Title: 가시나무새 / Kashinamoosae / The Thorn Birds
Chinese Title : 荆棘鸟 / 刺鳥
Also known as: The Thorn Bush Bird
Genre: Melodrama, romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2011-Mar-02 to 2011-May-05
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55


This is the story of two women, Seo Jung Eun and Han Yoo Kyung, who walk very different paths to achieve their desires. Seo Jung Eun is a strong and courageous woman who has suffered a difficult life, having grown up in an orphanage, but continues to embrace people around her despite longing for affection herself. Jung Eun harbours the hope that she will meet her mother if she becomes a star, striving to reach her goal and overcome her suffering with her pure and innocent nature. In contrast, Han Yoo Kyung has a birth secret for which she is willing to throw away everything in order to get revenge. The “thorn birds” of the title refers to Jung Eun’s character, who only brings out her best at the cost of great pain. A thorn bird is a mythical bird who searches for a thorn tree from the day it is born. When it finds it, the bird impales itself upon the sharpest thorn, and rises above the agony to sing the most beautiful song ever heard.


Han Hye Jin as Seo Jung Eun
Kim So Hyun as young Jung Eun
Joo Sang Wook as Lee Young Jo
Lee Min Ho as young Young Jo
Kim Min Jung as Han Yoo Kyung
Yoon Jung Eun as young Yoo Kyung
Seo Do Young as Choi Kang Woo

Extended Cast

Cha Hwa Yun as Yoon Myung Ja / Lee Ae Rin
Kim Ha Eun as Yang Mi Ryun
Song Ok Sook as Kim Kye Soon
Choi Jae Won as Park Han Soo
Kim Dong Young as young Han Soo
Jung Ui Kap as Lee Young Gook
Park Ji Il as Choi Jong Dal
Ahn Seung Hoon as Yoon Myung Goo
Lee Mi Young as Soon Geum
Jung Eun Byul as Seo Jin
Oh Hyun Kyung as Young Jo’s grandfather
Kim Soo Hyun as Han Byul
Lee Won Jae as Yoon Hak Goo
Choi Sang Hoon as Seo Jin’s father
Jung Kyung Soon as Yoo Kyung’s adoptive mother
Jang Min Ho (장민호) as Lee Soo Young
Jang Yong (cameo)
Kim Ji Young

Production Credits

Production Company: GnG Production
Chief Producer: Bae Kyung Soo
Producer: Kim Jin Woo (김진우)
Director: Kim Jong Chang
Screenwriter: Lee Sun Hee


2011 KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award, Actress: Han Hye Jin

Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2011-03-02 1 6.3 (<8.6)
2011-03-03 2 6.6 (<8.1)
2011-03-09 3 7.0 (<8.1)
2011-03-10 4 6.3 (<8.1)
2011-03-16 5 8.1 (17th) 8.6 (20th)
2011-03-17 6 8.3 (17th) 9.0 (15th)
2011-03-23 7 8.7 (18th) 8.9 (15th)
2011-03-24 8 8.5 (18th) (<8.4)
2011-03-30 9 9.4 (15th) 9.8 (12th)
2011-03-31 10 9.8 (17th) 10.8 (11th)
2011-04-06 11 9.2 (16th) 10.5 (11th)
2011-04-07 12 9.4 (18th) 10.8 (11th)
2011-04-13 13 9.7 (11th) 10.1 (10th)
2011-04-14 14 10.7 (9th) 11.7 (9th)
2011-04-20 15 10.8 (6th) 10.7 (8th)
2011-04-21 16 9.5 (12th) 10.0 (13th)
2011-04-27 17 10.9 (6th) 11.8 (8th)
2011-04-28 18 9.6 (12th) 10.1 (11th)
2011-05-04 19 11.1 (4th) 12.2 (5th)
2011-05-05 20 11.5 (5th) 12.8 (6th)

Source: TNS Media Korea

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126 Responses to “The Thorn Birds”

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  1. 101
    cristinemae_koreanaddict Says:

    ……..uhm, i just received this tape..hope i’d liked it…
    wish me luck!!!

  2. 102
    Elizabeth Says:

    The best korean drama I ever come across..splendid…..n super acting !

  3. 103
    442park Says:

    emmm,,, now airing in my country… want to see… i think its twist at the future episode… ^^

  4. 104
    torri Says:

    i think this drama has a great story line , but god that girl who gave her child away is full of vernom , i mean what human being would do the things young j did she to me is way to heartless, and a complete bitch, it is true what they say that blood is thicker that water like mother like daughter , i dont get why most poeple who make comments here say they cryed i am at ep 18 now and am yet to cry i feel anger more for all the shit that crazy bitch young j did , i mean so far i want to pull her hair my self and drag her trough the mud , as for her mother she is nothing but a joke her self ,jung eun is what you call a fool as well , her kindness was way too much , the fact that she let self be used by her friend like that was just foolish and stupid , and to learn that she raise the child of a man she has loved since she was 14, makes it even more a mess, and some comments here say the guy did not realy like her well , i think if the guy did not actualy like her which to me so far i think he did beacuse so far i guess the guy finaly understands there is more to love that just sleeping togther which is what he misunderstood as love because when he finaly gets to see the realy person behind the face of the woman he believed he loved he just want to kill her , because she only went for the guy because she knew her best friend liked him and because he was rich , it was never because she loved him and if she did at any time love hime she would have found a way to forgive what ever misunderstanding she tought the guys family had to do with her been taken away from her mother , but she did not instead she throw the guys baby away but hey i still have 2 more ep to see but hey hung eun sure needs to be loved and taken care ok , to be honest i have watch a lot villian s in korean dramas but this villian here makes me so angry from start to finish

  5. 105
    comment Says:

    this one is now airing in my country. another one with “orphans” factor in it. most of the kdrama i’ve seen so far, not really many tho, has this plot where the child is separated from his/her biological father/mother thus created the conflict. kinda tiring somehow, this element of “disconnected” child. i agree with some comments here saying that the story does not really make sense, the way jung eun stayed with yoo kyung’s family, i.e. ae ri (yoo kyung’s mother), yoo kyung’s baby, incl ae ri’s family and then also young jo – yoo kyung’s bf (baby’s father), especially after ae ri’s found out everything and asked jung eun to leave to lead her own life, that time ae ri & the baby were already with ae ri’s family who took care of them. if jung eun stayed becos she wanted a family and had no career ambition but then she still doing casting and stuff..and there was not much going on between her and young jo either. young jo seemed to have no “passion ” for jung eun either, just like scenes among neighbors.. overall, quite uninteresting, flat, bland, insipid, humdrum….
    i wonder, if the cast is reversed, Han Hye Jin as Han Yo Kyung and Kim Min Jung as Seo Jung Eun.. wouldnt that, perhaps, give more color to this series? becos KMJung is perceived to be not as beautiful as HHJin and the role is that of suffering and a bit stupid in a way, hehe… in reality the ones who would likely to suffer more is those who look like KMJung rather than HHJin, in reality beautiful people tend to have it – relatively – easier (not all of course) so if you want to create a film that is closer to reality, neighborly every day things with no sparks and quite flat might as well do the cast closer to reality too and see how it goes…hehe… and perhaps people might not ‘curse’ as much on KMJung..hehe..

  6. 106
    Vin Says:

    Kim min jung..I don’t like her!

  7. 107
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  8. 108
    Yoon Ji Says:

    I think that Han Yoo Kyung just has some mental issues like how can you treat your friend that way and leave her to take the blame? After all she did for her taking care of her child and mother? Then she just pops up out of no where and wants her family bac well what can I say you left them so you lose them that’s just it.

  9. 109
    Cris Says:

    This drama’s story line is so addictive. At first it seemed so boring but when the baby is was born the plot situation became so exciting. My mother also can’t stop watching this, when she came home at 9pm she watch this and slept at 2am. The end is just a bit hang up but the character’s acting are so powerful.

  10. 110
    Renee Says:

    I love this show. I watch the entire thing in 3 days. I am not to the next Korean Drama show now but a little sad that there are no more episodes. The Thorn Birds rock!

  11. 111
    Teddy Li Says:

    I have been enjoying The Thorn Birds UNTIL the part that Han Yoo Kyung registered Seo Jung Eun’s name (with Seo’s id) as Han’s unwanted newborn baby – in the hospital with Seo holding the baby!!!!! I know it is possible with identity theft these days. How could Seo let it happen while all parties were in the hospital with the nurse watching. The more ridiculous part was the hospital did not even ask for ids. The second ridiculous part was Seo did not expose Han, but at the meantime she reprimanded Han for the cruelty to abandon her own child and lay a bombshell on Seo. C’mon, just fix the record and walk away!!!!! Instead, Seo had the heart to listen to B.S. about Han’s sob story and let Han run away. Did the story writer trying to convince me this part of the plot?? I don’t think so!!!! Are we serious? The American soap operas might contain stories of betrayal and heartlessness, but plot like this does not convince me. I just stopping watching the rest of the drama and discarded the DVDs.

  12. 112
    Teddy Li Says:

    Correction: I have been enjoying The Thorn Birds UNTIL the part that Han Yoo Kyung registered Seo Jung Eun’s name (with Seo’s id) as the mother for Han’s unwanted newborn baby – in the hospital with Seo holding the baby!!!!!

  13. 113
    Sina Says:

    The Thorn Birds is another one of my favorite dramas to watched over and over and not get tired of it. The acting is great.

  14. 114
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  15. 115
    Kahina Soledad.;from Algeria Says:

    wow,it s amazing

  16. 116
    shani Says:

    can anyone please tell me free site to watch episode 09 to onwards. please…….

  17. 117
    CH Says:

    Young Jo is blind to love Yoo Kyung, a wicked and heartless bitch.

  18. 118
    topefemi Says:

    Pls can anyone tell me wat happened in the last episode

  19. 119
    Jonathan Sykes Says:

    Kim Min Kyung who plays the evil friend gets a zero from me for acting and for looks. She has an interesting feature on her face. She has these really protruding eyes that make her unattractive. She has this skittering voice that reminds me of a snake when it hisses and she has this ego so bad that you want to punch her in the face and keep punching her.

  20. 120
    Jonathan Sykes Says:

    This is for all you people that made comments here. I have done a lot of reviews and I must say that I find this drama lacking in every way. I mean, when you create characters you need to put some kind of redeeming quality in most of them, otherwise, the story is a joke and not too realistic, in other words ridiculous. I find this story ridiculous. The characters are predictable and lacking and no one has changed over the years. The bitch from hell gets what she wants so we do not get our revenger for her or life does not give it to her which means that she gets away with murder. I find this drama annoying and fastidious.

  21. 121
    Donna Kim Says:

    Every time I see that bitch with the bug eyes Kim Min Jung is the actresses’ name, I want to puke. She looks perfect for the part because you want to hate her. Pretty? She is not pretty with those scary bug eyes that look like they are ready to come out of their sockets!

  22. 122
    Donna Kim Says:

    Why do these stupid Korean women have to wear short shorts in every drama? So they can show their skinny legs? Is that really office etiquette? I do not understand that Korean ” fashion” at all!!!

  23. 123
    Jin Chern Says:

    Can someone please tell me who is the singer of the beautiful song “My Everything”

  24. 124
    Lina Says:

    So much hate for the bitch from hell. I’d like to say to the producers, and writers of this show, you guy picked just the right girl for the part. Not only she looks evil, she acts evil…kudos for you people you did right by casting just the right person for the bitch part. She has huge buggy eyes that seems like her eyeballs about to fall off her face whenever she acts evil. She is one ugly girl. Her face is like a pumkin that is about to explode. ANd also, the office dress code in Korea, is this for real. Not only the hemlines are too short, but I saw backless too. What is wrong in this fashion office show, puhleeze, there should be a professional dress code somewhere in Asia we are not at the club or party. Therefore, make these women look presentable in the working areas. And for heavens sakes, make the storylines believable. Not only villlainese are winning in every episode, they take over the entire storyline and that is not real. Somehow, these evil characters should be disciplined soon enough and not wait to almost to the end of the drama. The show drags on with this drams because you guys let the evil girl takes over and let the good girl suffers for a long period of time….come one people, this is stupid…

  25. 125
    Lina Says:

    Kim Minjung’s face is really creepy….She is not nice to look at. She gives me the dark side of everything imagine. My goodness. Where did you guys get such an ugly froggy looking girl to play this part where she is so right for it. Her eyeballs alone makes me wince in fear she might just jump off the tv and bite me somewhere. eeeeeek…..You know, really, i tried to look at her I really did. I tryied to convince myself to accept her face but what makes it worse is when she talks, she spits out venom after acid after poison it is not pretty. Her face creeps me out throughout the entire time I was watching this show. it really became a burden to watch this show beause of her unpleasant features. So, scary and pure ugliness. Oh, and what’s with her girly fashion at the office. Is she at school or at work. Come one, a professional work place should look professional fashion wise. Make these women wear office attires not clubbing and party fashion . American soaps are so believable because they deal with all issues in a timely frame and not let one evil character takes over the entire show. Also, too much orphan issues. Are there any other place where the kids were raised instead of the orphans. It seems like every Korean dramas has the same issues. Why, no one was raised in other countries then came back to Korea and try to deal with a different culutre. I got really tired of this evil character she has no remorse. She has no brain to think of the level of damage she did to other people’s lives especially her friend whom she ruined in the process. What really got to me was she tried to act the victim and yet, no one is puting her in her place. She disgusts me so much it’s not funny.

  26. 126
    018 Says:

    Is this worth watching? Thank you. Just wanted to know before I watch it.

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