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‘Sonata’ tunes up animated version

Hit South Korean TV drama heads to big-screen

SEOUL — Pan-Asian hit TV drama “Winter Sonata” (2002), from South Korea, will be remade in animated form, with star Bae Yong-joon dubbing the voice of the character that made him famous.

Co-produced by South Korea’s Key East, in which Bae is a major shareholder, and Japan’s Total Promotion, the animated project will be produced both as a 26-part TV series and as a theatrical feature. Both will be targeted at the entire Asian market, given the widespread appeal of the original TV drama.

Bae, one of the Korean Wave stars of the mid-2000s, is particularly popular in Japan, where the drama was broadcast to wide acclaim on NHK. He most recently appeared in the $46 million TV drama “Taewang-sasingi” (The Legend), which proved a hit both locally and in Japan.

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