Now that Nice Guy has wrapped up I can start anticipating the new crop of dramas coming along. Aside from Alice in Cheongdamdong, the rest of 2012 is done for me in terms of new dramas. But early 2013 brings a slew of dramas worth at least checking out, the most serious one of the bunch being That Winter, The Wind Blows written by Noh Hee Kyung (Goodbye Solo, Padam Padam) with a diverse cast of Jo In Sung, Song Hye Kyo, Kim Bum, Jung Eun Ji, Bae Jung Ok, and Seo Hyo Rim. Directed by Noh Hee Kyung’s longtime collaborative PD Kim Kyu Tae, I have high hopes this melodrama will continue the high bar set by Nice Guy and tell a story without resorting to cheap narrative tricks to milk tears. My opinion of Jo In Sung is that he’s the king of old-school melodramas, with his performances in What Happened in Bali and Spring Days both shining examples of how he can cry like no other male actor out there as well as express some serious oomph towards the camera.
I’m also hopeful that Song Hye Kyo will continue her acting improvement and wow me here in tackling a character who is blind. Jung Eun Ji was seriously impressive in her debut drama Answer Me 1997, and I can see Kim Bum flourishing onscreen opposite her as well as playing the best friend to Jo In Sung’s character. I’ve always thought Bummie was a baby version of Jo In Sung acting-wise. The basic premise of the drama stems from an emotionally bitter man who was abandoned by his parents as a child and dealt with a crushing first love disappointment. He decides to con a rich heiress who is dealing with a sudden onset of blindness by pretending to be her long-lost older brother. Of course they fall in love, the con and the fauxcest aside. I love this writer, I like this cast, that’s enough to keep a close watch on That Winter and hope the end result is that this drama doesn’t end up blowing but instead rocks. That Winter will air on KBS after Jeon Woo Chi.