Cinderella's Stepsister

Cinderella's Stepsister (Korean신데렐라 언니; RRSinderella Eonni; lit. Cinderella's Sister) is a 2010 South Korean television series starring Moon Geun-young, Chun Jung-myung, Seo Woo, and Ok Taecyeon.[1][2][3] Applying a modern twist to the classic fairy tale, the story follows the contentious relationship between two stepsisters as their lives and loves intertwine. Written by Kim Gyu-wan, and directed by Kim Young-jo and Kim Won-seok, it aired on KBS2 from March 31 to June 3, 2010 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.[4][5][6]

Cinderella's Stepsister
Promotional poster
Also known asSister of Cinderella
Written byKim Gyu-wan
Directed byKim Young-jo
Kim Won-seok
StarringMoon Geun-young
Chun Jung-myung
Seo Woo
Ok Taecyeon
Ending theme"It Has To Be You" by Yesung
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes20
Executive producersBae Kyung-soo
Lee Sang-baek
ProducerMoon Jun-ha
Production locationKorea
Running time60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production companiesAStory Co., Ltd.
DistributorKorean Broadcasting System
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Original release31 March (2010-03-31) –
3 June 2010 (2010-06-03)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSinderella Eonni
McCune–ReischauerSinterella Ŏnni


Ever since she was young, Eun-jo (Moon Geun-young) has learned to trust no one and live strong on her own. Used to being dragged from one broken home to another by her manipulative, money-grabbing mother (Lee Mi-sook), Eun-jo doesn't know what to make of her mother's latest catch Dae-sung (Kim Kap-soo), the solemn head of a traditional rice wine brewery. Both Dae-sung and his daughter, bubbly spoiled princess Hyo-sun (Seo Woo), warmly welcome wary young Eun-jo into their sprawling home, and treat her with a kindness that she simply can't stomach. Instead, she forms a bond with brewery staff Ki-hoon (Chun Jung-myung), the first person to see past her tough act, and it is his betrayal that will hurt the most. However, Dae-sung's genuine kindness to her eventually melts Eun-jo's defenses, and she learns to trust and love her stepfather. Naive Hyo-sun, meanwhile, stubbornly seeks affection at every turn, only to slowly realize she's losing Ki-hoon and everything else in her life to her cold stepsister. Eight years later, Jung-woo (Ok Taecyeon) reappears in Eun-jo's life, a boy she used to treat as her little brother who is now a young man determined to win her heart. Reluctant sisters Eun-jo and Hyo-sun both experience angst and rivalry, as their polar-opposite personalities and love-hate relationship bring them through many ups and downs from adolescence to adulthood.


  • Moon Geun-young as Song Eun-jo/Goo Eun-jo[7][8][9] - A cynical and shy young woman, Eun-jo is good at hiding her emotions and does not get attached to people easily. She is skeptical of her stepfather's kindness; however, she later realizes that it is genuine and this realization begins to break her hard exterior. Eun-jo is in love with Ki-hoon, and is hurt when he leaves, leading her to be cold and reject him when he returns 8 years later. She later mourns her stepfather's death.
  • Seo Woo as Goo Hyo-sun - A gentle and brilliant girl who has been treated like a princess her entire life. However, she is lonely and becomes excited when she learns that she'll be getting a new mother and sister. When her new family members are different from what she expected, it takes a toll on her. Hyo-sun is slightly spoiled and becomes jealous of her new stepsister.
  • Chun Jung-myung as Hong Ki-hoon - Gentle, handsome, and kind, Ki-hoon sees much of himself in Eun-jo. However, when his difficult and broken family situation causes him to leave the winery, he disappears, leaving Eun-jo a letter that she never receives. Ki-hoon returns 8 years later and appears to be a spy for his evil step-family's company, but not everything is as it seems.
  • Ok Taecyeon as Han Jung-woo[10][11] - Jung-woo is the adopted son of one of Song Kang-sook's ex-lovers. Eun-jo is the first person to care for him when he was a child, which creates a deep affection in him. Jung-woo finds Eun-jo at the winery 8 years later in order to be near her and declare his love for her. Jung-woo is selfless, reliable and always cares for Eun-jo. (Moon Suk-hwan as young Han Jung-woo)
  • Lee Mi-sook as Song Kang-sook[12] - Eun-jo's mother. Knows how to get what she wants, and marries Go Dae-sung for his wealth. Though initially an evil stepmother who fakes affection for her new family, Kang-sook does love her daughter Eun-jo in her own way and begins to change as a result of Dae-sung's love for her.
  • Kim Kap-soo as Goo Dae-sung - Hyo-sun's father and Eun-jo's stepfather. Dae-sung is kindhearted, genuine, and loving. His character and goodness causes changes in everyone around him for the better.
  • Kang Sung-jin as Yang Hae-jin
  • Choi Il-hwa as Chairman Hong
  • Yeon Woo-jin as Dong-soo
  • Go Se-won as Hong Ki-jung, Ki-hoon's manipulative and calculating older half-brother, who does not even acknowledge Ki-hoon as his brother.
  • Seo Hyun-chul as Kang-sook's true love
  • Kim Chung as Ki-hoon's stepmother

Original soundtrackEdit

  1. 너 아니면 안돼 (It Has To Be You) - Yesung of Super Junior
  2. 불러본다 (Calling Out) - Luna and Krystal of f(x)
  3. 스마일 어게인 - Lee Yoon-jong
  4. 너 였다고 - JM
  5. 내 사랑을 구해줘! - Pink Toniq
  6. 신데렐라언니
  7. 미소지으면
  8. 보사노바
  9. 그때 그 자리에
  10. 사랑한다면
  11. 뒷동산
  12. 마이너 왈츠
  13. 느리게 걷기
  14. 후회
  15. 모정
  16. 내 사랑을 구해줘! (Rock version) - Pink Toniq


Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[13] AGB Nielsen[14]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 31 March 2010 16.7% 16.2% 15.8% 15.9%
2 1 April 2010 16.4% 15.8% 14.5% 15.5%
3 7 April 2010 16.8% 16.4% 16.1% 17.7%
4 8 April 2010 18.0% 17.3% 17.7% 18.2%
5 14 April 2010 19.7% 19.1% 19.1% 20.7%
6 15 April 2010 18.6% 17.8% 18.2% 19.1%
7 21 April 2010 18.5% 17.8% 17.9% 18.2%
8 22 April 2010 19.0% 18.6% 18.0% 18.2%
9 28 April 2010 19.2% 18.8% 18.7% 19.6%
10 29 April 2010 20.8% 20.6% 19.2% 20.4%
11 5 May 2010 18.8% 18.4% 18.3% 19.7%
12 6 May 2010 20.5% 20.3% 19.2% 20.7%
13 12 May 2010 18.1% 18.4% 17.3% 17.5%
14 13 May 2010 18.7% 18.4% 16.7% 17.4%
15 19 May 2010 19.0% 19.1% 17.1% 17.9%
16 20 May 2010 16.8% 17.1% 14.8% 15.1%
17 26 May 2010 23.2% 23.8% 20.2% 21.0%
18 27 May 2010 21.0% 22.1% 19.4% 20.1%
19 2 June 2010 22.3% 23.6% 20.0% 21.3%
20 3 June 2010 22.7% 23.7% 19.4% 20.6%
Average 19.2% 19.2% 17.9% 18.7%

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2010 BGM Cyworld Hall of Fame "It Has To Be You" Won
5th Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song of the Month (April) Won
25th Golden Disk Awards Digital Bonsang Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
2nd Melon Music Awards Special Song OST Award Nominated
3rd Korea Drama Awards Best Actress Moon Geun-young Nominated
Best New Actress Seo Woo Won
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Kim Kap-soo Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Moon Geun-young Won
Lee Mi-sook Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Chun Jung-myung Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Moon Geun-young Nominated
Best New Actor Ok Taecyeon Nominated
Best New Actress Seo Woo Nominated
Netizens' Award, Actor Ok Taecyeon Nominated
Netizens' Award, Actress Moon Geun-young Nominated
Seo Woo Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Moon Geun-young Won
Best Couple Award Moon Geun-young and Chun Jung-myung Nominated
2011 6th Cyworld Digital Music Awards Best OST "It Has To Be You" Won
47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Ok Taecyeon Nominated
Best Screenplay (TV) Kim Gyu-wan Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Ok Taecyeon Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Moon Geun-young Won


A Chinese remake of Cinderella's Stepsister, called Symphony of Fate, was produced in 2011.


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