That Winter The Wind Blows, episode 12-13

I always start out my weekly binge of That Winter, The Wind Blows with precise sort of curiosity, bordering on something like disinterest. By the end of the second episode I feel exhausted and shattered. I almost regret not marathoning this drama because it is very likely that the distance I gain every week that must then take almost two episodes to close is affecting my perception of this drama considerably.

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Oh Soo speaking to Young on camera, because he can’t face her yet, telling her about her brother and saying that he loved her.

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A completely useless scene then follows, where Jin Sung tries his damnest to get into trouble again. Useless save for the fact that we get another glimpse into Moo Chul’s greyness, with his insistence to play by the rules, to make sure the innocents like Jin Sung don’t get hurt.

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Does Moo Chul realize he is not….um, Jo In Sung and tight clothes don’t exactly complement him? Never mind, this is Korea.

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Naturally Young is hesitant around Oh Soo after his midnight advances and I really would have loved this camera angle with them in the mirror and Young looking at herself but not seeing and him admiring her reflection if not for the relentless feel of claustrophobia caused by persistent close-ups.

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Isn’t this drama pretty…when the director zooms out once a while?

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Oh Soo’s “I love you and I don’t care that we are siblings” would feel like a punch in the gut if it were taken out of context. But there is almost no tension in his admission aside from “gosh, stop torturing the poor woman and tell her the truth”. It did make think though, that perhaps Oh Soo is the type of person who would have went along with their love anyway, even if she was really his sister.

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Wang biseo being haunted by the room’s ghosts, and again, I might have found this scene affecting if not the obvious contrast and camera work. Is the director reveling in his perceived cleverness? Because someone has to tell him.

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I was a bit frustrated with both of them in this episode, although more with Oh Soo I suppose. I hated that he constantly tried to touch Young even when she said “no” numerous times and I hated that he wouldn’t give her space….On the other hand, I hated that she wanted that space to begin with when clearly it’s so pointless.  Hello, the world is ending! Just go and make babies while you can.

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And finally Young learns the truth about Oh Soo not being her brother.

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Oh Soo’s struggling with Wang biseo. Where is Wang biseo? I don’t know, just enjoy this close-up.

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I really appreciate this insight into Wang biseo’s twisted logic though — so she made sure Young was blind so she could care diligently for her, for the rest of her life? Lovely.

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I absolutely loved Young’s reaction to the reveal. It has such a nice build up of her pretending that everything is OK, going along with the game, forcing Oh Soo to play along as well one last time and then falling apart in front of Oh Soo only once, in the cabin and saying something that makes so much sense – how the most hurtful consequence of his deceit is that she is so wrapped up in feelings for him that there is no space to grieve about her brother who, she just learned, has passed away. So real and so completely messed up and even though I love them together, I would be okay with them apart as well. At least for a time.

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I should be impressed but Song Hye Kyo in a wedding dress looks exactly the way she always does – ethereally beautiful.

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Still adore the set director. The cabin looks magical, cobwebs and all.

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She should’ve gone for boiling water for maximum effect…

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My first gut-reaction to the forced kiss was extremely negative, but I’m relenting a bit. I understand that Oh Soo is pretty desperate at that point, and while that’s never a good excuse, it still makes me think that it’s an appropriate final note to their confrontation. It’s like the violence of their feelings has converged in the storm of that kiss and then dissipated, completely exhausted.

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“Is this the end for us?”

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Don’t think so, but it still hurts.

I would say that at this point, with only 3 episodes to go, the drama is revoking all claim on distinction and perfection and instead electing to remain simply a solid romance story. I know I say this ever week, but I’m still loving this drama a ton. It has a personal appeal to me and I’m just happy that it is staying strong in many different aspects, from the story to the acting and dialogue. Yes, the directing is whacky but I can put up with it, and in any case, I don’t have to do it for long now.


3 thoughts on “That Winter The Wind Blows, episode 12-13

  1. Girl you’re not the only one! love this drama 2. as for the kissing scene w/o the music felt so intense & real. it’s his way of saying stop fighting her feelings for him,literally!

    • Ooh, there was no music? I haven’t taken note of that. The scene was extremely intense and almost painful to watch. it’s his way of saying stop fighting her feelings for him,literally! That’s sort of how I see the kiss now too – as soothing and sensual, probably the only thing that could’ve calmed Young down both physically and emotionally.

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