Coffee Prince (2007 TV series)
|Based on||The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince|
by Lee Sun-mi
|Directed by||Lee Yoon-jung|
|Opening theme||"Lalala, It's Love!" by The Melody|
|Ending theme||"Go Go Chan!!" by Tearliner feat. Yozoh|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||17|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Audio format||Surround sound|
|Original release||July 2 –|
August 28, 2007
Coffee Prince (Korean: 커피프린스 1호점; RR: Keopipeurinseu 1 Hojeom; lit. The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince) is a 2007 South Korean television series starring Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun-kyun, and Chae Jung-an. Based on the novel of the same name written by Lee Sun-mi, the hit series aired on MBC's Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST) time slot from July 2 to August 28, 2007 for 17 episodes.
The drama tells the story of an unlikely romance between a tomboyish woman, who dresses like a man in order to get work, and a young food empire mogul. It contains homoerotic elements, as the man does not initially know of the tomboy's true sex.
Choi Han-gyul (Gong Yoo) is the grandson of chairwoman Bang (Kim Young-ok) of Dong-in Foods, a company that has a thriving coffee business. He has never had a job and does not care for responsibility. Han-gyul is hung up on his first love, Han Yoo-joo (Chae Jung-an), who only sees him as a friend. Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) is a 24-year-old tomboy who is often mistaken for a guy. Her father died when she was 16 years old and since then she has taken over as the breadwinner in her family. When Han-kyul and Eun-chan meet, he, not knowing that she is a girl, decides to hire her to pretend to be his gay lover so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother.
After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han-gyul takes over a rundown old coffee shop, later renamed "Coffee Prince," to prove that he's capable, both to his grandmother and to Yoo-joo. In order to attract female customers, he only hires good-looking male employees. Eun-chan, desperate for money, continues to hide her gender to get a job at Coffee Prince.
Soon, feelings start to develop between Eun-chan and Han-kyul. As Han-gyul is unaware that Eun-chan is a woman, he starts to question his sexuality and is thrown into turmoil. When Han-gyul finds out that Eun-chan is a woman, he gets angry. But soon, they make amends with each other and the two fall in love again. Eun-chan eventually leaves for Italy to study and Han-gyul supports her.
- A cheerful, friendly girl with a large appetite, she works multiple jobs to support her family. With her short haircut, baggy clothes and flat chest, Eun-chan resembles a boy and is often mistaken for one.
- Gong Yoo as Choi Han-kyul
- The grandson of chairwoman Bang of Dongin Foods, a company that has a thriving coffee business. He is an intelligent man but is fiercely independent and abhors the thought of being tied down by one career in his life.
- Lee Sun-kyun as Choi Han-sung
- A talented music producer and cousin of Han-kyul. Despite being in a complicated romantic relationship with Yoo-joo, he develops feelings for Eun-chan as well.
- Chae Jung-an as Han Yoo-joo
- Han-kyul's first love, and Han-sung's ex-girlfriend. She is a talented professional artist who left Han-sung to go to New York with another man, but complicates his life by returning to Korea.
- Lee Eon as Hwang Min-yeop
- Coffee Prince waiter. Strong and sweet-natured but not very smart, he is slavishly devoted to Eun-sae, who treats him with disdain, and is the first to discover Eun-chan's true gender.
- Kim Dong-wook as Jin Ha-rim
- Coffee Prince waiter. Outgoing and hot-tempered, he is fond of Eun-chan.
- Kim Jae-wook as Noh Sun-ki
- Coffee Prince chef. A taciturn half-Japanese heartthrob, he is recruited to make his popular waffles at the cafe.
- Kim Chang-wan as Hong Gae-shik
- Coffee Prince co-manager. His cafe is failing before Han-kyul is ordered in to clean it up and relaunch it.
- Kim Young-ok as Han-kyul and Han-sung's grandmother
- A stern and powerful woman, she is the head of the family and threatens to withdraw her financial support of Han-kyul unless he proves he can run a business and be responsible.
- Eun-chan's younger sister. Eun-sae has dreams of becoming a rich and famous music star.
- Park Won-sook as Eun-chan's mother
- Lee Han-wi as Mr. Ku, a butcher who is infatuated with Eun-chan's mother
- Kim Jung-min as DK, Yoo-joo's ex-boyfriend
- Ban Hye-ra as Yoo-joo's mother
- Choi Eun-seo as the girl who wants to learn to make waffles
- Nam Myung-ryul as Han-kyul's real father
- Han Da-min as Han Byul
- Yoon Seung-ah as girl playing cards with Han-kyul on the plane (bit part, ep 1)
- The "Coffee Prince" was an old coffee shop in Hongdae area, which was remodeled for the filming. The eponymous cafe was reopened after filming concluded with the wall flowers painting by Han Yoo-joo and other props from the drama on display.
- Seoul Animation Center at the foot of Namsan in Yejang-dong, Jung-gu: The roof top was used as the exterior terrace of Choi Han-kyul's house. You can see this rooftop garden thoroughly from this scene Coffee Prince, 17회, Sweet Scene
- Yeonhui Matgil (or Yeonhee Street of Flavors), Yeomni-dong in Mapo-gu: the location of the Chinese restaurant where Han-kyul and Eun-chan ate.
- The jogging course at Palgakjeong on the Bugak Skyway, Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu: Where Han-kyul goes jogging; and where he met Yoo-joo and Eun-chan who brought competing packed meals for him.
- The interior and exterior of the Gwanghwamun branch of Kyobo Book Centre: Where Han-kyul buys books on coffee to encourage Eun-chan to become a barista.
- Hongdae Playground (or Hongik Children's Park) in Hongdae area: Where Han-kyul bought Yoo-joo a hat from a street vendor (along Wausan-ro between the playground and Hongik University).
- Stone wall road between Duksung Girls High School and Pungmoon Girls High School, across the road from the start of Insa-dong Street that runs from Insa-dong to Samcheong-dong in Jongno-gu: Where Han-kyul helped Eun-chan in the rain, when she encounters a bully on her way home while carrying bags of dolls for sewing work.
|Coffee Prince OST
|Soundtrack from Coffee Prince
|2007-07-02||1||14.4% (7th)||15.5% (7th)|
|2007-07-03||2||15.3% (7th)||16.2% (7th)|
|2007-07-09||3||18.1% (6th)||18.6% (5th)|
|2007-07-10||4||19.0% (4th)||19.8% (4th)|
|2007-07-16||5||19.3% (3rd)||20.1% (2nd)|
|2007-07-17||6||23.2% (2nd)||23.9% (2nd)|
|2007-07-23||7||25.2% (2nd)||25.3% (2nd)|
|2007-07-24||8||26.8% (2nd)||28.1% (2nd)|
|2007-07-30||9||25.2% (2nd)||26.2% (2nd)|
|2007-07-31||10||25.9% (2nd)||27.3% (2nd)|
|2007-08-06||11||28.4% (2nd)||30.8% (1st)|
|2007-08-07||12||29.9% (2nd)||31.4% (2nd)|
|2007-08-13||13||29.3% (2nd)||32.1% (2nd)|
|2007-08-14||14||28.1% (2nd)||30.5% (2nd)|
|2007-08-20||15||27.1% (2nd)||29.0% (2nd)|
|2007-08-21||16||28.5% (2nd)||30.8% (1st)|
|2007-08-27||17||27.7% (2nd)||29.5% (2nd)|
Source: TNS Media Korea
Awards and nominations
|2007||Most Popular Actor||Kim Dong-wook||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Yoon Eun-hye||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor||Gong Yoo||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress||Chae Jung-an||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Lee Eon||Nominated|
|PD Award||Kim Chang-wan||Won|
|Viewer's Favorite Drama of the Year||Coffee Prince||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Gong Yoo||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Yoon Eun-hye||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yoo||Nominated|
|Chae Jung-an and Lee Sun-kyun||Nominated|
|2008||Best Drama||Coffee Prince||Nominated|
|Best Actress (TV)||Yoon Eun-hye||Won|
|Best New Director (TV)||Lee Yoon-jung||Won|
|Best Screenplay (TV)||Lee Jung-ah, Jang Hyun-joo||Nominated|
|Best Drama||Coffee Prince||Won|
|Best Actress||Yoon Eun-hye||Nominated|
It aired in the Philippines on GMA Network from January 1 to March 19, 2008, and received high ratings during its run. The series was re-aired with English subtitles on Animax Asia in 2010, and on GMA News TV from September 19 to October 14, 2016 at 11:00pm.
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