This will have spoilers.
“The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince” is a 2007 Korean drama focused around about four main characters and various other side characters. The main characters are Go Eun-chan, a girl who appears to be a boy and hires on at a coffee shop that strictly hires boys only. She entangles her life with Choi Han-kyul, a rich grandson of the owner of a food chaebol. Han-kyul, to avoid arranged marriage dates, pretends to be in a gay relationship with Eun-chan, who he thinks is a boy. The other main characters are Choi Han-sung, the cousin of Han-kyul who is in an off and on relationship with Han Yoo-joo.
The main premise of the story is about a girl that pretends to be a guy in order to make money. She’s the breadwinner in her family and it’s up to her to make ends meet. While pretending to be a guy, she inevitably falls for the angry, douchey guy. He eventually falls for her, but not realizing she’s a girl, gives up everything to be with her. Later in the series, he finds out that Eun-chan is actually a girl. This makes him upset but at the same time happy. The anal grandmother splits the two up by sending Eun-chan to America to study how to be a barista. In the end, the two finally reunite.
I give this drama a 9 out of 10 because the plot worked out in regular time, unlike some other dramas. The characters were realistic and it discussed a serious topic of gay romances and relationships. It played on Han-kyul’s emotions, making him question everything he’s stood for and believed in his whole life. The timing was right too. There wasn’t a lot of time to be bored with this drama. It was very attention grabbing with the main cast as well as some of the side characters. The only spiff I have with this drama is the way it ended. The two were reunited and sit down at a café and then it pretty much ends. It’s also been a while since I’ve seen this drama so I may have details of the ending mixed up, but either way, I felt like the ending was a bit abrupt. They didn’t get married and he didn’t propose. There was no guarantee that they would end up together forever. It was just a temporary thing, it felt like to me.
Besides the ending, the actors were excellent choices and the overall feeling of the entire drama was fun and dramatic but not overly dramatic. It felt very real and genuine. That’s the reason I like this drama so much. It felt real, but at the same time, it kept a lot of the drama out of it. There were scenes of drama, but the overall feeling was a bit less drama than other k-dramas. I enjoyed it and I hope you enjoyed it. Please leave your comments down below. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.