|Also known as||Winter Love Story
Winter Love Song
|Written by||Kim Yun-hee
|Directed by||Yoon Seok-ho|
|Opening theme||From the Beginning to End by Ryu|
|Ending theme||From the Beginning to End by Ryu|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||60 minutes
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
|Picture format||SDTV (480i 4:3)
PAL (576i 4:3)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1
Datasat Digital 5.1
Sony Digital 5.1
|Original run||January 14, 2002 – March 19, 2002|
|Followed by||Sunshine Hunting|
|Related shows||Autumn in My Heart
|Revised Romanization||Gyeoul yeonga|
Winter Sonata (Hangul: 겨울연가; RR: Gyeoul Yeonga; also known as Winter Love Story or Winter Ballad) is a South Korean television drama that aired on KBS2 in 2002. It is the second part of the season-themed Endless Love series directed by Yoon Seok-ho. It stars Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo. Filming primarily took place on the resort island of Namiseom and Seoul.
The story begins when Joon-sang, the son of an eminent musician, moves to Chuncheon, a rural city in South Korea. As an extraordinarily talented student, Joon-sang is welcomed by his fellow students as well as his teachers, but remains a quiet, introverted teenager. As he intends to find out about his biological father, whom his mother claims has died, his search to find out more about his father is what made him want to move to the province. Having an identity crisis in adolescence because of the father he has never met, and blaming his mother for this, Joon-sang believes that no one truly loves him.
On his way to school one day, Joon-sang's classmate Yoo-jin, while sitting next to him on the bus, falls asleep on his shoulder. Joon-sang soon falls in love with Yoo-jin, who opens her innocent heart to him. Their love, however, is cut short after Joon-sang is seriously injured in a car accident and, due to brain damage, suffers from amnesia, unable to remember anything prior to his accident.
Joon-sang's mother, yearning for Joon-sang's love and respect, has Joon-sang brainwashed by a psychologist, so that Joon-sang will not remember his painful childhood as an illegitimate child. As a result, Joon-sang's memories prior to the accident are erased. Joon-sang's mother decides to move to the United States with Joon-sang, where he can start a new life under the identity of Lee Min-hyeong. His friends and teachers are told that Joon-sang is dead.
Ten years later, Min-hyeong is an award-winning architect in the United States. He does not remember anything about his life in Korea. He is completely different, an open-minded person who cares about other people, including his mother. He returns to Korea and Yoo-jin sees him on the street, prompting her to put off her engagement to her childhood friend Sang-hyeok. Little does she know that Min-hyeong is dating her friend and sometime past rival Chae-rin. The story's plot intensifies when Yoo-jin begins to work for the firm where Min-hyeong is employed, and tries to find out if he is her supposedly dead first love Joon-sang.
- Bae Yong-joon as Kang Joon-sang / Lee Min-hyeong
- Choi Ji-woo as Jeong Yoo-jin
- Park Yong-ha as Kim Sang-hyeok
- Park Sol-mi as Oh Chae-rin
- Lee Hye-eun as Kong Jin-sook
- Ryu Seung-soo as Kwon Yong-gook
- Kwon Hae-hyo as Kim seonbae
- Song Ok-sook as Kang Mi-hee, Joon-sang's mother
- Jung Dong-hwan as Kim Jin-woo, Sang-hyeok's father
- Kim Hae-sook as Lee Gyong-Hee, Yoo-jin's mother
- Jung Won-joong as Park Jong-ho, "Gargamel"
- Jang Hang-sun as Supervisor Min
- Lee Hyo-chun as Park Ji-Young, Sang-hyeok's mother
- Park Hyun-sook as Lee Jeong-ah, Yoo-jin's colleague at Polaris
- Son Jong-bum as Yoo-jin's colleague at Polaris
- Yoo Yul as Radio broadcaster
- Ha Jae-young as Jeong Hyeon-soo, Yoo-jin's father
Winter Sonata is credited with causing the second wave of the Korean wave and extending it to Japan. It improved the image of South Korea among the Japanese and set fashion trends throughout East Asia. The series was a commercial success; 330,000 DVDs and 1,200,000 copies of Winter Sonata novelizations were sold. The series yielded more than US$27 billion when taking into account the profit it contributed to tourism. The number of visitors to the island of Namiseom (where the series was shot) grew from 250,000 to over 650,000 after the series was aired. A statue of the main characters can also be found on the island at the spot where they first kissed.
The series shot actor Bae Yong-joon into stardom in Asia, and he became especially popular among middle-aged Japanese women. When he first visited Japan in 2004 more than 3000 women guarded by 350 policemen gathered at the airport to welcome him. Junichiro Koizumi, the Japanese prime minister at the time, was quoted saying that Bae was more popular in Japan than himself.
The series was a success in a number of other Asian countries as well.
- 처음부터 지금까지 Cheoeumbuteo Jigeumkkaji (From the Beginning to End) - 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 to End) - instrumental version
- "My Memory" - piano and violin version
- 보낼 수 없는 사랑 Ponael Su Eobsneun Sarang (The Love I Cannot 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
- "Love Hurts" - Yiruma (Ep 1)
- "When The Love Falls" - Yiruma (Ep 2)
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.
An anime adaptation of Winter Sonata premiered on Japan's SKY PerfecTV! on October 17, 2009, consisting of 26 episodes subtitled in Japanese. Directed by Ahn Jae-hoon and written by Kim Hyeong-wan, the program featured 23 members of the original Korean cast voicing the characters, including Bae and Choi who reprised their roles. The role of "Sang-hyuk," originally played by Park Yong-ha, was voiced by singer Kang Yo-hwan and "Che-lin" was dubbed by newcomer Lee Sena in place of Park Sol-mi. During October 2011, Animax Asia aired the anime in Korean audio and English subtitles across Asia.
Voice Cast 
- Bae Yong-Joon as Kang Joon-Sang / Lee Min-Hyung.
- Choi Ji-woo as Jeong Yoo-Jin.
- Kang Yo-Hwan as Kim Sang-hyeok.
- Lee Se Na as Oh Che-lin.
- Ryu Seong-Soo as Kwon Yong-Guk.
- Song Jeong-Hee as Kong Jin-Sook,Catalina and Marianne.
- Bae Han-Sung as Kim Jin-woo (Sang-hyeok's Father).
- So Hae-Joong as Kang Mi-Hee (Joon-Sang's Mother) and Anne.
- Yoon So-Ra as Kim Yeong-Hee (Yoo-Jin's Mother) and Mother superior.
- Lee Soo-Hyung (childhood:Lee Young-Yoo) as Jeong Hee-Jin (Yoo-Jin's Little sister).
- Lee Jang-won as Park Jong-Ho (Teacher).
- Choi Song-woo as Park Ji-Young (Sang-hyuk's mother).
- Min-Jee as Lee Jeong-ah.
- Park Yong-Jae as Hang Seung-Ryong and DJ (Sang-hyuk's colleague).
- Kim Chang as Kim Hyo-Sook (Min-Hyung's subordinate) and Jeong Hyong-Soo (Yoo-Jin's father).
- Kim Kyu-Sik as Dr.Ahn.
- Seo-Yeong as Jane.
- Cho Hae-Jung as Kim Manager (Mi-Hee's Manager).
- Im Che-Hon as Claude.
- Nam Do-Hyung as Louis.
- Chang as Hong Song-Min.
- Manufactre mannger as Kim In-Jeong.
- Opening:From the Beginning until now (2009.ver) - Ryu
- Ending:Forever for her - Lee Se Jun
- Believe you - yoonji
- Sonata - Kang Yo-Hwan
- Todokanai Omoi - Kang Yo-Hwan
- I miss you - Yoo Hae-Joon
- Forever with you - Sin Min-Chul(T-MAX)
Documentary Cast (episode 26) 
- Bae Yong-Joon as Kang Joon-Sang.
- Choi Ji-Woo as Jeong Yoo-Jin.
- Kang Yo-Hwan as Kim Sang-Hyuk.
- Lee Se Na as Oh Che-lin.
- Ryu Seong-Soo as Kwon Yong-Guk.
- Song Jeong-Hee as Kong Jin-Sook.
Winter Sonata marked its 10th year milestone with a staging of a new musical adaptation that ran from September 27, 2011 to March 18, 2012. Yoon Seok-ho was the producer and art director, with stage direction by Yoo Hee-sung (Mozart!, Pimagol Love Song) and musical score by Oh Eun-hee (Dae Jang Geum, Singin' in the Rain). The leading role of Yoo-jin was portrayed by musical actress Choi Soo Jin.
The Winter Sonata musical first premiered in 2006 in several cities in Japan, including Sapporo, Tokyo and Osaka, and popular crossover tenor Im Tae-kyung drew crowds. It also completed a run in Busan and Seoul, from late 2010 to early 2011, with stage direction by Im Do-wan (Woyzeck) and musical score by Lee Ji-soo.
- Im Taecyeon and Lee Sang-hyong as Kang Joon-sang / Lee Min-hyung.
- Park Hong-Joo and Im Kang-hee as Jeong Yoo-Jin.
- Lee Pil-soon as Kim Sang-hyuk.
- Jiny as Oh Che-lin.
- Lee Jin-kyu as Kwon Yong-Guk.
- Kim Gyung-hwa as Kong Jin-sook.
- Kim Tae-Hang as Kang Joon-Sang / Lee Min-hyung.
- Choi Soo Jin as Jeong Yoo-Jin.
- Jeong Jae-hong and Kim Gyong-Soo as Kim Sang-hyuk.
A Japanese comic has also been published of this story, using photos of the series as covers.
In popular culture 
In episode 5 of Da Capo II's first season (aired October 29, 2007), two main characters go to a movie called Fuyu no anata (冬のアナタ), which is clearly Fuyu no sonata (both share the same font and characters). One of the Fuyu no anata posters visible in the Da Capo anime episode looks exactly like the first Fuyu no sonata manga cover.
See also 
- Lee, Diana. "Winter Sonata Fever". UNIORB. Retrieved 2012-01-13. Text "31 January 2005" ignored (help)
- Lee, Claire (30 December 2011). "Remembering ‘Winter Sonata,’ the start of hallyu". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- Park, Min-young (10 January 2012). "K-drama fever impacts other industries". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- "Nami Island immersed in another ‘Winter Sonata’". Gyeonggi-do English Blog. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- Mukasa, Edwina (15 December 2011). "Bored by Cowell pop? Try K-pop". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- Lee, Hyo-won (30 May 2008). "Bae, Choi to Voice Winter Sonata Cartoon". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- Choi, Ji-eun (29 September 2009). "A reunion in 7 years: Yonsama and Jiwoohime". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- Kim, Lynn (2 February 2010). "Bae Yong-joon, Choi Ji-woo reunite for "Winter Sonata" anime". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- "Choi Ji Woo: 'I Miss Park Yong Ha'". KBS Global. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- Park, Hyun-min (9 October 2011). "Girls’ Generation Watch ‘Winter Sonata’ Musical". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- Lee, Yong-sung (13 February 2006). "Television drama producer finds stage just as rewarding". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- Hong, Lucia (16 June 2010). ""Winter Sonata" musical to open in Korea in December". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- Winter Sonata official KBS website (Korean)
- Winter Sonata overview
- Winter Sonata at HanCinema
- Winter Sonata at the Internet Movie Database
- Winter Sonata filming locations at Korea Tourism Organization
- Winter Sonata the Anime official website