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Coffee Prince Behind-the-Scenes Special


(Someone should Photoshop Gong Yoo’s head into this pic. PS challenge anyone? πŸ˜‰ )

 
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.)

SONG OF THE DAY

Cloud Cuckoo Land – “λ‚˜μ˜ 이름을 뢈러쀘” (Call my name) [ zShare download ]

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CASTING

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.”

 

COUPLES

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.”

 

LOCATIONS

 
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 Gyul’s Apartment. Penthouse feeling, in a spacious, roomy place close to the sky.

Han Sung’s House = lovers’ oasis.

Yu Ju’s Apartment. One secret about her apartment: It was decorated exactly in the style of the PD’s own home, down to the littlest details.

 

FASHION

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.

 
Writer LEE JUNG AH, PD Lee Yoon Jung

 

“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)

 
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Wonderful recap as always! thank you!

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its hard to let go...

though it is at it end. Thank your Java for sharing this with us...(espcially for those who are not fluent or have any clue of the korean language).
GRACIAS!!

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I've already missed CP.
GY and YEH are really great couple in the screen. They're cute and sweet. Especially when he sang the song in the last episode. I'm just wondering why there are no romance rumours about this two people.
I prefer YEH w/ GY than KJW. GY is more perfectly match with her.
Anyway both of them had done great job in CP. Because of them CP becomes an extraordinary drama i've ever seen. Hopefully can see them in one screen again. THey really have the chemistry.

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Coffee Prince is ... a reminder of what a wonderful feeling of being in-love is... It's make me smile out of nothing , it 's added a little sprinkle i my eyes . Thank you for let believe again that there Love is in the world and " love is just enought for me " . Have a wonderful life.

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hi do you know the title of the song ha rim was singing? ehehe

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here I am again... I really miss seeing GY and YEH... although I started to watch the series again... how I wish they are going out for real... I like their chemistry and bantering in the set... I think I have what they call the Coffee Prince withdrawal syndrome... I still want more of CP... I miss all the gang, hope they will make a sequel with the original casts.. It really makes me smile whenever I watch them... Ha Rim is so funny, he doesn't need to utter a word...his actions is enough... this is the only Korean series that I can say is perfect all the way...by the way, for those that are living in LA area, Long Beach, San Bernardino area...Coffee Prince is being shown every Mon./Tue. 9:50-10:50...so I can say I'm lucky coz I have this chance to see CP again... they will be showing the 10th Cup tonight...oh my...it's where Han Kyul kissed Eun Chan and told her that he doesn't care if she's a man or an alien...whoaaaa...that very sweet moment...can't wait to see it again...

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ooooppppssss... sorry I forgot to write the channel CP is being shown... it's in LA18....

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Coffee Prince has been 1 of the best dramas ever! I'm glad many of us enjoyed it thoroughly! THanks to all those who've contributed to subbing and uploading of mp3! Esp to Javabeans...Kumowo! :)

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i just can't wait to watch this!!!

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i say ..we all are suffering from CP withdrawal syndrone...funny to hear that I'm not the only one feeling the "stuck-in-heart-heavy-breathing" after the last episode was shown...
i first saw YEH in Goong and I loved her instantly...she has this down-to-earth-flair charm...
i still wish they put on this show a little longer or they could have improvise more chapters...
thank you javabeans for blogging this whole thread :)

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cf is totally awesome!!!

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i mean cp is totally awesome!

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People always like good looking things. In fantasy, we hope that good looking couples will end up together but for a successful marriage, this will not necessary bring about an everlasting love and most of the time will not come true. Although KYK may not be the best looking guy but he has the character and personality. He did not deny nor admit the relationship with YEH and in many interviews, he still maintains that they are a pair of very good and special friends not like GY whose manager announced that Im-yeong and GY will never be a pair when news broke out that they were together on vacation. Judge for yourself.

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Love this drama n want more.. Will it be the 2nd cp? Just dont change t characterz, i love 'em all, especially GY and YEH.. Gosh, i do hope they can get along together in real life.. They really match each other.

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Plus GY gt a killer body.. Pheww ;)

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YOON EUN HYE .. i Love This girl So much... i am a Filipino.. and i cannot understand their language LOL.. my Dream is to See YOON EUN HYE in personal... Sh*t it will remain just like that.. it will be a dream... :( .... hhhaaaaays

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graveeeeee.....nka2loka,,an ganda tlga,,an sarap panoorinn....

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its has load of emotions plus realities of life put all together to make this series a hit!

thanks for sharing this, hope to see another season of coffee prince after Goong Yoo's done with his military service!

congratulations! love it!

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hello im from philippines i love the drama it's so very very nice.and please give me the design of house of errol

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Its the best Korean Drama i've ever seen!
Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-Hye looks perfectly on screen. Hope to see another drama like this which stars both of them. I'd be glad to watch the Coffee Prince over and over again. Thanks a lot Java Beans, for the translation! =)

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hi..

can you tell me how to get all the screen caps for each episode of coffee prince..

i really find a hard time doing it so pls help me..

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thAnk yOu sO mUch.!!!:D

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hey nice movie i wish that coffee prince a have part 2 cuz its so beautiful hehehehe
i like gong yoo cuz he is handsome hihihihi bye

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kim jae wook is very cute!!!!!! mwahhhhh.................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I LOVE COFFEE PRINCE VERY MUCH AND WHEN GMA 7 VIEWED THE SPECIAL EPISODE OF IT I FEEL VERY EXCITED AND SO VERY HAPPY. IWISH THAT I CAN WATCH IT ALL OVER AGAIN.IT IS A WONDERFUL SHOW AND I WILL NEVER FORGET IT

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Thank you very much for sharing your drama here in Philippines because most of the Filipino love it.. Espiecially Gong Yoo many Filipino girls love you one of them is me Kaye.. i will miss the cast i really like it very much some of Filipino relate their life of that drama many Filipino hope that you will go here in Philippines.. we love you gong yoo, yoon eun hye, we love you..
God bless you..
More power to your career..
Take care always..!!

its me KAYE.. from Philippines...

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CP are very good series. especially the cast all of them doing good to thier character. and of course credit also those who are work ed behind the scene.
plus the natural acting of YEH and GY. they are perfect partner. hope in sequel the cast are intact. even its very simple but it leave to the viewer of full of good memories. more power to all the cast of CP.

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you guys just did it! even my 5 year old princess like it very much...thanks and all the best.
nas

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ganda noh!

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I watched it for 4 times.. (episode 1 to last)... simply love it!!

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eh nek buat film yang endingnya mutu dong????

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Hi Everyone,

For those of you who want to see the location of Coffee Prince and Han Kyul's rooftop house, I had it marked on Google Map and Google Earth. If you don't have Google Earth, here's a link where you can also see it:
http://www.panoramio.com/tags/

Once you're at panoramio, type "coffee prince" in the find tag text box. Then click on the photos and it will show the map. You will probably have to click the "+" to zoom in for a good view.

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i love u COFFEE PRINCE! ! ! ! !

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I found out about this series so late. I wanted to know what was the song at the end of the special episode when the credits are rolling? The one that Ha Rim started singing?

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I LOVE COFFEE PRINCE
WE LOVE COFFEE PRINCE

ALL BODY LIKE COFFEE PRINCE

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I LoVe U coffee prince

I LoVe U gong yoo

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amazingly inspiring.. :) can't help smiling everytime i think of it.. love the casts :)

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I LOVE COFFEE PRINCE GONG YOO IS AWWWESOME LOL!

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hi guys........ I hope theres coffee prince two, ..........together with the same character.

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hi guys........ I hope theres coffee prince two, ..........together with the same character. I m Candy Baton , from the philippines.

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i love you coffe prine

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I only read your recaps and i fell in love with this drama without even watching it. another drama to add to my list of "only read dramas".

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I'm wondering if anyone can help me find the song that is playing as the team is keeping the rain from ruining the food? It starts around 43:00. Thanks. Love the show! I wish there was a sequel.

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im watching episode 4 right now and so far i really like it although i kinda prefer the YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL one more
HEY THIS IS MY OPINION DONT HAVE TO GET LOUD!

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Coffee Prince was exciting, new and fun. It's hard to find shows these days that make you really feel and look forward to something. This show made me cry, laugh and actually even relate to the feeling of love. I applaud everyone who helped made this show possible.

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coffee prince is the best

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/./.eun un hye is the best actress./..././././,

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It was a good series.. i really like the main couple..

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