Besides Yoon Eun Hye, Gong Yoo, the male lead is also really important in the success of Coffee Prince. Gong Yoo is really suited for the character of Han Kyul. He managed to act out the deep and complicated feelings of Han Kyul when he had his internal struggle of falling in love with Eun Chan (whom he thought is a guy) and accepting himself as a 'homosexual'. Before Coffee Prince, I watched Gong Yoo's previous dramas and I find that the character of Han Kyul was quite similar to Tae In in Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy. Han Kyul seems to be the grown up version of Tae In as both of them are confident and certain of what they want, but they're also at the same time childish but cute. Han Kyul is more reserved as compared to more spontaneous Tae In, hence Han Kyul can be rightly considered as the more matured version of Tae In. We dont really get to see the acting skills of Gong Yoo when he was in Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy, therefore I thought he was juz an cute looking actor, with superficial acting skills. But he really surprised me with his ability to act out the perfect emotional struggle which Han Kyul was going through and he really touched me with his acting in Coffee Prince. His great acting brought Han Kyul alive and made Coffee Prince an enjoyable show to watch.
Besides the great acting skills from both Gong Yoo and Eun Hye, they also have an excellent on screen chemistry. The two of them make a perfect couple and I cant help but smile whenever there were scenes of Han Kyul and Eun Chan's sweet moments. Their interaction on screen seems really natural and convincing. Besides the sweet moments, the hot bed scenes as well as the forced kiss between them were really memorable scenes of them.
Apart from the 4 main leads, the 3 Princes played an important role as well. The Princes each have their own unique character. Min Yeop- the strong muscular blockhead who is totally devoted and loyal to his angel Eun Sae, Ha Rim- the cute and adorable guy who always go "My Chan!!", and the cool waffle guy Sun Ki, who cant help but be infected by the warm-hearted Eun Chan, enthusiastic Ha Rim and silly Min Yeop. To add on, there's also Mr Hong, the other president of Coffee Prince. He's really disgusting and unhygienic with his actions but he's still a nice guy overall who is really supportive of Eun Chan. The development of the supporting cast also helped to make Coffee Prince more complete as a whole and brings a feeling of warmth into the drama as we see the interaction and strong friendship between all the characters in the story.
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(picture credit to soompi and coffee prince photobucket acct)
Besides the cast and characters in the story, the design for the setting of Coffee Prince is also nicely done. The design of the Coffee Prince cafe was beautifully decorated. Eun Chan's small and cluttered house always filled with dolls/boxes of food for work reflects how hard it is for her to earn money, Han Kyul's modern and sleek house reflects his decisive and confident character, Han Seong's simple house with the garden and greenary around showed his simple and sensible character. The recording equipments, cute music player which also acts as a decoration, the guitar and all the other equipments in his house also refects his job as a musician.
All of these required much effort and dedication. Therefore Coffee Prince is definitely a drama not to be missed because of its excellent production crew, actors and actresses and the refreshing approach.