That Winter, The Wind Blows (Korean Drama 2013)

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Drama Rating: 8/10

Oh Seo, who was abandoned by his mother as a child and was raised by Park Jin Sung’s family, is a notorious gambler in Cheongdam neighborhood. He is heartbroken and doesn’t care about anybody following the death of his first love. The WInter The Wind Blows 05One day, his friend, who has the same name, dies unexpectedly and Seo is thrown in prison. A year later, Seo meets lawyer Jang Sung, who came looking for the deceased Oh Seo, the heir of PL Group. Seo uses this opportunity to con the last remaining heir of the PL Group, Oh Young, to pay his debt when gangster Jo Moo Cheol gives him three months to pay or he dies. However, Seo starts falling in love with the blind Oh Young, while pretending to be her deceased brother who was separated from her after their parent’s divorce.

Excerpted from: My Dramalist

This drama series was adapted from the Japanese drama entitled Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu which was aired on 2002. It was one of the hit series in Japan back then and only ran for 10 episodes. But when they produced this in Korea, as per their entertainment tradition, they had to lengthen the story line and add more conflicts to make the whole drama seem more complicated. There was also a movie adaptation for this drama called – Love Me Not and was one of my favorite movies back in 2006. It was relatively short but it hit the right spot in my heart.

The WInter The Wind Blows 22I watched this drama adaptation for Song Hye Kyo, who will always be one of my top heroine in Korean dramas. It doesn’t matter what kind of role she would be acting on, for me, she always delivers the best character portrayal and this drama was no exception. Plus points for having my favorite actress coupled off with Jo In Sung, what else could I ask for? Jo In Sung’s character also took me to a different level because I kept asking myself while watching him on screen – how could a conman be so damn good looking?!? Setting his good looks aside though, his acting was seriously effective that every time he cries, starts to cry or even tries not cry… it tugs on my heart and I start crying along. (ThisThe WInter The Wind Blows 01 is how much this drama affected me.) The main couple’s chemistry and vibe all throughout the episodes was something I don’t see much in melodramas. Aside them, I don’t want to forget to mention that the supporting characters did make an impact in the over all feel of this drama. Without them the series would have been dull and focused on two people who are both lost in their own pitiful world without any support from other people. So yes, the supporting casts were vital in the story line making things more colorful for the main characters.

The WInter The Wind Blows 20Initially, prior to watching this, I already had an idea where this show was heading towards since I’ve already seen the movie. However I just wasn’t expecting that ending. That final episode sort of gave me ambivalent thoughts about this series. I was thinking if I should be giving it a 7 for the story line because it sort of deviated from the original or should I give it an 8 because at least it made me wrong on my predictions and didn’t let me have that bitter sweet after taste I usually have in melodramas. I finally decided on 8 because it left me in a lighter mood than I have expected. I couldn’t give it a 10, because the story was far from perfect or even a 9, since the length of the drama was too bothersome when it could have been finished in twelve episodes at least.

The main OST was very familiar, it feels like I have heard it’s music score similarly to the drama “Secret Garden” I’m just not up to researching if the artist and music coordinator are the same. Nonetheless, it was good music and gave me last song syndromes right The WInter The Wind Blows 18after every episode. Over all this drama was a good watch. The main characters were great, the story was twisted-sad-super-melodramatic, music was at its best and cinematography was breathtaking. The visuals were seriously beautiful and this is by far one of the best melodramas in 2013 that delivered such picturesque background scenes. Therefore, I’m highly recommending this drama for those who are looking for something melodramatic and yet an eye candy to watch through those heartbreaking moments.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

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Reply 1997 (Korean Drama 2012)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

The story revolves around the life of Sung Shi Won, a female high school student and a full time fan girl of a boyband called H.O.T. She is surrounded by five close friends and they share experiences of being an adolescent during the 90’s and eventually crossover to being adults.

The timeline would go back and forth between 1997, during their high school days and 2012, the present day in which they had a high school reunion dinner. A couple will announce that they’re getting married and clues will be given episode by episode.

This is one of the dramas that really got to me. 1997 was a year where I was on my hype on boy bands as well. The drama brought me back to the times where VHS was such a vital home gadget so as not to miss my favorite drama, cassette tapes were a fad and friendship were in full bloom. Reply 1997 was a drama which conveyed a part of my past and that’s why it probably hit me right on spot. It gave me such nostalgic feelings that I was left laughing and crying at the same time when the drama ended.

This drama… I love, for so many reasons.

The story line was very much unique from all the drama’s I have watched. It did have a full on Rom-Com taste in it (like all the usual Rom-Com Kdrama), but the funny… the funny never stops in every episode, even though I was already tearfully crying out Answer.to.1997.e01.120724.720p.HDTV.H264-noname.mkv_000931264because of a heart breaking scene or because of a heart warming moment; the comedy never stops. Cliches were still used but I should say the writers have done that in a very creative way. I like the fact that they have used a bunch of odd personalities and put them together in a kind of relationship that would bond them as friends for life, then add their family members into it… TADA! You get a really great story to tell. Since all of these characters are peculiar, even from a deep to shallow background of each person, I never got tired of watching each one’s side of the story. That’s how they make the fun come out.

For the main characters, I couldn’t really pick my favorite. Even though we have the “very main” characters within the story, I still couldn’t really put them as my favorite. Maybe I would put bias on Yoon Yoon Jae because of his good looks, but other than that I Answer.to.1997.e03.120731.720p.HDTV.H264-noname.mkv_001789354still equally loved every character. I also personally think that their accents were cute, it was real and was not irritating (since they are all from Busan it would eventually seem natural, right?). Then there were the consistencies in their characters which I am so happy for, because not even one actor deviated from their role. To pinpoint the specific characteristics of each cast, I liked: Shi-won’s boisterous attitude, Yoon Jae’s undying love and loyalty, Yoo Joong’s inconsistencies, Joon Hee’s secrets, Hak Chan’s annoyingness, Sung Jae’s eccentricity, Tae Woong’s indifference to money/fame and lastly Shi-won’s parents; her dad who bickers a lot and her mom who cooks a mountain of food for some apparent reason.

Music wise, it added impact on the drama but it wasn’t something that really got into my head for me to remember much.

This drama is re-watchable, very much… but a vital segment in the story makes this unappealing for a re-play and that is the mystery part. That actually perked my interest into finishing the drama in the first place – “the guess who and what happened to whom?” guessing game was one of the important thing in this drama. But once you are over that, this drama would not be as interesting as it was the first time. I re-watch this for the sole reason of feeling giddy over the love triangles and the petty arguments. Those scenes were still awesome even for the second time around.

Over all Reply 1997 made it to my Top 10 best Kdrama’s and I would definitely recommend this to everyone. But this drama would most suit those who had lived in the 90’s, got addicted in boy bands and lived life with loyal friends.