East of Eden

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  • Drama: East of Eden
  • Revised romanization: Edenui Dongjjuk
  • Hangul: 에덴의 동쪽
  • Director: Kim Jin-Man, Ashbun
  • Assistant Director: Jung Dae-Yoon
  • Writer: Na Yeon-Suk, Lee Hong-Koo
  • Network: MBC
  • Episodes: 56
  • Release Date: August 25, 2008 - March 10, 2009
  • Runtime: 21:55
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


Shin Tae-hwan is the managing director of a coal mine in Taebaek. As the true embodiment of ambition, he strives to become the inheritor of the coal mining company called the Taesung Group. In this process, he kills Lee Ki-chul, another miner who has been blocking his path to success. For his own selfish pleasure, he also seduces a nurse at Taebaek Hospital, only to coldly brush her away later.

At that moment, the wife of the deceased miner Lee Ki-chul gives birth to a son at Taebaek Hospital. On that same day, Shin Tae-hwan’s wife also gives birth to a baby boy.

Mi-ae is the nurse who has been betrayed by Shin Tae-hwan. In her rage, she comes up with a scheme to fulfill her own revenge. As if to jab a dagger into Shin Tae-hwan’s heart, she switches the two babies born in the same hospital. By doing so, she viciously transforms the fates of the two lives.


  1. Production cost for the 50 episode "East of Eden" totaled 25 Billion Won (roughly $23 Million).


Seung heon Song-profile.jpg Jeong hun Yeon-profile.jpg Da hae Lee-profile.jpg Ji hye Han-profile.jpg Yeon hee Lee-profile.jpg Hae jin Park-profile.jpg
Song Seung-Heon Yeon Jeong-Hun Lee Da-Hae Han Ji-Hye Lee Yeon-Hee Park Hae-Jin
Lee Dong-Cheol Lee Dong-Wook Min Hye-Rin Kim Ji-Hyeon Kuk Yeong-Ran Shin Myeong-Hun
East of Eden-Lee Mi-Sook.jpg East of Eden-Lee Jong-Won.jpg East of Eden-Jeon Mi-Seon.jpg East of Eden-Park Hyeon-Suk (1968).jpg East of Eden-Jeon So-Min.jpg East of Eden-Jo Min-Gi.jpg
Lee Mi-Sook Lee Jong-Won Jeon Mi-Sun Park Hyeon-Suk Jeon So-Min Jo Min-Gi
Yang Choon-Hee Ki Chul Jung-Ja Ok-Hee Ki Soon Shin Tae-Hwan
East of Eden-Kim Seong-Kyeom.jpg East of Eden-Na Hyeong-Hee.jpg East of Eden-Lee Won-Jae (1958).jpg East of Eden-Yoo Dong-Geun.jpg East of Eden-Yun Dong-Hwan.jpg East of Eden-Jung Hye-Young.jpg
Kim Seong-Kyeom Na Hyeong-Hee Lee Won-Jae Yoo Dong-Geun Yoon Dong-Hwan Jung Hye-Young
President Oh Oh Yoon-Hee Kyung-Tae president Kuk Kim Tae-Sun Janice
East of Eden-Dennis Oh.jpg East of Eden-Shin Eun-Jung.jpg East of Eden-Jeon Seong-Hwang.jpg East of Eden-Lee Suk-Joon.jpg East of Eden-Kim Hyeong-Min.jpg East of Eden-Park Chan-Hwan.jpg
Dennis Oh Shin Eun-Jung Jun Sung-Hwan Lee Suk-Joon Kim Hyeong-Min Park Chan-Hwan
Mike Mi-Ae Kim Kap-Soo priest Han Wang-Gun Chang
East of Eden-Park Keun-Hyeong.jpg East of Eden-Jung Yeon-Sook.jpg East of Eden-Jung So-Young.jpg East of Eden-Park Seong-Woong.jpg
Park Geun-Hyung Jung Young-Sook Jung So-Young Park Sung-Woong
president Min Bae Hwa-Mi Hye-Ryung Baek Sung-Hyun

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Sara This is the best drama ever... best and the cutest actors eveeeer... I don't know how to describe it... I've watched it 6 times!!! it's just.. super awesome

Firdaus Enjoy watching this drama back in 2009 when i was 12... It was the first drama that made me knew Park Hae Jin &seriously one of the best kdramas that made you cry,angry and suspens at maximum... I agreed that Yang Choon Hee who always been threatening a little bit of idiotic but that perfectly showed how determining she was to let the worl.d knew how unjustify her husband's death was... Anyway,keep watching for those who still haven't finishing it since this drama truly was worth to spend time for

Gloria While this drama has some obvious issues as noted by Lee in June of 2014, I found this to be the best K- drama I have seen so far. I was riveted by the performance of Song Seung Heon. There were quite a few actors in this drama I thought gave outstanding performances. I am surprised that more of them did not win awards. The story kept me interested right up to the end. I watched a lot of episodes in one sitting as I wanted to find out what happened next. I cried a lot and hoped for a happy ending for the main characters, but that just wasn't going to happen. Despite not wanting an unhappy ending the end really did fit the story. I would rate this a 10/10 along with City Hunter. I just wish that SSH and LMH would make films faster. I can't get enough of them.  :)

GG Why is the mother, Yang Choon-Hee referred to as "hyung-nim" by the step mother, Jung-Ja all the time? I thought that was what a younger male calls an older male (related brothers or just as an honor).

cernovschi elena Un serial foarte bun, dupa parerea mea unele actiuni din serial sunt reale, lupta studentilor pentru democratie din anii 1980, chiar s-a petrecut in Coreea. Tot charmul din acest serial il are Song Seung Hun , un actor talentat si charismatic plus romantic, nu putem sa neglijam si pe ceilalti actori , sunt foarte buni toti , indifferent ca joaca in rol negativ , stiu cum sa ne transmita atat de bine , rolul pe care-l interpreteaza ai impresia ca se petrece in realitate. Urmaresc acest serial pe site-ul Asiazone movie, numai pe acest site este postat .

loooooooove this I reallly LOVE this drama!!!! I might watch it again.

Liuda Really good drama.i enjoyed watching it!

Lee One of the more mediocre dramas I've watched. Actually, at about episode 10, I couldn't watch it anymore because the Kim Ji-Hyun character was so silly and scatterbrained, it really turned me off. It just didn't make any sense that Shin Myung-Hun kept on grabbing her by the wrist and abducting her that, in the name of love. I kept on thinking "what an idiot", because it seemed that she had various options to defend herself -- she could have just sat down for starters -- it's hard to drag someone who's sitting down. Or she could scratched him or bitten him. Normally, I don't espouse violence, but if someone's trying to abduct you, scratching and biting are pretty reasonable responses. She just seemed really foolish and unable to defend herself on a most basic level.

Also, I found the scenes between the Lee Dong Chul character and Lee Dong Wook to be a bit too much. There's brotherly love but they way they depict it is so over the top it's ridiculous and unbelievable -- it was so maudlin.

In addition, Lee Dong Chul's mother keeps on threatening the Shin Tae Hwan character. Yes, she did have a good reason to do so, but the problem is that if you keep threatening someone, sooner or later, they're going to feel threatened by you and very likely lash back as a defensive measure. It just seemed really idiotic and unwise what she was doing.

Also, the scene where Lee Dong Chul and his friends attack Shin Tae Hwan using motorcycles seemed like a foolish and suicidal move. Basically, he attacks him, letting him know full well his identity, and then releases him. For starters, that attack alone is a criminal offense and Shin Tae Hwan would have been well within his rights to press charges against him, most likely resulting in years of prison time at a minimum. Again, that sense of "what an idiotic and foolish" thing to do.

On a scale o 1 to 10, I'd give this drama a 4. Although most of the major actors were strong, poor writing and characterization basically ruined it.

rejoice Lee Dong-Cheol is the best amongst all actors no matter what.saranye oppa

rainruma .One of the BEST STORIES ever in a K-drama!!! ... 56 episodes go so fast ... ... This has a great script and so many great well-developed characters....An amazing cast ensemble gives GREAT ACTING! ... ... A Captivating story-line and an Unforgettable Love Story of Dong-Chul and Guk-Ja/Grace... ... ALL the side stories are very interesting .... I watch it every year... ... GREAT WRITING!!! and an unforgettable Song Seung-Heon as the ultimate hero Dong-Cheol... A must watch for serious drama lovers.

mimiya Can someone please tell me the translation of the song Guk-Ja sings in Ep 8 when she was kidnapped?... ... It is so beautiful and it obviously touched Dong-Chul's heart... ...I want to know what the words mean... Please!

mimiya One of the best K-Dramas!!!...Great story, great acting, great writing.... The plot is captivating and moves fast... 56 episodes went by so fast.... watched it as a marathon, non-stop for 4 days.... watched it 3 times in last few years... always interesting.... Romance b/w Dong-Cheol & Gookja is one of the best!!!.... however, I think production was a bit rushed, but it did not affect the appeal of the story, since the script was so very good.

Steve Love this show! Lee Dong-Cheol so badass!

Joe Great show. The actors did a pretty good job, even Lee Yoen who got better later on. I know many here seem to hate the plot but i liked it as it was realistic, nice break from hollywoods bs happy endings.

dany @nann - I am almost sure you are asking for this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v_Xk--_eFc (Kim Bum Soo - A sad story sadder than sadness) There is also "No one else" by Lee Seung Chul. The 2 songs are from More than Blue, korean movie Ost and not from EOE, they just played them in some episodes.

nann I want to know a song in final episode , song name . artist name

Bidam @Joey. Its good this show had a bad ending. Lm getting tired of Hollywood sugar coating everything, its good Korean dramas make realistic endings. Ln the real world the bad guy wins 90% of the time

Torrey I can't believe the writer made a hero figure in Dong Wook and turned him into a backstabbing murderous pencil neck thug like his father?!?! What dingbat LOSER!! Taking a dying man to interrogation isn't murder, or at least manslaughter?!? So Ding Wook takes an honorable police force and turns them into his loser dad's a gangster army working to further his fugly father's greed. What was the writer doing?!?

Joey This movie displays too much of the cruelty and blind ambition that Koreans are too well known for. I hated watching too much of the "bad guy wins" if clever and smart enough. There is no moral in this story. It fails to teach any valuable lessons. The message behind the story seems to be 'if your clever enough, you can hurt, kill and destroy as many people as you want without fearing moral retribution. The Koreans should have left the American version of this story alone, and shouldn't rewrite a story if it can't, at least, match up to the original story. Again, Koreans too proudly display ignorance and confuse greed and power with morality and wisdom.

wisa Its very sad, heartfelt, keep you on the edge type of drama. And goes to worst to worst. I been reading how bad of an ending it is but i'm still going to give it a chance.

charity the ending was great, LDC was alive!! thats why they even said why is he late...

Ayrine I hate this drama for real..I didn't sleep for 3days to watch all 56 episodes but It had unexpected end. I'm not the one who gave the story but Song Seung-Heon had not to have that end also i thought it was a lie when Dennis oh die i thought he could appear at end even Shin Tae Wan how come he didn't go to jail??I wish he could have gone then die when he tried to escape so he could have tjat end with Shin Eun-Jung. Dennis Oh ,Han Ji-Hye & Song Seung-Heon made me stay 72 hours awake I like them Much I like Dennis Oh he is my favourite

JS nice drama but the ending was not good. make another movie for heon and hee

JM The best Korean Drama ever! Superb acting, beautiful story.

JC Prosecutor Dong-Wook's fate in this lifetime was so unjust and wrong that he reborn as the Vampire Prosecutor in his next life and whooped everyone's ass

Izanagi As you observe at first, East of Eden and Giant have similar plot, they are same with revenge thing, lee kang mo VS jo pil yeon VS lee dong chul VS Shin tae wan. And also with the bond with their siblings but as you go far with them , their difference begin to merge and as you observe, Giant became more intense, enthusiastic, funny and mind-bugging than EOE........boring and irrelevant scenes are to be observed so far in EOE but this is only my opinion and it is not definitely a general information

sara i watched this drama 3 years ago and rewatched it every years!!!i cant forget lee dongcheol and gukja couple they were the best i still think of makao sometimes...where my gukja was kidnapped...

leemyis Re-watch this drama because can't get over Seung Hun and Hae Jin. Love their role in this drama.

wish i watched east of eden about 2 years ago & i love it, Song Seung-heon & Park Hae-jin & Yeon Jeong-heon acting was great. i hooked by Lee Dong Chul character, he suffered alot but tried his best 2 save his family. it,s really worth watching!


JayJay Good drama shitty ending though.

turtle the BEST drama ever!!!!!!! but i didn't get the ending... LDC died right????

ssss I Love Lee Dong-Chul , Lee Dong-Wook & Lee Myung-Hun . I like characters & actors. They are amazing. I love East Of Eden. I love it. I love actors. It was wonderful.

Yuyen Cobanya buat 125 episode. Saya puas menontonnya.

non sibi But 56 episodes??? come on :(

p NICE DRAMA. It was heart breaking. I couldn't help but cry. I'll never forget this drama. I love Song Seung_Heon character. He is charming & handsome. I love this drama.

lyiker hey this is the best korean drama series for me !!! lov u so much , Song seung heon !!! actually korean wave is so big in our country , Myanmar but i hate korean series !! But song seung heon make me fall in love.. once in Autumn in my heart when i was young n now again in EAST of EDEN !!!

me so sad but one of the best drama ever

sarah How can we watch MBC or SBS programs from Asia? Like KBS WORLD. Anyone know please tell me. How? Tell me please.

Michelle They are showing this on MBC America right now. @_@The first episodes were good but it started to go downhill once the adult characters were introduced. Kim Bum was so so so good as young Lee Dong Chul. I was sad when LDC had to "grow up".


ynia one of the best kdrama!

Jackie @charlie root i think u should watch giant instead.

charlie root Wow! It's likeable or not

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