Winter Sonata

Infobox kdrama/Header
title_name = Winter Sonata



size = 200px
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ko_name = 겨울연가
ko_name_trans = Gyeoul yeonga
Infobox kdrama
genre = Drama
producer = Lee Hyung Min
network = KBS2
first_aired = January 14
last_aired = March 19 2002
num_episodes = 20
timeslot = Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:50 p.m.
Infobox kdrama/Namebox
title = Winter Sonata
hangul = 겨울연가
hanja = 겨울戀歌
rr = Gyeoul yeonga
mr = Kyŏul yŏnga

"Winter Sonata" (a.k.a. "Winter Ballad"/"Winter Love Story", Korean: 겨울연가) was the second part of the KBS TV drama series Endless Love. This installment was produced in March 2002 in South Korea. It was broadcast on Japan's NHK and has been a major part of the Korean wave both there and throughout Asia. It is known as 冬のソナタ ("Fuyu no sonata") in Japanese, 冬日戀歌 ("Dōngrì Liàn'gē") or 冬季戀歌 ("Dōngjì Liàn'gē") in Mandarin Chinese, and Bản tình ca mùa Đông in Vietnamese.

Storyline

The families of Kim Sang-Hyuk, a boy who is a Sophomore in High School, and a girl named Jung Yu-Jin in his same class have been friends for many years, and thus Sang-Hyuk and Yu-Jin have known each ther all their lives. Sang-Hyuk longs to have a romantic relationship with Yu-Jin, but she seems oblivious to his longing, and therefore they just continue as strong friends and companions.

Into their lives one day comes transfer student Kang Joon-Sang. He is handsome and athletic and a brilliant student at mathematics, but he seems to carry a chip on his shoulder, and his behavior is surly and cold.

Nevertheless, Sang-Hyuk and Yu-Jin and their accepting and amicable friends let Joon-sang into their circle. At a weekend retreat at a cabin the woods, Yu-Jin falls into a dangerous situation and Joon-Sang saves her life. Her gratitude opens Joon-Sang's heart, and the two fall deeply in love. However, their joy is not to last, as a tragic event ends their romance.

Ten years later the friends are all successful young professionals. Sang-Hyuk and Yu-Jin are betrothed and planning to marry soon. While walking to the engagement party Yu-Jin suddenly spots a man in the crowd who looks astonishingly like Joon-Sang. Her shock is so great that she faints on the street, for she has never really gotten over him, and the wedding is postponed.

It turns out that the man is Lee Min-Hyung, an architect whose firm has hired Yu-Jin's company on contract. Yu-Jin is astounded by the resemblance, but it's apparent that Min-Hyung has no knowledge of Joon-Sang, and his warm and humorous personality is entirely different.

A series of events has been set in motion, however, that will alter the course of the lives of everyone.

Credits

Cast

* Bae Yong Joon as Kang Joon Sang / Lee Min Hyung
* Choi Ji Woo as Jung Yu-jin
* Park Yong Ha as Kim Sang-Hyuk
* Park Sol Mi as Oh Che-lin
* Lee Hye Eun as Jin Suk
* Ryu Seung Soo as Yong Kuk
* Jung Dong Hwan as Sang Hyuk's father
* Lee Hyo Chun as Sang Hyuk's mother
* Yoo Yul as Radio broadcaster
* Kim Hae Sook as Yu-jin's mother
* Song Ok Sook
* Lee Hye Young
* Kwon Hye Hyo
* Jung Woon Joong
* Jang Hang Sun

Staff

* Director:Yoon Suk-ho (윤석호)
* Author: Oh Su Yeon
* Writer: Kim Yun Hee/Yun Eun Kyung
* Responsible Producer: Kim Jong Shik
* Producer: Lee Hyung Min

Soundtrack

#처음부터 지금까지 "Cheoeumbuteo Jigeumkkaji" (From the Beginning Until Now) - performed by Ryu (류)
#"My Memory" - performed by Ryu
#처음 "Cheoeum" (First Time)
#그대만이 "Geudaeman'i" (Only You) - performed by Ryu
#처음부터 지금까지 "Cheoeumbuteo Jigeumkkaji" (From the Beginning Until Now) - instrumental version
#"My Memory" - piano and violin version
#보낼 수 없는 사랑 "Ponael Su Eobsneun Sarang" (The Love I Can Not Send) - performed by Seon (선)
#시작 "Shijak" (The Beginning)
#그대만이 "Geudaeman'i" (Only You) - piano and violin version
#"My Memory" - piano version
#잊지마 "Itjima" (Don't Forget) - performed by Ryu
#기억속으로 "Gieoksog'euro" (Inside the Memories)
#연인 "Yeon'in" (Lover) - performed by Ryu
#제비꽃 "Jebikkoch" (Violet) - performed by Ryu
#그대만이 "Geudaeman'i" (Only You) - piano version
#처음 "Cheoeum" (First Time) - piano version
#제비꽃 "Jebikkoch" (Violet) - instrumental

In addition, "Moment" performed by Ryu and available on his album "Ryu 2" (류 2집) is included on some bootleg versions of the "Winter Sonata" soundtrack.

Awards

*2002 KBS Awards: Top Excellence in Acting (Bae Yong Jun)
*2002 KBS Awards: Top Excellence in Acting (Choi Ji Woo)
*2002 KBS Awards: Excellence in Acting (Park Yong Ha)
*2002 KBS Awards: Popularity Award (Bae Yong Jun)
*2002 KBS Awards: Popularity Award (Choi Ji Woo)
*2004 KBS Awards: Special Award (Yoon Seok Ho)

See also

*List of top rated Korean Dramas
*List of Korea-related topics
*List of Korean television shows
*Contemporary culture of South Korea

External links

* [http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/CU/CU_EN_8_5_1_1.jsp Winter Sonata Filming Locations] - The Official Korea Tourism Guide Site
* [http://drama.kbs.co.kr/winter/ Official website]
* [http://www.spcnet.tv/reviews/productions.php?pID=651 Winter Sonata Reviews]


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