Oh Ji-ho, Yoon Jin-seo team up for quiet melo film Coffee Mate
Despite the title bringing to mind images of heaps of powdered non-dairy creamer, I found the movie Coffee Mate piquing my interest, and not just because of its casting of Oh Ji-ho (Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong) and Yoon Jin-seo (Girl Who Sees Smells) as the two leads.
It’s the film’s plot description that captures my interest—or rather, its lack of one. Coffee Mate is based on a simple concept, centering around a man and a woman who run into each other in a cafe and get drawn into a conversation. The whole film will be limited to the cafe as it follows the process of the two people getting to know each other in a “quiet melo” with a subtle emotional line.
It’s so simple that it’ll have to hinge largely on the content of the dialogue and the director’s hand in creating an intimate, compelling mood. Not to mention solid acting and chemistry between the actors. I can see a bad version of the idea falling completely flat, but I can also see potential for a thoughtful, moving end product when I look at movies like the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight series. I can perhaps see Yoon Jin-seo more readily in this kind of role, since she has a very natural acting style that’s well-suited to this type of project; Oh Ji-ho is more of a question mark to me, but I’d like to see if he’s capable of the introspective, nuanced acting that this role needs.
Coffee Mate will begin filming next month, and right after that Oh Ji-ho will jump back to television with his upcoming cop-gets-saddled-with-a-baby rom-com My Little Baby on MBC.
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