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.

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  • May 14, 2011 20 of 20 episodes seen
    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  9
    • Story  10
    • Acting/Cast  9
    • Music  8
    • Rewatch Value  8
    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 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
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  • Mar 30, 2013 20 of 20 episodes seen
    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  6
    • Story  7
    • Acting/Cast  6
    • Music  7
    • Rewatch Value  4
    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 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
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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.
    reportRecommended by KdramaQueen89
  • There's a similar revenge mood, a woman that'll do anything for power and an other that's looking for love and affection...
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Comments (28)

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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.
  • DehAlaska Jan 12, 2014
    where I can wathc this with eng sub?
  • unloveu Sep 4, 2013
    i liked this drama and the ending was good for me :)
  • CheerfulSoul 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.
    3 ❤
  • chane019 Aug 29, 2013
  • frost Aug 13, 2013
    i love this drama am I weird?
  • 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...
  • 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
    2 ❤
  • 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.
    1 ❤
  • 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
    2 ❤
    • 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...
      1 ❤
  • _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
    1 ❤
    • hallyuholicmom Feb 5, 2013
      i rated this drama as horrible. well, that's only my personal opinion. it has so much bad in it that i totally got frustrated (to a level that i gnashed my teeth). you will totally hate the evil woman Yoo Kyung. Jung Eun so so passive, a total martyr. i pity this character. Young Jo is just so dense.
      1 ❤
    • _Rosie Feb 5, 2013
      Its dropped I cant torture myself any further lol
      1 ❤
    • 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...
      2 ❤
    • Betty20 Apr 23, 2013
      Dense beyond beleif... This level of denseness should be categorized as some kind of disorder.
      1 ❤
    • Kromesta May 17, 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.
    • _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
  • beloved Mar 27, 2012
    its amazing to me..^^
    1 ❤
  • koreanloverID Mar 8, 2012
    this drama isn't a mainstream type. although, the lead actress scene sometimes isn't "leading" the drama. but, the lead role pretty good !
    1 ❤
  • KdramaQueen89 Jan 1, 2012
    I need to change my rewatch rating because I already want to watch this again!
  • medotcom Jun 15, 2011
    Amazing..! How venomous can a woman be? Watch and find out, it's worth it. I would have given it a different ending but we can't have everything we want in this drama world...lol.


Thorn Birds

Thorn Birds


  • Main Title: Thorn Birds
  • Native title: 가시나무새
  • Also Known as: The Thorn Bush Bird ; Kashinamoosae; The Thorn Birds

General Details

  • CountrySouth Korea
  • Aired: March 2, 2011 to May 5, 2011
  • Airs On: Wednesday, Thursday
  • # of Episodes 20
    Average Duration 1 hr. 5 min. per episode
  • Genres: Makjang, Melodrama, Romance


  • Score: 7.13 (scored by 540 users)
  • Ranked: #846
  • Popularity: #839
  • Members: 983
  • Favorites: 0
3.6 stars - based on 540 votes

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