East of Eden (TV series)
|East of Eden|
Promotional poster for East of Eden
|Written by||Na Yeon-sook
|Directed by||So Won-young|
|Opening theme||"Reversal of Fate" by SG Wannabe and Kim Jong-wook|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||56|
|Running time||Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)|
|Production company(s)||Chorokbaem Media|
|Original channel||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original run||25 August 2008– 10 March 2009|
|Preceded by||Night after Night|
|Followed by||Queen of Housewives|
|Revised Romanization||Eden-ui Dong-jjok|
East of Eden (Hangul: 에덴의 동쪽; RR: Eden-ui Dong-jjok) is a 2008 South Korean television series, starring Song Seung-heon, Yeon Jung-hoon, Park Hae-jin, Lee Da-hae, Han Ji-hye, and Lee Yeon-hee. It was produced by Chorokbaem Media as a 47th Anniversary Special Project Drama for Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC). It aired on MBC from August 25, 2008 to March 10, 2009 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 56 episodes. The ₩25 billion drama tells the story of the brothers Dong-chul (Song) and Dong-wook (Yeon). Their fates diverge after the murder of their coal miner father, with one joining the mob and the other becoming a successful lawyer.
A period epic that spans the years 1960 to 2000, East of Eden tells a saga of the bitter rivalry between two men who are eternally bound by fate.
Shin Tae-hwan (Jo Min-ki) is the managing director of a coal mine in Taebaek. The true embodiment of ruthless ambition, he strives to inherit the coal mining company Taesung Group. In the process, he kills Lee Ki-chul (Lee Jong-won), a miner crusading for worker's rights who has been blocking his path to success. He also seduces Yoo Mi-ae (Shin Eun-jung), a nurse at Taebaek Hospital, only to coldly brush her away after he's tired of her.
At the same moment that Yang Chun-hee (Lee Mi-sook), wife of the deceased Ki-chul, is giving birth to a son at Taebaek Hospital, Shin Tae-hwan's wife also gives birth to a baby boy. Filled with rage at Shin Tae-hwan's betrayal, the nurse Mi-ae comes up with a scheme to fulfill her own revenge. She switches the two babies. By doing so, she viciously transforms the fates of not just two lives, but those around them.
Years later, Chun-hee's sons Lee Dong-chul (Song Seung-heon) and Lee Dong-wook (Yeon Jung-hoon) are the closest of brothers. To alleviate their poverty, Dong-chul becomes a gangster, while the younger Dong-wook dreams of becoming a prosecutor to help the family seek revenge on Shin Tae-hwan. Two women enter Dong-chul's life: the smart and sensible Min Hye-rin (Lee Da-hae), and Gook Young-ran (Lee Yeon-hee), the willful daughter of his gang boss (Yoo Dong-geun). Meanwhile, Shin Myung-hoon (Park Hae-jin), who's been molded in his father Tae-hwan's spiteful, selfish image, sets his eye on Kim Ji-hyun (Han Ji-hye), Dong-wook's sweetheart.
Until a revelation shakes Dong-chul to his core: that his real brother was raised by Shin Tae-hwan and that the beloved brother that had been beside him all these years is actually the son of his enemy.
- Song Seung-heon as Lee Dong-chul
- Shin Dong-woo as Dong-chul (5 years old)
- Kim Bum as Dong-chul (15 years old)
- Yeon Jung-hoon as Lee Dong-wook
- Park Gun-tae as Dong-wook (10 years old)
- Park Hae-jin as Shin Myung-hoon
- Won Deok-hyun as Myung-hoon (10 years old)
- Lee Da-hae as Min Hye-rin
- Han Ji-hye as Kim Ji-hyun
- Nam Ji-hyeon as Ji-hyun (10 years old)
- Lee Yeon-hee as Gook Young-ran / Grace
- Jo Min-ki as Shin Tae-hwan (Myung-hoon's father)
- Lee Mi-sook as Yang Chun-hee (Dong-chul and Dong-wook's mother)
- Yoo Dong-geun as Gook Dae-hwa (Young-ran's father)
- Dennis Oh as Mike Packard
- Lee Jong-won as Lee Ki-chul
- Jeon Mi-seon as Jung-ja (Ki-soon's mother)
- Park Hyun-sook as Yang Ok-hee (Chun-hee's sister)
- Jeon So-min as Lee Ki-soon
- Jin Ji-hee as Ki-soon (9 years old)
- Kim Sung-kyum as resident Oh
- Na Hyun-hee as Oh Yoon-hee
- Lee Won-jae as Kyung-tae
- Shim Hye-jin as Young-ran's mother
- Yoon Dong-hwan as lawyer Kim Tae-seon
- Jung Hye-young as Janice / Jae-hee
- Shin Eun-jung as Yoo Mi-ae / Rebecca
- Hwang Jung-eum as Kim So-hyun
- Jeon Sung-hwan as stationmaster Kim Gab-soo (Ji-hyun's grandfather)
- Lee Seok-joon as Father Han
- Kim Hyung-min as Wang-geon
- Go Yoon-hoo as Dok-sa
- Kwon Se-in as Dok-sa (10 years old)
- Park Chan-hwan as Chaeng
- Kim Hak-chul as Kang Gi-man
- Park Geun-hyung as President Min (Hye-rin's father)
- Jung Young-sook as Bae Hwa-mi (Mr. Min's wife)
- Jung So-young as Min Hye-ryung (Hye-rin's sister)
- Park Sung-woong as Baek Sung-hyun
- Jung Yoon-seok as Yeon-seob
- Lee Sol-gu as Choi Hak-sung
- 2008 Korea Drama Festival Awards
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards
- Grand Prize: Song Seung-heon
- Top Excellence Award, Actress: Lee Mi-sook
- Excellence Award, Actor: Jo Min-ki
- Excellence Award, Actress: Han Ji-hye
- Best New Actor: Park Hae-jin
- Best New Actress: Lee Yeon-hee
- Golden Acting Award: Park Geun-hyung
- Golden Acting Award: Yoo Dong-geun
- Golden Acting Award: Shin Eun-jung
- PD Award: Yeon Jung-hoon
- Special Child Actor Award: Park Gun-tae, Shin Dong-woo, Nam Ji-hyeon
- Best Couple Award: Song Seung-heon and Lee Yeon-hee
- Popularity Award, Actor: Song Seung-heon
- Popularity Award, Actress: Lee Yeon-hee
- Writer of the Year: Na Yeon-sook
The series aired in Japan on TBS in 2009. Selected scenes were also screened in theaters, free of charge, in eight major Japanese cities including Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Hiroshima over 23 sessions in October 2008. These screenings were sponsored by Hanbang Cosmetics Company to mark lead actor Song Seung-heon's 32nd birthday; Song was the model of the company's ad campaign.
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- Her last appearance was in episode 40.
- Chung, Ah-young (2 November 2008). "Actor Kim Wins Top Prize at Korea Drama Festival Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "MBC Should Be Ashamed of Farcical Awards". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
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