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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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127 Responses to “The Thorn Birds”

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  1. 51
    Lee Seok Hoon SG Wannabe Berduet Dengan Beige Untuk OST Thorn Birds « Hallyu Cafe Says:

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  2. 52
    OK OK OK Says:

    Episodes 16
    Kim Min Jung is so thick skin. She always behaves so confidently in front of HHJ. Always asked HHJ what if JSW knows he is the father of the little girl, whatever belongs to HHJ will goes back to her.

    I really hope that KMJ tells JSW everything and see what kind of expression he has (bang his head on the wall) ha ha

    Hope that JSW goes back to KMJ – who ask him did not trust HHJ and even fall for KMJ.
    Hope HHJ end up with Seo Do Young because from the very beginning, he always trust HHJ – never doubt about her character and always there for her, fight for her. 🙂 I also hope HHJ will open her eyes wide choosing the right man & friend…….

  3. 53
    Meg Says:

    @Joo Sang Wook, we support you till the end. Don’t give up whatever difficulties that you are going through. I love your acting.

    @Han Hye Jin, I love your acting. Keep it up!

  4. 54
    kahlan Says:

    i want hhj and jsw together

  5. 55
    Cuppy Says:

    I really can’t stand the goldfish actress she’s so ugly. I wonder who chosen her to act in this role and spoil the whole drama. If the lead actor end up with her then the scriptwriter can go and fly kite.

  6. 56
    Cuppy Says:

    kim min jung is the ugly goldfish actress!

  7. 57
    KDaddict Says:

    Well, it does make you wonder what the goldfish actress has to do to get this role.

  8. 58
    KDaddict Says:

    If you cruise other websites hosting this drama, you’ll see that the comments are all of 3 categories, n I QUOTE:
    1. The scriptwriter must be sick in the head cos the story makes no sense.
    2. 2nd actress is too ugly. She looks so ugly when she cries that it is scary.
    3. People are watching cos they like Joo Sang Wook, n cos they r waiting for something good to happen to HHJ’s character.

    Personally I quit after 2 eps cos a nonsense script is an insult to our intelligence.

  9. 59
    magsie Says:

    For me, this drama is interesting and entertaining. I love all the maincast
    because they are all goodlooking. I dont really mind the physical appearance of the supporting casts as long as they can act. This drama is full of emotions and I am looking forward to the end when jung eun will
    finally be rewarded for all her sacrifices. It would be great to see her get the man she loves, the daughter she raised but not hers and the mom
    who wants jung eun to be her daughter. I’m so excited and eagerly waiting
    for the final episode of this drama. I hope I wont be disappointed.

  10. 60
    OK OK OK Says:

    I like JSW but I don’t like his character here. For 6 years, when HHJ staying under the same roof as him yet he didn’t woo her at all until Seo Do Young said he is going after HHJ – he then quickly propose to HHJ.
    Even when HHJ kiss him earlier, I feel that he response “coldly”

    When ex-gf crying and phone JSW, he quickly rush to her side “forgetting” he is already HHJ fiance ?

    I have watched & liked this drama by Joo Sang Wook & Park Shin Hye in Kimcheed Radish Cubes (MBC, 2007) 🙂

  11. 61
    magsie Says:

    I dont know why i feel some korean dramas should be watched backward
    especially this one, if you dont want to be a masochist watching this drama, ha ha ha! You may want to start at episode 9 to 15 to really appreciate the depth of this series and I bet you wont stop until til the end. Hope you’ll
    enjoy this drama as much as i did.

  12. 62
    kdfan Says:

    interestingly i too would like to see HHJ choose SDY instead of JSW. Mostly bec like OK mentioned JSW was never really into HHJ until SDY showed his persistence. Also, the chemistry between HHJ and JSW is not there.

    this drama had a slow start but the story unfolds nicely and the angst build-up was what made me hooked. As ridiculous as some of the plot was, I will watch till the end to savour the joy of HHJ’s hard-earned happiness.

    I’m glad HHJ asked KMJ to handle JSW herself at end of ep 16. Way to go girl! Time to live your life!

  13. 63
    OK OK OK Says:

    Ep 17

    Ye…… KMJ tells JSW everything. JSW got so mad that he “nearly” bang by cars & trees. He later bang his fist on the wall (not his head) ha ha. 🙂

    I wonder SDY will stop wooing HHJ becoz he now knows that his father is the culprit that leads to all these.

    Even if it is, there is no excuse for KMJ to give away her own child.

  14. 64
    kyuqi Says:

    K addict: ur right!it doesnt makes sense at all.duh!dun waste my anger and time on watching such ridiculous drama.worst drama ever in korea.i watched it at the 1st place for seo doh young.give up!

  15. 65
    karen Says:

    i love this drama Han Hye Jin is a very good actress… hope that Han Hye Jin will end up to Seo Do Young they look better and amazing together..

  16. 66
    kai Says:

    im hoping that joo sang wook will end up to Han hye Jin…i just dont like the supporting actress…she’s ugly and seo dong young will find the designer to be his love interest… plz…m begging u joo sang wook and Han Hye jin plz till the end…

  17. 67
    kahlan Says:

    JSW and HHJ!!!

  18. 68
    Drama#1Fan Says:

    Really enjoyed this drama…..the main guys are gorgeous to look at. Han Hye Jin and Joo Sang Wook look wonderful together, great story, great cast…what’s not to like. Look forward to more great work from JSW and SDY!!!

  19. 69
    Cheers_kimn Says:

    actually..I hope dat HHJ will end up with SDY….cause SDY who love her more and believe her from the beginning…..better than JSW who cannot forget about his evil ex gf…….If i become HHJ i will tell direct to KMJ face…if she want she can take JSW with her and leave HHJ alone with hanbyul..cause hanbyul is belong to HHJ….

  20. 70
    kimchilee Says:

    SDW and HHJ is the only reason I watched this but I cannot stomach her undying lover for JSW.. she should look to SDW who has never waivered in his love for her even though he thought her a mother with a child. I hope the writers will cast SDW and HHJ together in the end and then JSW shld end up with KMJ, the father and mother of the child to begin with.

  21. 71
    kimchilee Says:

    sorry.. I meant SDY and not SDW.. SDY and HHJ together in the end please.. writers..

  22. 72
    Princess Yul Says:

    Jst finished watched ep18…can wait for the next ep and the ending….
    its sad to see Jung eun holding the sadness inside her heart..she never let it out like yu kyung who keep using her tears to get others sympathized….i hate jung eun being so kind…and i hate see other ppl start to accept yu kyung…cant wait to see the ending…i hope jung eun can hve a happy life forever…and yu kyung should go anywhere n never show her evil face anymore…

    *i get to emotional even this just a drama..huhu

  23. 73
    heather Says:

    Ilove this drama. Joo Sang Wook is the main reason for me to watch this drama. I love the casts. Good Luck to JSW and Thorn Bird. JSW Fighting!

  24. 74
    kdfan Says:

    i was hoping for a sizzling ep 18 with JSW realizing the sacrifices made by HHJ but what a let down. chemistry is so lacking here!

  25. 75
    purplelavender Says:

    Now, waiting for ep. 19 & 20. Overall, i like this drama so much. I guess that will happy ending for Yong Jo, Jung Eun & Yoo Kyung.
    My imagination: Han Byul will need some blood or whatever from his parent but then not match with her daddy. So her mom will donate to her…then she will left to US forever or else she’s death (wakkakakakaka) The end…:)

  26. 76
    yulkimn Says:

    kdfan…i agree with u…i dun see love between JSW and HHJ as deep as JSW love to KMJ….they too formal to each other…..hmmm…when JSW confessed his love to KMJ i hope JSW will hug her tite….but it end with they just looking each other…where the passion???…………lolz

  27. 77
    jabz Says:

    love this drama… can’t wait to see the last two episodes…

  28. 78
    KDaddict Says:

    That’s an interesting nickname! Have you tried New Tales of Gisaeng? It’s really good. I love it, and also Shining. I recommend them. See you on those or other threads.

  29. 79
    crazygirl Says:

    Love the ending….:)

  30. 80
    Meg Says:

    I love the ending…it touches me. I love the way Joo Sang Wook and Han Hye Jin are together.

  31. 81
    JJ Says:

    i luvd this drama, i’m now a big fan of Joo sang wook….what a good actor! i highly recommend this! i also liked soo do young since spring waltz & i just hope he gets a lead role next time! this drama made me cry!

  32. 82
    becky Says:

    omg, it’s finished???? can anybody pleeeasee tell me what happened? actually, this drama is kinda nice to watch….I nearly passed it out….true, the beginning plot was boring to watch, but the plot advanced quickly after the 6 years….although, it still moved considerably slow to me, but hey, welcome to kdramaland!
    also, KMJ is kinda pretty after she straightened her hair and when she doesn’t cry or sulk (meaning when she smiles)

  33. 83
    fadila Says:

    the ending so beautiful, Jang Sang Wook and Han Hye Jin definitely have the on screen chemistry …

  34. 84
    fadila Says:

    the beginning of this drama is so boring….most comments here have explained why it is but its JSW, HHY & SDY made me continue watching and it get interesting to watch how HHY come up to fight and be brave to face KMJ juz because she love her daughter… though many might say JSW did not show much love to HHJ … still he regretted for not believing in HHJ…. the episode 20 show JSW love towards HHJ when he said he is happy to see HHJ come running to him….

  35. 85
    d14h Says:

    I really like this drama, not boring at all, I cry alot . Han Hye Jin look so beautiful….. 🙂

  36. 86
    caca Says:

    i really……really like this drama, the lead actor n actres are so amazing, handsome, n beautiful. Nice couple n story, hope there is another drama like that.

  37. 87
    Sina Says:

    I love this drama. I like the actors too. I am waiting for another drama with HHJ in it. I like her the most.

  38. 88
    qass Says:

    Wah, i cried a lot for this drama..
    This drama is so good..
    it just i really hope jung eun and kang woo to be the couple.
    In the end, it goes to Jung Eun and young Jo

  39. 89
    chaimoon Says:

    Why are the Korean lovers not lovers at all? They seem to be so cold and do not show any passion. I expected a little bit of warmth in the near end episodes but it was still colder than first time acquaintances. Can you improve on this Mr. Writer? The end sometimes do not show the supposed lovers natural reaction to each other. Or simply no reaction towards a loved one at all! BOOORIIING!

  40. 90
    myr Says:

    Lovely! Lovely! It is always a delight to watch a drama that makes me look forward for the next, and the next episodes. The “good girl” and the “bad gir” characters maybe hard for people to relate and understand but this is why I so love it. Go! Soar…thorn birds!!

  41. 91
    fannie Says:

    i like it.although i was afraid that the ending will not be a happy one. am glad that Jsw and KMJ end up with each other.it’s always nice to see that good triumph over evil.

  42. 92
    via Says:

    boring drama, I skipped alot, I can’t understand Jung Eun for being always bully by her ex close friend.. and I hate when the time passes by like that, 6 years later, why they didn’t try to build the story step by step and also what happend to Jung Eun and Young Jo for all those years they spent together (at the ahjuma house) should be describe alot deeper, the acting wasn’t convincing at all, I can’t feel their chemistry, they cold towards each other, although Jung Eun is the one whose falling for Young Jo first, although Young Jo did choose Jung Eun to be with him, but still he is cold to Jung Eun and I just think he choice to stay with her because he feels sorry for missunderstood her all this year not because he loves her and because it just the right thing to do and he doesn’t want to hurt her anymore.
    But in the other hand I can feel chemistry of Kang Woo to Jung Eun, he loves her that I can tell, not because its the right thing to do, but its what his heart tells him that he loves her. I wish Kang Woo would end up with Jung Eun.

  43. 93
    heather Says:

    I love this drama very much. I am a big fan of Joo Sang Wook. He is an excellent actor. Great Drama and great casts!
    JSW fighting!

  44. 94
    ptsh836 Says:

    if u jus grit ur teeth, close ur eyes n make it till epi 13…u wud hv survived da dumping of kdrama syndrome! of course seo jung eun had to be da most naive, stupid character ever written 4 a heroine lead..4 being bullied into accepting baby n mother of han yoo kyung while da latter scoots off without a shred of guilt…i now know why she is so ugly! its cuz her character is too…too unbelievably bad, evil no wonder she looks like a goldfish!! anyway..another character dat threatens to derail ur decision to watch dis drama is da male lead himself!…how cud he be so flawed n blind as to fall 4 yoo kyung n her lies! he’s naive n unbecoming 4 a lead! no wonder many viewers abandon ship after jus 2 or 3 epis…i dun blame them..i too was overwhelmed with disgust n frustrations 4 all these 3 characters….but after overcoming my personal hurdles…da drama did took a turn 4 da better…exactly 6 yrs after jung eun was burdened with baby n mom…things did look better 4 her n young jo..who is growing wiser with age, i suppose..n things r going to be exciting after yoo kyung’s return…among all da actors here…i admire cha hwa yun who acted as lee ae rin da most! her acting is awesome!…han hye jin most of da times appear detached n cold n at other times, overacts quite a bit…joo sang wook is also expressionless at times…kim min jung aka da goldfish…is jus dat…overacting a lot…with such huge pools as eyes n thick fat lips..shes truly ugly when she cries…seo do young acts natural n himself most of da times…hate it dat there is alwayz dis 2nd male lead who will pine away helplessly, silently 4 his luv who hve eyes only 4 da lead….

  45. 95
    jade Says:

    may i ask you..is this drama happy ending?
    actually i like comedy and romantic drama such as full house, prosecutor princess, my princess, you’re beautifull.

    thanks for the reply guys =)

  46. 96
    jade Says:

    may i ask you all? is this drama happy ending even, most people said that the main character always bullying?

    actually i like comedy romantic drama such as full house, you’re beautifull, prosecutor princess, my princess etc

    thankyou for all your comment =)

  47. 97
    ju1668 Says:

    I agree with yulkimn. Viewers only saw the love/passion between JSW & KMJ. Was expecting more warmth and affection after JSW “declared” his love to HHJ. HHJ just looked sadly. Watched this cos of JSW. Can’t blamed the cast for acting that way. I would blamed it on writer/director. Can’t feel the deep love from JSW towards HHJ (regretfully). He just showed protectiveness/affection and we viewers have to “interprete” it as love, I guess and be satisfied with that. Loved the comment abt KMJ “goldfish” eyes! Haha.

  48. 98
    Sina Says:

    I wanted to see her get married in her wedding dress. It would have been nice with their daughter as the flower girl.

  49. 99
    Chen Says:

    this drama is a little bit confused me. when Lee and seo live together in her aunt’s house, the show should describe much more than the movie such as how they build their relationship closer. Actually korean drama is really good at this. i think the writer skipped too much about this part and described too much about all the side relationships like lee and lee’s brothers. it makes the side line of the movie is too boring and too long.
    Anyway, Joo san woo and han hye jin’s performance is excellent. i always like their tv show.

  50. 100
    cristinemae_koreanaddict Says:

    ……uhm,i just received this tape and i’m hoping that i would liked this…….wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!

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