"Fuyu no Sakura" is described as a pure love story with similarities to the popular Korean drama "Winter Sonata" (titled "Fuyu no Sonata" in Japan). Kusanagi plays a gentle glass craftsman in Yamagata who has no experience in love. Imai plays an older housewife with a husband and daughter who goes on a trip alone to Yamagata, hoping to see sakura trees blooming in winter. She gets into an accident, but is saved by Kusanagi. He ends up tending to her, and the two are soon drawn to each other.
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The characters are adult at their 30's and 40's, yet never find their true love. Here, they get closer to each other naturally. The drama adapted from popular Korean drama Winter Sonata, though I don't really remember the similarities this is good, well-paced story, and complicated enough as I can say with daughter-mother relationship problem adding the plot, and at last, the chemistry was there. Watch it, if you interested in intriguing relationship, as I can't say this is an affair because the woman had amnesia, she didn't remember anything. The drama has some bittersweet and painful moments, as it was intended to have that tone.
I really like Kusanagi Tsuyoshi in 1778 Stories of Me and My Wife and he's doing a good job in that, even more here, he really suits the role, as a gentle craftsman and dedicated son and it's not only for him, Imai Miki had performed her best too. Their superb acting was brilliant imo, you see their feelings there, no wonder they've ended up with very good chemistry.
The music being played in each scene was a success way to breaking my heart. As he found love, I keep smiling and crying. I don't know this could be so ideal. Watching this as the end, I can say it's fantastic and leaves me with a deep impression.
I scored 8 for rewatch value because its cinematography, its directing and its music was well done produced, it's worth it. But to me watching through their heartbroken moment twice, I guess I can't do it again.