Cain and Abel

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  • 2009
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (295)

Cain and Abel is a South Korean television drama that premiered on SBS in 2009. The show explores the complex relationship between two brothers, Lee Cho-in (played by So Ji-sub) and Lee Seon-woo (played by Shin Hyun-joon), as they navigate the challenges of their personal and professional lives.

Cho-in is a talented cardiothoracic surgeon who is highly respected within the medical community. Despite his success, he has a troubled past and a difficult relationship with his father, who is also a renowned doctor. Seon-woo, on the other hand, is a skilled businessman who runs a successful construction company. Unlike Cho-in, Seon-woo is loved and admired by his father.

The differences between the brothers are further exacerbated by their romantic interests. Cho-in falls in love with Oh Yeon-ji (played by Han Ji-min), a cardiac surgery fellow who shares his passion for medicine. Meanwhile, Seon-woo is engaged to Kang So-yeong (played by Chae Jung-an), the daughter of a powerful and influential business leader.

As the series progresses, tensions between the brothers rise and their relationship becomes increasingly fraught. Cho-in is determined to prove himself to his father and to become the best surgeon in the country, but he faces numerous obstacles along the way. He must contend with jealous colleagues who are threatened by his talent, as well as personal demons that threaten to derail his career.

Seon-woo, meanwhile, faces his own challenges as he struggles to maintain his business empire and protect his relationship with So-yeong. He is forced to make difficult decisions as he comes under pressure from his father-in-law and other powerful businesspeople.

Ultimately, Cain and Abel is a story about the complexities of family relationships and the sacrifices that people make in pursuit of their dreams. It is a highly emotional drama that is driven by strong performances from its talented cast.

So Ji-sub delivers a standout performance as Lee Cho-in, bringing a complex and multifaceted character to life. He imbues Cho-in with a mixture of confidence, vulnerability, and inner turmoil that make him a compelling and relatable protagonist. Shin Hyun-joon is also excellent as Seon-woo, conveying a range of emotions and motivations that make his character both sympathetic and complex.

The show is visually impressive as well, with beautifully shot scenes that capture the glamour and intensity of the medical and business worlds. The drama is expertly paced, and viewers will find themselves eagerly anticipating each new twist and turn in the story.

Overall, Cain and Abel is a must-watch for fans of Korean drama. It is a powerful and emotional story that expertly explores the complexities of family relationships and the sacrifices that people make in pursuit of their dreams.

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Episode 20
20. Episode 20
April 23, 2009
Cho-in turns a blind eye to Seon-woo, who has a brain hemorrhage. As his condition worsens, his mother begs Cho-in to save him, but he refuses.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
April 22, 2009
Cho-in learns about Seon-woo's condition, but he cannot forgive him. A new poster at the hospital gets people talking, and Seon-woo is cornered.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
April 16, 2009
A board meeting begins, and Cho-in refuses to give up. He learns that Chi-soo is with Young-ji, and ends up getting arrested for murdering Bok-geun.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
April 15, 2009
After confirming Seo-yeon knows everything, Seon-woo becomes enraged. He goes to see her and comes clean about Cho-in. She is speechless...
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
April 9, 2009
At Seo-yeon's invitation, Cho-in goes to dinner, but feels uncomfortable. At the dinner table, Seon-woo announces he and Seo-yeon will get married.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
April 8, 2009
Cho-in is riddled with shock when he hears that his only brother tried to kill him. After seeing his brother nervously look for him, he turns back.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
April 2, 2009
Cho-in's surgery on Chi-soo is a success. Cho-in goes to the ICU, but Chi-soo is long gone. He only left a letter that says he's indebted to Young-ji.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
April 1, 2009
Cho-in is shocked to see Seon-woo and Seo-yeon kiss. Seo-yeon tries to run after him, only to be stopped by Seon-woo. Cho-in wallows in sadness.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
March 26, 2009
Young-ji throws herself in front of a car to save Cho-in, and they get transported to a hospital. Seon-woo tries to put an end to Cho-in's life.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
March 25, 2009
At the hospital, Young-ji sees Hyun-joo ask Cho-in if it's really him. For Young-ji, he says no, but Young-ji says he is Cho-in, not Kang-ho.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
March 19, 2009
Young-ji finds out that Cho-in is trying to get his memories back, and they fight. Her saying that he will lose his memories with her saddens him.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
March 18, 2009
Upon seeing Chi-soo at Young-ji's place, Cho-in jumps at him with rage. He says he is responsible for her brother's death, but she tells him to stop.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
March 12, 2009
Upon seeing Seo-yeon, Young-ji takes Cho-in's hand and runs away. Cho-in feels sad about Young-ji's shabby place, and they spend the night together.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
March 11, 2009
Cho-in is determined to recover his memories with Young-ji. Having come to Korea under a false name, he gets grilled by the NIS as a murder suspect.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
March 5, 2009
As Cho-in doesn't recognize him, Seon-woo says he's not his brother. In Korea, Seon-woo proceeds with Cho-in's funeral although he knows he's alive.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
March 4, 2009
While running for his life, Cho-in sees posters in an alley and stops in his tracks. He forgets he's being chased, and Gang-cheol jumps in to help.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
February 26, 2009
Cho-in goes missing. Seo-yeon flies to China with Seon-woo and collapses upon seeing Cho-in's belongings. Young-ji's pictures are in his camera.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
February 25, 2009
Cho-in successfully removes Young-ji's appendix. Young-ji realizes she was wrong to think he was a con artist, and saves him from Bok-geun.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
February 19, 2009
In China, Young-ji becomes Cho-in's guide. She is told he is a Korean con artist on the run, and is instructed to monitor his every move.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
February 18, 2009
At the Chinese border, Cho-in gets shot and loses consciousness. On a Korea-bound flight, Seon-woo helps a sick person whom he takes to his hospital.
  • Premiere Date
    February 18, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (295)