Rating:
Average user rating 2.9
85

Age of Feeling: Episode 1

Age of Feeling (also called Inspiring Generation) promises to be the kind of epic we’ve been missing, the kind that grabs you by the senses and takes you for a grand adventure with plenty of sights along the way. Its first episode delivers beautiful visuals, gritty action sequences, a large-yet-focused sense of scale, and a core set of characters that manage to be both likable and mysterious. So, check.

Maybe it’s because Age of Feeling is based off a manhwa that the world feels so full, almost to the point of bursting, with interesting characters and stories to tell. It feels like it’s been too long since an action-adventure-romance-thriller hit the airwaves, so color me excited for what’s to come. I mean, really excited. I know, I know, the past year taught me not to get my hopes up but I can’t help it when a show is as shiny and promising as this. (Please don’t let me down!)

Numbers-wise though, Age of Feeling pulled in a modest 7.8%, which isn’t half-bad all things considered—especially when all your ratings are belong to You From Another Star, which pulled in 23.1% in the same time slot.

SONG OF THE DAY

Wheesung and Gummy – “Special Love” [ Download ]

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

Glass breaks as a man is thrown through a window. A dangerous-looking woman stalks him like prey as she rattles off names of people, presumably dead people, who have nice views from their graves.

“Where shall I bury you?” she asks as she kneels next to the man, a silver knife slipping slowly from her sleeve. The man whispers her name before he dies: she’s DEGUCHI KAYA (Im Soo-hyang).

Our hero suddenly wakes to the sound of a roaring crowd as though he saw the stabbing in a dream. Turns out he was in the middle of a fight and though he temporarily saw stars, he returns with a vengeance.

What ensues is a down and (literally) dirty action scene, set to the tune of the betting crowd’s cheers. Blows are exchanged and received, and our hero expertly wards off a burning log his opponent turns to when things get dirty.

Though he technically wins the fight the good old fashioned way, his opponent isn’t one for playing square and bludgeons our hero with another blunt log before finishing it up with a hard punch to the jaw. Our hero is down for the count, while a mysterious onlooker leaves the arena.

The year is 1936, the setting Manchuria. As our hero bandages himself up after the fight, his manager chants his name, SHIN JUNG-TAE (Kim Hyun-joong), like he’s won something. And maybe he has—it seems like the point was for him to lose, and his manager wants him to lose again in the next fight.

Jung-tae, long-hardened to this lifestyle, speaks only to demand more payment. His manager, richly decked out in a fur collar, reluctantly acquiesces so as not to lose his prize fighter.

On a train en route to somewhere we don’t know (yet), Kaya asks how much further to their destination. A disembodied male voice tells her that the journey will take two more days.

Jung-tae’s fighting opponent pays him a visit at the bar he’s at, and presumes to pour Jung-tae’s drink over his head as he claims that he heard Jung-tae threw the fight on purpose. He wants to see what Jung-tae’s really made of.

But Jung-tae doesn’t want any trouble, and tries leaving the bar. His opponent, suffering roid rage apparently, tries to raise his hackles by backhanding a barmaid so hard she goes sliding across the floor. “Show me your real skills!” his opponent blares.

Jung-tae has only one question for him before he gives into the fight: “How did you find out that I don’t like women getting beaten up?” So his opponent found his weak spot, but Jung-tae manages to find his opponent’s in seconds—a punch to the throat, a kick to his knees, and a final blow to the face are all he needs to send his cocky opponent sprawled on the bar room floor.

The mysterious onlooker at the fight now makes his reappearance to tell Jung-tae of a mountain near the Chinese city of Henan where the dead are buried—and that his father was buried there a few days ago. (Perhaps the man Kaya killed?)

Though a flicker of emotion crosses Jung-tae’s features, he claims that he has no father and tries to pass the man. But in almost the blink of an eye, the man uses superior martial arts skills to send Jung-tae back a few steps.

Now that he’s got Jung-tae’s attention, he hands him an ornate stone with a tassel attached, and instructs him to meet him at a place in Shanghai. Jung-tae takes a boat to get there, his eyes scanning the grand city from his place on the deck.

Flashback to the year 1928. A young Jung-tae, working as a rickshaw driver, intervenes when he sees a group of men beating up a young girl for selling rice cakes on “their turf.” Jung-tae approaches them cockily, even though he’s outnumbered, and tells them the second thing he hates most in the world are men who beat women. As for the first…

He’s punched in the mouth before he can finish, but it hardly phases him at all. He declares that the thing he hates most in the world is his father before he commences on kicking some butt, using fast moves and superior fighting skills to best his opponents.

The girl he just saved shows her gratitude by slapping him across the cheek, which leaves a bleeding cut due to the sharp piece of pottery(?) she’d been planning to use as a weapon. She claims that the retaliation will only be worse now that he beat the thugs up, but Jung-tae merely brushes this off as he smooths some salve on her bleeding hand and wraps it up.

He claims he’ll take responsibility if she’s in trouble again, seeing as how he’s now the cause, and tells her his name. She doesn’t give hers until after he’s gone. “I’m… Deguchi Kaya.”

After winning a rickshaw race with his friend, a young Jung-tae springs for a lavish lunch… of simple sweet potatoes. Though his friend gripes at their modest meal, Jung-tae seems to take a glass-half-full approach to everything and says they should be thankful they’ve even got food.

There’s a girl absolutely crazy over Jung-tae, and any mention of his name by her employer is enough to wake her up from even the deepest of naps. Apparently he frequents the small herbal medicine shop she works at, and she preens and offers her best smile when he comes waltzing through the door. These two know each other well.

She completely fails to notice that half her face is smeared with flour, but is over the moon when Jung-tae tries to rub some of it off. D’aww. I’m hesitant to name her because I don’t know who she is, but I’m guessing the second lead?

The medicine he bought is for his ailing younger sister, whom he finds cooking in the fume-laden kitchen with dismay. We’re not sure what she’s suffering from, even as they both talk fondly of their deceased mother.

We find Kaya loitering around the rickshaws waiting for Jung-tae, who notices her in her men’s garb without a second glance. She can’t really explain why she’s come other than a sheepish smile, which earns her a scenic ride on Jung-tae’s rickshaw.

She takes in the sights around her like she’s never experienced nature quite like this before, looking genuinely happy and carefree. Jung-tae takes her through forests and fields until they eventually reach that pretty river you see in every sageuk.

Finally, she gets out what she wanted to say: that she’s sorry for the cut on his face, and grateful for his help. I love that he shrugs it off, all, I would’ve helped you anyway, but there’s a definite moment that passes between them. Cute.

Later, Jung-tae ends up saving his rickshaw buddy JJANG-DDOL (future Shin Seung-hwan) from their money-grubbing and violent employers by paying the debt Jjang-ddol owes.

But their employer is what we call a douche and feels like beating people up anyway, and with Jung-tae so good at fighting, he’s able to call that he’ll dodge three hits and allow two, just to make his boss happy and end the ordeal.

The fight goes exactly as he said it would, only Jung-tae returns a blow for each he gets, and expertly at that. In the end, he shatters his boss’ nose and threatens him with death if he tries coming after him or Jjang-ddol again.

The girl with the giant crush on Jung-tae (no, the other one, the one we saw in the medicine shop) is revealed to be KIM OK-RYUN (future Jin Se-yeon), a girl who smiles at a bustling gibang (gisaeng house) like she’s at home and is chastised strongly by her mother, a former gisaeng who now works as a maid/cook there.

She’s eager to get her daughter away from the gibang (which is why she works at the apothecary now), but Ok-ryun seems right at home. At least enough to stash some food away for her true love, Jung-tae.

Speaking of, it seems like Jung-tae’s mother works as a gisaeng there, and entertains a man who knows enough about her son to ask. They talk as if Jung-tae might be his son, though I wouldn’t quote myself on that just yet.

Kaya saves her father from some rough-looking thugs, even if she’s disappointed in him for rummaging through garbage in order to feed them. Her dad isn’t sorry, because he’s at least able to find food this way—though this shows how precariously close to starvation they live.

While Jung-tae’s buddy Jjang-ddol comes across a money-making opportunity that doesn’t seem all that legal, our hero continues to try and earn a living the hard but honest way.

The problem is that he needs money for his sister’s surgery, and as Jjang-ddol points out, Jung-tae won’t earn enough with what he’s doing. Even though it goes against every principle Jung-tae has, his buddy urges him to take the smuggling job with him and save his sister now, since he can afford to be repentant later.

Jung-tae spends the night thinking about his buddy’s offer, and divides his time between watching his ailing sister sleep and counting every single dime he’s got stashed up.

The next day, we find a collected Jung-tae joining a nervous Jjang-ddol for their first day in their new smuggling job. After a successful job, Jjang-ddol happily clasps Jung-tae to him as he declares that his little sister can live now with the money they’ve made. Hooray!

Ok-ryun brings food to Jung-tae’s house but is met with only his sister instead, and she doesn’t seem to take too kindly to Ok-ryun’s presence. Though with a little prodding, his lil sis seems to be pushing Ok-ryun away for her own benefit—she tells her that she can live with Jung-tae after she dies from her illness, so that she won’t have to carry the burden of a sick family member like her brother already does. Aw.

They’re surprised when Jung-tae and Jjang-ddol return home roaring drunk and happy. The four of them seem like a close-knit family as Jung-tae’s lil sis urges Ok-ryun to sing, and she gives them an animated performance. Aww. Now I’m attached to this group. Don’t grow up!

Meanwhile, things aren’t as merry for Kaya, whose situation is much more grave. Along with being as poor as they are, her begging father seems ill. She fingers half a wooden pendant worn around her neck, which I assume will be important somehow. (Also worth noting: a suspicious man watching her house from a distance.)

The man reports to DENKAI DOYAMA (Kim Gab-soo) in Osaka that “Shinjo” has been found, which I’m assuming is Kaya’s father. Denkai holds a strong grudge against him and orders his man to punish Kaya’s dad for his sins.

But when the man asks about what he should do with Kaya, the earth shakes with Denkai’s fury. He doesn’t reply.

Jung-tae goes to the market to buy a girl’s hairband, but ends up also buying a pretty hairpin he can’t pass up. Meanwhile, Kaya gets turned away from her job (is she also a smuggler?) because of the gang Jung-tae and his buddy are now smuggling for, and when Jung-tae catches her outside he guesses as much.

She’s not scared of the gang threatening her business, and explains that she’ll do what it takes to live in a house that doesn’t leak when it rains and to have a life with food. This isn’t what Jung-tae came to talk about, since he awkwardly stops her and starts to fish out the hair pin he bought…

But Jjang-ddol comes hollering and ruins the fun. They’ve got a situation—the men they were in cahoots with conspired against them, and one of them (nicknamed “Dog Nose”) ran off with the money. Which means that Jung-tae and Jjang-ddol are now responsible for all that missing cash when they’ve got literally none of it.

Jung-tae refuses to let this slide, because that money is for his sister’s surgery. He declares that he’s as good as dead if she dies, even though Jjang-ddol can’t seem to warn him away from going after the Dobi Gang, the toughest thugs in town (and the ones responsible for Kaya’s job, too).

So Jung-tae goes after the guy who’s not Dog Nose yet is responsible for taking their money (Dog Nose’s supposed boss), and confronts him and the whole Dobi Gang outside the gibang. I’m going to freely admit that the who’s who of this show’s smuggling world is confusing as all get-out to me right now, and that I’m just following along with Jung-tae even though I don’t quite know what’s happening and only vaguely know why.

He asks for a man named Poong-cha (Dog Nose’s boss) in the gang, and when he doesn’t get an answer right away he tries rushing the whole lot of them only to be pushed back as though he ran up against a brick wall. Even Jung-tae’s strength is no good here.

One of the men introduces himself as POONG-CHA (Jo Dal-hwan), but explains that he doesn’t have Jung-tae’s money. Like, he really really has no idea what Jung-tae is even talking about. Jung-tae won’t take this as an answer and runs in, fists flying, for a man-to-man fight with Poong-cha. He’s not easily beaten, but he is beaten, and badly at that.

But still, Jung-tae gets up. He won’t stay down. The other thugs note that he reminds them of Poong-cha when he was young, and Poong-cha seems to notice the same thing. It’s almost like he’s impressed with Jung-tae’s fighting spirit.

By the time Jjang-ddol comes running to his friend’s aid, he finds Jung-tae lying at Poong-cha’s feet and bleeding from multiple wounds on his head.

With painstaking agony, he tells the men just how hard he had to work to earn the money they took (ah, so the initial sum was what Jung-tae had dug out of his stash), in an attempt to appeal to their humanity.

Then he falls unconscious.

 
COMMENTS

I had to ask around for help navigating the whole who’s-in-what-gang-and-why of this episode, but after a few patient people gave me patient explanations, I came to better understand the seemingly random nature of Jung-tae going after the Dobi Gang. The guy they named Dog Nose misled them by claiming that Poong-cha was his boss, when in reality he wasn’t. When he ran off with Jung-tae’s money, Jung-tae decided to go straight to said boss and demand it back, only Poong-cha had never seen him or heard of him before in his life. Hence the scene we just saw. I kind of feel like an idiot, but I’ve also been on cough medicine for a flu for the past six days, so take from that what you will. (The floor is breathing!)

I do think the gang mechanics are going to be one of those convoluted things in this show until we get a better grasp of all the players (looking at the seemingly infinite cast list for this show is daunting) and gain a better understanding of who’s good, bad, and in-between. Aside from my puny brain screeching to a halt once things got more complicated than “That guy stole my money! No he didn’t! Is this your card/gang leader?” I liked the pace of this episode, and the way the action was driven by character. I’m interested to see how the child incarnations I already feel like I know so well grow into their adult forms, only two of which we’ve actually seen—Kaya as an assassin, and Jung-tae as a man who’s lost his purpose in life.

Kaya’s journey holds the most intrigue for me, especially with the brief glimpse we saw of the man we can only assume will be responsible for her father’s death—Denkai. I’ve been looking forward to Kim Gab-soo’s return to primetime television as a villain, if only because he’s such a powerhouse actor and can really breathe life into his roles, and even in his one minute of screen time he proved a force to be reckoned with. How Jung-tae’s father gets mixed up with Kaya in such a way that she has to kill him, and how her relationship with Jung-tae evolved from childhood, is also another story thread I’m itching to see more of.

At this point I like our steadfast hero, since he draws that nice line between being a clearly good guy without being insufferable for it (or worse, insufferably mopey). I love that the darkness and injustice of the world surrounding the kid-versions of our characters is never enough to fully engulf them, and that this show knows how to add levity without it feeling like a Gag Concert interlude. It meant that I could feel happy when Jung-tae was happy, hopeful when he was hopeful, and nervous when he felt lost. Even if his hot-headedness can get him into some serious trouble, like a one-on-twelve fight he couldn’t possibly win, it just means he’s human. I like human characters. I think it’s safe to say that we all like characters who act the most human, because we enjoy relating to them as an audience. (Basically, I’m putting my positive thoughts out into the drama universe so that Age of Feeling won’t turn into that-sports-drama-which-shall-not-be-named.)

More than anything, I’m hedging my bets on this show’s potential to really be something, since it feels like we’re just in the warmup stages of a rollicking journey. It’s been a while since I haven’t had to completely talk myself into a first episode using various excuses like “Well the team is good” or “It’s bound to just get better right?” for a show, but my Excitement-O-Meter isn’t what it used to be in the days of Gaksital and, well, other dramas I’m too ashamed to admit I was excited about and which obviously didn’t pan out. I think the last batch of bad dramas I’ve lived through—yes, lived through—have made me cautiously optimistic/wary about endorsing a show from Episode 1, so while the production is more than competent and is actually good, and while the characters are engaging with promises of a greater story to come, I’m not a wizard and can’t predict as to whether all the good things we’re seeing now will coalesce into a good drama or a drama-that-could’ve-been. Right now, everything seems on the right track for Age of Feeling to become an objectively good (possibly even great) drama.

 
RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , ,

85

Required fields are marked *

thanks for the recap....I'm not watching it as already there are so many dramas but I'll be reading the recaps for sure :)

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks Heads!
I'm not sure, but I thought the gisaeng was Ok-Ryun's mother? I'm probably wrong though.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, the gisaeng is Ok-Ryun's mother. That was the one relationship - other than the brother-sister one - that I could understand from the start.

There are too many characters in this drama.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

not 21,3% but 23,1%

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

So....has his acting improved? I really like him despite myself, but...hoping he's better :D

0
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

I definitely see an improvement, but it's too early to tell...the surroundings, the people, ambience and actions also helped in making him appear good, I must say....

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The acting is sharp from everyone in this series, and the director is handling them well. Kim Hyun-joong is impressive in the frequent action scenes and has a striking, leading man look for both the comedy and tragedy.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

There's not much yet in the first two episodes, but he fights well :D If that helps.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

He looks very different tho. Can just changing the hair style make this much difference?

But there are Im SH and the girl who was JW's love interest in Gakistal!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'll give him a few more episodes but its looking good.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's only been 2 episodes and so far not much has been called upon in terms of his acting. He appears for a good 10-20 minutes and then his younger counterpart (who i fear might end up the stronger more compelling actor) takes over for the rest till date.
That said, i think Kim Hyun Joong is lookin' good in this role. Dirty, rough and masculine looks better on him than his previous pretty boy image.
I see signs of improvement from him based on the little we saw in the first episode, but not much dialogue, mostly fighting scenes, which i thought he looked good doing.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

agree with all you said, still cross my fingers to see him doing his dialog in future :) hope it'll good as good as his expression in fighting scene :D so far his expression in first 10 minutes of drama looks good, for sure, he has improved than before. :D

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

yeah, Younger Self is a pretty good actor, and bears an astonishing degree of resemblance to Kim Hyun-joong's current face. The two lead kids - him and young Kaya - are interesting enough on their own.

(and I do agree, KHJ is looking good in ripped/hot action hero mode, in the fight scenes. Im Soo-hyang was more immediately compelling in her intro, but with THAT for an intro, who wouldn't be? I'm a little more confident about this drama knowing that she is the female lead and not Jin Se-yeon)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The young actor playing KHJ is doing excellent so far!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap! I agree with your ambivalent expectations - I really enjoyed the first episode and I can see the potential for it to be awesome, but I can also see it becoming a mess. That and I am so confused about the character relationships, and to a lesser extent, the gang dynamics. Like, that gisaeng you said was Jung-tae's mom, I thought was Ok-ryun's mom. And there are so many actors whose acting in the past doesn't inspire a lot of confidence...

I do love how it started with a bang, and on a totally shallow note, Kim Hyun-joong is really hot in this. Even beat up and covered in blood. Haven't seen any foot-acting from him yet, let's hope for the best. I also love the setting and all the interesting dynamics of 1920-30s Shanghai.

PleasebegoodPleasebegoodPleasebegood--

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes you're right, the gisaeng lady is actually Ok-ryun's mom who takes care of Jung-tae and his sister after their mom passed away.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah that giseng is Ok Ryun's mom

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ah ok. Thanks for the clarification guys. :)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap =)

I liked the first two episodes really much and the visuals are amazing and the story is really interesting!

I am also already totally in love with the background music which reminds me a bit of Gakistal (is it the same composer? I haven't found any inof about that) so that's a BIG bonus in my book^^

I am so intrigued and can't wait to find out how the story continues this week because the ending of episode 2 left me wanting MOAR! (Though nothing can compete with You from another star right now^^)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree that the music is so awesome...just like the songs in You from another star....it elevates the emotions of the characters when done right....

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap.
get well soon. I'm sick too, so i know how it feels like!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The production values here are awesome, and the scenery is beautiful.

I'm glad to have the recaps because the various gang-related subplots that occupy the 1928 flashbacks of Episode 1 and 2 don't interest me at all. However, there are a lot of interesting characters who are going to be making some harsh, tragic changes in their lives and personas between 1928 and 1936, and if the drama moves along quickly into their lives, it should be a great trip.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I had to watch twice to understand why Jung Tae seek out Dobi Gang.

Anyway, the action scenes are fantastic and I love the younger counterparts!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you for the recap^^

I'm quite excited as well after the two first episodes (don't let me down show é_è)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I gave ep 1-2 a go and I love it( despite not a fan of action). It really has great potential. Hope it gets better.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel so bad for Kim HyunJoong...he's gotten so much hate for his acting, when it was never his choice to go into acting. He was quite happy with SS501 and variety shows, and he found out he was cast in Boys over Flowers at the same time as anyone else...the producers and his company worked it out between them, and because of the nature of kpop contracts he had no choice. I guess these days he has more leeway, and his music career's not as big so he must be glad of the work, but I've always felt sorry for him and rooted for him.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

are you fan of him? or just casual kpop fan? :D

As one of his fan, please dont say that you feel so bad for him. It's his challenges after all to achieve his goal, the more difficult his path, the more great and worthy achievement is waiting for him!

He is very hardworker, so earnestly in doing his works and so genuinely towards his fan, so there is no need to worry about him! As a fan, we just have to keep believing in him, keep supporting and cheering up him, really, no need to feel pity on him, he will get his way to resolve every difficulties on his life! :)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

<when it was never his choice to go into acting

It's his choice. He signed the contract.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Heads' review notes, interestingly, that the journey of Kaya from small-time smuggler to gang boss is the most intriguing one here.

That is not to fault Kim Hyun-joong as Jung-tae. He's playing a stock character from a couple of hundred Wuxia films these first two episodes. He has plenty of screen presence and the potential for a character of considerable depth and feeling, if the script gives him the chance.

On the other hand, tracking the path of someone like Kaya from implausible small-time girl criminal to bad-ass woman toughing it out in a man's world of violence is a much rarer thing for a period drama. Im Soo-hyang, in Iris II, like Kim So-yeon in Iris, and Han Chae-ah in Gaksital all had a chance to wear smashing outfits, take striking poses, and walk off with a lot of scenes and a lot of the audience's attention. Im Soo-hyang will probably do the same here if the leading man's character is underwritten and the director gives her the chance.

Until I realized that the Ok-ryun character was going to eventually become the singer-girlfriend in 1936, I assumed she was a disposable nice-girl character who would get killed early to make the hero's life more tragic. It will be neat--and original--if the story gives her something to be besides Hero's Girlfriend, but I'm not counting on it. And Jin Se-yeon isn't the actress to elevate a stock character like that on her own.

Minor irony: a few days ago I was comparing Jin Se-yeon's image in the publicity stills to a perky Dental Hygenist, and in the first episode, her eventual character is starting out as a perky Assistant Pharmacist. Well, I was close.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

i think Im Soo-hyang is the main lead and Jin Se Yun the second lead

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap. Looks interesting. If it continues to be good (decent is good enough for me), I might watch it in the future. I want to see badass Kim Hyun-joong.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Heh heh heh... I could tell that you were on cold medicine too. The JungTae-going-after-the-gang scene you described had my eyeballs rolling to the back of my head in confusion.

I'll admit to not intending to watch this drama for University has started again for me (which means that time is now working in strange, insufficient ways) but I'm intrigued enough to want to follow this story. Here's to hoping that you do continue the recaps and an early thanks from me if you do so. I also hope that this drama works out, if only as consolation for the time you have spent on lesser dramas. I mean, dramaland can't possibly keep beating you down a la the-drama-that-had-something-to-do-with-balls-but-not-really, right? Right?

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

3rd charms. i can't give comments about khj acting. let's wait either he impove or not.the story is interesting and has potential. actually the rating is good. IG sure can catch up the rating once YWCFTS finished. IG more promising than three days and cunning lady.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

SO COOL! I know I should be so happy about a Sageuk that has not done much yet but still!!! SO COOL!!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hope this will be good for your sake Heads lol.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

LOL. I'm with you on this one. This better be good so Heads will have a good start for 2014.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

loved the first two episodes, and can't wait for more. it's such a deep story with so many layers yet to be revealed. I truely felt that kim Hyun Joong's acting during the fighting scenes was superb, haven't seen many scenes yet for him to watch him better but definitely excited :)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

They did a really good job casting the younger counterparts. Those teenagers could believably grow up to look like the adult actors. I just hope KHJ's acting will be as good as his younger version.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Young Kaya looks like Kim So Eun... even though Kim So Eun dropped Age of Feeling and Im Soo Hyang is actually the one playing adult Kaya.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

this khj... really looks like lee dong gun!!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap. I like the stories and I can't waited to the next episode. All teenage cast and supporting cast doing well. I like Jall Dong and Poong Cha character. Maybe in the future they will be died (it always happen in this genre), but I've already prepare my heart. Poong Cha will be the first teacher and mentor for Jung Tae. And Jall Dong will be his bestfriend till the end. I loved Ok Ryeo character too. She's cheerfull, active and kind. Even she hurt because her gisaeng mother she never show it.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Childhood character acting is too good to watch especially JT-K. But i hope adult character won't let me down, please.!!!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I hope this isn't another case where the child counterparts end up being even more compelling than when their leads take over -- it just leaves alot to be desired.
The casting is spot on. Sideways Kwak Dong Gun (younger counterpart) looks exactly like Kim Hyun Joong its scary. How he's only 16 is even scarier. Doesn't look 16 at all.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Freaking epic

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Appreciate the recap. The gang scenes confused me and I had no time to rewatch. I was so pleased to find your comments. I hope you continue and hope too it is worth our viewing time! I am finding it only on Viki. I'm in the US is it being broadcast on any other location here? Dramafever has me spoiled with continuous viewing. So in hopes this is a watch again keeper.
Thanks again!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Heads, I really do hope this show ends up being GOOD for your own sake. I cannot have you go through what you went through for that show that shall not be named for 24 whole episodes. I see more potential in this show however, and the fact that you're recapping this makes me even more hopeful (again, for your sake).

Yeah, i found a few of the character relationships in this first episode to be rather confusing. Not only that but i had no idea who was playing which female lead and which would be OTP since i came in practically blind and then later decided to read up on synopsis.
Like you, i am more intrigued by gaya and her trajectory. I much prefer her as the main love interest for our hero because of their melodramatic set up where his father ends up "killing" her parents and so it ends up being a love-hate relationship. However, on Viki's synopsis, I read that jung tae ends up falling in love with his step-sister. It's amusing how it sounds like makjang. Anywho, i also prefer gaya because she reminds me of Ueno Rie who i thought had richer conflict in Gaksital.

The directing in this show is reassured and very gorgeous so i have no qualms about that. The bgm is also superb. My only worries really is the writing and whether or not Kim Hyun Joong can really hold his own when his younger counterpart leaves. I really do think the main reason why this character feels human is because Kwak Dong Gun gives young jung-tae that added vulnerability that goes along with youth. Very much impulsive. Kim Hyun Joong's previous stick-acting could take away from that human-like feel to jung-tae. But again, i am hopeful.

0
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not sure about this, but the synopsis posted by Viki sounds like the old one (the original synopsis back when Kim So Eun was still supposed to play Ok Ryeon) and from what I've gathered, there have been several plot changes. For instance, Jung Tae was supposed to have a one-sided love toward Ok Ryeon while she has her eyes only on Soo Ok. It appears that it's the other way around now.

Yeah, I do hope Jung Tae ends up with Gaya. :D

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Nah the synopsis changed to Ok Ryeon having one sided love for Jung Tae. Him and Gaya are first loves that become mortal enemies. His love interest is Gaya in the end even if he cares for Ok Ryeon as we have seen in the two eps. She is like a family to him.

She isnt the one he is kissing in preview of ep 3.

Im also a big fan of Gaya, its like Ueno Rie from Bridal Mask became the leading lady this time.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@SD @Mohammed.

Ah. that makes more sense. I was wondering how he was going to fall for Ok Ryun when it feels like it's always been more of a one-sided love. Plus Ok Ryun was supposed to turn badass as well after her first love dies. I guess they've changed a few things around.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, though I'm not sure if they'll still push through with the whole Ok Ryeon turning badass and it seems that Soo Ok won't end up dead. All these changes have been stirring a lot confusion lol. :)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

While some of these changes sound encouraging, it's a really, really bad sign that the plot outline is so fuzzy that the writer can get away with shuffling characters around like this.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm clueless! sorry, whats drama that turned Head down 24eps?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

love this show all ready. i am sucker for badass characters and this show is filled with them. lol people r worried about khj chill people he looked badass at the start. he'll be fine. But that adult Gaya at the start though wow. In love with her already. i hope she kicks lot of ass.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

That girl playing the young Kaya/Gaya is so beautiful.

This is a BIG production and I hope it will deliver, I don't expect much from Kim Hyun Joong, hopefully he will improve after this drama, but I already gave him A for effort to change his image.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

" I’m interested to see how the child incarnations I already feel like I know so well grow into their adult forms, only two of which we’ve actually seen—Kaya as an assassin, and Jung-tae as a man who’s lost his purpose in life "
Couldn't agree more. But i have this bad feeling that gaya and jung tae are going to see lot of bad shit before they turn in to these people.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I got major burned by the other 1930s period drama last year so I'm wary of this one, I just hope it's atleast half as good as Gaksital.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

OMG, cant believe at first seeing this post as the main article, OMG, really glad finally dramabenas pick it up to do recapped, thank you HeadsNo2!!

I feel so glad after watched the first two eps, the beginning of ghj's appearance isnt disappoint at all, he has improved much better so far, tough I know I cant say much for now, have to wait a little more...

and OMG... how is it so awesome the actor who potrayed the young Jung Tae?! This young actor is truly like a young twin of khj and his acting, oh god... IT's so GOOD!

Really excited for this drama, cant wait for next eps!

the young ok ryeon looks so similar with goo hye sun, really! and I like her character so far, but well still I am more looking forward for Jungtae - kaya relationship in future :)

Hope the rating will increase, please show, keep be good until end, and please god, this drama can get the deserving appreciation please... also hope HeadsNo2 will keep recapping this until end, wish all the best for you headsno2!

ah last, I really love the background music! <3

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Young Jung-tae was adorable in You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly as the really dumb kid who happened to be an acting genius - here he gets a chance to show more of his skills. I love him so far. And he's practically a KHJ minime, great casting.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

He is a great actor and has studied Hyun Joong a lot, his gestures and expressions are the same

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you very much for recap. It help me to understand the story better. I like adult Jung Tae fighting scene it looked so right and exciting to watch like watching a movie.

The young actors are all good. They made me had teary eyes a few times . I can feel how they feel . This is a drama that get me exciting again after I do not have this kind of feeling for sometimes.

Waiting for episode 3 next Wednesday.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

KHJ looks the part for me, personally!! From what I have seen I kinda like Ok Ryeon gal. She is likeable. Will definitely follow Age of Feeling!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i hope it wont be a disaster like bsketball

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Visually stunning, it looked like it's from a movie. It's also fast-paced and I'm actually hoping that it would be good (it's been ages since I was excited for a drama by watching the first episode alone). Now my wish is that the acting can uphold the glory of the directing. Kinda too early to say now, but pleaseee don't waste the good visuals :)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I watched a bit of the first part. I'm not sure whether I should continue watching. Kind of wish he had whipped out a violin in that ferry scene...

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Can you imagine the meta they could do if there was any way KHJ would allow it?

I was looking for you on viki comments, although they were mostly a love-fest for KHJ over there even when he wasn't actually on screen.

I like it after the first two eps. Young JT is amazing, and the rest of the cast is more than solid. I think I am going to love the Dobi gang scenes the best with Yang Ik Joon and Jo Dal-hwan. This pair better make it through the whole series alive.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have hope, but I'm tempering that hope (at least I should be doing that). There is plenty of time for character and plot development. Let us hope that the adult actors can hold a candle to their younger counterparts. When things get a little confusing, I'll look forward to reading the recaps and subsequent commentary for any needed clarification.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am so hoping this drama works wonderfully. I want KHJ to do well. I think he thinks he has a lot to prove and I so want him to prove himself a good actor.

I think i have to see episode 2 again cause I'm more than a litte muddled about the gang relationships.

Not happy with the doomed love affair because I liked Nice Girl a lot. Hoping sick sister stays alive for a long time.

Thanks for the recap.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

All I can say is KHJ shed his flower boy image and acting, too early to comment on his improvement. Young Jung Tae actor acts soooo well -I loved all the emotions. I'm so glad DB recap this. Thanks!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you for the recap! My Korean is not strong enough to understand all the plot points w/o a recap. I loved the look of the show, beautifully filmed. And truly the actors including KHJ have done a great job so far

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well for me, the plot and flow of the story is great so far. So whether KHJ will do an A+ acting or not, i'll still be watching this drama. Recently, i've watched a lot of dramas with A+ actors in it but the drama as a whole sucks. So i tend to look at the drama holistically now and not based on the acting of one single person.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I really wan to watch this, and about 10 other drama's, but no time ;-( someone make me a time machine.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's been a while since I've been this excited about a drama...The funny thing is that I'm not even a fan of the "period" genre.

But... oh boy am I captivated by this drama! the visuals, the pace, the ACTING!

That young Jung Tae is unbelievable!!! The boy can ACT! He delivers the emotions right to the T...Wow! I'm totally in love with his acting....

And KHJ...My KHJ...
I want this show to be successful just for him...

He looks like he's had it rough lately and I want to see him happy again with that charming smile...

KHJ...Fighting!!!!!!

I'm more giddy and excited about Inspiring Generation now than YFAS, and I cannot wait for the next episode....

Where is wednesday?????

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Just dropped by to assess if I should give this a chance when it premieres on KBS World, so it looks like a yes, then. Cautiously hopeful...

Off-topic: Get well soon, Heads! I suggest a dose of honey every night, right before you sleep and whenever you feel your throat itching. Eat it straight from the container without mixing it with water and just let it sit in your throat. Works wonders, I tellya. I was sick just last week, and even though my sleep schedule was crap, I didn't drink much water and I didn't see a doctor, I recovered in record time and also felt the least sick the whole time. My sore throat wasn't as sore as usual, my cough didn't hang around for the usual whole week post-flu, and I only had a slight runny nose. Of course you do whatever works for you, but hopefully you'll be more clear-headed on honey. Hehehe, fighting!

(Isn't it the worst when all you want is to go to sleep but your stuffy breathing is just So. Loud?)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I've seen that drama and certainly looking forward to it!!! It opened with KHJ having a fight scene and damn! It got me jawdropped! He certainly revolved from flower boy hottie to that Rowdy and rough imma break your ass hottie. Practically left me speechless. Even most of his critics cant deny the amazing improvement in him. He just had a 5 min. scene but it left a big imprint throughout the whole episode.
The young Jung tae was amazing as well, for a while there i thought it was really KHJ. Great casting, the cinematography was just f*cking A. It is indeed a manhwa that has come to life. The big budget it has can be seen at the beauty of the drama. There is a lot of bloodshed in this drama but its refreshing to break away from all these cliche romcoms. Ive seen two episodes but i am thirsty for more.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Kim hyun joong is totally different in this drama and with his chareacter and look also but he's even good in action sequences an I wish him all the best for this drama :* <3

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It seemed like a series of beatings cobbled together with a confusing story about a gang war. That's ok, wait five minutes and another beating/fight scene will occur. Disappointing at best. More beatings please. /s

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

As much as I love You From Another Star, the drama that stayed with me last week was this one. The last scene in ep 1 left a big impression on me. That kid is awesome. If KHJ can match him I'm in for the ride. I have a feeling KHJ will do much better in this drama, since this is the kind of role he really likes. He has said before that he never saw himself as a flower boy, and never felt comfortable in that persona. So here is hoping he makes this character his own.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

An impressive production, and amazing actors.... great!!!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have no plans on finishing this drama and am only watching the childhood episodes for my favorite child actor Kwak Dong Yeon, but this first episode was really good. Here’s hoping Kim Hyun Joong better not ruin this drama. Him or Jin Se Yeon. (For those endless comments about how Kwak Dong Yeon looks exactly like Kim Hyun Joong... Kim Hyun Joong wishes he could act as good as Kwak Dong Yeon.)

Jung Tae and Ok Ryun’s relationship is so cute. “If you’re caught? / I’ll fess up. / If you’re fired? / I’ll beg?” Still, even though he was drunk, his touchy-feeliness and openly doting on her was leading her on.

When Jjang Ddol was getting beaten up, I assumed they were the thugs from before trying to find out Jung Tae’s whereabouts. As soon as he warned Jjang Ddol to keep the fight a secret from Chung Ah, I feared, “Oh no, they’re going to mess with his sister.”

Actually, HeadsNo2, Ok Ryun’s mother is the gisaeng who was singing. I’m pretty sure Jung Tae and Chung Ah’s mother is dead. Thanks for the recap!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I only have one comment: Heads, you cracked me up with your reference of that 'sports-drama-which-shall-not-be-named.' :D I don't think I can ever think of that sport without associating that drama with it.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *