It’s a regular occurrence in K-dramas to have big age gaps between the leads, not so often as to be the majority but plenty often to merit an eyebrow raise from time to time. Such is the time again as K-ent points out a slew of recent dramas with big lead age gap – Ji Sung and Hyeri in Entertainer (18 years), Go Soo and Jin Se Yeon in Prison Flower (15 years), Lee Seo Jin and UEE in Marriage Contract (17 years), Park Shin Yang and Kang Sora in Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho (21 years), and Namgong Min and Minah in Beast’s Beauty (16 years).
On the rare occasion there is the gender swapped age gap but it’s always written into the story like Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae in Secret Love Affair (20 years) or Park Seo Joon and Uhm Jung Hwa in Witch’s Romance (19 years), but the recent batch doesn’t even need the leads to be that far apart in age narratively yet the casting made it that way. Of all the well known big age gap dramas, any worked or failed specifically because of it? I loved Prime Minister and I with Lee Bum Soo and Yoona, 17 year age gap not withstanding, but other than that it’s all meh for me.