"The Wind Blows" has dramatically improved in the ratings this week, jumping from 3.88% on June 11th to 6.24% on June 18th. The spike has largely been atributed to the strength of Kim Ha-neul's acting as well as her character's arc. Mild spoilers follow.
Kam Woo-sung's character, Do-hoon, has been suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease. Up until the eighth episode he has mostly successfully been able to hide it from his wife Soo-jin, who is played by Kim Ha-neul. This created a prime opportunity for Kim Ha-neul to unleash her powerful emotional acting talent, as Soo-jin agonized both over Do-hoon's suffering as well as her own actions up until then taken in ignorance of his illness.
"The Wind Blows" is quickly shaping up to be a triumphant return for Kim Ha-neul to dramas. While "The Wind Blows" is, like most famous Kim Ha-neul projects, a melodrama, the unique concept of being centered around an aging couple combined with the drama's strong artistic direction have elevated it above previous projects.
Written by William Schwartz
"The Wind Blows" is directed by Jeong Jeong-hwa, Kim Bo-kyung-III, written by Hwang Joo-ha, and features Kam Woo-sung, Kim Ha-neul, Kim Sung-cheol, Kim Ga-eun, Lee Joon-hyuk-I, Yoon Ji-hye. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/05/27~Now airing, Mon, Tue 21:30 on jTBC.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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