I don’t have that much to say about the Coffee Prince special — first because a lot of it is merely recaps of the series, and is better enjoyed by watching the special oneself rather than reading me recapping someone else’s recap. I figure redundancy is best avoided when possible. And it is possible here, because WITH S2 is subbing this special, and I’ll be providing some of the translation, so you’ll be able to catch it soon enough. (Note: Special episodes are a lot of work — there’s a ton more talking than in a normal episode, so the sheer volume of lines to be translated and timed is pretty hefty. Just a fair warning.)
Anyway, so I’ve just noted some interesting points. (This is by no means a comprehensive summary.)
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Cloud Cuckoo Land – “나의 이름을 불러줘” (Call my name) [ zShare download ]
YOON EUN HYE felt it would be a challenging character for her, but from the very first scene, and every scene thereafter, the more she read, the more appealing the character became. In the words of PD LEE YOON JUNG, “She [Yoon Eun Hye] seemed like she’d put everything into the character. So even if she’d been a brand-new actor, I think I would have worked with her.”
Yoon Eun Hye is known for having an easy-going personality, and although I don’t know much about her, she comes off as someone who isn’t very vain, who doesn’t consider herself particularly beautiful: “It’s not like I’d become an actress because I had a pretty face, so I felt I couldn’t let go of this opportunity to take a step forward and advance.”
Initially, after GONG YOO signed on as Han Gyul, he had the realization that this wasn’t just an ordinary role. In the PD’s words, when Gong Yoo heard about Yoon Eun Hye’s casting, he said, “I don’t know much about what kind of person she is, but she won’t be the problem — the issue will be my own acting skills.”
On casting LEE EON as Min Yub, PD Lee Yoon Jung: “When he came in and sat down, I fell for him within the first five minutes.”
Not much to say here, because this segment revisits what we know about the relationships, and though it’s interesting to hear how the different couplings are described, that can wait for the fully subbed version.
One magazine editor and commentator notes that lots of women insulted CHAE JUNG AHN‘s Yu Ju, but in truth, many women act like her all the same. She might reject a man romantically, but she might still spend time with him, calling him to go see a movie, etc.
Gong Yoo on Han Gyul’s character: “Han Gyul hasn’t ever properly loved before. He was like a baby. But now he’s met a truly strong match. It’s the first time he’s loved like this in his life. So, he doesn’t calculate or plan like other people, but throws all his passion into following his heart.”
So many fans came to the Coffee Prince shooting site — even on days without filming — that a simple thing like Gong Yoo going home for the day (in red shirt) was like a mob at a music concert.
Rather than making an impressive, handsome new set of the Coffee Prince cafe from scratch, the MBC art department tried very hard to make it seem like a place that the Princes themselves had put their hard effort into renovating.
Han Sung’s House = lovers’ oasis.
Eun Chan’s style — comfortable, worn-in, not following any of the trends. Ironically, her style has now become a trend, as well as her short hairstyle.
Han Gyul’s style — European dandy boy. The type of clothes girlfriends want to dress their boyfriends in.
Yu Ju’s style — romantic and casual, with a minimum of accessories and flourishes.
BEHIND THE SCENES
STAFF: The hard-working crew worked straight through from the start of filming back in April through its end in August. Sleeping whenever they could, making rain on sunny days, dealing with sudden rain on shoot days that are supposed to be clear. Crew members estimate every member lost at least 5 kilograms from all strenuous hours and work they put into filming.
“In 2007, these people’s challenge in making the most delicious coffee in the world has now come to its end. But its fragrance will remain behind, for us to feel for a long while.”
Coffee Prince is…
“A changing of lanes.” (Lee Eon, “Min Yub”)
“Good fortune.” (Kim Jae Wook, “Sun Ki”)
“Another beginning.” (Kim Dong Wook, “Ha Rim”)
“For me, Coffee Prince was like a benefactor.” (Chae Jung Ahn, “Yu Ju”)
“A spring breeze?” (Lee Seon Kyun, “Han Sung”)
“It renewed my passion.” (Gong Yoo, “Han Gyul”)
“Something brimming, full… memories, sadness, feeling like I’d really die after it’s over…” (Yoon Eun Hye, “Eun Chan”)
“Like the summer of 2007.” (Kim Chang Wan, “Mr. Hong”)
It’s the Summer of 2007. (subtitle)