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Winter Sonata
(Gyeoul yeonga)
Genre Drama
Produced by Lee Hyung Min
Network KBS2
Original run January 14, 2002 – March 19, 2002
No. of episodes 20
Original time slots Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:50 p.m.
Winter Sonata
Hangul 겨울연가
Hanja 겨울戀歌
Revised Romanization Gyeoul yeonga
McCune-Reischauer 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 has also been adapted into an anime series scheduled to be aired in October 2009.



The story begins when Joon-sang, who is 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 teachers, but remains a quiet, introverted young man. As a result of his belief that his father is dead and serious conflicts with his mother, Joon-sang believes that no one truly loves him.

On one fortuitous day on the ride to school, Joon-sang's classmate Yu-jin interrupts him on the bus. Joon-sang soon falls in love with Yu-jin, who opens herself to him with an innocent heart. Their love, however, is cut short after Joon-sang is involved in a serious auto-accident and, due to brain damage, is unable to recall his past life.

Joon-sang's mother, desiring Joon-sang's love and respect, has Joon-sang brainwashed by a psychologist, so that Joon-sang will not remember his painful memories of growing up 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 Li Min-hyung. As such, both his friends and teachers are told that Joon-sang is dead.

Ten years later, Joon-sang 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 Yu-jin sees him on the street, prompting her to put off her engagement to childhood friend Sang-hyuk. Little does she know that Joon-sang is dating her friend and sometime rival Che-lin. The story's plot intensifies when Yu-jin begins work at the firm where Joon-sang is employed, and tries to find out if he is her lost lover Joon-sang.



  • 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


  • 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


  1. 처음부터 지금까지 Cheoeumbuteo Jigeumkkaji (From the Beginning Until Now) - performed by Ryu (류)
  2. "My Memory" - performed by Ryu
  3. 처음 Cheoeum (First Time)
  4. 그대만이 Geudaeman'i (Only You) - performed by Ryu
  5. 처음부터 지금까지 Cheoeumbuteo Jigeumkkaji (From the Beginning Until Now) - instrumental version
  6. "My Memory" - piano and violin version
  7. 보낼 수 없는 사랑 Ponael Su Eobsneun Sarang (The Love I Can Not Send) - performed by Seon (선)
  8. 시작 Shijak (The Beginning)
  9. 그대만이 Geudaeman'i (Only You) - piano and violin version
  10. "My Memory" - piano version
  11. 잊지마 Itjima (Don't Forget) - performed by Ryu
  12. 기억속으로 Gieoksog'euro (Inside the Memories)
  13. 연인 Yeon'in (Lover) - performed by Ryu
  14. 제비꽃 Jebikkoch (Violet) - performed by Ryu
  15. 그대만이 Geudaeman'i (Only You) - piano version
  16. 처음 Cheoeum (First Time) - piano version
  17. 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.


  • 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)


A Winter Sonata anime is to be aired in October of 2009, with 23 members of the original cast voicing the characters. According to a Japan Times article, the program will consist of 26 episodes and will premiere on Japan's Sky PerfecTV on October 17, 2009.

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