Sad Love Story
|Sad Love Story|
|Also known as||Sad Love Song |
|Written by||Lee Sung-eun|
|Directed by||Yoo Chul-yong|
|Starring||Kwon Sang-woo |
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Location(s)||South Korea |
|Running time||Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 |
|Picture format||16:9 576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||January 5, 2005– March 17, 2005|
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Sad Love Story (Hangul: 슬픈연가; RR: Seul-peun Yeon-ga; lit. Sad Love Song or Sad Sonata) is a 2005 South Korean television series starring Kwon Sang-woo, Kim Hee-sun and Yeon Jung-hoon. Partly shot overseas with a budget of ₩7 billion, it was one of the most expensive Korean dramas of the mid-2000s. It received low ratings in South Korea, but attracted more attention when it was exported to Japan and other Asian countries due to its stars' Korean wave appeal.
From the moment they meet, Joon-young (Kwon Sang-woo) and the blind Hye-in (Kim Hee-sun) share an instant connection. Young and naïve, they believe that nothing can change their love. Life, however, pulls them in opposite directions. Joon-young is sent to Seoul, while Hye-in immigrates to America. Misleadingly informed that Joon-young is dead, Hye-in struggles to begin a new life alone. Years later, Hye-in returns to Seoul. With her eyesight restored, she is now a singer happily engaged to her producer Gun-woo (Yeon Jung-hoon). Everything changes though when Gun-woo's composer friend turns out to be none other than Joon-young. He instantly recognizes her, but Hye-in has never seen Joon-young before. When love is no longer simple and blind, can Hye-in and Joon-young still find their way back to each other?
- Kwon Sang-woo as Seo Joon-young / Choi Joon-kyu
- Yoo Seung-ho as young Joon-young / Joon-young's son
- Na Young-hee as Seo Hyang-ja, his mother
- Lee Young-ha as Choi Joon-il, his father
- Kim Hee-sun as Park Hye-in
- Kim So-eun as young Hye-in
- Jin Hee-kyung as Audrey / Lee Mi-sook, her aunt
- Yeon Jung-hoon as Lee Gun-woo
- Jo Kyung-hwan as Lee Kang-in, his father
- Lee Yeon-soo as Lee Soo-ji, his handicapped, older sister
- Lee Jong-won as Oh Sang-jin, Soo-ji's husband
- Kim Yeon-joo as Cha Hwa-jung
- Go Ah-sung as young Hwa-jung
- Lee Mi-young as Hwang Min-kyung, her mother
- Kang Nam-gil as Hwa-jung's father, a taxi driver
- Jung Woo as Lee Min-ho, a small-time gangster who likes Hwa-jung
- MC Mong as Jang Jin-pyo, Joon-young and Gun-woo's friend
- Lee Hyun-woo as Jang-ho, guitar player
- Lee Da-hee as Kang Shin-hee, Gun-woo's NYC friend
- Choi Ran as Sook-ja
- Hong Seok-cheon as Charlie
- Yang Geum-suk as Gun-woo's deceased mother
- Baek Bong-ki as Yong-chul
- Kim Hee-jung as Choi Joon-il's girlfriend
- Ha Seok-jin
The series originally cast actor Song Seung-heon to play the character Gun-woo. Song had already filmed several scenes overseas and recorded songs for the soundtrack, when a draft-dodging scandal involving him broke out, causing him to enlist in the military service. On short notice, Yeon Jung-hoon was selected as his replacement.
 See also
- Suh, Jung-bo (21 October 2004). "Kim Hee-sun, A Blind Singer in the New Drama "Sad Love Song"". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Hwang, You-mee (15 January 2005). "TV dramas woo viewers with top actresses". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 December 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lim, Jae-un (13 May 2005). "Paying off the stars through advertising". Korea JoongAng Daily via Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-11-18.