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Long live the king Jo Jung-seok in tvN’s Sejak, the Enchanted

The promos have taken off for tvN’s upcoming Sejak, the Enchanted, showcasing the romance-sageuk’s cast with the first script reading stills, led by Jo Jung-seok (Hospital Playlist 2) and Shin Se-kyung (Arthdal Chronicles: The Sword of Aramun).

As the (fictional) Lee In, Jo Jung-seok plays a powerful but pitiful king, who hadn’t intended to sit on the throne – at least, not initially. He had had a caring relationship with his older brother Lee Sun and dedicated his life to serving Sun. He was even taken hostage by the Qing for the sake of his brother, but In’s devotion became misconstrued as rebellion, leading Hyung to turn his back on In.

During this time of turmoil, In meets a nameless, gambling baduk player – played by Shin Se-kyung – whose real name is Kang Hee-soo. Thus begins another cruel fate as both become drawn by the other’s charms. The wrench, of course, is that Hee-soo is a sejak (meaning spy in Korean), and she’s torn between her drive for revenge and her growing feelings for Lee In.

But the complications are aplenty in our story and Lee Shin-young’s (CEO-dol Mart) Kim Myung-ha is a man who will fight for Hee-soo, even if she’s already rejected him. As the son of the minister of war, Myung-ha boasts power and nobility, in addition to his archery and swordsmanship skills.

Inside the palace, Park Ye-young (Summer Strike) has been eyeing Lee In for a very long time as the ~mysterious~ Court Lady Dong. Shrouded in secrets from serving two kings, Dong wields a highly influential position within the palace household.

Rounding out the story, we have a powerhouse of supporting characters as well, including Hee-soo’s dad Sohn Hyun-joo (The Good Detective 2), the Minister of War Jo Sung-ha (Our Blooming Youth), and the Queen Dowager Jang Young-nam (High Cookie), as well as Choi Dae-hoon (Curtain Call) playing Lee Sun.

Helmed by PD Jo Nam-gook (The Good Detective) with writing by Kim Sun-deok (The Crowned Clown), tvN’s Sejak, the Enchanted will be broadcasting in the weekend slot this January.

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Oh no, Lee Shin-young is playing the typical second lead. I hope they will be more fighting scenes than him being rejected scenes for him!

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Ooohh... I'm excited to watch Jo Jung-seok on the small screen again. It's been quite some time since I watched a sageuk too (if only I'm not worried about the writer transferring the messiness of their last drama into this one). I also have a huge soft spot for Shin Se-kyung, so I hope all these positive points are guarantee enough for this story to be an enjoyable watch.

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JJS is back! But a sageuk…. I did watch Face Reader the movie for him.

And what an amazing supporting and veteran cast which is a big plus.

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JJS was wonderful in Nokdu Flower I just watched it again last week!

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The acting skills between these two is like night and day. I don't get this pairing.

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Like you said @kiara it is raining sageuks.

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Pouring. Should we prepare for a flood? 😆

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The description makes it sound unmissable but ... shall I light some candles or will the production do their job.

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I miss Jo Jung Seok and I have not seen him in a saguek so this is a plus. Not a big fan of SSK though. I hope this turns out better than okay.

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You should give Nokdu Flower a try.
He’s wonderful there.
Not a Palace in sight , no ministers, no eunuchs

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Thanks for the tip. I will look for his scenes.

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Nokdu Flower is epic! JJS is in almost all of the scenes.

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Jo Jung-suk back in a sageuk sounds wonderful (it's been so long since Nokdu Flower). However, this pairing feels miscast even without taking the age-gap into account. I much prefer Shin Se-kyung in modern, more feminist role than her historical ones.

Also the fictional king Lee In sounds like a bizarro world version of Crown Prince Sohyeon if he lived or had an older brother lol.

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I like them both and I love Saeguks so I'll watch for sure.

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He can carry a drama by himself and/or bring out the best in a not so great actor so I am confidant it will be good enough to watch. If only for Jo Jung Seok! Shin Se Kyung is so beautiful to me but in acting, meh. But I still like her.

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Guess I have to put for JJS and my favourite saeguk genre

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Ido live South Korean dramas and this is one of my favorites ❤

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