Drama Casting & News
Kwon Sang-woo considering Age of Feeling
by | May 14, 2013 | 44 Comments

Kwon Sang-woo (Yawang) is busily eyeing his next drama project, and rumor has it he just may be the new hero for Age of Feeling. He’s not a final lock and word is that he “has received the offer but has not been confirmed,” with his reps being a bit coy about his decision.

This is good news in that I was starting to wonder whether the show was going to move forward. I’d been intrigued by the premise of this “romantic period action noir” drama and thus bummed when Lee Jun-ki, who was previously in contention, decided to take a different drama instead. But now the drama has got a broadcaster and a timeslot, so all systems are go.

Age of Feeling is set in 1930s Shanghai, and based on a manhwa by the same artist-creator who wrote the Damo manhwa, Park Hak-gi. The description is rather vague—we center around lives of young people and their “love and friendship, patriotism and ambition”—so we’ll have to wait for plot particulars, but it is an unusual setting for a Korean drama, and one that I hope gives it an extra kick of intrigue. The characters will span multiple nationalities—Korean, Chinese, Japanese—and I expect those politics to play a part.

The drama’s time frame is during the Japanese occupation, which may bring to mind last year’s occupation-set Gaksital, but the locale is different enough that I really don’t expect this to be much like that one. First off, no bridal-masked superhero, so there’s that. And while I wouldn’t have picked Kwon Sang-woo over Lee Jun-ki for this drama, given that Lee has already picked a different project I think I can warm up to the idea of Kwon in a period action-melo. I can picture him settling into the period look, and I do prefer him in melo roles (his crying is pretty epic; he and Choi Ji-woo should have a cry-off), so despite not jumping up and down about him, I’m not bummed either.

Age of Feeling will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama airing on KBS beginning in November.

Via My Daily


44 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. noernov

    His crying is pretty epic….can’t agree more 😉

    • 1.1 Ivoire

      I 2nd that comment. His crying is epic. I first saw him in “Bad Love,” and man, can he cry! So real, so organic! He does melo well.

      • 1.1.1 aoiaheen

        Is it wrong that the only scene I remember in Bad Love is the one in the elevator with KSW and a not-the-heroine-or-the-second-lead girl?

        • Kiara

          No, because that’s only scene I remember from Bad Love too. I think Bad Love was just bad lol.

          • eny

            bad love is the best korean melodrama i ever watch, i think the story is real if we see from point of view all the charracter in that drama n the acting is good, main cast n supporting cast. I watch this drama first because i like KSW in Stairways to Heaven n Sad love song but i love Kim Sung Soo more in this drama. If there’s something little weak in this drama is Lee Yo won

          • aX

            Bad love was HORRID to the core.

      • 1.1.2 Waiting

        I’ll have to check out this epic crying in the show mentioned as I have not noticed it was epic in the few things I have watched him in.

  2. im_eve

    Wasnt he supposed to be gaksital? Not sure..could be wrong

  3. JoJo

    JB, I am amazed that you can still be “intrigued by the premise” of any KDrama! Haven’t you seen it all? I like Kwon Sang-woo and would give this a try if he does it.

    • 3.1 KDaddict

      But this one, set in Shanghai, w actors fr multiple nationalities, set in that time period, hasn’t been done.
      What I notice is: It’s 3:40 am, and JB is posting!

  4. KDaddict

    “He and Choi Ji-Woo should have a cry-off.” Neither one would lose, n they’d still be crying when we check back at Christmas. 😉

    • 4.1 Ivoire

      Love this :-)…

    • 4.2 Rachel

      LOL at this comment.

    • 4.3 Cynthia

      Yeah, but all the tears initially would be coming out of her left eye, only, and the right one for him.
      I don’t know how they do it, but it gets to be kinda funny when you’re on the look-out for it. Never fails!

      • 4.3.1 JoJo


      • 4.3.2 KDaddict

        It’s bcos she has a born ‘defect’ in her right eye, so that tears would come out of the left one first. Don’t know abt him.
        Either way, they’d both be crying beautifully till end of cry-off!

    • 4.4 Marguerita

      I can’t agree more! Both of them make great couple

  5. observantzani

    Yeah I was bummed out when Lee Jun Ki chose Two Weeks instead. But I was holding out all hope that they would give this to Kim Soo Hyun. He did say he would star in a drama at the end of the year. Although the character description sounds too alike with his Covertly, Grandly character, but I just really want Kim Soo Hyun to have a good follow-up project.

    I’m alright with Kwon Sang Woo but a good leading lady is probably what I need to get hyped up about this again.

    • 5.1 hili

      Kim Soo Hyun will star in Green Knife! Or so i heard!

  6. Ivoire

    Thank you for the news!

  7. snow_white

    He is considering next drama already….when his last just got wrapped up….

    I have seen him in only My Tutor Friend and he was good….

  8. browncoat_78

    Although I would have preferred Lee Jun Ki too, I really like Kwon Sang Woo and consider him one of the better actors in Korea. That said, he normally does dramas and movies of genres that I really don’t like (pure melos) or that just aren’t very good (like Cinderella Man). However, I love period dramas with action and this one sounds right up my alley so I’m so excited to see him in it – please let this happen! And please make time in it to take off his shirt, because if there is one thing he brings that Lee Jun Ki doesn’t it’s the hot bod!

  9. kyleD

    after some contemplating… i suppose i might even prefer kwon sang woo for this. an actor a little older then jun ki is probably better, and he even looks a bit more ’30s

  10. 10 DayDreamer

    I still feel saddened Lee Jun Ki didn’t choose this but oh well. I don’t think I’ve seen this guy before so I might watch this drama for the premise itself.

  11. 11 LangitBiru

    Set in 1930s- Shanghai. Remind me of Morning inKyunSeung or what ever drama that they shoot in King of Dramas.

    KSW crying scene is epic. Stairway in Heaven of course.

  12. 12 Alixana

    He’s a good actor overall, not just at crying. There’s something warm about him and his presence. I really like him.
    Speaking of great crying, I think Lee Da Hae is pretty great as well. And Park Shin Hye, omg, I don’t even like her that much but she can make me wail like a baby

  13. 13 Makoto

    He was my first Korean drama crush. Long time no see, Oppa. I wish the drama will not be a horrible one like Yawang, which I purposely avoided to watch. 🙂

    • 13.1 anais

      My Tutor Friend. Yup. Loved him.

    • 13.2 kyl

      Same here ^^ First crush in K-dramaland with Stairway to Heaven. Made me cry with his epic crying. Lol.

  14. 14 jensredshoes

    Kwon…Sang…Woo!!! I don’t like melos but I might not be able to stay away. He is so talented. I tried to watch Dae Mul recently – he and the lead actress were both so strong but the story moved so slowly. I had to give up. That’s a whole lot of KSW I have to miss. 🙁

  15. 15 zepthee

    he’s one of best actors ever! i wonder it must have been very tiring for him when he acted in yawang…th character demanded so much from his acting skill, and he delivered it naturally..just like joo won in gaksital, very dynamic.

  16. 16 lily

    he can cry.. but he does it too much lol I feel kind of the same way about Jo In Sung. yeah they’re good criers.. but do they need to do it so often? lol I was loling so hard everytime jo in sung started crying in That Winter

  17. 17 Kiara

    Lee Jun-ki turned down a few projects that I would have loved if he was in it. I just want to kick him sometimes but I trust that he knows what he is doing. There must be a good reason why he turned down Age of Feeling.

    I like Kwon but I’m not a fan. I think his son is a little cutie patootie.

    • 17.1 Annie

      I think he’ll regret it. Two Weeks sounds so blah.

      What other projects did LJK turn down?

      • 17.1.1 eny

        i’m not gonna watch two week, i love mandate of heaven now n not gonna watch drama with the same story even in different era. I hope KSW accept this role, it sounds intersting

      • 17.1.2 Ella

        No, he won’t~ @Kiara is right, LJG knows what he is doing 🙂 He’s so good in spreading new characters to be interesting & liked.

        • Ella

          As LJG has done the hero for the country in Iljimae, want to see him in a break through character this year.
          And “Two Weeks” sounds more interesting… It’s Thriller~!! 😉

  18. 18 KSW Fan

    Any drama that has KSW in it is blessed period. He’s a talented actor and under-rated. He has the whole package. Rooting for KSW!

  19. 19 altair

    The guy is hot, but I could never bring myself to watch his dramas. Just not my cup of tea. Not even Stairway to Heaven. This one is not going to be any different. I don’t like the sound of it. I’ll pass.

  20. 20 bebe swtz

    The only news of KSW I’ve heard of lately is that he MIGHT cameo in Lee Soon Shin….. Crossing my fingers that it’ll come true and not stay a speculation/ rumor n.n

  21. 21 Jyyjc

    Hmmm I would love for Lee jehoon to be the star of this drama, too bad he’s in the army.

  22. 22 PPasun

    KSW has one of the hottest bodies around but I can’t get into his acting because of his short tongue. He and Choi Ji Woo should not only have a cry-off but jieut-off as well. Dung Seo-yah! Shilttang-nim! Stairway to Heaven was pretty epic that way.

    • 22.1 Juece

      @Ppasun – “short tongue” – really? Then was that special effects in the movie “Pained”?

      His tongue was so long it freaked me out! KISS’ Gene Simmons’ tongue can’t even compare!

  23. 23 mai

    He’s in another manhwa role ^^

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