Drama Drop: That Winter, the Wind Blows 그 겨울, 바람이 분다

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Title: That Winter, the Wind Blows 그 겨울, 바람이 분다

Language: Korean

Episodes: 16

Release Date: February 13 – April 3, 2013 Netflix

Starring: Zo In Sung, Song Hye Kyo

Plot

Oh Soo never thought much about his best friend’s claims to fortune, until he is suddenly killed. Oh Soo gets into hot water and has 100 days to come up with $7 million. Driven to desperation, Soo, a con man by trade, plans to win his deceased friend’s fortune by fooling his blind sister into giving him the money.
Complications arise when Soo grows a conscience and begins to fall in love with the blind heiress Oh Young.

Thinking Deeper

This drama asks ‘whats the point of living?’. Soo examines his empty life and cannot explain his intense struggle to live when it would be so much easier to give up and accept death. While Soo will do despicable things just to keep living, Young on the other hand, continually plans her own death. In the midst of this contrast, both characters learn to understand and appreciate the brevity of life.

 

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Overall

To be brutally honest, this drama just doesn’t hit the mark.

Zo In Sung doesn’t act, cry, kiss or withstand injury well.
While I was interested in the plot, and the suspense as Soo’s character slowly earns Young’s confidence is good, this does not make up for the bad filming and acting.