The cast of the upcoming 1930’s period K-drama Age of Feeling (Inspiring Generation) held a press conference last weekend to start drumming up positive interest early for the big-budgeted drama and I can’t say it was a bad idea. Even if it turns out to be a hot mess if more people tune in to check it out the odds are better than it’ll hook some casual viewers rather than flying under the radar. I’m still casually keeping up with Pretty Man (Bel Ami) on KBS, which is the drama AoF is slated to follow, and it really is not bad. It’s way better and less stupid than the concept and trailer indicated, but it feels like the drama just passed all the audience by and made nary a ripple. KBS released the first set of official character stills today and I must say I’m underwhelmed. I saw BTS stills of lead Kim Hyun Joong in beaten up make up for the poster shoot so I knew he was going to appear looking like he went twelve rounds in the ring. He looks the part but I don’t feel it. Same goes for his two leading ladies Im Soo Hyang and Jin Se Yeon. I’m not pining for Kim So Eun who dropped out of the project, but Jin Se Yeon just looks wide-eyed and eager but I don’t get any feel for her character. Im Soo Hyang dresses the part of a Japanese woman who has a love-hate relationship with Kim Hyun Joong. Something about his dad being the cause of the death of her dad or some sort of parental generation woe. The only character still that jumped out at me was Kim Gab Soo and he’s got charisma enough for the whole cast, it’s too bad he can divide it up and infuse it on his younger cast members. I really did like Kim Hyun Joong’s take on Naoki in Playful Kiss because it worked despite his limited acting range. But here he’s playing a freedom fighter and obviously dealing with large scale issues and I just can’t see him emoting to the depth and breadth. Kim Jae Wook must’ve joined at the last moment because he’s not in these first official stills but he can act circles around Kim Hyun Joong and still have enough time to take a nap. I don’t believe the thesis that good looking guys are naturally limited actors since Kim Jae Wook disproves that hypothesis, so I’m left hoping Kim Hyun Joong at least has enough gravitas to carry this show on his shoulders. It’s a heft burden and I want to see him succeed above all else.