Friday Feature: You’re an adult now

A K-drama role may be intended for a mature adult, but when casting directors come face to face with a hot, young talent, who can blame them for believing that age is nothing but a number? We do.

Arang and the Magistrate

Shortly before entering the army in early 2013, Yoo Seung Ho had roles in three dramas where he played substantially older. Despite being all of 19 at the time, he played men in their late 20s in both “Operation Proposal” and “I Miss You”. Neither of these compared to his role as the King of Heaven in “Arang and the Magistrate”, where he was at least a few hundred million years old. To put it into a more human perspective, that’s his brother standing next to him. – Only 만

Pretty Man

Bo Tong is 26 years old, but like a teenager, she works part-time, and pines after an inaccessible pretty man, Ma Te (Jang Keun Suk). She treats him like an idol, making desktop wallpapers and putting up posters of his face. All this should make Bo Tong a pathetic character, except, she is played by IU, for whom teen activities seem just about right. In flashbacks to her 16 year old self, when she first meets Ma Te, it’s 10 years into the past. But, thanks to IU, it is like it all happened just yesterday.  – Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다

Cunning Single Lady

Cha Jung Woo (Joo Sang Wook) may have captured the heart of his ex-wife, Na Ae Ra (Lee Min Jung), but Seo Kang Joon inspired a healthy dose of second male lead syndrome as the charmingly irresponsible pretty boy Gook Seung Hyun. The dewy skin and slacker attitude are a little surprising considering he’s meant to be 27, but it actually works, since Seo Kang Joon is only 20 years old. It’s when the story takes a serious turn that the age problem becomes obvious; he suddenly has to step in as Director of Marketing for the company, and he looks like nothing so much as an oversized kid playing dressup. – 만

Can We Get Married?

Jung Hoon (Sung Joon) and Hye Yoon (Jung So Min) are supposed to be newly engaged 28 year olds planning their wedding, but she pouts like a child and he looks like he’s wearing his grandfather’s suit. When the couple go to a hotel room, it initially feels like the setting for a prom night deflowering with all the cheesy romantic clichés a teenage boy can conjure to get laid. It quickly devolves into a children’s sleepover as they snuggle in bed with matching pajamas. Usually, children exhibit this complete absence of sex appeal, and Jung Hoon and Hye Yoon do come across as children. – 중국어 캐나다

Let’s Eat

It was hard to guess how old Goo Dae Young (Yoon Doo Joon) was supposed to be in “Let’s Eat” with any number of potential ages being batted around. Under questioning from Lee Soo Kyung’s friend, Dae Young finally admitted in the last episode that he was 30 and that he played younger when it suited him. He was pretty charming as an insurance salesman/food blogger, who used his youthful looks to rack up the sales with older noonas, so I guess we can forgive the 24-year-old Yoon Doo Joon; he’s just playing older when it suits him. – 만

Level 7 Civil Servant

I love a good noona romance. The lead actress of “Level 7 Civil Servant”, Choi Kang Hee is 10 years older than male lead, Joo Won, and 13 years older than second male lead, Hwang Chansung. Except, this is not a noona romance. In fact, they are all supposed to be in their late 20s. The casting caused an uproar with many placing the blame on Choi Kang Hee for attempting to play eight years younger. I would argue that the age disparity was made worse by two male leads who are clearly not 28 years old. True, Joo Won is playing a juvenile chaebol. Hwang Chansung, on the other hand, is supposed to be a combat-tested agent. In spite of his sad face (I called his character, “Mr Sad Face”), he looks more tormented by college exams than a military past.  – 중국어 캐나다

Readers: which K-drama adult needed training wheels?

Any critical Comments do not mean that you are bitter about young things acting like they know your pain.

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