with never a monotonous or dull moment. The recent episode delivered a stellar performance from not only the main characters but also the ones whose screentime may be insignificant, but their craft and acting mettle will make you doubt their less interaction. It also showcased Baek-do in his sports champion form for the first time as he won back-to-back matches. The cafe owner’s mystery is finally revealed in this episode and sets the story rolling for the upcoming episodes, which highlights why Do-sik had to abruptly leave town and what was the mystery that shrouded her family’s misfortune.
Like Flowers in Sand verdict
The seventh episode is by far the most entertaining one which featured what we all eagerly waited for – Baek-do winning the games like a pro and the crowd cheering for the sports star. In the upcoming episodes, we get to experience the teeny-tiny romantic conversations blended with awkward encounters between the leads.
It premieres on Netflix every Wednesday and Thursday around 7 pm IST.