[PS! Final Face-off] Coffee Prince vs. Boys Over FlowersPosted: September 2, 2009
Which drama would you recommend more?
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Korean dramas are truly a staple of Korean pop culture, and even if you’re not into the whole Asian entertainment scene, there’s really no doubt that you’re at least somewhat familiar with the concept and the general stereotypes surrounding Korean dramas. Most often even if you have no interest in KPOP, you may be hooked on Korean dramas. The stereotype of Korean dramas being filled with vengeful relatives willing to shove the main character off a cliff, unprecedented bouts of terminal cancer, and sob-inducing love stories are a thing of the past. Contemporary and popular dramas are now filled with perspective, optimism despite hardship, and minimal crying (although it still can get intense sometimes).
Let’s look at two recent very, very, very popular Korean dramas, whose popularity has expanded beyond the borders of Korea.
The 2007 summer darling known as “The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince” was a 17 episode MBC drama that captured the hearts of many with its low key, yet sophisticated aesthetic and personalities. Based off a popular novel by Lee Sun-mi (who was also the screenwriter), Coffee Prince offered a fresh shot of espresso to the drama scene with its charming production value, perspectives on love, and flirting with the idea of homosexuality. Backed by a superb cast of many, Yoon Eun-hye as the boyish Go Eun-chan went from average drama heroine to “it girl” with this role, and Gong Yoo as the aloof Han Gyul had all the ladies wanting a man who was man enough to just give into love.
As the third drama incarnation of the mega popular manga series “Hana Yori Dango” by Yoko Kamio, KBS‘s ”Boys Over Flowers” still managed to make many fall in love all over again. Boys Over Flowers offered a refreshing and sparkly new spin on this decade old story with its opulent production value and equally glamorous cast. Keeping it fresh with the most handsome F4 of all the adaptations so far, Boys over Flowers didn’t just focus on the relationship between Geum Jan-di (Goo Hye-sun) and Goo Joon-pyo (Lee Min-ho), but also highlighted the rest of F4. Boys Over Flowers had all the girls picking out a favorite because they all got a fair amount of screen time (except Kim Joon sorry dude).
What you should take into consideration is which drama offers the most enjoyable experience in its storytelling, actor chemistry, directing, visuals, etc. This isn’t a question of which drama you liked better or exactly which is a more effective drama, but rather which drama appeals to more people based on your viewing experience? If you were talking to someone who isn’t necessarily familiar with Korean dramas and just wants to watch a darn good serial, which drama would you recommend?
Boys Over Flowers or Coffee Prince?