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One more reason to watch “East of Eden”

Feb 22nd, 2008 by javabeans


I’ll admit I’m not much enticed by upcoming MBC drama East of Eden, partly because it’s slated for 50 episodes, and that’s just too long for me. Sometimes I’ll catch parts of a long-running daily show or sitcom because those are easy to skip episodes and still remain relatively current; but a 50-episode drama is in that nebulous territory of requiring commitment to follow but being dangerously susceptible to slow-paced, tedious storylines. East of Eden is described as “the story of two men’s intertwining fates and revenges after they’re born on the same day in the same hospital.”


Pretty boy (pretty man?) Song Seung Heon seems to have finally settled on a comeback drama — he’s had a few almost-beens, but they didn’t pan out — with East of Eden, and now young actor Kim Bum has been cast in the role of his younger character (in his high school days). The character is described as having witnessed his father’s death in his younger days, and swears to avenge it. Previously a caring, warm-hearted youngster, anger over his father’s death changes him, and he eventually grows up to become the right-hand man to the country’s foremost casino owner.

I thought Kim Bum was absolutely adorable in the uneven family sitcom Unstoppable High Kick, and hope he gets to explore the character’s transformation (before his role gets handed off to Song). What do you think? Is there a resemblance?

The drama is produced by Green Snake Media, with PD Kim Jin Man at its helm (Island, Really Really Like You) and written by Na Yeon Sook (Slums / Dal-dong-nae, Ordinary People). Also cast are Jo Min Ki, Yoo Dong Geun, and Lee Mi Sook; it will air in June.

Via http://joynews.inews24.com/php/news_view.p...g_serial=314060

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Lee MiSook!!! Woot woot!!!

Yup! Another fan of "An Affair"? =)

---<Article Translation - kdramafanusa>---

[star Past & Present] Lee Mi-sook Almost 50 Years Old, Beautiful As Ever

original source: chosun (2008.01.17 15:02)

Lee Mi-sook debuted in 1978 after winning at "Lotte Beauty Contest", she officially entered the film world with movie "Thoughtless Momo" in 1979. She then appeared in many works (both TV and films) which won her prizes at major award ceremonies every year.

At the peak of her career in 1987, she announced her wedding to plastic surgeon Hong Sung-ho; this news was a hot topic. She disappeared from showbiz in the 90's.

There's a saying that "Marriage may mean the shortened career of female artists." Lee Mi-sook's situation seems to confirm this point. However, she returned (very high profile) with "An Affair" in 1998. This movie created a strong reaction in society at that time, she portrayed a middle-aged woman in a fateful love story.

Following "An Affair", she tried different roles such as a warrior in "The Legend of Gingko" and a boss in "Oh! Lala Sisters".

Her sexy image in movie "Untold Scandal" made it impossible for people to believe that she was born in the 60's.....

Last year, Lee Mi-sook ended her 20-year marriage; she became big news once again. She and her ex-husband remain good friends who care for each other. Nearly 50 years old, she's the idol of middle aged women with her free spirit {?}.

Lee Mi-sook made many men's heart fluttered in the 80's, she exudes more elegance and matured charms as time goes by.

---<Article Translation - end>---

Mar.20,2007 09:06 KST

Actress Lee Mi-sook Splits from Surgeon Husband


Lee Mi-sook, the 45-year-old star of "Untold Scandal", "An Affair", "Whale Hunting" and "That Winter Was Warm", ended her 20-year marriage to plastic surgeon Hong Sung-ho....

Source: http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/new...0703200018.html

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송승헌 주연 250억 대작 ‘에덴의 동쪽’은? 21세기판 모래시계

[2008-02-14 17:37:10]


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한류스타 송승헌이 남 주인공으로 캐스팅 된 ‘에덴의 동쪽’(극본 나연숙/연출 김진만)은 제작비 250억 원이 투입된 초대형 드라마다.

에덴의 동쪽’은 ‘주몽’, ‘거침없이 하이킥’을 제작했던 초록뱀 미디어의 2008년 야심작으로 '에덴의 동쪽'은 송승헌 외에 중견배우 유동근 등 주요 출연진 캐스팅을 마무리 짓고 3월부터 촬영에 들어간다.

제작진은 홍콩과 마카오, 중국, 일본 등 아시아 일대를 두루 섭렵하며 1960년대부터 2000년대를 아우르는 한국 현대사의 질곡을 고스란히 그린다는 계획이다. ‘에덴의 동쪽’은 한 날 한 시에 같은 병원에서 태어난 두 남자의 엇갈린 운명과 복수를 그리고 있다.

이야기는 학생운동이 들끓던 1960년대로 거슬러 올라간다. 학생운동의 선두주자 이기철은 연인의 오빠가 자기 대신 죽었다는 자책감에 강원도 탄광에 들어온다. 그는 이곳에서 태백 석탄 광업소 신태환(유동근 분)의 악행을 막기 위해 노조를 주도했다가 신태환의 손에 의해 제거된다. 이기철의 큰 아들 이동철(송승헌 분)은 이 모습을 고스란히 목격하며 복수를 다짐한다.

한편 신태환에게 유린당한 태백병원 간호사 미애는 신태환에 대한 복수로 갓 태어난 그의 아들과 이기철의 아들을 바꿔놓는다. 이기철의 아들은 신태환의 아들 신명훈으로, 신태환의 아들은 이기철의 아들 이동욱으로 성장한다.

이동욱은 형 이동철에게 아버지를 잃은 원수에 대한 복수를 주지받으며 서울대 법대에 진학, 검사가 된다. 신명훈은 재벌가의 상속자로 교육받고 이동철은 홍콩으로 건너가 한국 카지노 대부의 오른팔이 돼 서로 다른 인생을 살아간다. 그러나 자신들의 운명이 바뀌었다는 것을 알아챈 이들, 이들의 한 많은 인생사가 한국 현대사와 맞물리며 한편의 웅장한 대서사시로 그려진다.

검사, 조직폭력배, 재벌이 등장한다는 점에서 ‘에덴의 동쪽’은 90년대 최고 인기를 누렸던 김종학, 송지나 콤비의 ‘모래시계’를 연상케 한다. 그러나 ‘모래시계’가 시대의 아픔에 중점을 두었다면 ‘에덴의 동쪽’은 한국인 특유의 혈연관계에 이야기의 뿌리를 둔다.

제작진은 가족간의 사랑과 헌신, 끈끈한 혈육의 정 등 한국인 고유의 정서를 바탕으로 휴머니즘을 회복하겠다는 제작의도를 밝혔다. 오는 6월 MBC를 통해 방송된다.

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English Translation: *DRAMAOK* ~THANKS~HUGS~ :wub:

*** Please do not take this out of Soompi ***

Is the 25 billion won grand production 'East of Eden' starring Song Seung-Heon the 'Hour Glass' of the 21st century?


'East of Eden (Script: Na Yeon-Sook/ PD Kim Ji-Man)' with hallyu star Song Seung-Heon as main cast is a megadrama with 25 bilion won (~ $25 million usd) invested in production cost. 'East of Eden' is the 2008 project of ambition for Chorokbaem Media, which also produced 'Jumong' and 'Unstoppable Highkick', and upon casting Song Seung-Heon in starring role, and actors like Yoo Dong-Geun as main cast ensemble, the drama will go into production in March.

The producers plan to film throughout Asia, including Hong Kong, Macao, China, Japan, as they paint an unconventional modern history of Korea from the timeline of 1960s to 2000s. 'East of Eden' draws on the story of two men, who were born on the same day at the same time at the same hospital, and their crossed destiny and revenge.

This story will go back to the 1960s, the era of major student protesting activities. Lee Ki-Cheol, a front-runner of the student protests is thrown into guilt when his lover's older brother dies instead of him, and he arrives at the coal-minining region of Kang-Won provence. There he tries to stop the evil-acts of Shin Tae-Hwan (Yoo Dong-Geun) of the TaeBaek coal mining station, by organizing a labor union but he is eradicated at the hands of Shin Tae-Hwan. Lee Ki-Cheol's eldest son, Lee Dong-Cheol (Song Seung-Heon) witnesses the event and vows to seek revenge.

Meanwhile, a nurse at TaeBaek hospital, Miae, who suffered violation from Shin Tae-Hwan switches Shin's newborn son with Lee Ki-Cheol's son. Thus, Lee Ki-Cheol's son grows up as Shin Tae-Hwan's son Shin Myeong-Hoon, while Shin Tae-Hwan's son grows up as Lee Ki-Cheol's son Lee Dong-Wook.

Lee Dong-Wook is recruited into his older brother Lee Dong-Cheol's revenge plan over their father's death, and Dong-Wook enrolls in law school at the Seoul University, and becomes a prosecutor. Meanwhile, Shin Myeong-Hoon is raised as heir of a conglomerate, and Lee Dong-Cheol goes over to Hong Kong to begin a new life as the right-hand man of a Korean casino godfather. This is the intense epic centered around these characters who realize their fates have been switched, and the events of modern history intertwined with their lives.

On the account of prosecutor, organized hooligans, and conglomerate storyline, 'East of Eden' seems similar to the most popular drama of the 90s, 'Hour Glass,' the Kim Jong-Hak and Song Jina combo work. However, if 'Hour Glass' centered on the pains of an era, 'East of Eden' roots itself on the blood ties that are peculiar to Koreans.

Producers reveal this drama is a work of humanism with its basis set on the love and devotion of family, the sticky blood ties, and the sentiments that are peculiar to Koreans. It is set to air through MBC this June.

[written by Jo Eun-Byeol reporter @ newsen]


NOTE: Article date - Feb 14.

UPDATE: Feb 17 by Yeohweping - Shin Tae-Hwan will be portrayed by Jo Min-ki instead of Yoo Dong-geun

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Is the 25 billion won grand production 'East of Eden' starring Song Seung-Heon the 'Hour Glass' of the 21st century?

On the account of prosecutor, organized hooligans, and conglomerate storyline, 'East of Eden' seems similar to the most popular drama of the 90s, 'Hour Glass,' the Kim Jong-Hak and Song Jina combo work. However, if 'Hour Glass' centered on the pains of an era, 'East of Eden' roots itself on the blood ties that are peculiar to Koreans.

English Translation: *DRAMAOK*

Information on "Hourglass / Sanglass"



Title: 모래시계 / Mo-rae-shi-gae

Also known as: Hourglass

Genre: Epic, drama, romance, action, crime

Episodes: 24

Broadcast network: SBS

Broadcast period: 1995-Jan-10 to 1995-Feb-16

Air time: Monday through Thursday 10:00 PM


The Sandglass (The Hourglass) is a portrayal of two young men who are best friends and grow up during one of Korea's politically tumultuous periods, the 1970's up to the 1980's. Tae-soo (Choi Min Soo), tough and loyal, grows up to become a gangster and Woo-suk (Park Sang Won), smart with firm moral values, grows up to become a prosecutor. Hye-rin (Ko Hyun Jung), a beautiful and spirited daughter of a very wealthy casino owner, is a classmate of Woo-suk in college. Hye-rin is introduced to Tae-soo via Woo-suk and they subsequently fall in love.

One unforgettable subject that's dealt in the drama is the 1980 Kwangju rebellion when the head of the military junta that took over Korea after the assasination of President Park Chung-hee, General Chun Doo-hwan, sent paratroopers into Kwangju to put down the rebellion. What happened was the subsequent massacre of hundreds of innocent people. The horrific scenes based on true accounts, of those people being murdered, touched off a deep sense of shock and grief for the Koreans at that time (the mid 90's Korea still had not come to terms with what happened after governments muzzled the free speech). After this drama went on air, there were more films that were made dealing with this very subject, such as The Petal (1996) and Peppermint Candy (2000). It also put ex-President Chun Doo-hwan who was responsible for the massacre, in jail. You can probably say that Moreshigae was the turning point for the young budding democracy in Korea.


Choi Min Soo as Tae-soo

Park Sang Won as Woo-suk

Ko Hyun Jung as Hye-rin

Lee Jung Jae as Jae-hee

Kim Byung Gi

Lee Doo Il

Kim Young Ae

Production Credits

Writer: Song Ji Na

Director: Kim Jong Hak


31st Baeksang Awards (1995): Daesang (Grand Prize), Best Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Choi Min Soo), Best New Actor (Lee Jung Jae)

22nd Korean Broadcasting Awards (1995): Best Drama, Best Writer, Best Actor (Choi Min Soo)

8th Producers Association Awards (1996): Daesang (Grand Prize), Best Drama

Source: DramaWiki

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1. Song Kang-ho, Seol Kyeong-gu -- 500-550 million

2. Lee Byeong-heon, Jang Dong-gun, Bae Yong-joon, Jeong woo-seong -- 500 million

3. Cha Seung-won, Jeong Jun-ho, Hwang Jeong-min, Lee Jeong-jae -- 400-500 million

4. Kwon Sang-woo, Song Seung-heon, Jo Seung-woo, Baek Yoon-shik, Jeong Jae-yeong -- 400+ million

5. Lee Young-ae, Kim Hye-soo, Jeon Do-yeon, Jang Jin-young, Jeon Ji-hyeon, Ha Ji-won -- 400 million

6. Park Hae-il, Shin Ha-gyoon, Jo In-seong, Kim Jeong-eun, Choi Ji-woo, Song Hye-kyo -- 350-400 million

7. Lee Seong-jae, Lee Na-young, Lim Soo-jung -- 300-350 million


Source: ISplus




1. Bae Yong-joon [Legend] - 200 million (overseas earnings rights included)

2. Kwon Sang-woo [bad Love] - 100 million

3. Song Seung-heon [East Of Eden] - 70 million

4. Park Shin-yang [War Of Money] - 50 million

5. Lee Jeong-jae [Air City] - 45 million

6. Choi Ji-woo [Air City] - 40 million

7. Ko Hyeon-jeong [H.I.T.] - 35 million


Source: ISplus

Son Ye-jin [Alone In Love] - 50 million

Yoon Eun-hye [The First Shop Of Coffee Prince] - 20 million

1/6/06 – The representative of Son Yeh Jin’s agency “Barunson Entertainment (바른손엔터테인먼트)” reveals that SYJ will be paid 50 million Won per episode (basic guarantee + extra) to lead the 16-episodes drama “Period of Love (연애시대)” scheduled to be aired by SBS in March of 2006. This is the highest reward ever offered to an entertainer performing in TV drama. So far, Kim Hyun Joo was offered 20 million Won per episode to lead the drama “Miss Kim’s One Million Dollar Project”; Kim Hee Sun and Kwon Sang Woo also received 20 million Won per episode to lead “Sad Sonata”; Go Hyun Jung was paid 18 million Won per episode to lead “Spring Day”; Song Hye Gyo and Lee Yo Won were each paid 15 million Won per episode to lead “Full House” and “Fashion 70’s” respectively.


Source: http://sports.hankooki.com/lpage/entv/2006...16240558390.htm

Yoon Eun-Hye

The 23-year old actress followed it up with “The Vineyard Man,” and most recently, “Coffee Prince.” She is reportedly one of the highest paid actresses in television, commanding 20 million won per episode.

Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2.../201_11884.html

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First filming of East Of Eden will be on the 27th feb'08.

2 more castings confirmed in this line : 송승헌 외에도 이미숙, 유동근, 조민기, 이종원, 전미선 등 기량 있는 탤런트들이 출연해 활약을 펼친다.

Jeon Mi Seon

Lee Jong Won

Yeohweping, thanks so much again for the update. *HUGS*

I will post their profiles soon. =)

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연정훈은 극중 송승헌이 맡은 동철의 동생 동욱 역을 맡았다

Yeon Jung Hun is confirmed as Lee Dong Wook.


배우 유동근 이미숙 박해진 조민기 등 초호화 캐스팅이 눈에 띈다.

This line confirmed another cast : Park Hae Jin.


MODS or first page starter, pls update the front page with the index link that kdramafanusa created or post out a link to it :o Thanks..

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you post new fast. :rolleyes:


Yeon Jeong Hoon casting in Lee Dong-wook Character.

Lee dong wook is prosecutor(검사) character.

Main Actor confrim casting list

Sin Tae-hwan 신태환 = Cho Min ki 조민기

Lee Dong-cheol 이동철 = Song Seung-heon 송승헌

Lee Dong-wook 이동욱 = Yeon Jeong Hoon 연정훈

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Yeon Jung Hun is confirmed as Lee Dong Wook.

This line confirmed another cast : Park Hae Jin.

MODS or first page starter, pls update the front page with the index link that kdramafanusa created Thanks..

Thanks Yeohweping & Mandalaywith for the news. I haven't read the articles yet, Park Hae-jin will play Shin Myeong-hoon right?

How should we list the cast? Order-wise, who should come first? =)

I will update the page in a bit.

EDIT: YJH fans, is there a thread for him on Soompi? I can't find it.

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wow..!! this drama is full of great actors!.. Song Seung Heon & Yeon Jeong Hoon will meet as a big-lil brother ^^

still remember the drama Sad Sonata, YJH replaced SSH on it due to SSH had to enter the army, and now they'll play together.. very interesting ^^

Park Hye Jin casted also.. :rolleyes:

and 2morrow the drama will be start!...cant wait to know who will lead as a main actress ^^

gals, thanks a lot for updating the news ^^

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