That Winter, The Wind Blows

That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013)

Your Rating:
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 6,092 users
Reviews: 55 users

"The Winter, The Wind Blows" is a story about a man who is known to be the best gambler in Cheongdam neighborhood. He lives a meaningless life after being abandoned by his parents and failing at his first love relationship. In order to pay his debt, he starts living with a rich girl who is the heir to a large corporation. However, he falls in love with the girl, who is also read moreas lonely as him. She has also lived a difficult life. She has lost her eyesight and her father has passed away. She will have to protect herself from those around her.

  • Native title:

    그 겨울, 바람이 분다
  • Also Known as:

    Wind Blows in Winter; Baramibunda

Add Cast Show More Cast (14)Cast

View allNews & Articles

Ask an Ajumma
Our ajummas answer more questions: ears, names, Korean patriarchy, and what dramas to watch!
7 Music Videos that should be made into Dramas
A list of some Music Videos that I consider could make great dramas.

Write a Review More Reviews (53) Reviews

16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Other reviews by this user
Apr 5, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This drama was quite refreshing and beautiful. I'm not really talking about the story. I mean, it was a typical love story, predictable at most points (although there were some shockers thrown in too). What I'm actually talking about is the amazing cinematography and the beautiful locales where this was shot. Everything was simply breath-taking from the wardrobe to the snowy mountains. Another plus point was the way Oh Soo's character was read more played out. I liked all the characters and everyone acted well but it was Oh Soo who made me cry and relieved and sad and sympathetic and at times, even gave me goosebumps. It was nice seeing Song Hye Kyo after the long gap and she was here usual best. Eun Ji and Kim Bum made a very cute couple. Kim Bum has become one of my all time favorite side-kicks. As for Eun ji, I really want to see her in another center role now. I mean, she was great in this but she deserves more lead roles. I guess she's my forever-bias after Reply 1997 :)
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
18 of 20 people found this review helpful
Other reviews by this user
May 21, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I finished this stunning, stirring and affectionate “I pretended to be a long lost brother to a blind heiress because I needed money to continue to live only to find myself waking up wanting to protect my fake little sister every single day” in between anti-histamine and sleeping. Given the drama bucket I’ve piled in the past few years, making me stay sitting on a drama was a feat hard to achieve, read more and this year, “That Winter, The Wind Blows” was the first one to notch it, and no candy crush nor any other distraction can compete with Jo In Sung oppa for my attention. *wink

This is how a melodrama should be done, enough emotional scenes to stimulate the heart and tear ducts, but not bordering to weep fest. This spectacle was like Innocent Man, but what was half-achieved by the former, was strongly fulfilled by this winter romance show.

Loving someone when you are literally blind takes faith beyond reasons, and finding a reason to live because you love someone takes bravery beyond faith. These are the two love lessons I have learned from Oh Soo and Oh Young, and so far this year, they are my favorite love couple.

A tale of not really brothers and sisters who were entangled by fate, unexpected fondness, blind trust, and true love, this drama blew me away on the early episodes and the intense scenes when the revelations were surging up. It took me a while to be convinced on how the lead girl’s firm grasp of things disregarded how her hero abnegated his own happiness because he got infected with the love he was feeling for her, but as I realized, I without disability have insecurities and would really feel awful if I will be betrayed, how much more for a blind girl like her. It always help to step on the character’s shoes to see through their perspective.

Since a lie started the web of deceit, the swinging of how to keep it up moved to degrees of annoyance and appreciation to me because I got a heroine who was frail but not gullible at the same time. I have always liked Song Hye Gyo, and this is her “I’m sorry abby for making you watch A Reason to Live peace offering”, I supposed. When the illness-dying twist emerged in the story, I was shouting, “why is she in the brink of death drama scenario again?”, but I was appeased with her superb portrayal showcasing a vulnerable character who has learned when to turn off her protective bubble to bring the best of her and to reconcile with the idea that bravery can also mean trusting people wholeheartedly without a hint of hesitation. But, in the finale episodes, I detested her stubborn self, I mean, “hell I know you are blind, but stop being proud! and just live happily ever after with Oh-Soo oppa!”

I have slight issues with how In Sung oppa exaggerated his acting sometimes, but given his hotness and knee-crumbling appeal, I let it slide and because at the strong scenes he was seamless in nailing it. He was way beyond Cullen or Grey or the rest of the fictional sexiest man alive list. He smiled.. he smirked… I fainted. His every move in the camera was a justification of my korean drama addiction. *hearteyed

I would be honest that there were dallying episodes after the mid-part of the story and Young’s indecisiveness which you have to tolerate because of her disability was the minus factor in the story. There were inconsistencies in her character that were just salvaged because she was blind, but since I grew tired empathizing with her, I disliked how she saw through her visual impairment and felt how the people around her move to please her so as to gain favor from her, only to not rely on her instincts when it was needed. All throughout she was in a battle of who-to-trust-and-not, and had she not submitted to weighing the twinge of trust properly, I would have been disappointed because the building of this drama was impeccable, but the fulfillment should be at least satisfying.

I almost had an asthma attack in Oh Soo’s breakdown scene and how he was blaming himself on not just playing the con he started instead of making love complicate all things. It was such a strong memorable moment that sent me to weep island, and will be on top of my favorite scenes this year on kdramaland.

It was a safe ending. It was not a happy-yey!-ever-after closure, but at least they were together. And I’m happy about it. There were hanging questions that were not explained and karmic justice that were not served to some of the characters like Mr. Kim and So-ra, and they only focused on what the ultimate yearning of the love couple was — for Young-i to see Soo oppa. So they ended it in her quarter-blindness, it was like… “Okay, blind girl, you can be happy now, but don’t jump!” Other than this puny finale episode sulking, I really loved this drama because it didn’t give me the satisfaction of getting a fairy-tale ending. And because at those scenes that really mattered I was able to feel for the characters and the struggle they were hurdling. It drove to the path of how Oh-soo and Oh-young’s self-contemplation on what they have to offer with each other to be worthy of each other’s love. Oh-soo who has never saw meaning to his life has found it when he met a woman who was also sharing the same sentiment as his. Sometimes it’s really the pain that makes the love so worth it, because without it you can never differentiate if you are willing to let go or to love the person.

“That Winter, The Wind Blows” was a poignant love drama that will make you remember how you were scared to start a love you were unsure of, and how you took the odds to claim it. This was a cure for people with “trust issues” and its delightful and piercing romance take will definitely appeal to people wanting to love… wanting to be in love and wanting to be loved back. It was a splendid romantic drama ride for me. It was not perfect but it was emotionally astonishing.

-jediprincess ^_^
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Make a Recommendation More recs (26)Recommendations

Oh Soo (Zo In-Sung), known as the best gambler in the Cheongdam neighborhood, lives a meaningless life. His parents dumped him at an early age and he lost his first lover. Meanwhile, Oh Young (Song Hye-Kyo) is the heir to a large corporation, but she lives a lonely existence. She lost her eyesight at an early age and her father recently passed away. Their fate soon becomes intertwined.
Recommended by Elisabeth Keiser
A stepbrother and stepsister fall in love even though they are not blood related, their love is still forbidden.
Recommended by Ceki91

Create topic See AllRecent Discussions new!

Be the first to create a discussion for That Winter, The Wind Blows

Comments (65)

  • Login or Register to post comments
  • Reply
    SSKF 13 days ago - edited

    Can someone explain the ending scene to me please? I'm confused.

    • Reply
      DianaCarvalho 12 days ago
      Reveal Spoiler »
    • Reply
      SSKF 12 days ago


  • Reply
    joyje Sep 13, 2015 - edited

    Jo In Sung nailed the character he played in this drama. The ending was a bit confusing though........ Nevertheless, the drama was okay. I preferred this drama compared to It's Okay That's Love.

  • Reply
    leila Aug 30, 2015

    I gave it a 10. It was daebak ! I fell for in sung oopa

  • Reply
    DoHani Aug 22, 2015

    Well... I'm confused.

  • Reply
    DBSK Jul 29, 2015

    Time to re-watch this beautiful drama.

  • Reply
    lorrainesong Jul 10, 2015

    I Guess this is one of the best drama of!

  • Reply
    blueaoichan Jul 9, 2015


    started out good but at the mid point it drag a lot. the ending kind of rushed and confusing in my opinion.
    overall it's a great drama and I actually enjoy it a lot. and the actors are amazing 99999 thumbs up !
    (not that sad though, I cried but not that much.)

  • Reply
    Aggnes Jul 7, 2015 - edited

    2 years and I can't get over this drama... Still in love with Oh Soo.

  • Reply
    ldrx Jun 24, 2015 - edited

    finally just finished this drama. It started out to be good but then later at some episode it would drag too much, Also the ending was too rushed and messy which added to my disappointment. Regardless it was a decent drama

  • Reply
    Nanotao May 17, 2015 - edited

    Bad I spent one day on it. That was unnatural, slow and boring. I watched because I wanted to fill myself with sentiments of OSoo and OYeong. So I skipped many other scenes, didn't watch them. And shit.. I kept watching it to the last ep because I love Jo InSung.
    Don't like chaebols stories.

    • Reply
      lorrainesong Jul 10, 2015

      Then don't watch it! i mean i may offend you but i guess you didn't like hye kyo? ohhh u know 2003 most beautiful girl in korea 2009 10 most influencial women in the world 2011 new face of asia and 2014 12 most prettiest women in the world out of 15 so what? don't beleive just search! U KNOW I'M PISSED OF YOU AS HELL! HAHAHAHA!!!

  • Reply
    LotusElan May 13, 2015
    Reveal Spoiler »
  • Reply
    xenogear Mar 22, 2015 - edited

    was a nice drama,i decided to watch it after It's okay thats love but i felt a bit empty towards the end.Was a good drama,Had to think about the ending abit but seems like a pretty good ending.

    Its okay thats love is better from my point of view though.This series was way to dark and slow paced.

    • Reply
      sal123 Jul 13, 2015

      can u pls explain the ending so he doesn't die right I mean if he died the other guy would have to go to jail.

  • Reply
    denise ann pendulas Feb 27, 2015

    i like this drama very much it so touching of heart my tears are falling down i watch it in new years day i like this i love song hye kyo

  • Reply
    bLoodYThoughtS Feb 3, 2015 - edited

    Too much drama and throwbacks scene but it didn't even make me cry -_-. Though they are not really siblings I still feel a bit awkward O_o . The ending was confusing.

  • Reply
    heartbreaker17 Jan 5, 2015 - edited

    Very weird drama but I manage to finish it.

    • Reply
      lorrainesong Jul 10, 2015


    • Reply
      Mo-chan Oct 18, 2015

      Wow please let's respect one's opinion and let's use relevant arguments if a debate has to be opened


  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

  • Episodes:

  • Aired:

    Feb 13, 2013 to Apr 4, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


  • Score:

    8.2 (scored by 6,092 users)
  • Ranked:

  • Popularity:


Recently Watched By