It’s official. Noh Hee-kyung’s new drama That Winter, the Wind Blows (그 겨울, 바람이 분다) will be headlined by megastars Jo In-sung and Song Hye-kyo. Big biiig names all around. The drama went through a lot of casting news (sob, my Won Bin) and various rumors, but the production team has announced Jo and Song have officially signed on. This is Jo In-sung’s return to the small screen in a whopping eight years, and the man has a serious cult following. In other words, fans are going nuts, and people are already speculating whether the Jo In-sung + Song Hye-kyo pair will best the Hyun-bin + Song Hye-ko not-any-longer-couple of The World They Live In (the latter was also written by No Hee-kyung). Hmm, if we’re gonna be drawing parallels, will we be hearing dating news soon, too?
The plot seems to be slightly morphing with each successive casting rumor, but the latest synopsis is that Jo In-sung will play a man who was abandoned by his parents as a boy and lost his first love to boot (“lost” as in she passed away). He thus leads an aimless life as the best gambler in Cheong-dam-dong (a very affluent area of Korea), meeting women left and right without care. I wonder how skilled he is to be the best gambler yet be leading an “aimless” existence. Enter Song Hye-kyo’s chaebol heiress who endured her parents’ divorce as a child, separation from her oppa (death again, I presume?), the death of her father, and a sudden onset of blindness. She’s a lonely soul fending for herself in the harsh, boo-hoo scary world.
I know, I know, what happened to the poor characters is unfortunate. Really, I do feel for them. But I just feel so snarky this morn at the reminder that my Won Bin won’t be coming back to my waiting arms. Maybe I’ll feel better after watching the first episode of That Winter, the Wind Blows, which is aiming for an early 2013 premiere.