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 of Feeling" by Bang Hak Ki.
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In this one the bad guys are despicable, the main actor is always covered in bruises, and things rarely make great solid sense.
- Overall 6
- Story 5
- Acting/Cast 7
- Music 6
- Rewatch Value 1
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 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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Let’s be honest. Shin Jung-tae should’ve died in nearly every episode.
- Overall 9
- Story 9
- Acting/Cast 9
- Music 8
- Rewatch Value 8
If you can look past that, which I managed to do, _Inspiring Generation’s_ story arc and setting are as appealing as they get in K-Drama. They involve the progress of Shin Jung-tae from his formidable days as a rickshaw runner in a small, provincial town in occupied Korea to his days of triumph as champion/freedom fighter on behalf of persecuted refugees in cosmopolitan, occupied Shanghai, on the eve of WWII.
Along the way, all sorts of characters come and go, and I found these to be the real strength of the show. Do Ggoo, the fawning, treacherous lackey, I found especially fun to watch. The screen presence of Aka, the Ill Guk-hwae assassin of the
few words and artificial left eye, was effectively menacing. There was So So’s latrine cleaning, sharp-tongued father whose jokes and irreverent remarks were good for many laughs. And then there was the roguish but charming Jung Jae-hwa, the boy who is sold by his parents for money but who grows up to be the boss of the Shanghai refugee district. (Kim Sung-ho, who plays Jung Jae-hwa, steals every scene he’s in.)
Another thing that _Inspiring Generation_ has going for it is its lack of a gratuitous romance dragging down what is essentially an action thriller. _IRIS_ and _City Hunter_ had that problem, but at no point in _Inspiring Generation_ do you get the feeling that the writers are forcing the romance angle to prolong the series or to manufacture an artificial plot twist. I know that Ok Ryeon wasn’t a particular favorite, but I thought her character evolved nicely, culminating in a moving, tragic end.
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both dramas base on popular manhwa and tell about 1930s , it is era when Korea was colonised by Japan.