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Mystic Pop-Up Bar: Healing and joyful drama addressing societal issues

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The long wait is finally over and it is definitely worth it! Mystic Pop-Up Bar is already up on Netflix with two episodes now available.

This article will give you glimpse of the drama as a healing and joyful piece to watch addressing societal issues. Along with what happened with the cast members’ recent press conference with Yook Sungjae‘s adorable paper cut-out (and their messages for him). Then, the drama’s differences from the original webtoon.

Healing and joyful drama addressing societal issues

Life can be challenging most of the time and it can actually give you sometimes a hard time to speak up about your problems. Mystic Pop-Up Bar will follow the story of a 500-year-old woman named Weol Ju (Hwang Jung Eum) who runs a mysterious drinking establishment with a young part timer.

Kang Bae (Yook Sungjae) will be in help for her as he possesses special power that makes people talk about their deepest wounds and worries when they touch him. However, Weol Ju needs to meet her quota which is to help 10,000 troubled souls.

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For her to fulfill it, she will coordinate with Kang Bae along with Gui (Choi Won-young), Wol Ju’s assistant, as they jump into people’s dreams and try to resolve their worries. In which, that makes it a healing fantasy counseling drama.

Actor Choi Won Young described Mystic Pop-up Bar as “a drama that will help you release your exhaustion and stress.” As Hwang Jung Eum shared, “There are a lot of societal issues included. Wol Ju says a lot of things that feel very refreshing. We had fun and put our all into filming. I hope you can enjoy the drama and be healed.”

The K-drama’s differences from the original webtoon

The popularity of the original webtoon cannot be denied; however, Mystic Pop-Up Bar promised that the drama will be funnier than the webtoon. As mentioned by Director Jeon Chang Geun, “The drama is quite different from the original webtoon. There are some differences with the characters. The webtoon focuses on individual customer’s stories a lot, but the drama focuses more on the characters helping the customers.”

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Actress Hwang Jung Eum honestly shared, “I cried a lot while looking at the original [webtoon]. There’s more comedy than I had expected, but the drama balances comedy and serious points well.”

Cast members talked about fellow actor Yook Sungjae

Yook Sungjae was not able to join the other cast members with their recent press conference as he enlisted in the military. However, his co-stars did not miss their chance to express their fondness and wishes for him.

Choi Won Young stated, “We knew he had to go to the military, but not the exact date. He received notice and had to quickly go, so I couldn’t see him before he left. I messaged him and said I was sorry I couldn’t buy him a meal before he enlisted.”

While, Hwang Jung Eum revealed that he left a video message to the actor which says, “You worked so hard and I was worried about you enlisting. However, you look healthy, so that makes me feel relieved. Be sure to watch the drama!”

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On the other hand, Lee Jun Hyeok gave Yook Sung Jae few advice and his thoughtful message saying, “Eat well and listen to your superiors. It will end soon. Time flies. Really. Hurry and come out. Let’s go get a drink then.” Lastly, Jeong Da Eun cheered him on as it is his last drama prior to his enlistment and conveyed her hopes for him to catch up after he finishes his service.

Do not miss Mystic Pop-up Bar on Netflix with its weekly episodes every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 PHT.

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