We first heard about the animated version of Winter Sonata being produced way back in 2007, and now the project is making more progress. Lead actors Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, who helped catapult the original kdrama to pan-Asian fame, began the voice work of dubbing the animated version earlier this month.
A production rep explained, “We can’t yet reveal our schedule concretely, but the first dubbing work was completed in a studio in Korea in early May.” The series is a Korea-Japan co-production, and is planning to broadcast in both Korean and Japan later this fall.
What say you to the animated versions of Yonsama and Ji-woo-hime? I can’t really see much of Choi Ji-woo’s actual facial features in the drawing (although I think the overall look is enough like her character), but Bae Yong-joon is pretty spot-on. They got him down perfectly! (Or perhaps he’s just got a look that is easily conveyed in anime form in the first place? That might help explain the overwhelming Japanese love of Yonsama…)
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