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Ruler of Your Own World, aka: As You Wish (MBC TV Series) (US Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.9 out of 10 (14)

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Written by the award-winning In Jung Ok and directed by Park Sung Soo, Ruler of Your Own World breaks free from the stereotypical K-drama script and injects an unparalleled reality into both the characters and story. This isn't your typical K-drama. There may be some familiar plot devices at work, but Ruler of Your Own World spins everything into an enthralling, unique experience. Critics unanimously praised Ruler of Your Own World for its cast, story, writer, director, and music - a feat nearly unheard of for any K-drama!

Ko Bok Su's (Yang Dong-Geun) life is a mess. After a difficult childhood and time in prison, fate leads him to Chun Kyung (Lee Na Young of Who R U? and Please Teach Me English). Bok Su steals her wallet, but the chain reaction that follows from the act is both unpredictable and unforgettable. Ko Bok Su embarks on a journey that ultimately touches the lives of all those around him, and will inspire and surprise even the most jaded K-drama fan! Since it's airing in 2002, Ruler of Your Own World has amassed one of the largest and most loyal fan bases of any recent Korean TV drama mini-series. New fans are still discovering this memorable and strikingly original television event!

This edition comes with an informative full-color Reference Guide containing cultural notes and fascinating insights into the world of Ruler of Your Own World. Learn about the actors and key staff, and unearth the mysteries of eating tofu, rooftop rooms, and a special bus stop in Seoul where fans leave canned coffee for one another!

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    Product Title: Ruler of Your Own World, aka: As You Wish (MBC TV Series) (US Version) Ruler of Your Own World, aka: As You Wish (MBC TV Series) (美洲版) Ruler of Your Own World, aka: As You Wish (MBC TV Series) (美洲版) 勝手にしやがれ (Ruler of Your Own World) (MBC TV Series) (US版) Ruler of Your Own World, aka: As You Wish (MBC TV Series) (US Version)
    Artist Name(s): Yang Dong Geun | Gong Hyo Jin | Lee Na Young | Lee Dong Gun 梁東根 | 孔孝珍 | 李娜英 | 李 東健 梁东根 | 孔孝珍 | 李娜英 | 李 东健 ヤン・ドングン | コン・ヒョジン | イ・ナヨン | イ・ドンゴン 양 동근 | 공효진 | 이 나영 | 이 동건
    Release Date: 2005-03-31
    Language: Korean
    Subtitles: English
    Country of Origin: South Korea
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: All Region What is it?
    Publisher: YA Entertainment
    Other Information: 7 DVD (20 Episodes)
    Package Weight: 420 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 3 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003964126

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    * Screen Format: 4:3
    * Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
    * DVD Type: DVD-9
    * Extras: ROYOW reference guide and the first episode of "Damo: The Undercover Lady Detective"

    Ko Bok-Su's (Yang Dong-Geun) life is a mess. After a difficult childhood and time in prison, a twist of fate leads him to Kyung (Lee Na-Young). Following an unpredictable journey that leads to an unforgettable ending, Ko Bok-Su deeply touches the lives of all those around him.

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    Professional Review of "Ruler of Your Own World, aka: As You Wish (MBC TV Series) (US Version)"

    March 18, 2005

    NOTE: The following is an abridged review of Ruler of Your Own World. The complete review can be found at koreanfilm.org.

    They're called "Mania" Dramas: TV Series that fail to capture the masses, but manage to slowly build a faithful audience that supports the show until the end. Ruler of Your Own World might be one of the best examples yet. This is a different show, far away from the diabolical convolutions and contrivances of the prototypical TV melodrama.

    There are no major stars here, but everyone down to the smallest supporting actor does an excellent job. Yang Dong-geun's portrayal of Ko Bok-su is fantastic. He swings between the character's innocent naivete and guilt for his past with ease. Yang shows impressive range here, and seems the perfect leading man for the series' ever-changing mood. The other surprise is relative newcomer Lee Na-young. If you're tired of super-pretty plastic beauties overacting at every chance they get, here's someone who can finally convey different emotions without making a fool of herself. Kyung's charming personality comes across impressively thanks to Lee. When she smiles, she does it with her whole face and it feels sincere, as much as the opposite emotion evokes the same reaction. As the series begins, the viewer will likely have a hard time connecting with her. Little by little though, as she begins her relationship with Bok-su, you'll start to relate to her, and understand her personality.

    It would be criminal leaving Kong Hyo-jin out of the picture. Her portrayal of Mi-rae is interesting, because it mixes a lot of elements from her previous supporting roles (lots of cutesy and quirky moments) with a more 'grown up' personality. This is the best performance of her young career, and it gives a new spin to the 'bad girl' character you often find in series like this. The supporting cast is equally good. Jung Doo-hung impresses in a role that mimics his real life occupation (action director). He's a tough, no-BS man on the outside, but he reveals himself to be one of Bok-su's best friends. Jung seems a natural for this kind of role.

    Then there's the writing. Fans of TV Dramas often put up more bad writing than the average Korean entertainment fan. But, Ruler of Your Own World features some of the best writing seen on a TV drama. Characters seem stereotypical at first, but emerge as multidimensional and realistic. There is never the feeling that things are rushing to a mega-convoluted cliffhanger, or that a mysterious sickness or death will come out of nowhere to further the plot. Whatever happens here does so for a reason. I never got the sense of urgency felt on other melodramas. This series shows a good mix of lighthearted, even silly moments with more serious and touching ones. More important, it's successful in hitting the right notes. There's some manipulation, but it's the kind that you might see in a film by Lee Jung-hyang or Hur Jin-ho: you can happily live with it, because you care about the characters.

    Ruler of Your Own World has a fantastic ending and plenty to discuss afterwards, but it also does something I haven't seen in many Korean TV series. It takes the most overused plot device (a fatal disease) and actually uses it to convey something. It's not just a device to bring tears to your eyes. Up to the last episode, the atmosphere never goes the usual way; there's no tragedy here. Bok-su builds a beautiful life out of his last days on Earth. He tries to make life better for him and the people he knows. He makes new friends, makes his parents' life meaningful again, and he lets people who love him enter his life. The only flaw of Ruler of Your Own World is that, sadly, it eventually has to end. The best TV drama of 2002.

    By V. "X" Naldi - koreanfilm.org

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    Customer Review of "Ruler of Your Own World, aka: As You Wish (MBC TV Series) (US Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.9 out of 10 (14)

    Aryf
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    July 4, 2007

    4 people found this review helpful

    I Don't Get It (??) Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
    A mediocre K-drama. After all the hype and good press this received, I found it very average, un-engaging and a bit unfocused. I didn't connect with the characters and therefore have not 'invested' anything emotionally into what happens to them. If it's 'brilliant' or 'groundbreaking', I have yet to discover why.
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    tiny_geenie
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    February 12, 2007

    4 people found this review helpful

    very boring...and long...... Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
    I didn't like this series at all. I tried my hardest to keep my eyes awake to finish the series but it was so boring that I stopped watching it after the 3rd disc. This was one of the most boring movie ever and the actor and actress wasn't very attractive either so I'm glad I didn't buy this movie; I only borrowed it.
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    sweetest
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    June 18, 2006

    5 people found this review helpful

    EXCELLENT!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    After watching the first episode of this drama I was hooked on immediately. This drama really proves that one mistake can make you lose everything...the best!!!
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    lizlizliz
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    January 28, 2006

    6 people found this review helpful

    this is what dramas should be! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    i've watched tons of dramas since i was young. but this is the best. there's no major actor in this drama. no Cinderella waiting for prince. every character is ordinary but has amazing heart!i felt sympathy what they saying in this drama.
    i deeply touched by yang dong gun(bok su). he's the most atrractive guy i've ever seen even though he has ugly face, hahaha^^
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    Sudsphile
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    November 29, 2005

    4 people found this review helpful

    Among The Best We've Seen Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    My wife and I been watching Korean soaps almost continuously for the past three years (thanks to YesAsia.com) and we both agree that this is among the most enjoyable of the many we've seen. Even though it contained all the standard, and by now rather cliche, K-soap plot-devices (e.g. love triangle, terminal illness), at least they were presented in a slightly different (and fresher) way than expected. Kong Hyo-jin (Mi-Rae) is always fun to watch and did a particularly fine job of the spurned lover. Yang Dong-geun (Bok-Su) was a real surprise; the range and quality of his performance was quite amazing. I'll be keeping an eye out for him in the future. And, even though Lee Na-Young's (Kyung) performance didn't match the other two for depth, this was made up by the chemistry generated between her character and Bok-Su. I really enjoyed watching their scenes together. This drama was well worth the price I paid for it; which is not something I can say about all the Korean dramas that I've watched.
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