“Coffee Prince” Treats Us To A Sweet Trip Down The Memory Lane With Its Recently Released Reunion-Documentary
Thirteen years since Coffee Prince has completely taken over our hearts one summer season, MBC releases a reunion-documentary featuring the drama’s lead casts with their untold stories and sweet memories.
Entitled My Dear Youth: Coffee Prince, the documentary reunites Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye in the exact location where they exchanged countless bittersweet fights amid discovering the essence of true love as Choi Han Gyul and Go Eun Chan.
Cherished as a K-Drama Classic, Coffee Prince has never lost its charm. Thanks to modern technology, a lot of K-Drama newbies – some of whom are not even born back in 2007 – can still watch and appreciate Coffee Prince through numerous entertainment streaming sites.
Quick Plot Recap *Spoiler Alert*
Coffee Prince tells the story of Choi Han Gyul (Gong Yoo), a free-spirited, rude on the outside but warm on the inside third generation chaebol who studied in the US and Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) a loving, determined daughter set to earn a living for her family in any way she can.
As stubborn as he can be, Choi Han Gyul refuses to join their family business and be tied to a career he does not like. This irks her grandmother and she tries to make sure that Han Gyul still gets to learn the value of responsibility and working hard. She then tasks Han Gyul to take over one of her businesses – an almost-dying coffee restaurant. Being very close to his grandmother, Han Gyul is unable to say no. He reluctantly obeys his grandmother and he sets his mind to prove himself to his family. Han Gyul then re-brands the business into Coffee Prince — a coffee shop where only princes serve gourmet coffee.
This then becomes the turning point for Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) as it means she needs to pretend and dress like a male to be accepted in Coffee Prince. Nonetheless, she willingly does so for as long as she gets to earn the money to be able to help her family.
Choi Han Gyul and Go Eun Chan then embark on a whirlwind and very conflicted love story which then ends up with a sweet happy ending with both of them even able to pursue dreams of their own.
“Coffee Prince is the record of my youth when I was most passionate.” – Gong Yoo.
Coffee Prince has become a record of the lead characters’ youth. To all of them, Coffee Prince production has served as their playground where they also get to express their deep passion in acting.
Kim Jae Wook expresses, “This was a time where I could really positively express my individuality.” Kim Dong Wook also has the same sentiments, “During this time, my passion and ambition were overflowing. Acting was just fun then.”
Make or Break
Gong Yoo has been very vocal in his interviews about how he initially did not want to be part of another romantic comedy at that point in his career. Meanwhile, Chae Jung An also reveals that back then, she has refused to do the drama as she has just come from a break-up and still in the process of healing herself.
Despite Gong Yoo and Chae Jung An’s initial apprehensions of joining the drama, both of them along with the other casts have proven that Coffee Prince had helped them to jumpstart their careers and to be recognized as real actors.
In the documentary, Eun Hye says, “After appearing on ‘Coffee Prince,’ I no longer heard the term ‘idol-turned-actress.’ It is the project that made me into an actress.”
Embarrassed but left with no choice, Gong Yoo and Eun Hye cannot escape the need to watch their numerous kissing scenes, most especially the passionate one nearing the finale when Han Gyul and Eun Chan has finally made up.
While watching, Yoon Eun Hye comments, “It’s hot in here.” Gong Yoo then tries to break the ice and says, “Eun Chan was a very motivated girl. She was not passive. I didn’t know what Eun Hye’s hands were doing but after watching the broadcast, her hands were pulling up my T-shirt.”
My Dear Youth ends with untold stories and commentaries of the casts between one another. This makes this reunion-documentary all the more heartwarming.
Gong Yoo to Yoon Eun Hye: “The reason I was able to become Choi Han Gyul was Go Eun Chan and Yoon Eun Hye. Yoon Eun Hye’s passion made me feel embarrassed and helped me grow.”
Lee Sun Gyun to Gong Yoo: “Choi Han Gyul is Gong Yoo. Didn’t it suit him better than any other role?”
Chae Jung An to Yoon Eun Hye: “I know being in a girl group is not easy, and she was even the youngest…I think the drama that allowed her to live as Eun Chan must have been so freeing.”
“It feels like Choi Han Gyul and Eun Chan got married and are looking back on their past together. It’s like our kids are playing over there. I think people imagine that a lot.” – Gong Yoo
Amidst the pandemic, My Dear Youth comes as sweet surprise for it reminds us of the charming, innocent record of our blossoming lives back in the day.
Being a K-Drama Classic, this documentary also satiates our fan-girl curiosities as to how the main leads have grown as actors and moved on with their lives after the drama.
It comes as an icing on the cake that viewers will also see how much Coffee Prince has touched the lead actors lives as much as it has touched the fans.
My Dear Youth is a definite must-watch for anyone who was crazy attached to Coffee Prince before.
To those who have not seen Coffee Prince, we definitely recommend that you slate this classic in your next K-Drama binge list.
You can catch the first episode of My Dear Youth: Coffee Prince in Viu.