The first look at jTBC‘s fantasy sageuk Mirror of the Witch is totally up my alley and delivers a huge sigh of relief. Kim Sae Ron looks amazing as the abandoned princess turned witch, which if you asked me is the Eastern myth equivalent of Sleeping Beauty who was taken away from her princess life and raised as a forest girl by fairies. Unlike witches of Western lore, the witch is more of a shaman priestess and the portrayal has been shown before in sageuks like The Moon Embraces the Sun.
The first teaser is gloriously moody and eerie, evocative of how cable networks have a better touch with visual presentation these days. Yoon Si Yoon is convincing in his first sageuk role, with the potential love line with Kim Sae Ron’s character so nebulous I’m not going to fret over it beforehand. The veterans Lee Sung Jae and Yeom Jung Ah are also striking in their first character stills, especially powerful witchy Yeom Jung Ah looking like a powerful but beautifully decked out gisaeng.
First teaser for Mirror of the Witch: