Sad Love Story

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Sad Love Story
Sad Love Story-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Sad Love Story
Also known as Sad Love Song
Sad Sonata
Genre Romance, Melodrama
Written by Lee Sung-eun
Directed by Yoo Chul-yong
Starring Kwon Sang-woo
Kim Hee-sun
Yeon Jung-hoon
Original language(s) Korean
English (some episodes)
No. of episodes 20
Producer(s) Kim Sa-hyun
Location(s) South Korea
Running time 60 minutes on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
Original release 5 January 2005 (2005-01-05) – 17 March 2005 (2005-03-17)
Preceded by Tropical Nights in December
Followed by Super Rookie
External links
Korean name
Hangul 슬픈연가
Revised Romanization Seulpeun Yeon-ga
McCune–Reischauer Sŭlp'ŭn Yŏn'ga

Sad Love Story (Hangul슬픈연가; RRSeulpeun Yeon-ga; lit. Sad Sonata) is a 2005 South Korean television drama series starring Kwon Sang-woo, Kim Hee-sun and Yeon Jung-hoon.[1][2] It aired on MBC from January 5 to March 17, 2005 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.


From the moment they meet, Jon-young (Kwon Sang-woo) and the blind Hye-in (Kim Hee-sun) share an instant connection. Young and naïve, they believe that nothing can change their love. Life, however, pulls them in opposite directions. Jon-young is sent to Seoul, while Hye-in immigrates to America. Misleadingly informed that Jon-young is dead, Hye-in struggles to begin a new life alone. Years later, Hye-in returns to Seoul. With her eyesight restored, she is now a singer happily engaged to her producer Gun-woo (Yeon Jung-hoon). Everything changes though when Gun-woo's composer friend turns out to be none other than Jon-young. He instantly recognizes her, but Hye-in has never seen Jun-young before. When love is no longer simple and blind, can Hye-in and Jun-young still find their way back to each other? This series is a series of Love, death and suspense.


Choi/Seo family
Park family
Lee family
  • Yeon Jung-hoon as Lee Gun-woo
  • Jo Kyung-hwan as Lee Kang-in, his father
  • Lee Yeon-soo as Lee Soo-ji, his handicapped, older sister
  • Lee Jong-won as Oh Sang-jin, Soo-ji's husband
Cha family
Extended cast


The series originally cast actor Song Seung-heon to play the character Gun-woo. Song had already filmed several scenes overseas and recorded songs for the soundtrack, when a draft-dodging scandal involving him broke out, causing him to enlist in the military service. On short notice, Yeon Jung-hoon was selected as his replacement.[2]

Partly shot overseas with a budget of ₩7 billion, it was one of the most expensive Korean dramas of the mid-2000s. It received average 16.3% ratings in South Korea. It attracted lots of attention when it was broadcast in Japan and Middle East.[3][4]

International broadcast[edit]

The series aired in Japan on Fuji TV in August 2005 every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. where it received ratings around 10%.[5][6] According to a poll conducted by TV Asahi variety show SMAP Station in May 2007, Sad Love Story ranked as the sixth most popular Korean drama in Japan.[7]

It also aired on the Arabic channel Dubai TV.

It also aired on the Kurdish channel Kurdistan TV in 2007.


  1. ^ Suh, Jung-bo (21 October 2004). "Kim Hee-sun, A Blind Singer in the New Drama Sad Love Song". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b Hwang, You-mee (15 January 2005). "TV dramas woo viewers with top actresses". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 December 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ Lim, Jae-un (12 May 2005). "Paying off the stars through advertising". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ "60 Korean dramas now go on air in Japan". Korea Content Agency via Hancinema. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Actress Kim Hee-seon Holds Promo Tour in Japan". KBS Global. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "Winter Sonata, The Most Popular Korean Drama In Japan". Hancinema. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 

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