|1st Shop of Coffee Prince [message #6338]
||Tue, 20 October 2009 20:49
Registered: September 2002
I don't know how many people here are into watching international television series, but considering the drek that is American TV these days I'm forced to look elsewhere for my entertainment these days. I saw this with my sister awhile back, we both enjoyed it quite a bit and are looking forward to the sequels. (So long as they don't ruin them by making them without as much of the original cast as possible.)
Somehow I doubt a Season Two can be as good now that my favorite "prince" can never be in it. Lee Eon who was Hwang Min-yeop died in a tragic motorcycle accident while riding home from the cast party of his then latest drama. When rewriting the storylines for the series from the book it was based on Lee Sun Mi added several elements and fleshed out the characters of the princes. I think Hwang Min-yeop's character was more or less created on the spot and Lee Eon was just perfect as a young man with more brawn than brains who nonetheless knew he was a man in love. The scene with him and Go Eun Chan's sister in the park was one of the most moving scenes I've seen.
Since there has been little news about doing a CP2, it looks like the producers are going to wait for Gong Yoo (Choi Han Kyul, the male lead) to finish his mandatory military duty before they green light the project. I was worried because there were some rumors about them going ahead and filming without him, which would have ruined the whole thing. Both he and Yoon Eun Hye (the female lead) had an on screen chemistry that was very believable. Trying to go it without either of them... Thank God the producers came to their senses!
So what's the series all about?
1st Shop of Coffee Prince was a popular 2007 South Korean drama about a tomboyish girl (Yoon Eun Hye as Go Eun Chan) constantly confused for a boy who gets hired to pretend to be a homosexual lover by a rich playboy (Gong Yoo as Choi Han Kyul) who doesn't know she's actually a girl to help him get out of an arranged marriage. Then later, when his family puts him to the test and requires the young playboy to make a failing tea shop successful again in three months time or lose out on his inheritance he recruits her to work alongside several other young men to entice customers from nearby colleges and offices filled with young ladies.
As time goes on Han Kyul begins to fall in love with Go Eun Chan, but still thinking she is a man he struggles with the idea he might really be a homosexual, and not just pretending to get out of those arranged marriages. The biggest draw of the series is the raw emotions shown by each actor as they grapple with the intense emotions involved and choosing whether to bravely strike out in pursuit of love or run away and never know what might have been. Of course, even after that, there's still the explosive revelation of Go Eun Chan's true gender...
The series features several subplots, giving each of the main characters an engrossing back story and features a parallel romance between the leading man's cousin whose on again and off again relationship with his fiancee has been eating away at him. Keep an eye out for Lee Eon and Han Ye In (Eun Chan's sister) and their mother's love triangle with the former manager of the tea shop and a local meat merchant whose been chasing her for years...
Okay, I'm interested. Where can I find the series online?
I'm glad you asked!
To read the English fanslation of the original novel (warning the TV series deviates from the book quite a bit, though the author was a technical consultant and credited with cowriting the script) see this xanga site: http://coffeeprince.xanga.com/
To watch the series with English translation streamed: http://www.mysoju.com/the-1st-shop-of-coffee-prince/
If you have a megaupload\rapidshare account you can download and watch it in High Quality offline: http://chinkymovies.blogspot.com/2007/08/k-drama-1st-shop-of-coffee-prin ce.html