Coffee house (2010) 咖啡馆
Genre: Writing, Comedy, Romance
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 8/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
Plot: Lee Jin Soo made it big after writing several thriller/crime novels and establishing himself as a talented novelist. He works for Seo Eun Young, the owner of the biggest publishing company in Korea and has a long-time friendship with her. Lee Jin Soo has lots of fans and people think that he is courteous but what no one knows is that he is actually weird and sarcastic. The one who has to cope with him and his habits is his secretary, Kang Seung Yeon, who begged him for this job to become a professional instead of the below-average girl that she really is.
Zoom into characters: The more Jin Soo is polite to someone, the more the person is a stranger or someone he dislikes. He is a famous novelist but he rejects any form of publicity such as autograph signing events. Jin Soo has a sad past and Eun Young helped Jin Soo continue living by making him write. After Eun Young is betrayed by her boyfriend, she starts to like Jin Soo who knows her well. Kang Seung Yeon does not have a good job and mans a cafe. She is suddenly employed as Jin Soo’s secretary but it is just her senior doing. Jin Soo does not say much but throws away the coffee she brewed and the pencils she sharpened behind her back, even making her translate a book downstairs so that he can concentrate. After Seung Yeon finds out, she promises to become the kind of secretary that Jin Soo is keen to hire, enduring all sorts of torture and gradually becomes attached to him.
Jin Soo is one of the weirdest characters I have ever seen so far. He sharpens all his pencils by knife until a certain sharpness before he is satisfied. Besides that, he brews coffee like a master. There is a certain time of the year that his ears will become oversensitive and he can hear voices from far away, making it difficult for him to sleep. When he is bored or stressed, he will start playing dominoes. He often escapes from events prepared by Eun Young at the last minute or disappears for a period of time without contact. His character is always contradicting and he is quick to lie. Despite him being a writer, he actually studied in a medical school. The most funny torture given to Seung Yeon to me is Seung Yeon hula-hooping while trying to pick up a phone on the ground/ table.
I was fooled by the name of the drama. I thought that it will be focusing on coffee but it is not really about that. The coffee house is just owned by the publishing company. Haha. I wanted Seung Yeon to end up with Jin Soo as she is more of the one who changes him. Although she thinks things too simply, she can easily cooperate with Jin Soo and change Jin Soo’s mood. The only reason that may make me change my mind is that Eun Young knows more about Jin Soo since she is his long-time friend.
Why you should watch: It is fun to see Jin Soo’s interaction with his secretary and how he changes into someone that is more considerate towards others. It is an engaging drama due to Jin Soo’s weird character and unexpected things he may do. Liked how Kang Ji Hwan portrayed his character(as usual). I watched this drama after seeing Park Si Yeon and Ham Eun Jung as evil supporting characters that I (slightly) dislike and wanted to skip it at first. To my surprise, they can act as well as good characters too. Haha.
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