The upcoming KBS period drama Age of Feeling (Inspiring Generation) is the first big K-drama to premiere in 2014 and its coming along with a huge price tag, cast, and expectation. This isn’t a smallish scale manga adaptation like its predecessor Pretty Boy which is doing abysmal in ratings but probably never had a chance anyway. This drama was pushed back to give it more time to film and I’d say that was a wise decision all around. Leading man Kim Hyun Joong isn’t a solid actor by any measure of judging but obviously still can prove that he’s suddenly improved here. I don’t think his idol roots or Hallyu appeal is going to matter to the domestic Korean audience so AoF is going to have to lure them in by narrative quality and fantastic execution. KBS quietly released tons of official drama stills and BTS shots of the main cast including Kim Hyun Joong, his two leading ladies Im Soo Hyang and Jin Se Yeon, acting heavyweights Kim Gab Soo and Choi Il Hwa, plus the full character shots for the entire cast which has so many easily recognizable and fantastic character actors. I still don’t see Kim Jae Wook anywhere but I’m willing to wait when it comes to good things. The child actors are also looking snazzy in their parts with the younger Kim Hyun Joong bearing a striking resemblance to him. I think this drama looks beautiful and the cast is clearly having a blast filming it, so I suppose we can expect good chemistry and some comfort that the general happy mood might be a sign that the story really is solid and the actors are having fun playing interesting characters. Who knows but I’m willing to give this drama the benefit of the doubt.