Captivating the King (2024)

Captivating the King (2024)


Other name: 세작, 매혹된 자들 / 세작 / 스파이 / 细作 / Sejak, Maehokdwen Jadeul / Spy / Spy Sejak / Sejak, The Enchanted / Sejak: Charmed Deceit / Spy, the Fascinated / آسر الملك

Synopsis: Prince Lee In is taken hostage by the Qing Dynasty, despite pledging his loyalty to his older brother King Lee Sun. The King begins to hate him and Lee In suffers emotionally. He then meets a mysterious baduk player who captivates him, and through a series of circumstances, Lee In becomes the King and holds the highest position. Despite being strong externally, Lee In remains tormented internally. Eventually, he meets a baduk player named Kang Hee Soo, who falls in love with him. However, she soon becomes a spy looking to exact revenge on the King.


Status: Ongoing

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9 Comments to “Captivating the King (2024)

  1. ah so from the comments it’s the FL disguised as a man plot. Didn’t catched that by reading the synopsis. Don’t know why, but I kinda dislike this kind of plot, whether it’s a cdrama or a kdrama. I dropped so many. But feel like a kdrama it can be better because it’s more short, so maybe I would give this drama a chance since the synopsis seems interesting + it’s an historical drama, but at the same time not sure about the leads.

  2. I am really excited for this but why does Korea have make everything look pretty they didn’t try very hard to make her look like a man ???

  3. Tbh I saw the first two episodes and I kinda enjoyed it I am definitely going to watch more. To me, ML is not a typical kdrama beauty standard (with the beard in future episodes? Sign me up) and I find myself liking that. Ofc the FL pretending to be a man is extremely obvious, but I can pass it as a artistic choice and it does not bother me that much.

  4. Honestly, this is one of the worst sageuk dramas I have ever seen. The beginning bit before he became a king was actually kinda cute (romance-wise) and made sense but with each episode, I feel like the king’s character doesn’t have consistency. He is kind one moment and a tyrant the next. Other characters (like the queen or the main minister) are supposed to be well-versed in politics, yet they fail to see the obvious moves of their opponents. I believe both actors were well-picked, but I take issue with the way this drama was written. It just feels shallow despite the decent cinematography.
    If you compare this with something like My Dearest, it’s 0 to 100. How can you use the most devastating historical eras in Korean history and just brush over all the horrifying atrocities the Qing did? It feels shallow, performative and lacks depth.
    I will not be continuing this despite giving it a chance for 8 episodes.

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