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The Nikkan Sports newspaper is reporting on Saturday that the ending scene for the ongoing Winter Sonata anime television series will be filmed in live-action. Yong Joon Bae and Ji Woo Choi, the stars of the 2002 live-action Korean television drama that inspired the anime, will appear in the new live-action footage when it runs on April 24. The new ending in the 26th episode will cover a part of the story that was not in original Korean drama.
Both the original drama and the 26-episode anime follow a girl named Yu Jin Jung (Choi) and her male classmate Joon Sang Kang (Bae) as tragedy and angst befalls them and those around them in the years between high school and young adulthood. The 2004 Japanese broadcast of the drama triggered the ongoing "Korean wave" of pop culture in Japan and turned Bae into a superstar among Japanese female viewers. The Japanese publisher Ohzora Publishing Co. eventually imported and translated the drama's manhwa adaptation under the title Winter Love Song.
Bae had already agreed to reprise his role for the anime's voice cast, as part of the 2007-2008 deal that gave his Key East company production credit for the anime. Choi agreed to join the voice cast shortly thereafter.
Image © 2009 Anime Winter Sonata Production Committee
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