Coffee House: Drama Review

August 22, 2010

Title(s): 커피하우스 / Coffee House
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 18
Broadcast Network: SBS
Aired: May 17, 2010 – July 27, 2010
Cast: Kang Ji Hwan, Park Si Yeon, Ham Eun Jung, Jung Woong In

Description: Lee Jin Soo (Kang Ji Hwan) made it big after writing several thriller novels and establishing himself as a talented novelist. He works for Seo Eun Young (Park Si Yeon), the owner of the biggest publishing company in Korea, and has a long-time friendship with her. Jin Soo has lots of fans, especially female ones, and he seems to be the perfect match for any woman… but what no one knows is that he is actually a bit weird and sarcastic, has lots of strange habits, and holds a dark secret. The one who has to cope with him and his habits is his secretary, Kang Seung Yeon (Eun Jung), who begged him for this job to become a pro instead of the below-average girl that she really is. On top of that, there is also the return of Han Ji Won (Jung Woong In), Eun Young’s ex-fiancé, whom she despises. Ji Won tries to win Eun Young back, but she has her eyes set on Jin Soo. – DramaWiki

I had no knowledge of this cast, not even Ham Eun Jung from T-ARA (who I didn’t know was in a girl’s group until episode 2) or Park Si Yeon who’s best known as Kim Seo Hyun from My Girl. I started this drama because I liked what I was reading, the description provided an interesting plot and I wanted to know more. I watched this drama as it aired until I left for Europe; I actually restricted myself from watching to the latest episodes so I could have a Coffee House marathon when I got back.

A bonus from this drama is its characters and actors, from the leads to the supporting cast. All the actors played their characters remarkably. The main characters are dynamic from one another which I love about this drama; you have an eccentric writer (Jin Soo; Kang Ji Hwan), amateur secretary (Seung Yeon; Ham Eun Jung), intelligent and well respected business woman (Eun Young; Park Si Yeon), and the boneheaded and bold ex-fiance of the business woman (Ji Won; Jung Woong In). All the characters have their own flaws but still remained likable throughout the show. Their flaws made me relate more with them and I even cried a bit further into the drama since the characters did grow on me as well as the actors. Gosh, me and my sensitivity. It just goes to show that these characters aren’t prefect, and I really love how the drama shows it.

There’s a lot of love triangles in shows, but this drama was a bit more complicated, it was a….. Love pentagon. I won’t go into further detail but leave it at that. However, the main focus for me was who was Jin Soo going to be pair with.  Eun Young or Seung Yeon? As I was watching this drama, the pairing was the base of  arguments for fans. Why? I have no idea. I was fine with whoever Jin Soo chose, but I preferred Eun Young. The main reason was because Jin Soo and Eun Young have known each other for years. Eun Young has been with Jin Soo through his most difficult times, when he was in pain and suffering. She’s always there to pull him out of it. On the other hand, Seung Yeon and Jin Soo make quite the comedy duo and are compatible, so why not them be together? I find that Seung Yeon and Jin Soo relation is more of a teacher/student relationship. Seung Yeon wanted to be Jin Soo’s secretary to become a pro. During that time, Seung Yeon grows to admire and respect him as her teacher. She learns from him and transformed to become a polished and confident career woman.

I find that Korean dramas just love to bore me in the beginning, and most of you may know how I tend to lose interest fast. No, not Coffee House, this drama was different. From the start, I was pulled into its plot and its charming characters. The plot is interesting because I could never tell where it was going. I often found myself expecting one thing, but the situation came out total different. I had to give up on my fortune telling when I was around episode 5 or 6. I just went with the flow. Some may find this feature boring, since it’s unpredictable, but this show was just right for me. As the show was progressing, the plot seemed to be lacking and nearing its end, I found that it was getting draggy. Oh, the unavoidable conflicts.

The humor was grand despite the angst in the later episodes. Ji Won was funny, even if he is a bonehead. He had me laughing with his cheesy smiles and little hand salutes! During most episodes, I found myself waiting anxiously for a predicament to happen involving Jin Soo, alongside his secretary, Seung Yeon. Jin Soo and Seung Yeon  relationship is gold, I don’t care if people think she is annoying! They just filled me with laughter. Oh gosh, when Jin Soo and Seung Yeon, errr I should say Kang Ji Hwan and Eun Jung, were dancing to “Heartbeat” by 2PM at the end, I was dying from laughter. Oh, Kang Ji Hwan, you and your dancing!

OVERALL: This drama was a breath of fresh air and I was sad to see it end. As I said before, the acting was marvelous, from both the leads and supporting actors, and I eventually got attached to them. The characters made this drama standout and much more vibrant to watch. My Kang Ji Hwan love started because of this show. Haha! The plot is interesting, but at times I felt the plot was a bit iffy and as it was nearing its end, it got draggy. Also, there was too much focus on the main characters. Well, of course shows focuses on the main characters, right? Coffee House had great supporting characters and made them shine at the beginning, but they just faded into the background as the drama was making its closure. Despite its setbacks, the show did have a wonderful soundtrack, a smooth transition with its time skip, and tells a unpredictable and engaging story with brilliant characters.


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  1. good review…i love watching this drama…. this is the only kdrama that makes me stay up unutill 3 am to watch it online….

  2. but i was disappointed with the ending

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