The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (otherwise known as, Coffee Prince) (2007)
Director: Lee Yoon Jung
Synopsis, found here:
The life of Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is not easy; she works many jobs to pay off debts and even gave up her feminine image. Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) is the heir of a big food company, but his grandmother wants him to settle down, so she arranged many dates for him. After Eun Chan bumped into Han Kyul and was mistaken for a boy, Han Kyul decided to hire Eun Chan to be his gay lover in order to avoid the arranged dates. Desperately in need of money, Eun Chan had no choice but to accept. Han Kyul’s grandmother also made Han Kyul in charge of a filthy coffee shop in danger of being bankrupt. Eun Chan begged to work at the coffee shop, and not long after, feelings start to spark, except, how would Han Kyul accept his “homosexuality”?
This Korean series was so hugely popular it almost feels redundant to write a review of it. There are already a million of them out there. It appears to have mass-appeal, as all the Asian-drama watching people I know really enjoyed it; Johnny and I, my sister, my co-worker and her circle, as well. It is sweet and hilarious, and touching at all the right moments.
At the beginning of their relationship, when Go Eun Chan (lead female) follows Choi Han Kyul (lead male) around on his multiple arranged dates, demanding that he apologize for insulting her parents, will reign forever as one of our favorite scenes. The clip is here, but will only do you good if you speak Korean. Which I, unfortunately, do not. :(