Shin Se Kyung Is A Genius Go Player Who Disguises Herself As A Man In “Captivating The King”

tvN’s upcoming drama “Captivating the King” has shared the first glimpse of Shin Se Kyung in character!

Written by Kim Sun Deok of tvN’s “The Crowned Clown,” “Captivating the King” tells the cruel love story between King Yi In (Jo Jung Suk), a miserable king who harbors an emptiness within him despite his high position, and Kang Hee Soo (Shin Se Kyung), whose initial motive of seeking revenge against him transforms into an unexpected attraction.

Shin Se Kyung takes on the role of Kang Hee Soo, a spy whose goal is to overthrow the king. Kang Hee Soo is a skilled baduk (go) player who mastered the game by watching her father play when she was young. Disguised as a man, she first meets Prince Yi In by chance and forms a close bond with him through baduk. One day, while playing baduk with Prince Yi In on a day of drizzling rain, Prince Yi In gives Kang Hee Soo the nickname “Kang Mong Woo,” as the name derives from the Korean words for “thick drizzle of rain.”

In the newly released stills, Kang Hee Soo adorns a gat (traditional Korean hat) and sports a blue male attire as she seamlessly portrays the guise of a man. Her elegant features and noble demeanor combine both handsome and beautiful qualities.

Publicly presenting herself as a male baduk player, she fearlessly takes on challenges from other players one after another. Focused on the baduk board, the brilliant Kang Hee Soo swiftly rises to fame as a prodigious baduk player, maintaining an impeccable record of zero losses.

The production team of “Captivating the King” remarked, “We cannot think of anyone other than Shin Se Kyung for the role of Kang Hee Soo. Shin Se Kyung breathes life into the character of the spy Kang Hee Soo, who, with her gentle charisma, will face off against King Yi In. Much like how she subtly infiltrates King Yi In’s heart like a drizzling rain in the drama, viewers will also find themselves captivated by her charm. We ask for your anticipation.”

“Captivating the King” will premiere on January 21 with Episodes 1 and 2 airing consecutively. Watch a teaser here!

While waiting, watch Shin Se Kyung in “Bride of the Water God” here!

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