As I sat and watched Age of Feeling, I couldn’t help but think that this will probably be my Heartless City + Bridal Mask of 2014. Knowing full well that this drama is 24 episodes did not make me resist the temptation of talking about it, especially when I have a pile of school work gnawing at my throat. I’ve come to the conclusion that noir is something I really love, and once I see it I am completely hooked till the end. The first 4 episodes put most of the ingredients to a small simmer: hate, love (many different types), revenge, sacrifice, and hope. We as an audience become intruders into the lives of people who are tragically connected in some way. I love when dramas give us a glimpse of the future and then swish us back to the past. The past lives of the characters is critical to who they will become later on down the line and as a viewer it helps us to understand the reasons for why they will behave in certain ways, which is important. My heart is prepared for whatever roller coaster Age of Feeling decides to take us on, as long as it doesn’t go off the railings, we are in for quite a ride.
Similar to my Heartless City posts, I will be looking closely at the cinematography of this drama. Right from the first episode, once I saw the camera angles and the scenery in the drama, I decided I just had to write about it. Cinematography has it’s own voice in noir films and more importantly, it can reveal many things that are not explicitly said by characters. I can already see the frequent usage of tilted shots in AoF…I can’t say exactly what it’s hinting at yet, so I won’t say anything definitive.
Various characters are seen in situations where the light is overpowering their presence. Most notably was Shin Jung Tae being shown with clouds as his foreground or background. I haven’t seen any other character with that setup. Even more weird in terms of lightness is the character Aka…who is extremely evil, even if he is only doing his job. This guy is like a shadow during the night, but during the day, he is the only character to have the sun completely casting over him emitting a lens flare.
It seems the contrast between light and dark also works the same way it did in Heartless City: Good vs. Bad. But of course putting it simply in black and white does not work. The child characters in these 4 episodes are directly affected by who their parents are whether they agree with it or not. I guess this is why the alternative title to this drama is Inspiring Generation, because it is what each child chooses to do in order to change their fate that will determine their end.
There are several types of contrast shots that are being used in this drama so far. The good ol’ half of the face is cast by a shadow and the other half is not, is saved for characters that will have a change of heart later on or already harbor in between two sides. Next is the use of either casting the character in darkness and the scenery around them has color, or the other way around. Lastly is the explicit use of color: When Aka and Doyama (Soo from Heartless City!!! aww yeah) are challenging and Aka wears black while Doyama wears white. I wish I could tell Gaya the man that killed her father is right in front of her 😦
These appear quite a lot in different contexts that i’m having trouble figuring out why. I’ll continue to look out for them though, and see if the director chooses to continue doing this. It might just be used to make things more dynamic and exciting for the viewer. (Did someone say ratings??)
Note from the keyboard of Analogueblues:
Rumour has it that the writer for this drama is changing. I’m at lost for words really. All we can do is cross our fingers and hope that this drama doesn’t crash and burn..I really want Kim Hyun Joong to shine in this and so far he’s doing a really good job. My posts for this might lag a bit since they are really extensive, but I hope anyone who reads it gets something out of it. Stay tuned, Age of Feeling/ Inspiring Generation/I love watching people fight and i’m not even sorry continues to air on Wed/Thu! 🙂