Winter Sonata

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  • TV-MA
  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (1,247)

Winter Sonata is a Korean television drama series that aired in 2002 on the KBS network. It tells the story of a winter romance that blossoms in the midst of tragedy and loss, and explores themes of love, family, sacrifice, and forgiveness. The series stars Bae Yong-joon as Kang Joon-sang, a quiet and reserved young man who returns to his hometown after many years away. Joon-sang was involved in a serious accident as a child that left him with a lifelong injury and a strained relationship with his mother.

As Joon-sang settles back into his old life, he reconnects with his old friend, Yoo-jin, played by Choi Ji-woo. Yoo-jin is a warm and loving young woman who has feelings for Joon-sang, but their relationship is complicated by the dark secrets that haunt both of their families.

As the winter unfolds, Joon-sang and Yoo-jin begin to develop a deep and powerful bond. But their happiness is threatened by the shadows of their past, and by the various obstacles that stand in the way of their love.

Many of the key themes of Winter Sonata revolve around the power of memory and the ways that our past can shape our present and future. Throughout the series, Joon-sang struggles with the traumatic events that led to his injury and his estrangement from his mother. He finds solace in Yoo-jin's warmth and kindness, but is haunted by the ghosts of his past.

Meanwhile, Yoo-jin is also dealing with the ghosts of her own past. Her family was torn apart by a tragedy many years ago, and she has spent her life trying to piece together what happened and find closure. She is drawn to Joon-sang because of their shared pain and trauma, but also because he represents a chance for her to finally discover the truth about her family's past.

As Joon-sang and Yoo-jin's relationship deepens, they must confront a whole host of obstacles and challenges. For one thing, Joon-sang's mother is strongly opposed to their relationship, and will do anything to keep them apart. Yoo-jin's father is also opposed to their relationship, and there are various other family secrets and complications that threaten to tear them apart.

At the same time, Joon-sang and Yoo-jin are both trying to discover the truth about their pasts and come to terms with their deep-seated pain and loss. This journey takes them on a rollercoaster of emotion, as they grapple with deep-seated trauma, heartbreak, and loss.

Despite these obstacles, Joon-sang and Yoo-jin find themselves drawn inexorably towards each other. Their love is deep and true, and they are willing to sacrifice everything to be together. In the end, Winter Sonata is a deeply emotional and powerful story about the ways that love can transcend even the most difficult of hardships and obstacles.

Winter Sonata is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2004.

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Episode 20
20. Episode 20
January 1, 2004
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.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
January 1, 2004
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.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
January 1, 2004
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.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
January 1, 2004
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.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
January 1, 2004
Jun-sang and You-jin finally make up with their friend. One day, Jun-sang realizes that the last missing piece of his memories concerns his father. Meanwhile, when Jin-woo hears that Min-hyung is Jun-sang, he cannot help but question whether Min-hyung is his long lost son.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
January 1, 2004
Jun-sang recovers his lost memories partially, and shares them with You-jin. Although You-jin and Jun-sang spend a happy time together for the first time in ten years, they both have heavy hearts as they are unable to erase the pain they have caused their friends.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
January 1, 2004
When You-jin finds out that Min-hyung is Jun-sang, she desperately runs out to find him and stop him from leaving. During her attempt, she nearly gets into a car accident, and Min-hyung jumps in and gets hurt instead.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
January 1, 2004
Despite Min-hyung?s confession that he is Jun-sang, You-jin does not believe him, thinking that he is only doing that to get her back. Meanwhile, seeing You-jin even in his missing pieces of memories, Min-hyung sadly sheds tears. Min-hyung decides to leave as he realizes that as long as he cannot fully remember his past, he can no longer linger around You-jin.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
January 1, 2004
Min-hyung goes to Jun-sang?s old house and meets Kang Mi-hee. Mi-hee assures him that Min-hyung is actually Jun-sang. Sang-hyuk calls Min-hyung as Jun-sang and warns him to stay away from You-jin. Meanwhile, Min-hyung takes You-jin to his car by force, and tells her that he is Jun-sang. Unable to believe his words, You-jin only looks into his eyes with sad tears.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
January 1, 2004
Kang Mi-hee visits Jun-sang's old house in Chuncheon, and reminisces her memories with Jun-sang. Meanwhile, Sang-hyuk learns that Jin-woo and Mi-hee went to the same high school, and that Jun-sang may be Mi-hee?s son. Min-hyung begins to realize that some things in his memories do not add up, and that there are missing pieces.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
January 1, 2004
You-jin finally breaks up with Sang-hyuk when she realizes that she is completely in love with Min-hyung. Although everybody around her opposes her love, she tells herself that she can be happy as long as she is with Min-hyung. Meanwhile, Sang-hyuk refuses to eat or sleep.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
January 1, 2004
You-jin tells Sang-hyuk that she cannot marry him, and at the same time, she assures Min-hyung that she cannot have a relationship with him. She begs Sang-hyuk to give her a chance to stand on her own. Sang-hyuk does everything he can to change her mind, while stepping up to Min-hyung and warning him to not shake her heart.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
January 1, 2004
Min-hyung and You-jin spend the night at the ski resort and Sang-hyuk and Chae-rin wait for them anxiously. The next morning, Sang-hyuk questions You-jin whether she truly loves him. When she is unable to answer him, Sang-hyuk coldly turns away from her.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
January 1, 2004
You-jin is injured while trying to save Min-hyung, and her boyfriend Sang-hyuk is infuriated. When Min-hyung realizes that his girlfriend Chae-rin lied to him about You-jin, he asks her for some space in their relationship. Min-hyung and You-jin go together to a pond where she shared beautiful memories with Jun-sang when they were in high school.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
January 1, 2004
Min-hyung takes the drunk You-jin to his hotel room and is surprised when she calls him "Jun-sang". The misunderstanding between the two deepens and Chae-rin sets fire to Min-hyung's anger towards You-jin.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
January 1, 2004
Sang-hyun is unhappy that You-jin is working with Min-hyung but realizes that he cannot make her quit the work. When Chae-rin finds out that You-jin and her boyfriend work together, she feels threatened and makes up lies about her to Min-hyung.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 1, 2004
You-jin and Min-hyung work together in renovating a ski resort. Although You-jin tries to hide that she's working with Min-hyung, Sang-hyuk soon finds out.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 1, 2004
You-jin waits for Jun-sang until late at night, but he never appears. The next day, she hears the shocking news that Jun-sang was killed in a car accident. Ten years later, You-jin is engaged to Sang-hyuk. She meets her friend Chae-rin's boyfriend Min-hyung, who looks just like Jun-sang.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 1, 2004
Jun-sang and You-jin's love begins to blossom as they keep on running into each other. In the meantime, Jun-sang becomes confused and shocked to find the same picture he has in You-jin's house.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 1, 2004
Jun-sang transfers to You-jin's school, and they quickly become friends sharing their similar backgrounds of growing up under a single mother. Jun-sang is shocked when he meets his classmate Sang-hyuk's father, who turns out to be his own father whom he only saw in a picture.
Where to Watch Winter Sonata
Winter Sonata is available for streaming on the KBS America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Winter Sonata on demand at Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (1,247)