K-Drama Throwback: Take a Look at Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo’s Chemistry in the Classic Drama ‘Winter Sonata’


Get To Know More About Winter Sonata‘s Cast Members!

Have you ever watched the legendary drama Winter Sonata (겨울연가)? The series was the highest ranking in K-Drama history after it was broadcast on national television. The lead cast also got a lot of attention from the viewers since they had a very good chemistry with each other.

If you want to find out more about Winter Sonata’s lead cast and their interactions through the series, you can see some of their sweet moments below!

Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo’s Moments in Winter Sonata


Winter Sonata is the most popular drama series that was aired on KBS around 2002. The drama was also known by other titles, as Winter Love Story, Winter Ballad, Endless Love: Winter, and Sonata. Winter Sonata is a romantic melodrama that was written by Kim Eun-hee, Yoon Eun-kyung, and Oh Soo-yeon. It was greeted with wild enthusiasm around the world among K-drama viewers, especially in Asia.


The lead cast in show were actor Bae Yong-joon and actress Choi Ji-woo. The two actors had such great chemistry between them, really selling their relationship as lovers.


Actor Bae Yong-joon played as the character of Kang Joon-sang/Lee Min-hyung. The role he played was the same man, but with the opposite natures. Joon-sang is a man with above-average intelligence but his life is filled with gloom and is very closed until he meets Yoo-jin (played by Choi Ji-woo). ‘Death‘ brought him to America with a new identity as Min-hyung, a man full of smiles, who is friendly, and sensitive. Fate makes him fall in love with Yoo-jin even though he doesn’t remember a thing about his past until the end of the story.


Actress Choi Ji-woo played as the character of Jung Yoo-jin. Her cheerful nature as a teenager died along with the ‘death’ of Joon-sang. She was transformed into a hard worker. Her engagement with Sang-hyuk falls apart after meeting Min-hyung, who is very similar to Joon-sang. Although she was once doubtful, she finally chooses to be with Joon-sang, only to find out the bitter truth that the man she loves is probably her stepbrother. After everything was revealed, the power of love finally united her with Joon-sang after passing through obstacles for 14 years.


The story is, Kang Joon-sang is a new student at his school and is lonely, but very intelligent. He went there in hopes of being to learn more about the identity of his biological father. He gets acquainted with Yoo-jin and deliberately opposes Sang-hyuk, who was originally thought to be his stepbrother.

His intention to play around with Yoo-jin, who is a close friend of Sang-hyuk, turns into true love but they are separated by a terrible accident. Joon-sang was thought to be dead, leaving Yoo-jin heartbroken after the tragedy. During mourning, Sang-hyuk continued to accompany her, so Yoo-jin slowly began to accept his presence in her life.


Ten years later, Yoo-jin and Sang-hyuk were ready to get engaged. However, the happy day was broken because the girl did not appear. Apparently, when returning home from the salon, Yoo-jin met a man who was very similar to Joon-sang. Later, it became known that the man was Lee Min-hyeong’s new boyfriend, from Oh Chae-lim’s high school friend.

Despite trying to avoid him, Yoo-jin was later forced to see Min-hyung often because he worked on the same project she did. The closeness between the two began to turn into love which was continually hindered by Sang-hyuk and Chae-lim, who were not willing to be separated from their partners. A second event happened to Joon-sang which threatened his life after it was discovered there was a blockage in the arteries in his brain that could kill him. His life was also increasingly uncertain after parting with Yoo-jin, who was suspected of being his half-sister. After going through DNA testing, it was discovered that Joon-sang’s biological father was Sang-hyuk’s father.


After three years, Joon-sang returned to Korea, blind from his postoperative condition. The house he built caught Yoo-jin’s attention, and she came to take a look at it. She was surprised to see the man she knew so well, and the two of them became inseparable.

Off-screen Moments

Although it was really hard to find out about their moments behind the scenes, you can simply look at these scenes where Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo met each other and were being romantic as a couple.

Let’s take a look at their interactions below!


What Are They Doing Now?

Actor Bae Yong-joon is now married to an actress named Park Soo-jin. He announced their engagement in May, 2015, and the couple married two months later on July 27, 2015, at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel.


The wedding between two public figures in South Korean entertainment received a lot of attention from their fans, since they had a private wedding party and people were very curious about how the couple met each other and started their relationship.


However, the news about Bae Yong-joon was still questionable to some people with regard to how the two got attached with each other and the controversy they caused during the wedding party, when they shared an intimate kiss in front of the crowd who cheered for them. People were asking whether their families felt uncomfortable by seeing the married couple behave in such a way?


On October 23, 2016, Park Soo-jin gave birth to their first child and many people congratulated them on their newborn son. A year later, Park Soo-jin got pregnant with their second child and was expected to gave birth in the middle of 2018. A few months later, the happy news was brought to Bae Yong-joon’s family that his wife had given birth to their second child, a daughter, on April 10, 2018.

Meanwhile, the heroine from Winter Sonata married her fiance, a non-celebrity, on March 29, 2018. As reported from one media source, Choi Ji-woo’s husband is more than nine years younger than she is and worked as a CEO for an IT company.


Choi Ji-woo and her husband dated for three years before the marriage. The news about their marriage hit the internet and stated that there were less than 100 guests, as their wedding would be celebrated in Korean traditional style. The bride and groom didn’t accept any congratulatory money from the guests and everything is well-prepared for the wedding.


On January 4, 2018, Choi Ji-woo appeared as a cast member on tvN’s variety show Coffee Friends (hangul: 커피프렌즈). The variety show is about the four cast members who run a coffee shop on a tangerine farm on Jeju Island. They had to sell food and beverages in order to get a donation and they allow customer to donate in any amount, through the menus they sold.


Well, that was all for the information about Winter Sonata‘s lead actor and actress’s interactions and their sweet moments together during the drama’s filming. Although they have gone their separate ways in real life, let us hope for all the best to Choi Ji-woo and Bae Yong-joon’s career in the future, and wish a happy life for their families, as well.