I’m pleasantly surprised by how good the cast of the upcoming period K-drama Age of Feeling (Inspiring Generation or Generation of Youth) looks in character. KBS trotted out the sprawling cast yesterday for a drama promotional press conference, which is about 5 weeks too early compared to normal pre-premiere drama press conference schedules. This early launch of promotion for this drama is probably a good idea, what with all the prior news of AoF losing its November timeslot to Pretty Boy (Bel Ami) and getting pushed back into January. Doesn’t hurt to dangle some goodies before the media and start luring in potential viewers. This drama is casting a pretty penny to film since it involves extensive location shoots in China and the main cast is headed there this week for the filming. I was already planning to check it out but now I’m probably going to watch it even if it sucks since Kim Jae Wook just joined at the last minute. Sticking one pretty boy with another pretty boy in lead Kim Hyun Joong is exponentially upping the pretty count. There have been lots of casting shuffles due to the schedule change so check out the pretty pictures of the cast in costume while I run through the final casting call: Kim Hyun Joong (Playful Kiss) as freedom fighter Shin Jung Tae, Im Soo Hyang (IRIS 2) is Gaya his love interest, Jin Se Yeon (Gaksital) took over the songstress role of Yoon Ok Ryeon from Kim So Eun, Kim Jae Wook (Who Are You) is Ok Ryeon’s first love rich boy Kim Soo Ok, relative newbie Bae Noo Ri (The Moon Embraces the Sun) plays Jung Tae’s first love Yang Yang a Chinese girl, hot dudes Han Jung Soo (Arang and the Magistrate), Song Jae Rim (Two Weeks), and Yoon Hyun Min (Cruel City) are also in this drama to add to the hot guys count, and finally a bevy of character actors such as elders Kim Gab Soo (Cinderella Unni) and Choi Il Hwa (City Hall) not to mention tough guy Jung Ho Bin (Swallow the Sun) and Park Chul Min (Baby-faced Beauty) complete the line up. I’ve yet to find a K-drama set in this 1930’s that I’ve liked the story and acting but I’ll keep an open mind and hope to be pleasantly surprised.