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Winter Sonata is a Korean romantic drama television series that is written by Kim Yun Hee and Yun Eun Kyung. Broadcast on the KBS network, the show features Choi Ji-woo and Bae Yong Joon and is directed by Yoon Seok-Ho. The story follows Jun-Sang, the son of a notable musician who abandoned him and his mother. After relocating to the rural city of Chuncheon in South Korea, he becomes a gifted student. Welcomed by fellow students and teachers, he remains introverted.

His goal is to learn more about his biological father. His mother tells him that his father died long ago. It was his search for him that motivated the relocation to the province. He has developed an identity crisis due to never having met his father. He blames his mother, believing that no one really cares for him.

On the way to school, Yoo-Jin, a classmate, falls asleep on his shoulder on the bus. Soon Jun-Sang falls for Yoo-Jin and she for him. However, their relationship ends when Jun-Sang becomes seriously injured. Due to a car accident, he suffers brain damage which causes amnesia. Thus, he does not remember anything prior to the accident.

Jun-Sang's mother yearns for her son's respect and love. She has him brainwashed by a psychiatrist so that he will not remember the painful childhood he had. Therefore, Jun-Sang's memories are all erased.

They move to the United States with a new identity to start fresh; Jun-Sang is known as Lee Min-Hyeong. They have told old teachers and friends that Jun-Sang has died.

Ten years forward, Min-Hyeong has become a respected architect. He remembers nothing from his former life in Korea. He is a completely different, extroverted person who cares for others, including his mother.

When he returns to Korea, Yoo-Jin encounters him on the street. She postpones her engagement to Sang-Hyeok. However, she is not aware that Min-Hyeong is now dating her rival Che-Rin. Things start to heat up when Yoo-Jin starts work at Min-Hyeong's firm. She then investigates whether he is actually her former friend, Jun-Sang.

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KBS America
1 Season, 20 Episodes
Drama
6.5/10
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Winter Sonata Full Episode Guide

  • Jin-woo finds out that Jun-sang is his lost son. Jun-sang hears shocking news from the doctor that unless he undergoes brain surgery, he will have a very slim chance of living due to the aftermath of his car accident.

  • You-jin discovers a shocking secret from Kang Mi-hee. Meanwhile, Jun-sang treats You-jin coldly, knowing that he should cut ties with her. Realizing how difficult it must be for him, You-jin suggests to Jun-sang that they go their separate ways.

  • Unable to change You-jin's mother's mind, You-jin and Jun-sang decide to have a secret wedding by themselves. However, their plan is shattered when Sang-hyuk chases after them.

  • You-jin and Jun-sang decide to get married and head for Chuncheon to her mother?s house to get her approval. However, when You-jin's mother finds out that Jun-sang is Mi-hee's son, she firmly disapproves of them getting married.

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