The World That They Live In

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The World That They Live In
The World That They Live In.jpg
Promotional poster for The World That They Live In
Also known as Worlds Within
Genre Romance, Drama
Written by Noh Hee-kyung
Directed by Pyo Min-soo
Kim Kyu-tae
Starring Song Hye-kyo
Hyun Bin
Composer(s) Choi Wan-hee[1]
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) Ahn Jae-hyung
Producer(s) Hwang Eui-kyung
Location(s) South Korea, Singapore
Cinematography Kim Jae-hwan
Kang Jang-soo
Editor(s) Kim Young-joo
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:50 (KST)
Production company(s) YEG Film Book
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Original release 27 October (2008-10-27) – 16 December 2008 (2008-12-16)
Preceded by Love Marriage
Followed by Boys Over Flowers
External links
Korean name
Hanja 그들이 사는
Revised Romanization Geudeuli Saneun Sesang
McCune–Reischauer Kŭdŭli Sanŭn Sesang

The World That They Live In (Hangul그들이 사는 세상; RRGeudeuli Saneun Sesang; also known as Worlds Within) is a 2008 South Korean television series starring Hyun Bin and Song Hye-kyo. It centers on the personal and professional lives of those in the broadcasting industry, offering a realistic look at Korean drama production through the work and romance of two TV directors.[2] It aired on KBS2 from October 27 to December 16, 2008 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:50 for 16 episodes.

Song previously worked with director Pyo Min-soo on Full House (2004).[3][4]


Jung Ji-oh (Hyun Bin) and Joo Joon-young (Song Hye-kyo) are two people with vastly different backgrounds. Joon-young is a daughter from a rich family who faces problems regarding her mother's gambling habits and affairs with multiple men; while Ji-oh is a son from a poor family of farmers, though he loves his mom dearly. They were lovers back in their college days, but later had a complicated break-up due to their separate relationships with other people.

When they eventually got back together, Ji-oh and Joon-young began to learn from each other and eventually Joon-young becomes more expressive, warm and understanding. However, Joon-young's mother doesn't approve of Ji-oh, due to his poor background. Ji-oh's pride is deeply wounded by the treatment of Joon-young's mother, so he decides to break up with Joon-young. Joon-young is deeply hurt and doesn't realize the reason of their break-up, and Ji-oh constantly pushes her away. Though he still loves her, he is bothered by their differences in wealth, values and personality. Later, Ji-oh suffers an eye disease which requires an operation and results in him not being able to film. Many conflicts stand in the way of Ji-oh and Joon-young, will they overcome them and make their relationship work?



Original Broadcast Date Episode # Nationwide[5]
2008-10-21 Special 4.8%
2008-10-27 1 7.1%
2008-10-28 2 5.8%
2008-11-03 3 5.5%
2008-11-04 4 6.5%
2008-11-10 5 6.2%
2008-11-11 6 6.2%
2008-11-17 7 5.1%
2008-11-18 8 5.6%
2008-11-24 9 4.8%
2008-11-25 10 6.5%
2008-12-01 11 6.5%
2008-12-02 12 6.1%
2008-12-08 13 6.5%
2008-12-09 14 6.4%
2008-12-15 15 6.9%
2008-12-16 16 7.7%
Average -

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
KBS Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Hyun Bin Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Song Hye-kyo Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Um Ki-joon Won
Best Supporting Actress Bae Jong-ok Won
Best New Actress Seo Hyo-rim Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Hyun Bin Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Song Hye-kyo Nominated
45th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor (TV) Um Ki-joon Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Release Title
 Thailand Channel 7 January 16, 2010 to February 20, 2010 รักนี้ไม่ต้องมีบท (rạk nī̂ mị̀ t̂xng mī bth; literally: This Love Without Script[6])
 Vietnam VTV3 April 14, 2010 Thế giới họ đang sống
 Philippines QTV 2010 "Worlds Within"


  1. ^ "Luxurious Set-Up for The World They Live In". KBS Global. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Song Hye-go, Hyun Bin Star in New KBS Drama Series". KBS Global. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  3. ^ "Song Hye-kyo Goes Behind the Scenes in New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ Interview from the drama set with Song Hye-gyo. Dramabeans. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  5. ^ TNS Media Korea
  6. ^ "Worlds Within...... - รักนี้ไม่ต้องมีบท". blike (in Thai). 7 May 2016. 

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