Drama Recaps
The World They Live In: Episode 2
by | October 28, 2008 | 63 Comments

The good feeling continues.

By that, I don’t mean that The World They Live In is feel-good, because it isn’t. It isn’t depressing or tragic or melodramatic, either, but it’s in that category of thought-provoking entertainment. Neither too light nor too heavy, although there are dashes of both.

Writer Noh Hee-hyung does insightful like nobody’s business, and I’m even pleasantly surprised at director Pyo Min-su, whose earlier series Full House and What Star Are You From showed a much more conventional directing style.


Yozoh – “모닝 스타” (Morning Star) from her new solo album. [ Download ]

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(Mea culpa: I made a mistake in Episode 1 when I heard that Ji-oh was seeing an “older married Young” [영이선배] instead of “older married Yeon-hee” [연희선배]. Sorry for the confusion, although ironically I don’t think I was too far from the mark, lol. The relationships become clear in this episode.)

EPISODE 2: “The Relationship Between Thrill and Power”

It’s Ji-oh’s turn to voiceover our theme, as he outlines the balance between “sulleim” (a thrill of excitement, a flutter of nerves) and power. Those currently experiencing a thrill (Joon-young, for example, receiving the best script of her career) are on the cusp of a daunting realization: “This kind of thrill sometimes collapses in one moment — when it comes up against power. Love is no exception.”

With Ji-oh’s drama wrapping up, Joon-young is readying her next project, where she’ll be the lead PD. She’s thrilled about the script she’s been sent from a successful writer, Lee Seo-woo (played by Kim Yeo-jin).

After work, they head to an udon shop where they’d gone in the past. There’s a theme that starts here and builds all episode long, but I’ll get into it more later. For now, suffice to say that Ji-oh watches Joon-young carefully for reactions, and asks if she recognizes where they are. She doesn’t look up from her script.

As he pauses for a pedestrian, Ji-oh looks outside and remembers a day years ago when Joon-young had hitched a ride on his bike. She’d been very forward in asking for the ride, matter-of-factly mentioning his recent breakup with his girlfriend but not getting all sentimental about it. Her attitude had taken him aback, but he hadn’t disliked it.

At the udon shop, Joon-young is immersed in her script while Ji-oh has a flashback to their school days. They’d been sitting at a nearby table when Joon-young had told him, without preamble, “Do you know that I like you? I’ve liked you since the end of my second year, for the past year and a half. I couldn’t say anything because you were dating Yeon-hee, but since you’ve broken up, I’m telling you, just so you know.”

In the present, Joon-young asks about Yeon-hee, wondering if she’s going to get a divorce. She mentions Jun-ki avoiding her phone calls and wishes she could be friends with him: “It might not be so bad meeting him like this, like with you.”

At this, Ji-oh looks at her sharply (as if to counter her claim that they’re friends, I think?), but she doesn’t seem to key into his reaction. Instead, she teases him for acting sensitive, and while the mood is friendly, I think it’s important that they weren’t on the same page about their breakup. (How could they be, when she doesn’t understand why it happened?)

Afterward, Joon-young marvels at a passage in her exciting new script (about a love so troubled that it makes life unbearable), then asks Ji-oh, “How much do you think that would be?” He retorts, “You want to make a drama only through pictures, without knowing anything. What are dramas to you?” She answers playfully, “The most fun game in the world.”

She turns on the radio and starts singing along to a ballad, getting Ji-oh to sing along. The song is “너의 뒤에서” (Behind you), an old-school kpop classic by an early-career JYP (yes, that JYP) and a constant karaoke staple for me. [ Download ]

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Is the song choice significant? Perhaps, perhaps not. If it is, it has two effects: (1) it’s a song that evokes nostalgia, and (2) it’s partially a goodbye song, partially an avowal to always be behind a lover to support her (or him) in everything, with bittersweet overtones.

Ji-oh comes home to find an unwelcome visitor — his on-again, off-again girlfriend Yeon-hee (played by Cha Soo-yeon). Tersely, he asks, “Do you enjoy playing around with me? You decide on your own to leave me, to come back, to marry some other guy, to come back crying and lying that you divorced him, and to date me.”

He blows up at her for stringing him along with promises of divorce. She starts to say that she’ll take care of it next week when her husband arrives in Korea, and he yells back, “Then come back then!”

Now for the new guy, Soo-kyung (Daniel Choi), an irresponsible PD who’s returned to the station after two years. In the past, he worked with Ji-oh and wants to reteam with him, but Soo-kyung’s got a lot of liabilities — he used to show up to set drunk and dated an actress and caused all sorts of trouble. Ji-oh had stuck up for his friend as much as he could — which got Ji-oh into trouble — but doesn’t think Soo-kyung has changed his ways.

Instead, Soo-kyung is assigned to Kyu-ho, who accepts him, if only to bust his balls. Kyu-ho assigns him to scheduling the actors for rehearsal, a task far beneath Soo-kyung’s abilities, but he’s got no choice.

As for Kyu-ho’s stalker starlet, Hae-jin manages to finagle her way to being his taxi driver. In his smooth, unflappable way, Kyu-ho smiles and asks about Hae-jin’s management company. Then he tells her, super-sweetly, that if he ever sees her again, he’ll call the company to un-cast all their actors from his drama.

Kyu-ho’s an interesting — and fun — character, because he’s so shameless and forthright. He’s uncomplicated in a world surrounded by thinking, feeling, questioning souls. Things are easy in his mind; for instance, he tells Joon-young there’s no point in being friends with an ex. Noting her naivete, he points out a recurring theme: “It’s silly seeing you make a drama when you know so little.”

Ji-oh chats with Young about their next project, a tragic melodrama. Young has had numerous failed marriages and has a casual, flippant way of talking about love. Ji-oh points out that this is why many viewers dislike her — her onscreen personas are so different from her real one. She seems to devote more care toward her characters than her relationships. She and Ji-oh have a comfortable, friendly vibe, and she knows all about his turbulent relationship with Yeon-hee.

Joon-young’s project is complicated by strained relations with writer Seo-woo. They had initially started off on a good note, but Joon-young’s immediately put out when Seo-woo expresses her desire to cast three particular actors in her lead roles. She feels the writer is overstepping her bounds, and when she says that casting is a director’s job, Seo-woo is offended and complains to Chief Kim.

Joon-young is taken to task and told to let the writer have her way. This chafes at her sense of artistic integrity, and Joon-young struggles to contain her pride at bending to the writer’s will.

As for her relationship with Jun-ki, Joon-young continues calling him even though he keeps hanging up on her. When he finally picks up, she tells him she wants to stay friends, chattering on in a cheerful tone until she’s cut off when he hangs up.

This is a prime example of Ji-oh’s point that she’s too “easy” — because we can see from Jun-ki’s reaction that he’s not acting out of anger or meanness. The breakup is hard on him, and her persistence isn’t helping. Furthermore, her tone is light, as though glossing over everything they’d gone through, like she hasn’t comprehended that they’re done.

Joon-young accompanies Ji-oh to a location he’s picked for his next drama, which they’d visited together years ago. She tells Ji-oh about her phone calls to Jun-ki and thinks they’re really over this time. Ji-oh says (with what I interpret as an extra hint of meaning), “You must really have liked him a lot.” She answers, “I don’t know. Just — I wanted to date him for a long while.”

She asks about Ji-oh’s new drama, which he describes as “one man’s love story.” He wants to try his hand at a story about a poor man who makes his way up in the world and pursues a woman from a rich family — but when he gets what he wants, he contracts a fatal disease. On the surface, it sounds common enough, but Joon-young asks whether the man loves the rich woman, and he answers no, that there’s another, pure woman whom he loves with all his heart.

Shrewdly, Joon-young says, “This sounds like the love story between you and Yeon-hee.” To cover up what seems to be hurt feelings, she praises him mockingly for choosing such a great story — ten years of on-again, off-again love, with a few other lovers sprinkled in, each encounter deepening the relationship: “Kyu-ho says you use dramas to exorcise your demons, and it must be true. I wanted to try imitating a love like that, but my relationships aren’t to that level yet.”

The mood thoroughly spoiled, she gets up to leave, but turns back for one last question, with a bit of a bite: “Since we broke up, have you ever once felt sorry to me?” Totally not getting it, he asks, “Why would I?” Hurt by that, she marvels with bitterness, “Wow. I’m speechless.”

The stars of Kyu-ho’s drama gather for their first rehearsal, which starts off well enough but quickly goes downhill when Soo-kyung is introduced as the assistant director. The drama’s veteran actress (below right) remembers how impolite he was to her on the phone, and tells him to take a hike. Soo-kyung is stunned, because he wasn’t being a dick on purpose (he was just frustrated).

The mood is tense, and Kyu-ho nods at Soo-kyung to leave.

Soo-kyung vents to Ji-oh about the actress’s presumptuous diva behavior and again begs to work on his team. Ji-oh, who is fast becoming my favorite character, gives him a dose of reality — because Soo-kyung may not owe the actress anything personally, but she’s earned the right to some respect. It wouldn’t kill Soo-kyung to treat her with some deference instead of pulling rank as a director over his actors.

Ji-oh has a point, and for what it’s worth, the words seem to make an impression on Soo-kyung.

Bad news for Ji-oh. Yeon-hee — who was all ready to leave her husband — is pregnant. There was a night when she and her husband were drunk in the States, and it just happened.

She says she doesn’t want to break up, “but you probably wouldn’t understand” (you think, lady?), so she’s considering a transfer to the U.S. Ji-oh is appalled with her (How could you bring a kid into the world like this?, or How the hell could you do this?) and the way she’s treated him for the last ten years. He asks angrily, “Is this really it, then?” Knowing she can’t say anything, she walks off without a word, leaving Ji-oh to stew alone.

Joon-young tries to swallow her pride to get the drama back on track. Visiting Seo-woo, she concedes about one of the actors, but gets worked up when mentioning the second one, whom she can’t stand — she’s rude and doesn’t put a lot of work into her acting. Joon-young gets so agitated defending her position that she walks out, saying she’ll come back when she’s calmer. Then, a moment later, she walks right back and says (with considerable difficulty) that she’ll agree to the writer’s wishes.

It’s a hard concession, and Joon-young dives into the script as though to plow through the problem with brute force. But Seo-woo stops her and says that she’d told her she liked those actors — she’d never demanded. Joon-young reminds Seo-woo of her complaint to the station chief, and Seo-woo answers, “That’s because you disregarded me from the start. If you said what you just did now about Jung Mi-kyung being a pain in real life, do you think I would have insisted? Can’t the writer even say who she likes?”

With that settled, both sides calm down and settle in to discuss actors together. Ji-oh’s voiceover comes in: “In order to maintain the thrill in your work, you must realize that it has no relationship with power. When neither is the strong one or the weak one, but both work together as colleagues, you can preserve that thrill.”

(I love this scene — it gets its message across and also shows Joon-young’s growth, in a subtle manner.)

Ji-oh gets drunk, with Joon-young providing moral support after his Yeon-hee encounter. Ji-oh suggests that Joon-young work with Young, since Young would like to work with her, but Joon-young isn’t interested. She finds the older actress’s many scandals and loose morals to be distasteful: “I don’t even like the idea of you working with her.”

She starts to outline why she dislikes Young, but stops as she’s hit with a thought: “Do you like her because Young is like Yeon-hee?” His silence is her answer.

Ji-oh: “Do you know, there are some relationships that don’t just grow deeper with time, but only grow more tedious and awful. You probably don’t know that yet.”

Ji-oh leans over to poke dimples into Joon-young’s cheek playfully. She swats him away, but he persists, so she tells him, “Don’t touch me. I know you feel comfortable so you can lean on my shoulder and everything, but I still can’t. Do you understand what I mean by ‘still’?”

After staring at her intently for a few long moments, Ji-oh resumes his poking, while his voiceover says:

“The first love that used to give me such a crazy flutter of excitement ended in pain. And so now, I’ve matured enough to think that that thrill of excitement is nothing special, but foolishly my heart beats faster again.”

In a quiet moment in the taxi ride home, Ji-oh asks, “Do you want to get back together?”

But when she asks him to repeat what he just said, he retreats, answering, “Nothing.” As though she’s disappointed in him, Joon-young says, “This is why I can’t date you.”

But Ji-oh isn’t being (purely) a coward. Over the next day(s), he spends time alone at home. Similarly, Joon-young is alone, reflecting after getting a goodbye text message from Jun-ki that tells her to stop calling.

Ji-oh voiceovers:

“But we shouldn’t rush into things. At this moment, what I need to do is reflect on the love that’s over. And when that period of reflection is over, I’ll remain by myself for a while. Even if that’s endlessly boring and tiring, it’s necessary.”

Ji-oh’s emotions are pushed over the edge when he glances over at a photo of him with Yeon-hee. Acting out, he grabs things out of his closet and flings his clothing, breaking down in sobs as his voiceover finishes:

“That may be the least amount of courtesy we can show to our past love, and to the love about to begin.”


At first I felt this drama would be more about Joon-young — it’ll probably be equal parts Joon-young and Ji-oh — but Hyun Bin just may end up running away with it. We shall see.

I like how they’re framing the conflicting desires of its characters — Ji-oh and Joon-young are shown sometimes to be a great pairing, but then with a turn of dialogue, they’re shown to be just mismatched enough not to work. Nothing is clear-cut, yet Noh treats her subjects with razor insight.

The theme I mentioned earlier deals with this disconnect between the pair. What is particularly noticeable is the way Ji-oh keeps staring at Joon-young early on. It’s not necessarily a puppy-dog longing face or a pining face, but a mix of emotions as he tries to figure out this whole “thrill versus power” question. And Joon-young never notices him looking at her so intently, like the way she doesn’t notice the neighborhood he deliberately drives through. While he’s immersed in memories of their romance, she’s wrapped up with her current project.

That’s why he seems to feel particularly hurt when she says rather casually that she wishes her current ex could be like him — just a friend. Is she oblivious? Pushing him away? I don’t know.

But things are never one-sided, and this mismatched communication goes both ways. When Joon-young asks if Ji-oh has ever felt sorry to her, he truly seems clueless. He doesn’t correlate her reaction to the conversation they’d just been having, when he essentially identified Yeon-hee as the Great Love of His Life, leaving Joon-young as one of the filler romances, one of the in-betweens. It’s a pretty big hurt to inflict unknowingly.

Joon-young may not sense Ji-oh’s feelings but that doesn’t mean he’s the only one feeling. It’s just that they… miss each other. It could be the timing, or it could be one of those perpetual crossed wires. I’m not sure where the drama will take us, but I have a feeling it could be showing us how these two aren’t ready for their big romance — it came too early for them, and they still have a lot of growing to do. Furthermore, love at 30(ish) means a very different thing than love at 20, which they’re experiencing now.

A few other things I really liked:

I like how we aren’t fixated on one drama in particular, and how the drama-within-the-drama never takes precedence. (It’s not even clear what kind of show it is.) Instead, we see snippets of a few different series, but only as they pertain to the characters’ lives.

There have been several small moments thus far — nothing Huge and Statement-Making — that really struck me as poignant. For instance, while Joon-young is immersed in script-reading at the udon shop, she reaches out a hand for her mug without looking up. Ji-oh pushes over the cup silently within her grasp, and she doesn’t even notice. Lovely and a little sad.

Also, the conversations (which are wonderfully wordy) slide in and out of seriousness all the time — one moment it’s simple conversation, and another moment we’ve slipped into a moment of insight. An example is the bar conversation when Ji-oh pokes Joon-young’s face. She tells him she can’t handle touching — tantamount to admitting that he still means more to her than she’d like — and there’s a tenuous pause. He’s definitely heard her, and takes in the implication… but rather than extending the serious moment, we slide back out into mundaneness again. It keeps you on your toes.


63 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kamee

    i really like the pace of this drama. it’s very different from all the others airing right now, which is awesome. it’s more mature, less childish, which is awesome.

    didn’t you feel like you just wanted to hug ji oh at the end and wipe his tears and poke dimples into his cheeks too??? 😀

  2. zhao-wei

    Hope Hae Gyo & Hyun Bin shouldnt be affected by poor ratings.
    Timing play a big role on when to air their shows.
    East of Eden is 50 episodes and quite impossible to swtich to another new drama when they have been following closely, result in no continuity. in this instance it is not easy to change mindsets of viewers to immediately follow another new drama.
    KBS should not clash with other good running dramas to compete no matter how good the script or perfect castings are.
    Whole team of WW shouldnt be disappointed by ratings, they tried their best and boils down to proper marketing strategy.
    Most dramas beginiings are quite boring when it progresses it becomes more interesting.

  3. JD

    Thanks javabeans for the recap. I have a feeling that this drama may have happened in real life, given attention to details. I wonder how it ends though.

  4. moomincandylalala

    Yay! Nice to see your recap after I just got done watching!! Thanks so much!
    I still feel good about this drama as well…thought provoking indeed.

    “For instance, while Joon-young is immersed in script-reading at the udon shop, she reaches out a hand for her mug without looking up. Ji-oh pushes over the cup silently within her grasp, and she doesn’t even notice. Lovely and a little sad.”

    That was one of my favourite moments… small yet shows a lot about their relationship and their characters… the gender reversa-l Ji Oh the sensitive, caring guy and JY career minded woman and low EQ.

    I was thinking how tiring it would to be like JY, somewhat lacking the sensitivity and comprehension of human actions and obliviously getting into bad situations… It was just so tiring watching her been so stubborn…everything seems like a fight with her. She does things her way and doesn’t leave room for others to take the lead…so tiring….
    And then Ji Oh said the same thing in the car ride, after JY was trying to interpret the script. so nice when the writer is on the same wavelength as me..

    Curious if the power play will change once these two give their relationship a second try. Is she going to lean on him and compromise a little this time? Let Ji-Oh take the lead just a little? Really like the push-pull dynamics between the two. I agree that its shows clearly that they connect, yet disconnect…

    Not sure if I’m liking the liberal use of voiceover for the main characters… I understand that they are trying to give insight, and the choice of words used are very eloquent, but at the same time it’s like they are trying a bit too hard to create depth in the dialogue and characters… imo some things can be left unsaid and conveyed through acting, with deeper meaning up to viewers interpretation. But can our leads do this with their acting skills? hmmm….

    Really like the split screen perspectives tho.

    Thanks again!!

  5. Liv

    So I still havent committed to actually watching this drama, but Im really liking what Im reading from your recaps. Because what pulls me into a drama is rarely the big story – the flashy showstopper moments which carry the plot – its always the smaller moments, the ones which catch you off guard with their realism and attention to detail. Those are the ones I find myself watching over and over, just to make sure that its not a figment of my imagination that they’d capture something so simple yet poignant. Sounds like this drama has a lot of those….

  6. ndegeocello

    Eh, I’m having a hard time getting into this drama. I don’t think I have trouble with series that move slow or aren’t filled with action (in fact, one of my favorite shows is In Treatment where every episode is made up of dialogue between a psychotherapist and his patient(s) in one room), but I feel like these 2 episodes moved too slow for nothing to really happen. I don’t know, I guess I’m not really feeling this one, but I absolutely loved Goodbye Solo.

    The only real highlight for me was the veteran, Yoon Yeo Jung. She commanded that scene at the reading table! I loved her bits, but apart from her, I had little motivation to keep watching.

  7. mily2

    thank you sarah.. loving every recap.. 🙂

  8. nixxochick

    I am REALLY liking this drama…it’s the first drama in a while that has actually caught my attention. Hopefully it will only get better 🙂

  9. trese

    I wonder why some people just don’t know how to read between the lines. And also, why others don’t have the courage to tell what they really mean. It’s sad.

    Thank you for this. I’m liking it.

    I love you, java beans. I think i’m liking you and your blog, too.

  10. 10 Mulan

    Wow.. so fast…thanks again for the recap! Yeah, WW is very nice and i really like the development, i like the characters of the lead actors and i think their acting in better than their previous drama maybe because it fits their personality.

    I really like SHG character – she is somewhat insensitive about feelings of others but doesn’t mean to hurt while Ji Oh being opposite. Though they have feelings for each other, they know that their minds is not on the same wavelength so the mature way of handling it is to IGNORE or TAKE IT SLOW!

  11. 11 koalabear

    I’m already hooked on this drama, this drama looks so natural and very realistic, thanks for recapping it so fast!

  12. 12 ohgeeze.

    Oh my gosh. It’s only the second episode and I already love it.
    Biased towards the actors but whateva.
    I teared up a little seeing Hyun Bin cry.
    But wow, this is a lot more deep than anything else.

    Kind of like.. Soulmate?
    Where no one died from a disease.
    It was a deeper thought I suppose.

    Thank you!

  13. 13 ana

    I really like this story. It is like a brand new k-drama. ( u know kdrama always recycle their stories again and again). it leaves this kind of deeper and mature feeling. hope english sub will go out fast!

  14. 14 123!

    Hyunbin is HOT.

  15. 15 hrmm . . .

    i think i’ll pass and just read about it … thanks!!!

  16. 16 hjkomo

    “Joon-young may not sense Ji-oh’s feelings but that doesn’t mean he’s the only one feeling. It’s just that they… miss each other.”
    Thank you, Sarah!
    As moomincandylalala put it nicely, I love their push-pull dynamics. And I like how episodes 1 and 2 were slightly mirrored in that we got to see their relationship from both sides but still in that quiet, subtle way.

    Aside: PD Pyo Min-su delivered lovely directing in Insoon Is Pretty. 😀

  17. 17 ed

    is bae jung-ok’s “young” based on the “grand actress” type like jang mi-hee? nice to hear her put on a sexy voice 🙂 i like the sense of “really being there/behind scenes”, when the old geezers babble about not having directed in years or their same low pay. they really pulled out the stops getting such luxury cast for the supporting roles, didn’t they!

  18. 18 pabo ceo reom

    Very nice. Too bad the first episode didn’t make a dent at all in the ratings. It’s not important but hopefully it’ll pick up some steam.

  19. 19 Deena


    not even halfway thru your recap, and i teared again – hmmmm…

  20. 20 ames4eva

    this totally sounds like my type of drama… will hopefully watch it after my exams hehe

  21. 21 roxyelias

    Thanks for the recapas!!!!!
    I hope that you like all the series
    i can´t wait to see it with the subs!!!!!!!

  22. 22 momoisluv

    can’t wait for your next recap.
    i really hope that this series will be well received by its audience. it seems really promising.

  23. 23 AD

    Thank you so much for the caps! I love what Ji-oh said at the end. So true.

  24. 24 cartman

    So far I’m Loving it! 🙂

  25. 25 carpediem101

    i think it will be pretty much be about both JO and JY… it’s just that the episodes seem to be alternating from predominantly one perspective over the other .. the first was JY and the second JO…

    i kind of hope it doesn’t go leaning more towards one over the other.. i like that the characters both have a lot of depth and are pretty much equally complicated characters.. though in different ways.

    and i really like the fact that both are flawed and still need to grow and that this need is so apparent in order for them to be able to have a successful relationship.

    this drama seems really really promising. there is a very refreshing vibe from it (despite the comparisons to On Air) because it doesn’t seem to focus on overdramatizing a single plotline (so far)… breakups occur and the characters move on (albeit by handling them in different ways)

    i kind of hope they don’t jump into a relationship with each other soo fast (like JO’s voice over said.. some time alone would be good) because it would seem more like a rebound type thing.. but i suppose that happens a lot in real life. and it can become deeper. but on the other hand.. i want to see some major JO and JY interaction :] ah. i durno anymore since the relationships seem to be developing at a much faster (kind of more realistic) rate than other dramas 😀 i like that.

    and i loved JY’s scene with the script writer. SO WONDERFUL. i actually think that was my favorite scene this ep followed by the many JO and JY moments like the cup scene and the poking scene.

    and frankly, i feel as if there is much more to JY’s character than she is letting on.. she just seems more complicated than JO (cause he’s more conventional and easier to read to me) while JY is different. i don’t think she’s completely senseless and overly ambitious because she does seem to have moments of great insight and growth amongst her short temper and outbursts. but the quiet moments of her thinking to herself makes me think that she might sometimes act tougher than she actually is. like her bark is sharper than her bite. anyways, that’s my hope. i would hate it if she actually was just slower on the uptake.

    can’t wait for next week!! thanks again for the recap 😀 ;D

  26. 26 Marzy

    thanks for the recap sarah. question with the time line, Jioh and Joon young were first loves, during college years im assuming? then it goes to yeon hee but that spans 10 years which is a pretty long time. so in between the 10 years im thinking Jioh is now late 20’s? going on 30? or something. im wondering what happenned in between. and stuff. i love ur recaps and comments. somehow im really drawn to this drama. i know its not winning ratings, but for me its winning as a viewer. its script and the direction by PD pyo ( i did know he did insoon, which was great so now i seem the similarity). the story and script by writer Noh is awesome. i love the little moments and i love the emotionally driven moments.
    HB is so fit for the role. i feel. i loved his last scene. next eppie screams fun all around. they seem to be shooting at sea? on a island? i think this may just be a good hit but with how well its received.

  27. 27 javabeans

    ^Marzy, no, Ji-oh’s first love was Yeon-hee. He dated her for at least a year and a half before he dated Joon-young in their college years. After he broken things off with Joon-young, he went back to Yeon-hee.

    Since Ji-oh’s relationship with Yeon-hee spans ten years, that puts him at around 30, with Joon-young a little younger.

  28. 28 Steph

    i really love this drama. Its different from the one’s that i’ve seen before. I love reading your comments. Thanks for everything, can’t wait to see what happen next week ^^

  29. 29 byul1232

    this drama is too beautiful.
    i havent watched a drama from start to end without an skipping for awhile
    and this drama is just one of those dramas u cant skim over

  30. 30 raahmose

    It was the third of december, late one evening. He called me up and said “let’s meet”. One of us had to make the move and for once it was him.
    As I made my way through, I found him sitting in the corner. He still prefers the corner. I have always liked to sit in the middle section surround by other people. We never did sit in the middle while we dated.
    He spoted me across the room, smiled and waved. I could tell he was drunk. He never got drunk when we broke up.
    I sat down across from him. “Tell me what you want, I’ll listen”. He just sat there and stared. Didn’t utter a single word.
    This is why we broke up: He was always silent.

    It was the second of december, I contemplated whether to make the call or not. Then, on the third of december, I did. For once I was able to make the first move.
    I found a corner to sit down, away from other people. I wanted to be alone with her.
    She entered the room with a “matter of fact” sort of way. She looked annoyed, I could tell. She didn’t looked annoyed when we broke up.
    She sat down across from me. For the first time, she asked me what I wanted. She said she’d listen. She never asked me that while we dated.
    This is why we broke up: She never listened.

  31. 31 Stephanella

    Great summary of the drama…. it certainly helps us to understand the characters from different perspectives…. within their world or romance and work indeed.

    The drama is very refreshing and it is something that we rarely see in a drama where all the fantasy of typical boys meet girl and happily ever after story. The drama potrayed a more realistic side of the crew behind a drama production which i believe the theme of this drama is very close to the heart of the writer, producer and crews of this drama. It is as though the drama represent the story of their life.

    The drama bring us to another dimension where we the audience may appreciate and gain more understanding of each and tiny bits of the details of a drama production and never have the same perception of the drama production again. Indeed , often the main lead are the center of the attention but this drama brought us to the “behind the scene” which the lead is the producers and directors with the supporting crews. Interesting……

    However, after 2 episodes, there are high expectation on this drama. Hardcore fans of Hyun Bin and Song Hye Gyo will love this drama no matter what but the drama is not everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, i like the drama.

  32. 32 epyc

    Thanks, Javabean, for this wonderful and layered recap. It makes me so want to watch it. now This drama has the feel of ‘Alone in Love’ – one of my all time favourite.

  33. 33 byul1232

    ”How could you bring a kid into the world like this?”

    hyunbin never says that…
    he didn’t say anything about the baby, but more criticizing the ex?

  34. 34 javabeans

    ^ Not a perfect translation but it gets the gist across. (“너는 어떻게 애가 이따위로 생겨 처먹었냐?”)

  35. 35 me..

    raahmose , that was beautiful.

    i really love this drama. like someone said, it wasnt everyone’s cup of tea, but it really mine! i really love how there are two voiceovers from different person which is very contradict to the others. i love2 this show. hard to find a storyline like this… just like how much i love rena tanaka’s movie, hatsukoi.

  36. 36 mushimushi

    i already watched the two episodes and i would definitely say i love it!!!!!!!!

    i also love it because you didnt hate this show because it was really good and i would say the two main actors are really good!!!!

    song hye kyo – kudos!! u have matured a lot and it reflects on your acting ability prior to this show…

    hyun bin – he’s really good too especially when he cried at the last scene!!!!

    hope it will attract more of the viewers because it is definitely a good drama with good actors!!!!

    i’ll be looking forward for your next review for episode 3!!!!yeah

  37. 37 asianromance

    thanks for the recap! I didn’t think I would like this drama because of the sort of foreboding title and the bland plot summary-thought it would be all melodrama, but reading your recap has proved the drama to be different and more than what i expected. it feels a bit like 9 ends 2 outs in the way that nothing really huge and melodramatic really happens and in the way the characters reflect on things- just without the comedy part.

  38. 38 jenny

    this is the most unique drama i have ever seen in my whole life.
    i usually don’t like indigo styled, dim colored movies but i definitely have good feelings about this. This drama also gives you a feeling of a movie. I have to admit though, if it wasn’t for the two main actors, i would have never started this drama after first few minutes b/c i usually like cheerful dramas. but this one is definetely a breather from common dramas.

  39. 39 simi

    as always, thank you for the wonderful recaps! truly. You capture the rhythm of the drama so well, the way it flows, the interactions between the characters. It makes me feel the mood that surrounds this drama. thank you.

  40. 40 Jane

    Thanks Javabean for the such a great recap of WW ep 1 and 2.
    I am looking forward to watching this series with english subs.—always nice to have your recaps–continue the good work- THANKS.

  41. 41 milano

    Thanks for the recap.. I really like this WW between SHK & HB. It’s light & different from others drama. EofE too much for me, It’s tangle between loves, family, …

  42. 42 Tired and Hungry (really I am!)

    I love this drama. I was pretty much getting tired of the typical girl-pool-lovely guy-rich-stubborn, girl-needs-money kind of drama! I still love Kim Sam Soon, Coffee Prince, but I needed a change and the world they live in is what I was looking for! the drama is more mature driven than childish stuff! I do not know what it is, but it’s very unique! I can already confirm that I will buy the dvd! Javabeans did I ever tell you how much I love you?lol! thanks for the recap! and will you put the songs of the drama (the world they live in)on your site? just like you did with coffee prince? Cause I really appreciated you finding all of those amazing unreleased songs of Coffee Prince! I discovered so many indie artist and korean indie artist through you! so thanks again for that! I need to go to sleep now it’s 2:15 am in Montreal
    Ciao you guys! and see you on the next recap for episode.3!!

  43. 43 gia

    So far, it’s ok. But i will continue to see and support the serie.

    Have a nice day

  44. 44 alma ronda

    well, for a start it’s good but will definitely have more rooms for improvement especially that they have good actors with almost perfect physical chemistry as well. go, go, go song and hyun bin…you both rock!!!

  45. 45 drama_freak

    mysoju.com just added WW. go there to watch! =)
    too bad I cant til after exams. gah

  46. 46 Laura

    I am so in love with Ji-Oh right now! And Hyun Bin is doing a great job. I mean I liked him in Kim Sam Soon but here he is fantastic…

  47. 47 mookie

    dramabeans, just curious, read all the news on SHK’s diction being bothersome…. is that really the case?! Watching it with subs, I honestly see no problem with miss Song’s acting at all for the first time. Even if that’s so, enough to dent the interest on this terrific drama much? o_0 mind boggling how picky Korean audiences r on such a matter, while super tolerant of blatant cliches (in other current dramas..), geez…..

  48. 48 javabeans

    ^ It’s not her diction, but the speed of her talking, which is kinda something she’s known for anyway. The criticism isn’t that widespread, I think just one article pointed it out. The writer took the blame saying it was the way she wrote the dialogue. I actually liked how fast she talked, but that’s just me.

    I don’t think her acting is wonderful but I don’t think it’s awful, either. The writing and the directing trump everything, in my opinion.

  49. 49 lui sneakers

    I just finished watching the 2 episodes and I love it. I love SHK but wasn’t really into HB before, now I find him really hot! Anyways, thanks for the wonderful recap! (^_^)

  50. 50 Fenella

    I think the story line and characters….. PD is not an easy character to potray and certainly, not many people interested in the lives of PD compared to other characters such as rich guy meet poor girl, fall in love and happily ever after…. it is easier to play those character which HB and SHG have no problem in the past.

    There are tons of character of rich guys in drama series and indirectly, the actors generally have someone to look up to when they play those character but PD? Who are they going to look up to on how to play the character? Perhaps those who are in the production of drama series will appreciate the depth of the drama. In addition, both actors were off from shooting drama series for few years, its not easy for them to create a strong chemistry in such a drama setting.

    I don’t really know what is happening between their relationship until episode 2. There are too many narrative point of views which expressed in poetic way….. this make people confuse of what is the meaning of the character’s thought. As much as i love HB and SHG, i don’t think they suited to play the characters although the drama might potrayed the realistic nature of PD’s life. The characters of HB and SHG in the drama were very different from their previous roles. Both are complicated and their persistent in love is something i found amusing.

    Like it or not, people do love fantasy, cinderella kind of story. KSS, FH is such an example. It gives people some sense of happiness to watch something that rarely happen in real life. Perhaps the expectation were too high on both actors and there is a huge pressure on the whole production to be successful.

    Haiseh….. they should collaborate in another drama.

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