The World That They Live In

  • Title: 그들이 사는 세상 / The World That They Live In
  • Also known as: Worlds Within……
  • Genre: Romance
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast network: KBS2
  • Broadcast period: 2008-Oct-27 to 2008-Dec-16
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55


This drama is about the process of a television drama producton. Jung Ji Oh(Hyun Bin) is a charismatic drama PD whereas Joo Joon Young(Song Hye Kyo) is a PD who is direct and confident.

Take two of the most gorgeous and arguably most talented actors from the land of Korea. Add an intriguingly unusual storyline, a compelling title, and a stunningly beautiful setting.

What do you get?

One of the most soulless, blank, boring pieces of media I’ve ever seen. I had as high hopes/expectations for The World That They Live In as most of Korea, and like most of Korea, the same reaction after watching it. For many people, their boredom/disatisfaction with World crept up slowly, almost without them realizing it; they had to watch several episodes or more before coming to the saddening and baffling realization that they were bored almost out of their minds. For me, it took a shorter time; approximately one episode.  I started watching, with full expectations of enjoying it immensely, or at least of a sharply-cut, fast-paced drama, and about halfway through, realized dimly that I wanted to turn it off and do something else. Dismissing this as some weird aberration, I kept watching, but when that episode was over didn’t go on to the next one. Coming back to it later, I started the next one, then skipped around a bit through the third – then stopped. I realized that, quite simply, I was bored – and not just mildly bored. Deathly bored.

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News bites: Son Dambi in an American film, Winter Sonata film, Lee Hong Gi, Big Bang’s new single

Have begun Hana Yori Dango 2 and even though it repeats certain themes from HyD1 and the character they give Makino kind of annoys me, it is adorable beyond words and bringing me much joy.

Meanwhile Son Dambi has been cast in a $25 million Paramount hip-hop dance film. Hugely popular Korean dramas Winter Sonata and Autumn in my Heart are being made into films by Culture Cap Media, although no casting has been announced yet. FT Island‘s (!!!) Lee Hong Gi has been cast in a drama called Master of Study, which will compete with not just the currently-running and hugely popular East of Eden but also the new Boys Over Flowers(previously adapted as Meteor Garden by Taiwan and Hana Yori Dango by Japan) which will start running in December.

Meanwhile Song Hye Kyo continues the trend of Asian stars losing all sense of fashion as soon as they step onto the international/western stage –

Here she is at the debut of her Korean-American film Make Yourself at Home at the Pusan International Film Festival. *shakes head in despair* She’s one of the most elegantly beautiful and exotic women to come out of Asia. Why must she show up looking like an average pretty woman?

And while the world’s waiting around for Rain to pull his act together and put out his fifth album, check out Big Bang‘s title track, Number 1, for their Japanese album to be released October 22. AND, to my surprise and utter delight, they sing it entirely in English!! The MV is mediocre but the song displays their trademark strong beats and sexy lyrics(rather too raunchy for my taste, but I’ll put up with it out of love for them)

Note to self: they are exponentially hotter for singing in a language I can actually understand. COME to America, BB! You know you want to.

News Bites: The World They Live In, plus DBSK’s JaeJoong enters the acting world

I am back at college and therefore much busier, but here are a few news updates, a tad late.

In case anyone in the world missed, JaeJoong of DBSK will be making the foray into drama/acting territory, starring in Heaven’s Mail Deliverer, about a messenger between the present world and the afterworld. It sounds a good deal like the Nicolas Cage-Meg Ryan tearjerker City of Angels to me.

Meanwhile the first The World They Live In promotion has been released in the form of this gorgeous and haunting poster –

Song Hye-Go is quite possibly one of the most beautiful women to come out of Asia, and this poster shows a side of her we haven’t seen before, highlighting her classic features and sad eyes. Hyun Bin meanwhile forms a nice contrast with his glowing smile and deliberately innocent face. Definitinely compelling; whoever was responsible for this particular bit of PR certainly knew what they were doing. I’m even more impatient to see this now.  Besides, it really doesn’t get much better than this overall. Two stars, (almost) equally popular, both highly talented, nuanced actors, both beautiful and well-beloved by fans, making a come-back/return to the small screen together. Perfect.

News Bites: Big Bang, Joo Ji Hoon, and Song Hye-Kyo

Big Bang! is topping the charts for four weeks consecutively in a row according to the “Melon Music Charts.”

Joo-Ji Hoon is either deliberately choosing sexually ambigious roles or something about him makes him get cast that way – not only will he pretend to be a gay guy in his projected drama with Yoon Eun-Hye, but while he’s waiting around for it he’ll be playing a “genius baker who’s sexual inclinations are also ambiguous“, in the movie Antique Bakery.  Is it just me, or does that seem like a terrible waste of a perfectly good-looking man?

Meanwhile Song Hye-Kyo appears to be terribly wasted in her first American film Make Yourself at Home, formerly known as Fetish(am utterly baffled as to why they changed the title), but if it allows her to breakthrough in a larger market, I suppose it’s worth it. Or not. Shamanism? Never worth it.  On the plus side, The World They Live in looks interesting, although I find it ironic that she looks far more beautiful with long hair in the (almost certainly crappy) American film than in the much longer and more developed(and probably better) Korean drama with short hair.