|Written by||Noh Hee-kyung|
|Directed by||Pyo Min-soo |
|Starring||Song Hye-kyo |
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producer(s)||Ahn Jae-hyung|
|Production location(s)||South Korea, Singapore|
|Cinematography||Kim Jae-hwan |
|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 –|
16 December 2008
|Preceded by||Love Marriage|
|Followed by||Boys Over Flowers|
|Revised Romanization||Geudeuli Saneun Sesang|
|McCune–Reischauer||Kŭdŭli Sanŭn Sesang|
Worlds Within (Korean: 그들이 사는 세상; RR: Geudeuli Saneun Sesang; lit. The World That They Live In) 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. The series aired on KBS2 from October 27 to December 16, 2008 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:50 for 16 episodes.
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?
- Song Hye-kyo as Joo Joon-young (director)
- Hyun Bin as Jung Ji-oh (director)
- Um Ki-joon as Song Gyu-ho (director)
- Seo Hyo-rim as Jang Hae-jin (rookie actress)
- Kim Kap-soo as Kim Min-chul (drama director)
- Kim Chang-wan as Park Hyun-sup (drama CP)
- Choi Daniel as Yang Soo-kyung (assistant director)
- Lee Da-in as Kim Min-hee (assistant director)
- Pan Yoo-geol as Chul-yi (assistant director)
- Kim Yeo-jin as Lee Seo-woo (drama scriptwriter)
- Bae Jong-ok as Yoon Young (actress)
- Kim Ja-ok as Park Soo-jin (actress)
- Youn Yuh-jung as Oh Min-suk (actress)
- Jung Suk-won as Yoo Chi-han (actor)
- Kim Young-kwang as Young-woong (actor)
- Lee Joon-hyuk as Lee Joon-gi (Joon-young's ex-boyfriend)
- Cha Soo-yeon as Lee Yeon-hee (Ji-oh's ex-girlfriend)
- Na Moon-hee as Ji-oh's mother
- Na Young-hee as Joon-young's mother
- Yoon Jong-hwa as Song Yoo-min
- Lee Jong-goo as Manager Song
- Lee Ho-jae as actor
- Kim Sung-tae
- Baek Jae-jin
- Kim Ji-young as Young's mother
|Original Broadcast Date||Episode #||Nationwide|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|2009||Best New Actor (TV)||Um Ki-joon||Nominated|
|Thailand||Channel 7||January 16, 2010 to February 20, 2010||รักนี้ไม่ต้องมีบท (rạk nī̂ mị̀ t̂xng mī bth; literally: This Love Without Script)|
|Vietnam||VTV3||April 14, 2010||Thế giới họ đang sống|
- "Luxurious Set-Up for The World They Live In". KBS Global. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- "Worlds Within". KBS World. Korean Broadcasting System. Archived from the original on November 24, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
- "Song Hye-go, Hyun Bin Star in New KBS Drama Series". KBS Global. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- "Song Hye-kyo Goes Behind the Scenes in New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- Interview from the drama set with Song Hye-gyo. Dramabeans. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- TNS Media Korea
- "Worlds Within...... - รักนี้ไม่ต้องมีบท". blike (in Thai). 7 May 2016.