East of Eden (TV series)

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East of Eden
East of Eden-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for East of Eden
Written by
  • Na Yeon-sook
  • Lee Hong-ku
Directed bySo Won-young
Opening theme"Reversal of Fate" by SG Wannabe and Kim Jong-wook
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes56
  • Kim Jin-man
  • Choi Byeong-kil
Production location(s)
  • Ha Jae-young
  • Jung Seung-woo
Production company(s)Chorokbaem Media
Budget₩25 billion
Original networkMunhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original releaseAugust 25, 2008 (2008-08-25) – March 10, 2009 (2009-03-10)
External links
Korean name
Revised RomanizationEden-ui Dong-jjok
McCune–ReischauerEten-ŭi Tong-tchok

East of Eden (Hangul에덴의 동쪽; RREden-ui Dong-jjok) is a 2008 South Korean television series, starring Song Seung-heon,[1] Yeon Jung-hoon, Park Hae-jin, Han Ji-hye,[2], Lee Da-hae, and Lee Yeon-hee. It was produced by Chorokbaem Media as a 47th Anniversary Special Project Drama for MBC, on which it aired 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.[3][4][5]


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.


Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • 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
  • 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-jung
  • Kang Eun-tak as Han Soo-jae
  • 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 Yun-seok as Yo-seob (ep 7-10)
  • Lee Sol-gu as Choi Hak-sung

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2nd Korea Drama Awards[7]
Netizen Popularity Award Kim Bum Won
21st Grimae Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Ha Jae-young, Jung Seung-woo
Best Production Director Kim Jin-man Won
MBC Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang)[8] Song Seung-heon Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Song Seung-heon Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Lee Mi-sook Won
Excellence Award, Actor Jo Min-ki Won
Excellence Award, Actress Han Ji-hye Won
Lee Da-hae Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Park Geun-hyung Won
Golden Acting Award, Supporting Actress Shin Eun-jung Won
Golden Acting Award, Veteran Actor Yoo Dong-geun Won
PD Award Yeon Jung-hoon Won
Best New Actor Park Hae-jin Won
Best New Actress Lee Yeon-hee Won
Best Child Actor/Actress Park Gun-tae Won
Shin Dong-woo Won
Nam Ji-hyun Won
Writer of the Year Na Yeon-sook Won
Viewer's Favorite Drama of the Year East of Eden Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Song Seung-heon Won
Popularity Award, Actress Lee Yeon-hee Won
Best Couple Award Song Seung-heon and Lee Yeon-hee Won
45th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actor (TV) Song Seung-heon Nominated
Best Actress (TV) Han Ji-hye Nominated
Best New Actor (TV) Kim Bum Nominated
Best New Actress (TV) Lee Yeon-hee Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

  • The series aired in Japan in 2009 on TBS and cable channel DATV.[9][10] 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.[11]
  • It aired in Vietnam on VTV3 from July 23, 2009, under the title Phía đông vườn địa đàng.
  • It aired in the Philippines on GMA Network from August 16, 2010 until January 13, 2011.[12]
  • It aired in Malaysia on TV2 in 2014.
  • It aired in Thailand on True Asian Series starting May 29, 2009.[13]


  1. ^ "No Longer Just a Pretty Face: Song Seung-hun". The Chosun Ilbo. September 5, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Ki, Sun-min (November 26, 2008). "Actress Han Ji-hye feels destined for Eden". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "A delightful banquet among the stars begins soon in East of Eden!". MBC Global Media. August 12, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Han, Sang-hee (August 19, 2008). "TV Dramas Gear Up for Post-Olympics Race". The Korea Times. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  5. ^ Deutsch, Brian (September 11, 2008). "Drama Sets in Suncheon: Journey to Past". The Korea Times. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Her last appearance was in episode 40.
  7. ^ Chung, Ah-young (November 2, 2008). "Actor Kim Wins Top Prize at Korea Drama Festival Awards". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on May 21, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "MBC Should Be Ashamed of Farcical Awards". The Chosun Ilbo. January 2, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  9. ^ Kim, Lynn (December 28, 2009). "Korean actor Cho Min-ki featured in Mainichi Shimbun". 10Asia. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  10. ^ http://datv.jp/p000154/
  11. ^ "East of Eden to be Screened in 8 Japanese Cities". KBS Global. September 22, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  12. ^ "GMA-7's newest Asianovela East of Eden premieres tonight". Philippine Entertainment Portal. August 16, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  13. ^ "East of Eden - ตระกูลรักหักเหลี่ยมแค้น". blike.net (in Thai). May 5, 2016.

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