Drama Casting & News
Song Hye Gyo teams with Hyun Bin
by | May 5, 2008 | 70 Comments

This ought to make fans happy. The stars of two of the most popular kdramas of recent years, Full House and My Name Is Kim Samsoon, have been cast together in a new drama, The World They Live In.

Song Hye Gyo and Hyun Bin, both 26, have been confirmed as the leads in the new drama by PD Pyo Min Su (Full House, What Star Did You Come From, Insoon Is Pretty) and writer Noh Hee Kyung (Goodbye Solo, Several Questions that Make Us Happy).

This marks Song Hye Gyo’s return to television after four years away (her last TV role was 2004’s Full House); since then, she’s had an unremarkable turn attempting a film career with the romantic drama My Girl and I (co-starring Cha Tae Hyun) and the disappointing large-scale epic Hwang Jini (with Yoo Ji Tae). She’s also been working on a U.S. debut in the low-budget U.S. indie flick Fetish — which doesn’t sound terribly appealing to me.

Hyun Bin may have shot to national heartthrob status after Samsoon ended in 2005, but his follow-up starring in The Snow Queen had a disappointing broadcast run in 2006, and this is his first project back since then.

Apparently Song Hye Gyo was PD Pyo’s top choice, and was sent the synopsis early. Her character is described as strong and straightforward, conveying a mature image as a professional woman; both she and Hyun Bin play drama PDs at a broadcast station. The World They Live In plans to air on KBS in November.

I’m not sure about this — it could be entertaining. I’m a little bored with dramas set in the entertainment world, although at least they aren’t actors. The writer has some good projects under her belt (Goodbye Solo, for instance, which is really a writer’s drama), and despite what I thought was excessive hype for the overrated Full House, I enjoyed watching it, at least until the final run of nonsensical plot turns. As for the stars… I’d say they’re both likable actors, but neither has made a mark through their actual acting talent. Still, it’s one I’ll keep watch for. And hey, we’ll always have the eye candy.



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70 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. raahmose

    love it love it love it!
    love the idea of these two together in a drama. The only problem now is the wait till november.

  2. Liz

    Yay, KBS you say? That means we Malaysians will get to watch it on TV too!!

  3. Anonymous

    This has nothing to do with the article, but will you be following You are my destiny? I really want to know what you think of this drama and I always enjoy your summaries… 😀

  4. Dele

    The fact that these two are in it, is enough reason for me to watch it:)

  5. choram

    All I have to say is EYE CANDY, EYE CANDY, EYE CANDY!! 🙂

    Yeah, I’m shallow. But who doesn’t like a gorgeous girl and guy together?

    I can probably watch this with the mute on and still enjoy it. 😛

  6. it's all good

    Samshiki is back! Please let it be Samshiki and not Han Tae Woong.
    Choram is right, I could probably watch this on mute and still love it just for Hyun Bin.

  7. X

    What star did you come from writer is Jung Yoo Kyung. I’d be pretty surprised if Noh Hee-Kyung got involved in trendy crap like that. ㅋㅋ

  8. leanie

    whoaaa this looks incredibly good! can’t wait for this drama to come out!!

  9. leanie

    and rofl agree with choram with the mute thing xD

  10. 10 javabeans

    X, you’re right. Obviously I mixed up the PD and the writer, lol.

  11. 11 Sue

    i don’t think there could be a better-looking couple…

  12. 12 belleza

    Don’t really like the PD, but the writer’s the dog’s bollox! (Besides Goodbye Solo, also wrote More Beautiful than a Flower and Have We Really Loved?)

    Also, we should probably expect similar cameo appearances with actors affiliated with SHK and Pyo Min Soo. It would be kinda cool if Won Bin and Rain were to show up on set . . .

  13. 13 eevee

    yeah dramabeans me too. i think like u. 😛 haha well, both are great ppl with awesome personality (not exactly too familiar with hyunbin but he seems like a great guy from what i hear and see) its just that the script better be some big THANG in order for me to get hooked and actually anticipate this drama. otherwise, it would just be 2 beautiful ppl stuck in a crappy setting called a story. anyhoo, i was just wondering what drama r u gonna write summaries for next? there are quite a lot new ones coming up. any ideas?

  14. 14 Gaijin

    *yawn* oh my, let’s see how Song Hye Gyo can make this another mediocre performance. Well, at least she’s better looking than Kim Sam Soon. 😉

  15. 15 marcel

    i know this has nothing to do with the drama.. but why does song hye gyo’s face look diff in almost every pic i see of her? like what’s going on w/her nose? i’m tempted to think she’s been playing mrs. potato head with her features again.. k-actors looks are seriously a mystery to me o_O

  16. 16 Linda

    wowww~~~ hahaha… just these 2 in a drama makes it so interesting..

  17. 17 kpopit

    I hope this one will be good. I love these two actors.

  18. 18 addicted

    What exciting news! Such a pretty pretty couple. Let’s hope they have smoldering hot on-screen chemistry.

  19. 19 HyAena

    Ehh, sometimes you just need the eye candy 😉 I wouldn’t say either Song Hye Gyo or Hyun Bin is a stellar actor, but in my opinion they’re both good enough that I probably wouldn’t be disappointed with their performances. For this one, I think it will really come down to the quality of the writing for me.

  20. 20 yeohweping

    Hate to pour the cold water but it’s the truth. Whenever PD Pyo Min Su and writer No Hee Kyung work together, they always broke the historically low ratings point for the year although they have hit dramas when working alone.

  21. 21 mzpakipot

    this is going to be interesting…

  22. 22 anna

    I’m pretty sure soompi folks will watch this anyway even if it’s terrible. I have a soft spot for Hyunbin, but I can go either way. If you’ll write summaries for this, I’ll definitely be reading it.

  23. 23 Pickles

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! THIS IS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE! I’ve always wanted to see these two together on screen! what an incredibly good looking cast! 🙂

  24. 24 snoopyvkd

    it’s all good, i agree! SAMSHIK ahhhhhhh! although Tae Woong’s style was better than samshik.

  25. 25 Dahee Fanel

    Noh Hee Kyung dramas never get very good ratings, but I’m sure the first episode, at least, will have decent ratings, thanks to this casting.

    Meh. I’m not super-excited, although I love Noh Hee Kyung. Song Hye Kyo and Hyun Bin…in a Noh Hee Kyung drama? Weeeeeird. I’m waiting for news on the supporting cast. (Bae Jong Ok?)

  26. 26 mookie

    Hyun Bin has not make a mark through his actual acting talent?! Even abeit the bias of a fan of his acting, an actor that is just likable cant handle that role he did in Snow Queen ( or even his earlier work in Ireland). It has disappointing rating (against Jumong) but still it has its decent followings and adequate acclaims… esp for those who’ve watched the drama, his acting chops are undeniable even in a horrid drama for some.

    I’m agreeing on SHK still has not proven her actual acting talent. Of all her works, none r known for her ‘great’ performance in them. She is charming in Full House chipping out her natural charm with nth much to do about her acting… That drama has one of the most annoying script, lets just hope this is nth like it.

  27. 27 jhessy

    Talking about pretty people. I’m liking the cast very much, I just hope the plot will be as good. Can’t wait! *excited*

  28. 28 belleza

    Oooh a link to get Backstreet Boys tickets from this blog. Backstreet’s back alright!! 😀

    It’s worth noting that a “drama about making a Noh Hee Kyung drama” would be a very different slice than On Air, particularly because the PD/writer’s sensibilities would inherently warp with the illusion of an impartial narrative. Nobody’s going to write about their process without writing inside that process. (On Air’s shrill females and “whoa . . whoa . . .whoa. . .” twists are really not that different from devices the PD usually put into their shows.)

    Personally, I’d love the story to be about a ex-writer of Internet novels, who was once married to “that famous guy” and has become a recluse in a big white house on some island. And, so, she is now being asked to write a drama about her relationship with “that famous guy”, whom she met and married whilst living in that big white house on some island. Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

  29. 29 angie

    broadcasting, again? it seems that korean pd or any production house will jump at any hot topics
    i just wish this’ll not turn into crappy weepy drama
    because, i dunno, korean drama nowadays fail to amuse me, including on air,
    the last time i really have fun is vineyard man XD
    i havent watch goodbye solo anyway, is it any good?

  30. 30 Di

    For the love of my little fluttering fangirl heart, please let this be a good drama! I know it probably won’t be able to surpass Samsoon,, but it at least has to be better than Snow Queen! *begs the producers* I want to be able to enjoy Hyun Bin oppa’s presence without smacking my head in the wall after every episode because of the sappy plot or female lead. T_T

  31. 31 Sephia

    should i watch it… should i not…. should i watch it… should i not…

  32. 32 Zaroh

    eye candy? HECK, YEAH, BABYYYY!!! will definitely keep my eye on this production!!

  33. 33 nadseventh

    hyun bin is coming back

    hope this one is not a tearjerking one.

    binnie yaaaa

  34. 34 Liv

    Like someone else said, I’ll be watching at least the first few episodes just cause it has these 2. I dont have it within me to say no to Binnie 🙂

  35. 35 Felicity

    Eh, I’m sitting on the fence about this one. One thing’s for sure – Hyun Bin is hot stuff. I’ll watch him read off the telephone book if I have to! 😀

  36. 36 vieny

    gosh must wait for that couple to meet….! i hope hyun bin would change his character.. a little bit funny may be. i thought his role is cool as always..so, trying another character that would be great!
    song he kyo as always…pretty girl (with no surgery, am i right?). love to see her in full house..

  37. 37 Bikyofanno1

    Why not? They are both charming. But I would like to know who’s starring in Full House 2 now. Besides, it would be interesting to see Rain looking on when Hyun Bin and Song kiss in the drama. Hahaha!

  38. 38 kaye_drama

    interesting !!!!

  39. 39 g2003


    -That’s all I gotta say. Dream team.

  40. 40 lovin it

    I LOVE both of them! hyubin more of course!
    my hopes are high!

  41. 41 jastinel

    I`m going to watch this TV-drama because of Hyun Bin, his a great actor, I love him in any kind of role. Don`t forget his movie!

  42. 42 Tesa

    I love to see hyun bin acting arrogant and proud, woah! that turns me on like hell..and i read somewhere there’s going to be hot kissing! cant wait for this!

  43. 43 Amethyst

    Im happy that Song Hye Kyo decided to take this role and looking forward to it.

  44. 44 mrs bariqikram

    Song Hye Gyo teams with Hyun Bin



  45. 45 boring

    Neither of them can act, just rely on their looks. Hyun BIn is good at making wooden faces and SHK at crying and that is it. YAWN.

  46. 46 HANENE


  47. 47 rokk

    cant wait to see full house!

  48. 48 claudia

    adoroooooo a un conzejO Hyun Bin ♥

  49. 49 Kdrama addict

    My Dream team 🙂 I hope the story line is not boring because I don’t enjoy watching dramas set in an entertainment world.

    But anyway, i’m still looking forward to watching this show because of the leading actor and actress.

  50. 50 Angie

    reyna’s novel of the snow was pretty much liked me and to my knowledge tube large audience even if they won prizes …. in order to make good partner both make very good partner really love …. my oppa!! HYUN BIN…IS A leather

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