Next week Pretty Boy ends which means the long in production Age of Feeling (Inspiring Generation) with Kim Hyun Joong finally sees the light of day. I’m actually very intrigued both in terms of the story as well as whether this drama has a chance to put a dent in the runaway success of You From Another Star. Normally big-budget period dramas tend to do well, and the last K-drama to deal with this era of early turn of the twentieth century was Gaksital (Bridal Mask) and that was a big hit for KBS. Age of Feeling has released the flood gates of promotional material this week, dropping the first official previews as well as the drama posters. I love two of the three posters a lot, the one where Kim Hyun Joong is so small while standing on the vast precipice of the city of Shanghai, and the one where the entire cast seems to materialize out of the fog as they walk towards the camera. The poster with the three leads including the two leading ladies Im Soo Hyang and Jin Se Yeon is totally meh to me, the color is dreary and everyone looks massively photoshopped. The teaser previews are fantastic and every penny spent on the production is evident in each frame and huge scale. I’m way more into the supporting cast for this drama than any of the three leads with Kim Gab Soo (needs no introduction), Choi Il Hwa (the still scary BB from City Hall), Yang Ik Joon (Jae Shik oppa in Nice Guy), Kim Sung Oh (When a Man Loves, Secret Garden), Kim Jae Wook (Who Are You), Han Jung Soo (Arang and the Magistrate), Song Jae Rim (Two Weeks), Yoon Hyun Min (Cruel City), Jung Ho Bin and many more. The PD helmed Call of the Country and The Man Who Can’t Get Married and neither of those dramas were bad but I confess to not remembering if the directing was all that memorable. I think this drama is definitely worth checking out and then making a decision then whether its interesting enough to continue. Of course the big question is whether Kim Hyun Joong has the acting range and depth to headline such a massive narrative undertaking along with a supporting cast of veterans and charismatic actors who can easily steal his thunder. For his sake I hope he’s not the weak link and surprises us all. The drama premieres on January 15th.
Previews for Age of Feeling:
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