The twisty, multi-generational saga of two brothers who are switched at birth, East of Eden was one of the most high-profile, high-budget dramas of 2008 (and 2009). It features an ensemble cast of drama icons and veterans including Song Seung Hun, Yeon Jung Hoon, Han Ji Hye, and Lee Da Hae (she of My Girl fame). Costars included Lee Yeon Hee, Lee Mi Sook, and Kim Bum in a pre-Boys Before Flowers role, with much-lauded performances. A riveting revenge drama, it pulled in solid ratings over its entire run with an average of 25% and swept the 2008 MBC Awards, winning a grand total of 15.
On the same night in a small mining town, two children are born in the same hospital. One is the son of miner Lee Ki-chul. The other is the son of mine manager Shin Tae-Hwan. When a nurse, driven by hatred of Tae-Hwan after he has an affair with her and then abandons her, switches the babies at birth and a train of events is set in motion that will tear apart the lives of all involved.
Some time later, Shin Tae-Hwan, an ambitious and ruthless coal mine manager, has his sights set on acquring a coal mining company called the Taesung Group. When Lee Ki-chul gets in his way, Tae-Hwan has him killed in an underground explosion. Ki-chul’s son, Lee Dong Chul (Song Seung Hun), unable to rescue him in time, vows revenge on the man responsible for his father’s death. Growing up with hatred of the Shin family, he doesn’t realize that his younger brother, Dong Wook (Yun Jung Hoon) is in fact the son of Shin Tae-Hwan.
Shadowed by his father’s death, he embarks on a path which takes him from juvenile detention to the mob. Cold and withdrawn, the only person he really loves is Dong Wook. Dong Wook, meanwhile, after struggling through his own obstacles, becomes a prosecutor and vows to help his brother seek revenge. Their worlds fall apart however when they discover that Dong Wook is not Dong Chul’s blood brother, but rather the son of his most hated enemy Tae-Hwan, and that Myung Hun (Park Hae Jin), raised under Tae-hwan’s care to become a ruthless businessman, is in fact Dong Chul’s brother…
High-octane, complex, and easy on the eyes by virtue of its beautiful stars, East of Eden has something for everyone, and stands out among the pantheon of dramas. Don’t miss out on this epic tale of two estranged brothers whose fates intertwine.