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Winter Sonata gets sequel 13 years later

Just when you think you’ve seen everything under the sun being made and remade (and recycled and rehashed) for television, there’s news that dramaland is going back in time to 2002 to revive one of its most iconic Hallyu hits, Winter Sonata. Have we officially run out of ideas, people? A sequel called Winter Sonata 2 is reportedly in the works at Pan Entertainment, and the original creative team is getting involved. I know that I shouldn’t be surprised anymore when MBC tries to remake Dae Jang Geum every year and Full House Take 2 happened, but sometimes I just want to call an intervention and tell them to leave well enough alone.

Winter Sonata aired on KBS in 2002, as the second installment of PD Yoon Suk-ho’s Season Drama series — the others included Autumn Fairytale, Summer Scent, and Spring Waltz — and catapulted lead actors Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo to megastardom. It’s one of dramaland’s classics, with every cliche in the book before it became a cliche: faux-dead first loves with amnesia, birth secrets, terminal illness, the works.

There’s no arguing that it was a sensation in its time, but I wonder how you update a drama 13 years later and give it a fresh spin when the nature of your original source material is dated because everyone’s already paid homage to your story in a thousand ways.

PD Yoon Suk-ho is aboard as the creative director in a producer’s capacity, while Winter Sonata’s original writing team Yoon Eun-kyung and Kim Eun-hee (Prime Minister and I, My Fair Lady, Snow Queen, Sweet 18, Summer Scent, and others) will be penning the script. A director isn’t attached to the project yet.

The story synopsis is due out next month, so until then we won’t really know how faithful a remake it’ll be, with new actors playing the same characters in the same story (this has Bad Idea written all over it), a sequel that picks up after the original (how is this possible?), or a loose remake with a vaguely similar setup (like Full House Take 2). The last option seems the least risky, since you could get a new cast of fresh faces in a melodrama about star-crossed first loves and just call it Winter Sonata 2. Just don’t pull a My Sassy Girl 2 on me, or we will have words.

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Hahahahaha is MBC for real? I can confidently declare that now I've seen it all...

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Oh wait KBS pulled an MBC? The whiplash is real *shakes head*

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HOW CAN BLIND Bae Yong-joon survive for a whole 16 (or 18 or 20) episodes?? Is this "That Winter, The Wind Blows" Male Version?

Or am I remembering the ENDING of a different Winter Sonata??? (Is this a SEQUEL or REMAKE?)

But if this will cast a different actor, I really CAN SENSE bad outcome afterall. But we'll see. Because I saw a 10-year gap sequel, and it turned about aaaaamazing.

[Hong Kong drama 'Triumph in the Skies' Season 1 aired in 2003, and its success was REALLY, I MEAN REALLY dazzling and remarkable. It's like their Dae Jang Geum or Stairway to Heaven. When the producers announced 'Triumph in the Skies 2' to be aired in 2013 (10 years after) there were many naysayers. Really many. But they filmed and aired the drama... And it turned out to be a MEGA-HIT, and was widely considered better than Season 1. It was a major shocker.]

But let's go back to Winter Sonata... "WINTER SONATA 2" is really quite a dull and really upsetting decision. It's one of my firsts, and I don't want it tampered in any way. Here's wishing it won't happen. Just give me a Bae Yong-joon goodie, I'm fine with that KBS.

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Park Yong Ha......
Suddenly I miss him, like, a lot....
RIP Yona

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Honestly, in my opinion, Triumph in the Skies 2 was NOT better than Season 1.... I think tastes have just changed (or have always been like that actually) and people just care about the star studded cast.......... the plot itself was so ..........

Really haven't seen any remake that's done better than the original ._.
Not sure how well this is gonna do, since I feel like this plot has probably been reused so many times that people just think its typical kdrama cliche. It was good in its time, but ... now? idk

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Oh hell no!

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Bad idea for so many reasons. The drama was a sobfest and I can't imagine it would improve with a sequel.

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agree....

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My thoughts exactly. My exact tweet when i heard this was No, no, no. NO.

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Huge huge BYJ fan & I loved watching Winter Sonata !i was hoping for a better outcome : The ending sucked : too little to late: As much as I would love to watch anything with the legend BYJ I don’t think season 2 can do this kdrama Justice ! Not all sequels turn out as awesome as hoped for! I think the only thing hotter then the Legend and a some parts of April Snow is BYJ doing porn and I just can’t see that as a viable option ! These 2 movies were sobfest so I won’t be watching for sequels!! So happy for BYJ success and all his amazing work!!!

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Urgh! One of the most overrated dramas ever gets remade! I'm not happy!

"Full House 2" was such a flop. I wanted to erase it from my memory.

Why can't they just focus on making manga adaptations?

I'm still waiting for Kdrama versions of "MARS", "Lovely Complex" and so many others!

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I would really love a kdrama version of lovecom. Pleeeeaaaaassseee drama gods, give it to me!

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I totally agree! I recently rewatched the anime, and it's such a funny and touching coming of age story that hasn't become dated at all with the years. Plus the original is set in Osaka and they have whatever the j-version of saturi is, so they could set it in Busan and I would swoon with joy. Because cocky teenage boys with Busan saturi = my kryptonite.

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I would collapse from excitement if LOVECOM was made into a Kdrama. Just watched it a second time and am currently reading the manga. Might watch it a third time after that.

And Busan accents?! Yes, please!!!!!

I say we start a tag on every social media calling for LOVECOM K-version

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They can cast Im Siwan since he is so bloody short and still looks like a high-schooler.

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I feel like Im Siwan is too serious for the role of Otani, who is loud, athletic, and kind of a prankster/class clown. I was thinking more someone like that short kid from Busan that was in Shut Up Flower Boy Band, though I haven't seen him in anything since. He was good in SUFBB though.

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oh MARS would be great, artsy timid girl not a bubbly cheerful type, and motorcycles. which would mean some action, not just talking heads.

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I would love a Korean Version of Fruits Basket, but I would like them to change some of the aspects of the story. I like the premise, a girl moves in to live with 3 guys after her mom dies and discover they have a curse where they turn into the animals of the zodiac when hugged by the opposite sex and she sets herself to break it. I would like to see a live action version of Kyo, maybe even take out the orange hair.

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Japan never even made a live action adaptation. Korea would never do it.

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I don't particularly like anime, but my daughter does. The two series she has showed me that I've liked the most haven been Black Butler and Fruits Basket. I saw the Black Butler movie (hated it), so I would not be too happy with an adaptation of Fruits Basket if it was not done well.

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Forget korean version. They should continue on the Fruits Basket anime. The anime series corresponds only to volume 12 of the manga. What about the later volumes?? Aargh...

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2nd this! They should remake the Fruits Basket anime and keep it faithful to the manga (like they did with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood).

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Oh I would love a Fruits Basket live action! But in Jap.

I love Kyo! I don't even mind the orange hair.

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Japan never made a live-action version of Fruits Basket and I doubt very much Korea would do it before Japan. As popular as it is, must be because it would be very difficult to work with animals. They could use special effects but they would probably end up with very crappy ones, given the budget available.

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No way, the visual effects teams of dramas would never be able to find a way to do the talking animals well. I don't want to see any live action versions of it, in Japanese or Korean.

The anime was lovely though, and the manga is my all-time favourite.

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I agree, I don't want to see a live action version of Fruits Basket either. I still remember the live action version of Sailor Moon and they used a stuffed toy for Luna! Some stories just work well as animes and FB and SM are just two examples

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MARS was so dark and deep and yet so deliciously good. I think Korea might actually do a decent job with its remake.

As long as no one touches Autmun's Concerto, I'm good. That's pure gold that Korea should not get its hands on lol

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That's a rude thing to say.

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"Honey and Clover" or "Anohana" would make good KDramas...

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Ok, I usually dislike the idea of adaptations.
But yoooo Anohana? set in like, the countryside or something.
Woah.

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Yeah Anohana as a kdrama would be amazing if done well. Like, adapted by the Misaeng team.

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Agreed! Also, I really want an adaptation for the manga "Dengeki Daisy". Like, man, I can already imagine it. It'll be so awesome.

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Was Honey and Clover really good? I tried to watch the Japanese version but couldn't get past episode 1, so then I tried the Taiwanese version and got to maybe episode 3 and realized the story was definitely not working out for me. That was around 3 or 4 years ago though, so it's possible that I might like it now?

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H&C is probably my favourite anime/manga of all time alongside nodame. The live action adaptations honestly don't do it justice so try to watch the anime. It truly is a beautiful story.

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Honey&Clover anime/manga was really good. I remember myself crying in some of its scenes. If you like sweet and heartfelt coming-of-age stories, then you may want to check this out.

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Only if they don't focus too closely on love storylines.

Who are we kidding, this is Korean drama. No way they'll pass up that chance, especially on broadcast.

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I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see Mars as a Kdrama as well. It is one of my favorite mangas & I adore the Taiwanese version. The chemistry between Vic & Barbie is great. To find a Korean OTP with that same vibe would be daebak!
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I just wonder if the Korean viewers could handle the rape issue as nicely as the TW did, also dealing with delicate issues such as suicide & mental illness. If dealt with in the wrong way, it would just destroy the core of the material. Anyways, I'd love to see this done in a Korean version. If I haven't already made my point. Lol. ?

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Manga/manhwa/webtoon seem trends nows in k-world. Zettai Heina Daikusen is one my favourite manga and hope someone will adapt this because the story is fantastic.
Still waiting Bride of the water god to confirm adaptation and of course excited for the casting.

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MARS would be worth watching if they make a Kdrama .... liked both the main lead characters and there was enough story till the finale.

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Hollywood is like that too. Lots of "sequels".

I honestly didn't really like WS the first time around. I can't imagine liking it the second time around.

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Haha same here.

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Ha ha ha ha, nothing like opening dramabeans at random and coming across a crazy story to laugh my ass off! :D

I couldn't cross 4 episodes of that drama, I snoozed a lot in between too ! :P
All the bes KBS !

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Hi @Divyrus

My reaction to seeing this article was disbelief. As for the original, I did my best and ploughed through most of it but the uppermost feeling I had was irritation...LOL! Then I skipped to the end just to finish it off, but can't say I felt any better. Oh well, we can but be hopeful???

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GB!!!!!!
How you been?? I miss our beanies chats!!!!!!

On this drama, I tried with my utmost intention of trying, but I didnt like even one part of it. I guess it was too old school. Am looking for JB mom's reaction ! ;)

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LOL! I hope JB will let us know! :)

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well the next big theme will be reincarnation / 2soulsin1 / body possession, so...they are possessed with the reincarnation of a memory

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GF and JB...no, no, and NO! *gasp*

How do we fund you to send you to SK and tell the powers that be that this is a horrific idea. Not even cameos can possibly save this potential train wreck.

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My mom's favorite drama. Yay for her lol. She bought the Dvd and watched it 100 times over. I think she had a crush on Bae Yong-joon lol. She'd be excited to hear this news!

I watched it once and I thought it was ok. I think Winter Sonata and Dae Jang Geum spread the hallyu wave like wild fire overseas. My whole family started watching K dramas after Winter Sonata and totally hooks on Dae Jang Geum. They may not be the best K-drama ever but I'll always remember these 2 dramas because it brought me, many of my families and friends to dramaland.

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My God, it has been 13 years already @@
Where did the time go??? I was in high school when I watched this, and yes, all those cliches worked for a teenager girl before. But now, maybe I will watch it if they have such beautiful scenery and OST.

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They really did run out of ideas lol.

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Maybe it'll be a completely different story and they just attached the sequel part to get attention?? Or maybe it'll be the story of their kid hah.

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Story of their kid? LOL! Who goes through the same thing they did? Ah, the melodrama. One version of this drama is enough.

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What I wonder is why Korea don't do space opreas like Star Trek:TNG and Firefly or Superhero drams like The Flash or Daredevil. Daredevil would worked as a K-drama. Oh, wait... nevermind about superheros... they already did that with Healer.

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I wish they would do more of that kind of thing as well, but they probably don't want to spend the money on special effects.

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I actually really enjoyed Healer and City Hunter, so I definitely wouldn't mind more superheros dramas. I never get tired of awesome action/spying/awesomeness scenes.

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Actually, this makes me happy. Not that it's good news, or even a good idea (redoing old dramas.) But it gave me a good idea for a cartoon.

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I couldn't sit through Winter Sonata the first time ... no matter how much my wife and mother said it was awesome ... I wanted to gouge out my eyes ...

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Pretty much.

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Where is that sharp stick when you need it?

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I have bad new. They already made a sequel to My Sassy Girl. It's called My New Sassy Girl. It's a korean-chinese collab with Cha Tae-hyun and Victoria Song. It's set to be released in May 2015. They have a wikipedia page.

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Nooooooooooo!!! ?

Hope it doesn't ruin the original for those who will be watching the sequel without seeing the original first...

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Winter Sonata is my all time favorite. No one can replace the lead actors and a remake or a sequel will not be a great idea esp. if the previous actors will be change. just make another drama let winter sonata will be your first and last for is a very very very good drama.

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Wha...??? *facepalm* Just why? I don't understand.

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hahahaaaaa

Alert the scarf manufacturers!

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LOL!

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LOLOL! If I watch, I watch for the scarves!!!

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So true! I am entranced with the scarves!

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Hey, what if this is actually a continuation of the original, just 13 years later when the characters will be middle-age or later?

The production could be targeting the geriatric age group. They'll just cast all the senior participants from Grandpas Over Flowers and Grandmas Over Flowers. And, of course, there is Lee Duk Hwa, who seems to be in every single drama, regardless of bit part or a lead. (I'm getting confused as to whether he is the good guy or the bad in each drama.)

I may be too pessimistic, but sequels do not work out well. Mainly, because the original story has been completely told, finished, done. It's over! LOL

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Why don't they make a sequel to Stairway to Heaven as well.

Winter Sonata, Stairway to Heaven and Autumn Tale were some of my favorites back in the days. But now, you cannot pay me to watch more of these makjang sobfests.

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The writing team is honestly a good one, even judging from their newer dramas.

... But seriously, a Winter Sonata remake? Is there any way this will work? >___< I mean, I'm naturally skeptical about sequel/remakes, but with this drama in particular, the plot and like you said, all the cliches, dates it so thoroughly back to 13 years ago.

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In place of ruining the classics or other shows with their sequels they should consider to make more contests for talented writers and give chances to fresh blood with good scripts,i for one i'm glad MBC took a step into it and gave a chance to new writers(i hope they are) with Angry Mom...i'm sure they are many talented young artists out there than can bring good scripts and bring a somewhat fresh into dramaland...in place of that the can't let go of their sequel obsession thinking a crappy new script can enjoy the same glory as the classic while ruining as well,also not thinking the context in what that drama that was famous was released...(how many of the glorious one would now bring big digits?) ,a classic is that for a reason and should be left untouched

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WS was a hit, yes, but for the life of me, I couldn't understand WHY. I thought it was the least stomach-able of the season dramas, and SOOO impossibly slow. Someone just kill this project now, please?? The leads were the only saving aspects to the show, but no amount of Choi Ji Woo's mop-the-floor sobbing could've made the script any better.

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Yes.. I watched those other season dramas, and they were very slow. I couldn't bring myself to watch spring waltz.

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Me neither.

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I actually really liked Winter Sonata and it was one of my first kdramas. I was a 17-year-old kid with a crush on Bae Yong-joon. But I still can't imagine a remake or sequel being a good idea.

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LOL is the only thing I can say right now LOOOL....

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If they can get Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo aboard, then it may work... *may*

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I'm not even thinking about other things like cast & crew or writers right now... the thing I'm thinking about is whether this remake will even stick >.< Unlike the "Dae Jang Geum" sequel, which gets announced, gave out two to 3 statements on it's development plans, then fizzles out...

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. No.

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Loling at some of comment here XD

Despite of the slow and dull storyline, still appreciate WS because this one of drama bring me to k-world. Those time story like this make people go crazy and crying like idiots lol ( along with Endless Love, Stairway to Heaven). The thing I like the most of drama is the beautiful scenery and OST.
But like GF said just leave it alone. Its a BIG NO for sequel.

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I'm calling it, They're going to cast Jang Geun Suk and someone really anal as the leads and the show is going to be a flop (because been there done that) but will be exported and perhaps do decently oversease

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what! Jang Guen Suk? HELL TO THE NO! I wish I can unsee that trainwreck that is Love Rain. Please get somebody with real eye candy.

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I hope they don't cast some idols or newbies. They would need someone experienced and talented.

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Yes very much like it if they cast Jang Geun Suk, and I think Japanese fans would welcome it too. After all it's a sequel to their favorite drama and Jang Geun Suk is their favorite too. I'm curious how the production will bring this back to life.

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I don't care much about Winter Sonata, I just have to say that as far as I'm concerned, My Sassy Girl 2 is not a thing that ever, ever happened and also I will NEVER forgive Cha Tae Hyun for that thing he DIDN'T do...

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This will be the mother of all sequels. There is no way they can top Winter Sonata. That drama is practically a national treasure regardless whether you think the drama was good or bad. I have always considered Winter Sonata as the drama that officially kicked off the Hallyu Wave.

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wow.. I may be in the minority but I will be VERY looking forward to this and I think its gonna be awesome. Winter Sonata will be one of the classics that introduced EVERYTHING korean to me regardless of what dramabeans commentators were saying. It may be makjang but makjang is the keyword that made kdrama so popular.

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My only comment: PLEASE D O N ' T

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i beg you just put justice to the original kdrama or else screw the idea...i didn't watch Full House 2 because the show went hay wire...and i couldn't even have the heart to watch it just to destroy the memory of the original drama.
sigh sigh sigh...phew...

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What they fail to understand is that these stories had their place in their time but in the current day and age these types of stories won't work. Tastes have changed and there are different and higher expectations of dramas now.

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I was thinking the same thing - that it had all the classic, typical kdrama components.

If they bring back the original actors, it would be sad to remember Park Yong Ha. His suicide was a shocker.

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It would be very sad and it won't be the same without him.

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What a sad, soggy idea. In soooooo many ways. Sigh.

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Watched Winter Sonata and love it, but; a sequel? yikes!!!!!

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I enjoyed Winter Sonata when I watched it 5 years ago when I first got introduced to kdramas. I was curious and had to watch it since it was a classic and helped launched the Hallyu phenomenon. Having said that, I am not exactly itching for a sequel. Most sequels never live up to its predecessor. Jury's out on this one for me. We shall see!

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Winter Sonata was my first kdrama ever, so of course it has a special meaning, because it made me interested in other dramas which is definitely a enrichment.

It would be interesting to see something similar, but I don't have a opinion until there is more information.

The animated version was good, so maybe this one will be ok, too? (It actually lead me to the life action drama).

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This drama was PAIN. I dedicated hours to it just to get dumbfounded in the end, when the incest was suggested I literally closed the window and never thought about finishing it EVER!
The only good thing about Winter Sonata were its two main leads. Can't they reunite BYJ and CJW instead?

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This news makes me think of a wonderful actor that was also part of Winter Sonata. RIP Park Yong Ha.You will be forever missed.

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Have Korean channels run out of idea what to film? This is a total turn off. WS was a sensation at the time because there was no other drama in Asia like that. Now we have seen all the cliches, this definitely does not excite me. I hope they throw the idea in the bin.

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one of the wonderful things about winter sonata was the OSTs. so whatever they wanna do with this sequel, i hope the OST will be wonderful.

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I want them to cast Yunho, Suzy, Changmin and Hyeri! With Seo Lee-sook or Lee Hyo-choon as the mother from hell! If they're going for absurd, they should do it all the way.

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I have ideas, but I doubt anyone would ever give them a chance...tried to watch Winter Sonata, but could only stomach 17 episodes before I fast forwarded through the rest just to see how it ends. First k-drama I've watched was Full House.

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Omg omg! I just squealed when reading this headline at 1:08am! Omg! I hope it comes true and I hope it's as good as the original!

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Winter Sonata is my all-time favorite! It doesn't need a sequel. They should just leave it alone.

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Winter Sonata was pure brilliance. But I still think a sequel would be meaningless. I guess the big 3 agencies have it pretty rough these days and would do anything to break the 15-20 rating record.
Oh well...I am still hoping for a sequel to Inspiring Generation! It sooo needs one. It wasn't that masterpiece of a drama but it surely needs a sequel. I could totally see that!

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The original was boring as he**...so I am not expecting this to be any better. SMH

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