Thorn Birds

Thorn Birds (2011)

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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, read morestriving 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.

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    The Thorn Bush Bird ; Kashinamoosae; The Thorn Birds

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May 14, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Thunder Birds is not a mainstream drama and that could be the reason why its not popular...

Story: Has a dark undertone to it due to the themes that the writers brought to the forth front: obsession, jealousy, birth secrets, lies. The writers did an amazing job keeping me guessing with the romance and just keeping me glued to the screen (most melos become repetitive after a while). What I loved most read more about it though was the hopeful/happy ending(you dont get those too often in melos).

Actors/Cast: I didnt know any of the leads but i was quite impressed with the casting choices after watching a few episodes. Han Hye Jin has amazing dramatic chops and i loved her chemistry not only with Joo Sang Wook but also her frenemy Kim Min Jung. I'll be honest, when i first saw KMJ on screen I got taken a back by her looks and not in a good way. I was so shocked that they would choose an actress that was not as pretty as the other main lead because it was hard to believe the main male character would choose her and become obsessed over her at first as he did. But when the time jump happens she is given a total makeoever and her amazing acting skills begin to shine. I really think both lead actresses did an equally tremendous job. I didnt like the second male lead characer, the acting was bad and his character really wasnt needed. Loved the rest of the supporting characters.

Music: Dark and moody to fit the atmosphere.

Rewatch- I will definitely watch it again because it had excellent pacing and i enjoyed it so much the first time but not for a bit because its so twisted.

Overall Thorn Birds is a different kind of melodrama but very enjoyable if you like gritty stories.
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Mar 30, 2013
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
This drama had a well-paced storyline, and kept you wondering what would happen to the characters in the end. It was more of a character-developing drama that did a great job in showing the underlying emotions and reasons for each of the leads actions. This could have easily been a 12 ep. drama, instead of dragging it out to 20 episodes.

I had a difficult time feeling any chemistry between the 2 read more main leads, and it didn't seem their romance was developed realistically or steadily throughout the story. The little girl was cute though.
Both main leads were flat/boring and lacked a bit of character or personality.

The female antagonist got very annoying and her antics took up a lot of the drama. The people who catered to her as well, you just wanted to shake them with frustration - but not necessarily in a good way!

Overall, not a bad drama for a filler, but not something one could marathon.
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Both dramas have a similar plot with differences. Both have an adopted daughter, they try to move on with their lives but the past is blocking their way.
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Both dramas focus more on the female leads and thier negative frenemy relationship. There is one "goody toe shoes" type character and one "evil" character. Both dramas also give off a darker melodrama feel.
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    JulySnow2 Dec 8, 2016 - edited

    Currently watching, watched 6 eps so far. Rooting for the female lead, not sure about the male lead questionable taste since he went for Yoo Kyung the manipulative bitch, it makes him look really bad! #TeamJungEun, will see if male lead gets more sympathethic, or if I should just keep watching hoping things will go well for Jung Eun, regardless if things work out romantically or not for her and male lead. Might have to drop this, but for now I'll keep on watching...

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    BdrMohamed Oct 22, 2015

    Although I like dark plots but this drama pressed on what I hate

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    nunualaoui Mar 26, 2015

    I recommend this drama .. it's one of the best kdrama !

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    Queen_Makjang Dec 24, 2014

    Episode 2 and I love it. A friend recommended it and I'm glad she did. I like dramas with a good pace. Underrated imo.

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    Aerislover Feb 4, 2014

    One word about the Young characters. Kim so Hyeon is really amazing. I saw her in 'I miss you', 'I hear your voice', 'the moon that embraces the sun' and this one. Each time, she plays characters with different personnality and her performance is always perfect despite she's only 14 years old. I bet she'll be a star soon, she has everything for it.

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    DehAlaska Jan 12, 2014

    where I can wathc this with eng sub?

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    unloveu Sep 4, 2013

    i liked this drama and the ending was good for me :)

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    Cheer Sep 1, 2013

    This drama was good enough but it's definitely not one of the best or even the good ones; it had the usual Korean melodramatic elements with utterly annoying developments every once in a while.
    I think it's worth the trouble if you like birth secrets, obsession and the Korean melodramatic feel; if not then don't waste your time on this.

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    frost Aug 13, 2013 - edited

    i love this drama am I weird?

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      Marooya Dec 5, 2015

      You are not, It's a "special" drama not everyone would appreciate its darkness.

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    EJ_101 May 24, 2013

    im going to re watch this i luv this drama... i think i fall to the saying to each its own...

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    Betty20 Apr 23, 2013

    Ok I hated this drama. The main girl was so... I don't even know how to put it... She annoyed me to no end because she couldn't grow a spine and the lead was also really annoying with his behavior. One of the biggest lost of my time! grrr

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    azndrama Mar 26, 2013

    I would have been more entertained had the main male lead been Seo Do Young (his friend) who has a lot more charisma instead of Joo Sang Wook. IMO his acting and character were flat, boring, nothing special. Pairing that with a naive female lead was just too much.

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    NotYourOppa Feb 19, 2013

    I gave it 6 not 5 just because it's the most crazy drama I've ever seen. Crazy not in a funny way;P

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      Betty20 Apr 23, 2013

      Crazy in a "I will break something soon, flip tables" way ? ahah... I say ahah but I didn't make me laugh... at all...

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    _Rosie Jan 31, 2013

    I started this drama & have seen 6 eps so far. I am gnashing my teeth with frustration at the lead girl, its one thing to be be clueless if someone is plotting behind your back & you are unaware but her "best friend" makes it clear how she feels about her & she still takes the abuse like a moron....I dont want to be spoiled but please someone tell me she grows a brain & backbone otherwise I am tempted to DROP this drama

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      _Rosie Feb 5, 2013

      Its dropped I cant torture myself any further lol

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      hallyuholicmom Feb 5, 2013

      good for you! LOL. epic failure of a drama. and the villain? she's just arghhh! ok, enough. negative vibes all coming back now...

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      Betty20 Apr 23, 2013

      Dense beyond beleif... This level of denseness should be categorized as some kind of disorder.

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      Kromesta May 18, 2013

      I havent started watching this drama. Is the frustration worse than Rooftop prince? My blood pressure went up to its limit seeing lead role gets bullied by her older sister and constant backstab!. i hate drama like this.

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      _Rosie Jun 16, 2013

      Its worse than Rooftop Prince I finished that, this was unbearable for me anyway even with the smexy JSW I had to drop it lol


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    South Korea
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    Mar 2, 2011 to May 5, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.1 (scored by 792 users)
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