One would never forget his or her first true love. Some would even choose to rekindle the painful memories just to relive it. But what if in a twist of fate the person you’ve shared your love with forgets about you— would you fight for him?
For Yu-Jin, the heroine of the hit drama series Winter Sonata, reliving the pains of lost love is all worth fighting for.
This September, Animax presents the timeless drama that introduced the “Korean Wave” to the world in exquisite animation, for the fist time in Southeast Asia. The original drama from 2002 captivated not only fans from the region, but also in far-flung places including Uzbekistan, Hawaii, Egypt and Tanzania. Indeed, Winter Sonata’s touching tale of lost love transcended borders and made many around the globe into die-hard fans of Korean entertainment and pop culture.
Pinoys Revisit the Romance of the Decade
Animax is celebrating the premier of the animated series in the Philippines by inviting the country’s anime and cosplay princess, Alodia Gosiengfiao, to host the special media launch of Winter Sonata. Not only can guests enjoy the sneak peek of the first two episodes but also an exclusive piano recital of the theme song of Winter Sonata, the Korean ballad ‘From Beginning to End,’ by Alodia her self.
“My love for Winter Sonata inspired me to learn the series’ opening theme song and I am honored to share my piano recital with our media and blogger friends. I have definitely not forgotten our viewers as they too, can enjoy the recording of my performance on Animax,” shares Ani-Mate Alodia. Alodia’s piano recital will broadcast during commercial breaks of Winter Sonata episodes as a series of special vignettes, starting with the premiering episodes on 20 September on Animax.
Original Cast Come Together for the Animated Winter Sonata
Remaining true to the original drama, the Winter Sonata anime series reunited 23 members of the original Korean cast to provide voices for the characters, including Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo who shot to superstardom in their lead roles.
Fans of the original Winter Sonata live-action drama will relish the anime series’ characters that are drawn with unprecedented likeness to the real actors and actresses. This is especially true for the well-loved Bae Yong Joon, whose talent management agency Key East was involved in the anime production to push the limits of likeness of Bae’s anime character to that in the live-action series.
In addition to reliving the tears, laughter and memories of Winter Sonata, fans can also look forward to the conclusion of the anime series that will feature a new live-action drama epilogue not aired in the original drama series, starring Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo.
Animax’s premier of the Winter Sonata anime series coincides with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the original drama. In Korea, a series of ‘live’ Winter Sonata musicals is set to be staged in Seoul from 27 September 2011 to 18 March 2012 to retell the heart wrenching tale. Yoon Suk Ho (Spring Waltz, Summer Scent, Autumn in My Heart), director of the Winter Sonata drama series is managing the musical.
Remembering An Epic Love Story
Bae reprises his character Jun-Sang, the gifted son of an eminent musician with an unhappy past who moves with his mother to study in Chuncheon, a rural city in South Korea. Befriending his classmate Yu-Jin voiced by Choi, they soon fall in love. However, their romance is cut agonizingly short when Jun-Sang is involved in a serious car accident that leaves him with brain damage that renders him unable to recall his past. With memories erased – including his painful childhood as an illegitimate child – Jun-Sang is brought by his mother to the US to start life afresh as Min-Hyeong. His schoolmates including Yu-Jin, and the teachers are told that Jun-Sang died in the accident.
A decade later, Min-Hyeong is an award-winning architect. Remembering nothing about his life in Korea, he returns to the country to live. And when Yu-Jin recognizes him on the street, she puts off her engagement to childhood friend Sang-Hyuk. Little does Yu-Jin know that Min-Hyeong is dating her friend, Che-Rin. Things get complicated as Yu-Jin begins working at the firm where Min-Hyeong is employed and tries to find out if he is her long lost first love…
“Winter Sonata is an amazing love story that goes beyond time, borders and even form. The anime series touches you as much as the original drama and I sincerely recommend Winter Sonata to everyone as the show to catch on Animax,” ends Gosiengfiao.
As the first love that sparked our romance with the best of Korean entertainment and pop culture, Winter Sonata, with the magic of Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo, tells an epic story of love that transcends all in an anime series unlike any other.
Winter Sonata begins 20 September in a double-episode premiere at 6.50pm, with subsequent episodes airing weeknights 7.30pm first and exclusively on Animax (SkyCable Ch46 / Dream Satellite TV Ch16).
About Animax Asia
Launched on 1 January 2004, Animax is Asia’s first channel brand specializing in Japanese animation – anime. Animax offers a wide variety of anime programs from across the most popular genres including action, romance, horror, supernatural, comedy to slice-of-life.
The channel created TV history in April 2009 as the world’s first regional broadcaster to offer a same-time-as-Japan simulcast anime series with Tears to Tiara. In 2010, Animax brought blockbuster shows such as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and InuYasha – The Final Act to Asia.
In addition, Animax Asia’s first multimedia, multiplatform original animation production LaMB won Taiwan’s Golden Bell Award in the ‘Best Animation Program’ category, and was a finalist in the ‘Best Animation’ category at the regional Asian Television Awards in 2009.
Currently reaching 37 million homes in 18 markets across the region, Animax Asia aims to offer anime for everyone. Wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Animax Asia is managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia which also operates AXN, AXN Beyond, Sony Entertainment Television and ONE. See www.animaxtv.com for more.
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