Sunday, August 5, 2012

Coffee Prince VS Coffee House

I watched these two dramas a long time ago out of curiosity and I am so glad that I did because both of these dramas are very awesome lol

Coffee Prince

Synopsis (spoiler alert):

Choi Han-kyul (Gong Yoo) is a third generation son of a food chaebol. He has never had a job and doesn't care for responsibility. Han-kyul is hung up on his first crush, Han Yoo-joo (Chae Jung-an), 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 tomboy who is often mistaken for a guy. She takes up every job possible: Taekwondo teacher, waitress, food delivery, and has the responsibility of taking care of her mother, who has trouble not spending money, and younger sister. 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.

Meanwhile, Han-kyul's cousin, Choi Han-seong (Lee Sun-gyun), is an established music producer and his ex-girlfriend, Han Yoo-joo, is a famous artist who studied in New York. The two were lovers for about 8 years, but their relationship ended when Yoo-joo left Han-seong for another man. Two years after they separate, their paths cross again when she returns to Seoul. Han-seong is initially angry at her, but he succumbs to his lingering feelings and they start to date again.

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 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.

Eun-chan has also becomes friends with Han-seong, and she is initially attracted to him because of his kindness. Han-seong also enjoys spending time with her, and an impulsive kiss that he gives her causes him and Yoo-joo to break up for a short time.

Soon, feelings start to develop between Eun-chan and Han-kyul. Because he's unaware that she is a woman, he starts to question his sexuality and is thrown in turmoil. When he discovers her secret, he feels hurt and betrayed. However, he eventually forgives her and they begin to date. They face strong opposition from his family due to her family’s lower status, but when Han-kyul’s grandmother meets Eun-chan, she is impressed by her independence and ambition. She helps pay for her to study in Italy to become a barista. After two years of a long-distance relationship, a more stylish Eun-chan returns to Korea and Han Kyul.

My Thoughts on Coffee Prince

At first the only reason I watched the drama was because I have to, as in I have no other dramas to watch because it is the only drama that I can watch due to the limited time I have in hand. Yeah, we have KBS channel at home for other Korean dramas, but the thing is, before 2012, I have never touched anything that requires me to use English subtitles only, as in if it has an English subtitle, it's a no no because my English was too poor.

Anyway, back to the drama.

I had a bit of worry when I first started watching the show - I was worried that I wouldn't like the crossdressing and the pretending thingies but through amzing acting by Eun Hye and Goong Yoo, I actually grew to love the series.
Eun Chan was tomboyish so it was a delight to watch how her tough exterior started to melt when she started having feelings for Han Kyul.
Han Kyul on the other hand was fun to watch when he started to have feelings for Eun Chan, thinking that she was a guy because he kept denying his feelings again and againa due to the misunderstanding.
I was dreading the 'revealation' but at times, I actually forgot to be too anxious because I was too busy enjoying the plot and the characters growth.
I love almost everything except for Eun Chan's selfish family and the unnecessary love triangles.
Oh not to mention, the status issue. This issue never fails to annoy me because I believe, not every rich people care about status nowadays!

All in all, the production team did a great job with the drama.

P/s: the pretty coffee shop made me wanna be a barista too :D

Coffee House

Synopsis (spoiler alert):

Lee Jin-soo made it big after writing several thriller novels and establishing himself as a talented novelist. He works for Seo Eun Young, the owner of the biggest publishing company in Korea, and has a long-time friendship with her. Jin Soo has lots of fans, especially female ones, and he seems to be the perfect match for any woman... but what no one knows is that he is actually a bit weird and sarcastic, has lots of strange habits, and holds a dark secret. The one who has to cope with him and his habits is his secretary, Kang Seung Yeon, who begged him for this job to become a pro instead of the below-average girl that she really is. On top of that, there is also the return of Han Ji Won, Eun Young's ex-fiance, whom she despises. Ji Won tries to win Eun Young back, but she has her eyes set on Jin Soo.

My Thoughts on Coffee House
At first, I had to scratch my head at the premise. What on Earth are you trying to tell, drama?

The setting was nice :
1. A weird quirky top-selling writer.
2. A hardworking stalkerish slash friend slash secret admiring manager.
3. A weird nosy secretary.
4. A hung up on his ex guy.

I don't know where the drama was heading with these four.
And at times, I was confused between who's the main female lead.
And at times I was confused as to why certain stuff happen.
And at the end, I got my favourite pair coupled up.
But I still don't understand the drama lol.

It's a funny drama though.

My Thoughts on Both

Well even though both dramas a re quite funny, they are obviously very different from each other.

Coffee prince is pretty fun to watch since the story is pretty great and original (at that time it was kinda one of a kind unlike today) even though there's a few holes in the plot.

In the other hand, Coffee House is such a quirky drama with quirky characters, they are pretty weird but the plot is interesting..

Even though both drama are pretty great, I'll have to say that I love Coffee House (because of the casts) more, even though Coffee Prince is pretty cool. (four years later as I'm editing this review, I realized that now I prefer Coffee Prince over Coffee House lol 29/04/2016 - 0925)

Coffee house managed to make me to laugh a lot in some moments and cry a lot in other moments while Coffee Prince made me anxious of how everything is gonna end up later on while enjoying the ride full of laughters brought by the main characters.

P/s: after Coffee Prince, Gong Yoo took a main role in another funny drama too, Big.

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