Cast members of the popular 2007 series Coffee Prince are set to reunite in the upcoming MBC documentary program DocuFlex.
Thirteen years since they melted the hearts of both local and international K-drama viewers, then main stars Yoon Eun-hye (Fluttering Warning), Gong Yoo (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God), Lee Sun-kyun (Diary of a Prosecutor), and Chae Jung-an (Legal High), including supporting actors Kim Dong-wook (Find Me in Your Memory) and Kim Jae-wook (Her Private Life), are going back to the coffee shop in Hongdae that housed the most unforgettable scenes in Coffee Prince. The documentary will feature exclusive interviews of the cast’s 2020 perspective of the show.
In the nostalgic video teaser that MBC dropped on the 15th, the cast are all smiles as they tread along the path towards the shop, an absolute realization of the phrase “walking down memory lane.” When they finally got inside, the early birds immediately became comfortable with the familiar ambiance of the place, but the most heart-pounding moments were when they dramatically turned to welcome those who have just arrived. The next scenes quickly turned emotional when the cast members appear to have learned of a “surprise” from the program’s production crew.
Coffee Prince follows the lives of Choi Han-kyul (Gong Yoo), the easygoing and carefree grandson of a huge coffee conglomerate, and Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye), a tomboyish hard-working lady. When Han-kyul mistakes Eun-chan for a man and hires her, along with other attractive guys, in the rundown coffee shop that his grandmother had him take over, an unexpected romance sparks between them. Han-kyul starts questioning his sexuality but after giving up all fight to convince himself that he is a straight man, he eventually decides to accept himself for who he is and confesses his feelings. Things turn haywire, however, when he discovers that Eun-chan is actually a woman.
The series was helmed by director Lee Yoon-jung of The Lies Within (2019) and assistant director Jang Joon-ho of The Game: Towards Zero. It was co-penned by Lee Jung-ah of Heart to Heart (2015) and Jang Hyun-joo of Scholar Who Walks the Night (2015). After its run from July 2 to August 27, TNS Media Korea reported that Coffee Prince achieved a nationwide average viewership rating of 24.2 percent, with a peak rating of 29.9 percent on its 12th episode. It then bagged the distinction for Best Drama at the 20th Korea PD Awards and a nomination for the same recognition at the 44th Baeksang Arts Awards.
As of writing, the broadcast date of DocuFlex’s episode on Coffee Prince remains to be decided. Stay tuned for more updates!