Worlds Within

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Worlds Within
The World That They Live In.jpg
Promotional poster
Written byNoh Hee-kyung
Directed byPyo Min-soo
Kim Kyu-tae
StarringSong Hye-kyo
Hyun Bin
Composer(s)Choi Wan-hee[1]
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Ahn Jae-hyung
Producer(s)Hwang Eui-kyung
Production location(s)South Korea, Singapore
CinematographyKim Jae-hwan
Kang Jang-soo
Editor(s)Kim Young-joo
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60 minutes
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:50 (KST)
Production company(s)YEG Film Book
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Original release27 October (2008-10-27) –
16 December 2008 (2008-12-16)
Preceded byLove Marriage
Followed byBoys Over Flowers
External links
Korean name
그들이 사는
Revised RomanizationGeudeuli Saneun Sesang
McCune–ReischauerKŭdŭli Sanŭn Sesang

Worlds Within[2] (Korean그들이 사는 세상; RRGeudeuli 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.[3] The series 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).[4][5]


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[6]
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[7])
 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. ^ "Worlds Within". KBS World. Korean Broadcasting System. Archived from the original on November 24, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Song Hye-go, Hyun Bin Star in New KBS Drama Series". KBS Global. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ "Song Hye-kyo Goes Behind the Scenes in New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  5. ^ Interview from the drama set with Song Hye-gyo. Dramabeans. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  6. ^ TNS Media Korea
  7. ^ "Worlds Within...... - รักนี้ไม่ต้องมีบท". blike (in Thai). 7 May 2016.

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