3 Things To Look Out For Before Watching ‘The Witch’s Diner’

The Witch's Diner

On the 16th, the TVING original The Witch’s Diner will be released for the first time. It will be an intriguing fantasy drama that the witch Hee Ra, her business partner Jin and part-timer Gil Yong make with guests full of stories at a witch restaurant that grants wishes in exchange for the customers’ souls. These are three things you need to look out for before watching the season premiere.


It Is Based on a Great Novel

The Witch's Diner
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The Witch’s Diner is an adaptation of a novel of the same title by Koo Sang Hee. In it, the restaurant sells food that makes wishes come true, and the customers desire to live different lives in exchange for their souls. The story begins as a witch appears to Jin, who is having a tough day. Getting dumped by her boyfriend, assigned to a faraway branch, and got ripped off while taking over a restaurant that cost her all her fortune, Jin decides to sign off a deal with a witch.

Praised as “a Korean-style fantasy firmly rooted in our reality,” the original work won the grand prize at the 3rd Kyobo Bookstore Story Contest. 100 Days My Prince, and It’s Okay to Not Be Okay director took charge of this most-anticipated TV adaptation. At the media conference held on the 9th, he revealed that he used a tailoring approach to create a series like ‘dark nursery rhymes’ with romance, horror, and thrills.


The Astonishing Cast List

The Witch's Diner
Credit: TVING

Song Ji Hyo, Nam Ji Hyun, and Chae Jong Hyeop will star in The Witch’s Diner. First of all, Song takes on the role of Hee Ra, a witch who makes soul food that comes with a price, and attempts to diversify her filmography. Secondly, Nam Ji Hyeon will play Jin, who runs a restaurant with Hee Ra. She portrays a young woman who finds her own way amid adversity and hardship. Thirdly, Chae Jong Hyeop, a rookie actor who appeared as a loving character in Nevertheless, takes on the role of Gil Yong, a part-timer with a pure soul. Lastly, Lee Kyu Hyung from Hi Bye Mama and Stranger and Ahn Eun Jin from Hospital Playlist appear as cameos.


Gorgeous and Dreamy Cinematography

Each poster and trailer The Witch’s Diner released caught the eyes with their mysterious and colorful pictures. It raises expectations for the drama with a visual that fits the concept of a ‘fantasy cruel fairy tale.’ The restaurant’s entrance looks shady, and its location is obscure, which makes us wonder if we could walk into the door. By the door, Hee Ra, the witch with a mysterious gaze, greets the guests.


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