Winter Sonata

By Michael Gakuran | | Journal | 13 Comments |

I’ve been forgetting to add this to the last few entires, but Heather mentioned it in an email just recently and I thought I`d say something. We`ve been going to Maeda-san`s house often since we arrived in Japan and she told us the previous GAP volunteers at the Cheshire Homes, Nicki and Anna, loved a popular Korean drama called `Fuyu no Sonata` (Winter Sonata).

It first aired about two years ago at Christmas and still seems to be as popular even now. I can`t seem to enjoy a shopping trip without seeing Chun-san`s (one of the two main characters) face plastered over some beauty product or chewing gum packet!

Winter SonataSo, for about two months now, we`ve been watching it with Maeda-san (she gives us a real-time translation of the dialogue, so we can enjoy it fairly unspoilt). At an hour an episode (trimmed down, too), and twenty of them, it`s pretty hefty. The basic plot is love been two young people (Chun-san and Yujin) which is halted rather abruptly by Chun-san being killed off in a car accident. (Nothing like killing off one of the two main characters only two episodes in o.O;;). We then re-join Yujin and her classmates in their lives some years later where the past events are dragged up again by the arrival of E-Minion, someone who looks exactly like Chun-san, but isn`t. Well, that`s about as much as I can say without spoiling the plot (unless I`ve already made it sound so tacky that you won`t even consider watching it now anyway :p). I think it`s pretty good; far better than the stuff I`ve seen on English television, but then, I don`t watch a lot of dramas anway.

Keep an eye out for Chun-san`s face or any mention of the drama in the U.K or America. It`s so big over here that I wouldn`t be surprised if it gets English subtitles in the future. I think a more current popular Korean drama here right now is `Utsukushiki Hibi` (Beautiful Days), but I haven`t seen any of it yet.

Mina-san, ja mata.

13 comments on “Winter Sonata
  1. my favorite!LOVE IT tlaga………….

  2. Rhobichambiri says:

    I want to know how can i have the DVD or VCD of your drama

  3. anonymous says:

    You can buy this with English subtitles from here…

    http://www.zoommovie.com/idroom.asp?format=DVD&productid=841

    Mum xx

  4. anonymous says:

    You can buy this with English subtitles from here…

    http://www.zoommovie.com/idroom.asp?format=DVD&productid=841

    Mum xx

  5. anonymous says:

    happy new year man!

    sounds like oriental Dallas or something

    (this is the part where you ask me what dallas is isn’t it?)

  6. anonymous says:

    happy new year man!

    sounds like oriental Dallas or something

    (this is the part where you ask me what dallas is isn’t it?)

  7. odysafinal says:

    Hey Michael
    Hope you had as good a christmas as you can, without being with your family, and happy new year. I’ll write you a letter over the weekend :)

  8. odysafinal says:

    Hey Michael
    Hope you had as good a christmas as you can, without being with your family, and happy new year. I’ll write you a letter over the weekend :)

  9. tremor16 says:

    Hey. Nice to hear from you again ^^. It would be interesting if the drama ever did get aired in the U.K, or more likely, a DVD release, but I don`t think the `Japanese explosion` has penetrated Western society deep enough just yet…

    Anyway. I`m glad you all had a good time; my Christmas and New Year are quite different this year, although I wouldn`t have it any other way while I`m on the placement I guess. I have all your home addresses already, but I don`t have Wai-sun`s or Rob`s University addresses – maybe an email didn`t reach me or something?

    Anyway, I`m in the process of writing letters and such now, but I`m afraid no real Christmas presents – the postage is just far too much. I`ll try to get pick some things up before I return to England though ^_^.

    Take care.

  10. tremor16 says:

    Hey. Nice to hear from you again ^^. It would be interesting if the drama ever did get aired in the U.K, or more likely, a DVD release, but I don`t think the `Japanese explosion` has penetrated Western society deep enough just yet…

    Anyway. I`m glad you all had a good time; my Christmas and New Year are quite different this year, although I wouldn`t have it any other way while I`m on the placement I guess. I have all your home addresses already, but I don`t have Wai-sun`s or Rob`s University addresses – maybe an email didn`t reach me or something?

    Anyway, I`m in the process of writing letters and such now, but I`m afraid no real Christmas presents – the postage is just far too much. I`ll try to get pick some things up before I return to England though ^_^.

    Take care.

  11. invisible_kid_ says:

    Hey, got your email, thankies :)
    Had the gang over yesterday Exchanged gifts and such. Twas muchly good, but something was definately missing…

    That drama sounds…different, lol. I doubt it’ll make its way over here though…I mean, wouldn’t that be like Coronation Street being aired over there or something?

    Wai said she gave you her address, but I’ll get her to foreward it to you again. Should be seeing Bob (Lindsay) at new year if all goes to plan, so should be able to get address for you then.

    Merry Christmas! (And a happy new year!)

  12. invisible_kid_ says:

    Hey, got your email, thankies :)
    Had the gang over yesterday Exchanged gifts and such. Twas muchly good, but something was definately missing…

    That drama sounds…different, lol. I doubt it’ll make its way over here though…I mean, wouldn’t that be like Coronation Street being aired over there or something?

    Wai said she gave you her address, but I’ll get her to foreward it to you again. Should be seeing Bob (Lindsay) at new year if all goes to plan, so should be able to get address for you then.

    Merry Christmas! (And a happy new year!)

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