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The Firstborn

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Title: 맏이 / The Firstborn
Chinese Title: 老大
Also known as: Oldest / The Eldest
Genre: Melodrama, Family, Romance, Period
Episodes: 54
Broadcast network: jTBC
Broadcast period: 2013-Sep-14 to 2014-March-16
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 20:45


A drama about the firstborn of five siblings, taking care of the rest to become successful people in society after losing their parents early in the 1960s.


Main Cast

Yoon Jung Hee as Kim Young Sun
Yoo Hae Jung as Young Sun (young)
Jae Hee as Park Soon Taek
Chae Sang Woo as Soon Taek (young)
Oh Yoon Ah as Lee Ji Sook
Noh Jung Ui Ji Sook (young)
Park Jae Jung as Lee In Ho
Oh Jae Moo as In Ho (young)

The Five Siblings

Jo Yi Jin as Kim Young Ran
Park Ha Young as Young Ran (child)
Kang Ui Sik as Kim Young Doo
– Kim Yoon Sub (김윤섭) as Young Doo (child)
Jung Yoon Hye as Kim Young Sook
Han Seo Jin as Kim Young Sook (child)
Kim Tae Jin (김태진) as Kim Young Jae / Myung Joon
Lee Joon Seo as Young Jae (young)
– Kim Ye Chan (김예찬) as Kim Young Jae (child)

Soon Taek’s family

Hwang Bo Ra as as Park Soon Geum
– Park Ji Won (박지원) as Park Soon Geum (teen)
Lee Dal Hyung as Park Jae Oh (Soon Taek’s father)
Yoon Yoo Sun as Ban Chon Daek / Yoon Im Soon

Aunt’s family

Kim Byung Se as Lee Sang Nam
Jang Mi Hee as Lee Sil
Jin Hee Kyung as Kim Eun Soon
Jo Seung Yoon as Jong Bok
Lee Hyung Suk as Jong Bok (young)


Lee Jong Won as Gong Chang Rae (uncle Chang Rae)
Jun Won Joo as Choi Sa Yub (grandma)
Kim Jin Soo as Son Jae Shik (uncle Jae Shik)
Ra Mi Ran as Na Mi Soon (miss Mi Soon)
Kim Soo Mi as Shi Duk’s mother
Cha Kwang Soo as Baek Ho
Ahn Jae Min as Lee Joon Soo
Jo Yang Ja as Seo Eun Ja
Cha Min Ji as Eun Joo
Kim Gyu Sun as Jae Im
Ryu Han Bee as Kim Young Sun’s friend


Moon Jung Hee as Park Jung Shim (Young Sun’s mother)
Yoon Dong Hwan as Kim Ki Baek (Young Sun’s father)
Im Hyun Shik as Goo Chang Bong
Goo Bon Im as Mrs. Pang
Lee Yong Yi as Goo Chang Bong’s wife

Production Credits

Production Company: Lee Kwan Hee Production
Chief Producer: Jo Joon Hyung
Producers: Go Jung Ho, Park Jong Suk, Seo Jang Hyun, Kim Eun Kang
Director: Lee Kwan Hee
Screenwriter: Kim Jung Soo


The Firstborn Poster1

Official Site

Trailer I & Trailer II & Trailer III

Watch Online with English, Chinese & Other Subtitle (Coming Soon)


  1. 1 : OK OK OK Says:

    Jae Hee

    I am so happy you are back as a lead actor again. 🙂
    Wonder who is the lead actress here. Hope she is lovable.

  2. 2 : kimchilee Says:

    @OK OK OK .. hi! long time no see on website.. not many good dramas worth commenting these days except for I hear Your Voice.

    Jae Hee.. so glad too you are back to leading role BUT arrrghh.. dont like the leading lady..

  3. 3 : OK OK OK Says:

    @ Kimchilee

    Hi, nice to hear from you. So did you manage to find a website that allow you to download your favourite korean songs. Last time so easy, all songfs are in this koreandrama blog.

    Last 2 days, I accidentaly deleted my media application on my HP (not knowing they are songs, videos, pictures) and all my songs gone. So sad.
    After checking thru the internet, all retrieve software must pay.
    You know how i finally solve it. Just switch off and on the HP – all my songs are back in my HP – I AM SO HAPPY 🙂

    I seldom comment nowadays becoz do not wish to meet some rude nasty commenter.

    I also don’t like the lead actress – no wonder I find her name unfamiliar.

    I like Park Shi Hoo but didn’t watch Family Honour becoz of her. 🙁
    I also miss Chae Rim – her last drama Oh My Lady was in 2010.

  4. 4 : OK OK OK Says:

    @ Kimchilee

    I also like the drama I HEAR YOUR VOICE mainly becoz Lee Bo Young ends up with Lee Jong Suik – I like him 🙂

    I started to watch only after the drama have ended – becoz want to know LBY ends up with who. Luckily its what majority wants. 🙂

  5. 5 : Iris Says:

    oh.. I so much want to see it….

    Please let us know where can we watch it online wit English subs…. Thank you..

  6. 6 : flower Says:

    Finally new drama for my lovely Yoon jung hee…glad its Jae hee who will be her love interest…

    @OK OK OK…please try to watch Family Honor…it’s great drama…you will have beautiful memories and good impressions for Yoon jung hee after watch this drama…

  7. 7 : KaoW Says:

    wow…Yoon Jung Hee new drama…waiting for long time…my dream finally come true.

    The Firstborn Fighting
    Yoon Jung Hee Fighting 😀

  8. 8 : OK OK OK Says:

    @ flower

    I will watch this drama First born 1st.
    If I started to like the lead actress, then I might start to watch Family honour 🙂

    All her previous dramas – only watch Heaven Give me love? Always bullied by others n scared

    I like both lead actor & actress who are strong, smart & adorable 🙂

  9. 9 : flower Says:

    @OK OK OK…I agree with you…i also love a couple who is compatible with each other…and you will find it in Family Honor…her character there was very different from in Dear Heaven…though she was a soft woman but she has very strong personality and principles…

    Believe me, you will love PSH even more and get jellous of her because in this drama PSH loves YJH to death…hehehe…

    I’m not PSH fan but i appreciate him after watched FH…

    I hope YJH will give you great expectations in The Firstborn so you’ll watch FH…cause its very pity if you passes a drama whose considered as one of the best Korean drama that ever made by many international viewers…

    By the way…Do you have any informations when is presscon of this drama ??? And where can we watch it with Eng sub ???

  10. 10 : eny Says:

    base on the synopsis n the teaser, i thought this drama gonna be deep n touching, i like this kind of drama, the setting kind of different with other drama, i guess i’ll watch it
    Never heard about this drama before, glad cause Jae hee role here is bigger not like in Jang Ok Jung which small n not really important.

  11. 11 : flower Says:

    @eny…please stay with us…i have same thought about this drama that will be heartwarming and meaningfull…

    All the best for Yoon jung hee and Jae hee…i hope they will have amazing chemistry…

  12. 12 : eny Says:

    yes i always love deep meaningfull story more than teenage romance drama

  13. 13 : flower Says:

    I’m with you @eny…i also prefer mature love story than just hot passionate couple…

  14. 14 : OK OK OK Says:

    @ flower

    presscon = press conference ?? Sorry, I don’t read press conference, only watch drama 🙂

    Now I then realize FIRSTBORN is jtbc production 🙁

    I think I have to wait for the drama to telecast for a while before it is uploaded somewhere –

    Cruel Palace – War of Flowers (jTBC, 2013) by Kim Hyun Joo – I have not watch yet too because it takes quite a while to upload in the beginning that i put on hold now.

    There is epdrama.com = english sub

  15. 15 : jimha Says:

    A tip. Cruel Palace is an excellent drama.

  16. 16 : flower Says:

    @ OK OK OK…i want to see press conference because i want to know the interactions between all casts especially the lead male and female…

    At first i also disappointed when i knew this drama will broadcast in cable TV but now i’m glad because just like @jimha said, Cruel Palace is great drama from jTBC and already subs by epdrama too, so i hope The Firstborn will be the same.

  17. 17 : eny Says:

    the female child actress is the wolf girl in GOOD DOCTOR Nn the male child actor in another drama too, woow busy kids

  18. 18 : flower Says:

    You’re right @eny…another male child actor was in Baker king tae goo before…

  19. 19 : eny Says:

    yes, young tak gu, i saw 30 minute highligh of this drama in it was touching, the scenery is beautifull, different with many drama that show us luxury life

  20. 20 : flower Says:

    @eny…i feel the same after watched its long preview…and i love the interactions of all casts in the presscon 2 days ago…especially our leads Yoon jung hee and Jae hee…i’ve already loved this couple…

    Come and join us at The First Born soompi thread, my friend…

  21. 21 : eny Says:

    i visit soompie thread sometimes, but only silent reader, i visit good doctor thread often n lately i visit firstborn too, i saw the 30 minute highlight there

  22. 22 : Nudge Says:

    I wonder who Jae Hee’s love interest is? Yoon Ah or Jung Hee? Yoon Ah with minimal or no make-up is quite the beauty. She’s one of those where mascara ruins her natural looks. 🙂

    I’m no fan of Jae Hee’s but I’m going give this one a go.

  23. 23 : eny Says:

    The second lead female is good act as anoying lady….I saw her in God of Study n Incarnation of money
    I don’t know anything about the first female lead
    Sometimes we find good drama from the actor that we didn’t know, I’m not Jae hee fans either but I like him after act in May Queen, I always saw him act funny before.
    I like his movie 3 Iron n Art of Fighting, n of course his best rom-com Delighhfull Chunhyang

  24. 24 : flower Says:

    @Nudge…i’m sure it will be Yoon jung hee because they both are the lead female and male…and by looking their interactions in the presscon, i’ve already loved this couple…

    @eny..i also watched Oh yoon ah in the MOI as antagonist Eun bi ryung…

    Just finished episode 1 live…great start and i like the story…Young sun family so warm but Ji sook family seems so many secrets…

  25. 25 : flower Says:

    Finished watching ep.2…this drama really addicted and the story move fast with great acting from all cast especially child actors and actress…

    Besides the main story, another stories from the other families also very interesting…

  26. 26 : eny Says:

    where’s the sub???????

  27. 27 : flower Says:

    @eny…sad, no sub yet…i watch live just because curious but this drama really worthed…

  28. 28 : eny Says:

    I really wanna see it, but I can’t watch without sub

  29. 29 : flower Says:

    @eny…i feel you…but everything about this drama are great…story, acting and cinematography…

  30. 30 : flower Says:

    Hi all my friends…finally we can watch our fav.drama with Eng subs…





  31. 31 : eny Says:

    thank you for the link
    ep 2 is so sad

  32. 32 : eny Says:

    the sub is little mess, but better than nothing

  33. 33 : flower Says:

    @eny…yah..ep.2 is tragic moment for YS and her sibblings…

    The sub not good but i still can understand it…

  34. 34 : Irilight Says:

    Looks like Drama.net stopped subbing? ouch… any other place, please?

  35. 35 : eny Says:

    still haven’t see the sub for ep 4 yet, hard to find the sub, it’s annoing since many bad drama easy to get sub

  36. 36 : Irilight Says:

    @eny take a look at Drama.net


  37. 37 : flower Says:

    @eny and @Irilight…


  38. 38 : OK OK OK Says:





  39. 39 : sousou Says:

    eng sub here enjoy

  40. 40 : aicy Says:

    i had already watched this drama from ep.1 to 8 with english sub at drama.net website then ep.9 to 12 without subs at dramastyle.follow it .you will gonna enjoy.the kids had already grown up

  41. 41 : OK OK OK Says:

    sousou & aicy

    kamsa hamnida 🙂

  42. 42 : Iris Says:

    Why is Korean drama.org not giving us breakdown of ratings per episode as they do for other drama??

  43. 43 : eny Says:

    may be because this drama airing in cable tv, so the rating is much lower than other, but i heard rating of this drama is hight for cable tv

  44. 44 : Iris Says:

    @eny I know the ratings are lower than non-cable… What I am unhappy about is the fact that KoreanDrama.org is not treating Firstborn with the same respect as they treat other cable shows. For example if you go on “Reply 1994” here, it shows all the episodes ratings… But they don’t show it to us.. In fact, in the last episode Firstborn was neck to neck with Reply 1994… Firstborn got 5.7% on the last episode…. Even “Your Neighbor’s Wife” which is also by JTBC and has lower ratings, they show us the ratings…Then why do they not show us ratings for this drama?

  45. 45 : Iris Says:

    @eny, you can see subbed episodes on darksmurfsub, but you need to create an account.


    Also on Drama.net


  46. 46 : erikdyo Says:

    Why no English sub tiitle even in Subscene website? what the hell is wrong with all those producer and director and managing director of this movie? They should immediately update the sub so that the rating of this series wil be high….. Or is there no one to translate, is it so difficult to translate it into english….. Poor country of English language….
    it is very awkward to know that it is very poor in English medium…. Keep it up. even you translate pleas translate it in correct gramatical language and sentences….tis is directed to the translator company….

    keep it up.

    Hope it will be updated very soon for the interested viewer…

  47. 47 : flower Says:

    @erikdyo…i’m also very sad about it…even this site didn’t treat this drama with the same note with others…for ex.where is the rating ??? This is also the strong point to make viewers interested…

    Fortunately, though English sub for this fabulous drama is poor and very hard to find, the ratings still high and can compete with other dramas, especially Answer Me 1994…

    My friends and I usually watch this drama at this site, the translates are very good…


  48. 48 : Iris Says:

    I hate that Koreandrama.org show ratings for all drama by episode. but do not show for this drama.. And as far as I know, if is currently the highest rated cable drama.

  49. 49 : Lady Says:

    @Iris, im agree with you..Why this site not showing rating for this drama?

  50. 50 : Iris Says:

    Does anyone have a site where I can watch it RAW? preferably in HD? I used to watch on Korean site and it shut down. Please do not suggest ep drama as I cannot watch video on that site

  51. 51 : um really Says:




  52. 52 : jewles Says:

    @48 Iris,

    The rating should not matter so much if you enjoy the show. There are many great shows with low ratings anyway. I’ve enjoyed so many k-dramas that no one seems to watch or given low ratings…

    This is a well done drama regardless of popularity, in my opinion. Hope you do too!

  53. 53 : maso Says:

    I love this drama. I really really like it, don’t care about the ratings. I think that Yoon Jung Hee is one of the most dignified, classy, and elegant women in Korean Dramas. there are only two other women on her level.


  54. 54 : Panaitescu Luciana Says:

    love this drama

  55. 55 : AjaAjaFighting! Says:

    Totally agree…ratings did not matter if one really appreciates this drama…I just finished 8th episode.

    You have this feeling of sadness due to the misfortunes of the lead star and her siblings, and then become happy again when good things start to unravel because of her willingness to help other people and having a pure heart by taking good care of her younger brothers and sisters.

    The first 7 episodes were really painful and heartbreaking. Acting of most stars are superb…If the ending would not let me down, I would be voting this as top drama for 2014.

    Fighting!!! Really really good drama!!!

  56. 56 : AjaAjaFighting! Says:

    This drama takes me to where the characters are… the music is excellent! Just finished watching 12th episode….13th to follow tomorrow, fighting! 🙂

  57. 57 : flower Says:

    @lady and everybody who want to know the complete ratings of this drama, come to The First Born soompi drama thread…


  58. 58 : aicy Says:

    thanks to flower says that i was able to see the ratings of this drama which is indeed very low ,to think that this is a very nice drama .as jewles said. rating doesn’t matter what is important is the storyline.that’s right.i enjoy very much watching it and i have already finished up to the latest ep.which is ep.45.looking forward to the succeeding episodes.i am already very eager to see the ending so please whoever is subbing it, make it fast for our sakes.thanks

  59. 59 : sml Says:

    drama was over, but no progress for eng sub. Please eng sub till ep 54 ASAP. Thank you…

  60. 60 : AjaAjaFighting! Says:

    Now on 34th episode…cried a lot after watching 33rd…nunas and hyung reunited with the youngest…very moving…!!!

  61. 61 : AjaAjaFighting! Says:

    Done with this drama. The story ended beautifully. I had to agree, who cares if the drama did not do much in the ratings … am a happy fan. One of the best dramas so far in 2014. The acting of the young actors and actresses as well as the adults is superb.

    I have seen Golden Rainbow but I believe Firstborn has a far better storyline.

    Fighting, everyone! Aja Aja! 🙂

  62. 62 : Kimberly Says:

    I hope there are More moviesto come for adorable Park Ji Won. Because we like her❤️❤️❤️👍👍👍

  63. 63 : flower Says:

    @aicy and all TFB fans…

    The ratings of this drama are quite high since its broadcasted in cable TV which 1-2 % was considered as great ratings and popular drama…

    Our drama even ever soared till 7+ % at peak…no wonder its got 4 episode extentions…

    Just look at its following drama now…because its struggle to broke 1 % it has to cut from 50 to 26 episodes…my symphatize for all casts and production teams…

  64. 64 : Thu Van Says:

    Could you share me the link of the song at the end of this film, plz! I really enjoy it!

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