Monday, June 20, 2011

COFFEE PRINCE









The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (커피프린스 1호점, or Coffee Prince) is a South Korean drama that began airing on July 2, 2007. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Lee Sun-mi. It stars Yoon Eun Hye from Princess Hours, Gong Yoo from One Fine Day, Lee Sun Gyun from White Tower and Chae Jung Ahn.
The drama is a love story between a tomboyish woman pretending to be a man and a young food empire mogul. It contains "pseudo-homosexual" elements, because the man does not initially know of the tomboyish woman's true gender.[1]

Synopsis

Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) is the cocky son of a very rich family who runs a damaged food corporation. He doesn't believe in love and certainly doesn't want to get married despite his family's requests. On the other hand, Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is a 24-year-old tomboyish female who is often mistaken for a guy. She takes up every job possible—waitress, food deliverer, etc.—and has the responsibility of taking care of her mother and younger sister. Eun Chan accidentally meets Han Kyul twice, once on a delivery and once during a robbery. During the robbery, Eun Chan's delivery motorcycle ends up being damaged. Han Kyul, not knowing that Eun Chan is actually a girl, decides to hire Eun Chan as a false "lover" so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother. Meanwhile, Han Kyul's cousin, Choi Han Seong, is an established music producer and his ex-girlfriend Han Yoo Joo, who Han Kyul has secretly loved for nine years, is a famous artist who studied in New York. The two were lovers for about 8 years, but their relationship ended when Yoo Joo broke up with Han Seong. Two years after they separate, their paths cross again when Yoo Joo returns to Seoul.
After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han Kyul takes over a rundown old coffee shop, later renamed Coffee Prince, to prove his ability, both to his grandmother and Yoo Joo. In order to attract female customers, he only hires good-looking male employees. In a struggle with money, Eun Chan, whom Han Kyul has already mistaken as a boy, hides her gender to get a job at Coffee Prince. Soon, feelings start to spark between Eun Chan and Han Kyul. Because he's unaware that Eun Chan is a girl, Han Kyul starts to question his sexuality.

Cast

Production

Filming

The coffee shop is an old coffee shop located in Hongdae that was remodeled for the drama.[2]
Due to the show's popularity, MBC extended the show by one episode. The additional episode does not continue or alter the storyline on any way. Instead is entirely dedicated as a making of the drama. The special was aired on August 28, 2007.
In the Philippines the 1st Shop of Coffee Prince was shown by GMA Network under the title Coffee Prince. Martin Nievera sang the theme song titled “Because of You” for the Philippines release.

Ratings

Date
Episode
Nationwide
Seoul
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)
Average
24.2
25.6
[3]

Trivia

  • The series was dubbed in Spanish and broadcast in Latin America in countries like Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru & Venezuela with the name "El Príncipe del Café"

Awards and nominations

20th Korean Producers’ Award
  • Best TV drama
44th Baeksang Arts Awards
  • BEST ACTRESS: Yoon Eun Hye (Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점, MBC)
  • BEST NEW PRODUCER: Lee Yoon Jung (Coffee Prince, MBC)
2007 MBC Acting Awards:
  • Top Excellence in Acting (Yoon Eun Hye)
  • Excellence in Acting (Gong Yoo)
  • Best PD Award (Kim Chang Wan)
  • Nomination - Excellence in Acting (Chae Jung Ahn)
  • Nomination - Excellence in Acting (Lee Sun Gyun)
  • Nomination - Best New Actor (Lee Eon)
  • Nomination - Best Drama
  • Nomination - Best Couple Award (Yoon Eun Hye and Gong Yoo)
  • Nomination - Best Couple Award (Chae Jung Ahn and Lee Sun Gyun)
  • Nomination - Popularity Award (Gong Yoo)
  • Nomination - Popularity Award (Yoon Eun Hye)

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