Inspiring Generation

Inspiring Generation (2014)

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Shin Jung Tae loses his father at the age of 15 when a Japanese soldier shoots him during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai in the 1930s. But instead of finding justice, Jung Tae is accused of his own father’s death. Jung Tae finds justice only by using his fists in the back alleys of Shanghai, growing up to become the best fighter on the continent. ~~ Based on the comic series "Age read moreof Feeling" by Bang Hak Ki.

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    Generation Of Youth ; Age Of Feeling ; Gamgyeogsidae ; Inspiring Age ; 감격시대 : 투신의 탄생 ;

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21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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Apr 14, 2014
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
In this one, the bad guys are despicable, the main actor is always covered in bruises, and things rarely make great solid sense.

Nonetheless -

GOOD - (EYE CANDY) Lets face it, if you're a fan of Kim Hyun Joong, you're going to watch this drama regardless. Eye candy-wise there will be a few more surprises, mainly Song Jae Rim, and not only him. BTW Kim Jae Wook is there for less read more than half of the series.

GOOD - (ACTION) If you love action, different styles of combat and disciplines, then perhaps you will like this drama. Theres a lot of fighting.

BAD - (STORY/WRITING) The story had so much potential, its a huge pity the writing wasn't at all up to par. It wasn't as bad the first 10 episodes, but then they switched writers, and subsequent episodes dragged and lacked logic, production value also became worse.

MEHHH - (ACTING) The casting wasn't bad. The acting itself was phenomenal coming from some of the actors. KHJ has improved as well... although he's still not amazing. Problem is, the acting is greatly exaggerated.. as in a lot of moments are over-acted. Its a bit awkward...

OVERALL - Watch for the eye candy and the fighting. Do not watch if you like a solid story, humor, goose bumpy romance or fast paced storytelling.
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Apr 4, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Inspiring generation,also Age of feeling aka Generation of youth, is very beautiful sageuk so far, set in a very interasting time, with fights between China and Japan, who both have desire to control more lands. It is also very nice to those ones who haven't got a clue about Asia, to meet interasting ways of culture.
It tells the story about a boy who later become the man who wants to protect read more people he loves and a countrymen. It's not that really based on a romance side, but it has in it(if you want to know it has kisses). But, if you don't like fighting don't watch it. It also said in a synopsis that this drama is about fighting so it's up to you to decide.

I know that most of you don't like Kim Hyun Joong, but I personally like him, and I liked him since "Playfull kiss" and he's cute and hot.He really improved in acting, you will see it for yourself. If you want to watch hot, shirtless KHJ than this is what are you lookin' for.

Also, there's a lot more interasting character like Kim Sung Oh as Jung Jae Hwa. He was really good in his role, and his eyes are just like a fire, made me want to hug him. And that way when he take off his heat to say his greetings is very cool ;)

Song Jae Rim as Leader Mo is the one I loved the most. I loved him till his first time on the screen to the last. In the beginning you can't decide is he on a good or a bad side, but how the story goes on, you will see that he's one of the most amazing character ever! :D

Yoon Hyun Min as Aoki is yet one another amazing character. His will to protect Gaya even if it's oppositing Denkai made me fall in love with him. ^^

And you guys know how much I liked Gaya, I didn't really care for Jin Se Yeon as Ok Ryeon cause I didn't like her in a Bridal mask and my thoughts didn't change after watching this. Im Soo Hyang is now on the list of my fav female character and actress. The letter at the last scene is just proof how much she loved, cared for Shin Jung Tae and how strong she is. And that sentence of her "I don't have anyone who loves me and waiting for me" always bring me to tears :'(

All the other actros did well in their roles too.

Music is DAEBAK! I really liked it. I get the same feeling as Bridal mask, cause the music fitted in a sad, fighting, funny or romantic scene. ^^

And if you like the 1930s you should give it a try!^^
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They are both similar and this drama is both romance and action with the actor Lee Kang To (Joo Won of Baker King Kim Tak Goo) and Jin Se Yeon. Set in the 1930 in the Japan war. This drama is a must be seen drama!!!! It really is a Drama which is addictive and fascinating!!
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    Rosie 4 days ago

    I dropped this at ep 4 ...I really want to see some of the supporting actors like Yang Ik Jun & Uhm Tae Goo but not sure i can cope with the rest of the cast and I have heard story goes nowhere & that the fight scenes are disappointing....hmmmm not sure whether to pick it up again....

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    Pate Feb 15, 2015

    I never took Kim Hyun Joong for a method actor, but he obviously completely immersed himself in this role, his girlfriend can confirm it too.

    Such dedication.

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    NH LJ Jan 25, 2015

    I personally liked it. A lot of dramas lately are quite lovey dovey and its refreshing to see the fight scenes.

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    Michikohime Jan 12, 2015

    I hated it so damn much... I'm now afraid to start 20+ episodes drama because if it turns sour, I'm stock with it till the end (I don't like to drop stuff).

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    LinLin Jan 4, 2015

    Mo Il Hwa elephant talk movie would probably be thousand times better than this whole drama tbh so why not just do that instead I'd watch gladly :)

    No but srsly the only reason I even completed this drama and gave it score over 4 is Mo Il Hwa and not even kidding here...

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    NoticeMeSenpai Nov 1, 2014

    So does this drama take place in japan or freaking korea -_-
    Why do they dress so much like jap people and the culture but have gisaengs and everyone there speaks korean?? -_- so confused or is it in china -_-

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      ahtaena Dec 4, 2014

      Yes some scenes happens in korea and some scenes in china but there are diffrent character from korea,japan,and also china... I think that's the reason that you are confused and by the way gisaengs are not especially for japanese culture there were gisaeng in korea since goryeo dynsaty althogh the japanese geisha are older in history but this culture was very old in korea too, so don't get confused by this and watch this i really liked this drama.

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    NoticeMeSenpai Nov 1, 2014

    They found a really good look-alike person for Kim Hyun Joong! Very nice :)

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    ahtaena Sep 30, 2014

    why the low rating? it is actually a very good drama, i enjoyed it a lot....

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    mask Aug 30, 2014

    I dont care what Kim Hyun Joong did (i know it's horrible what he did) but i like this series

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    Sweety-Face Aug 27, 2014

    I think I'm not watching the series,
    thank a lot abuser

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      BellaChica Aug 29, 2014

      It is not good to pass judgment on those we don't know if we were not there. If you have never made a SINGLE mistake in your life, then you have the right to say this. If you have, then you are human just like he is.

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      Sweety-Face Aug 30, 2014

      big mistake like him o_0
      oh hell no,

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      BellaChica Aug 30, 2014

      Big mistake or small mistake it is still a mistake (murder is where I draw the line). When we make them (depending on what they are) we want help/support. He is the same...he is going to need help and support to get through this. Don't know him personally but I hope that whatever he needs...he gets it.

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      Natalia Oct 7, 2014

      Lol no.

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    Musikklass Aug 18, 2014

    Who was the girl in the end????? The one you could see after the car went away????

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    LeeEunJae Jul 24, 2014

    It has a little bit of everything... You'll feel diff'rent emotions as you watch through this drama... Friend becomes enemy, Enemy becomes allies... To those who hates actions and beatings you wont enjoy this drama but I came to realized even though it seems boring @ the begining as you watch through it, it's great... It has fictions maybe and quite brutal,but this drama also have facts about the ways of the past and can touch the heart of the viewers if you'll watch it intimately and get to know it's message. Please watch whole heartedly, not just because you wanted to give comments nor opinions on the actors...

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    YeonHee Jul 13, 2014

    I honestly think that they should make a spin-off about Mo Il Hwa and his life before the events of Inspiring Generation 'cause he was my favourite character, Song Jae Rim did a really good job he really is the best at playing this type of mysterious characters.

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    Tamashii_Tamaki Jul 9, 2014

    Oh! The reviews are awesome! Adding this to my drama list and going to watch the first episode tonight! :P

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    dokidokihitomi May 28, 2014

    There are mostly two kinds of people watching this drama.
    1. Those whom love it.
    2. Those who find it pointless, meaningless and drop it.

    Don't listen to commenters, and watch it yourself. Don't let them glide you on any side, just watch it and make your own decision weather you like it or not.

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      malkael Jul 4, 2014

      U r right

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      Mssankacoffee Sep 3, 2014

      Then I am in the minority. I didn't love the drama, I only liked it and that was because the script writers spoilt it a number of ways, otherwise it had the potential for me to love it as it had all the right ingredients. I did not find it pointless, however there were a number of meaningless parts and people hence my reference to script problems. All in all it was enjoyable and I gave it an 8 because I really like KHJ and think his acting has improved. Still a ways to go but he has improved.


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    South Korea
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    Jan 15, 2014 to Apr 3, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.3 (scored by 1,327 users)
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