The Empress

The Empress (2011)

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Seo In-Hwa (Jang Shin-Young) is a college student studying painting at a prestigious university. In-Hwa wants to live her life differently from her mother who ran a hostess bar, but she is trampled over by power and money. Because of this, In-Hwa becomes a hostess in a drinking establishment. She overcomes hardships to become the best in her field. In-hwa then seeks revenge on the men in power who destroyed her life read moreand let her mother die ....

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May 30, 2012
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 4.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
I really liked Jotei, so I decided to watch Yeoje to see if it had a better ending or if it fixed some of the things i hated from Jotei. I will admit that I am a bit unfair in my critique because it took forever to finish this, and I ended up having to watch the last 2 episodes on my very limited knowledge of the Korean language.
I did like read more the updates to the story, some of the characters are older than they were, and some are younger. Yeoje was also way less pervy than Jotei, but the girls in Yeoje created senseless arguments. It was like the writter said, "these two are supposed to be in a conflict here". FOr the age of the girls the conflicts did not make sense like it did in Jotei where they were younger and immature. The use of technology is something that could not have been used in Jotei becasue it was so old, so it was cool to see gadgets used, in some cases i yelled "ha ha gotcha!"
I did not like the acting. It was awful, the actors were in some cases stiff, over emoting, stone faced, and in some cases looked like they came from acting 101. the main offender is the really hot male lead (who gets points for shirtless fan service), he had exactly 2 expressions and a really cute smile. I loved Matsuda in his role and I wanted Kang ji sub to bring it, but he dropped it somewhere before getting to set. The female lead wasnt really compelling either, although she had more expressions, i really hated her "i am strong" facade when she wasnt strong. Oh and her alligator tear scenes are hilarious.
Although the cast is really great looking, Yeoje didnt do something that Jotei was able to; Jotei made you feel for the characters, and even in the absurd situations they were in you rooted for them. Yeoje toyed with the main concept and in the end you didnt care whether everyone went up in flames or not.
Its not worth the work to find the drama (it was on cable tv), learn Korean to translate it, and then watch a over dramatizied version of Jotei. watch the first 3-4 episodes and then skip to the last one. If you watched the original you didnt miss anything.
p.s. the ending is the same.
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    the ending destroyed me. really. it did. thank you to whichever rude bastard decided to end it that way. i'm going to go cry alone for a few hours now and quietly regret my decision for watching this.

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      NewKDramaAddict Feb 26, 2017

      Thanks. I'm prepared for an incredibly bad ending now. But for the leads I watch! Who can turn away from Kang Ji Sub?! Hll I suffered through Birds for him too!!

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    ahtaena Oct 20, 2014

    it could have been a very good drama but the director or writer could not do the magic that every perfect drama has, despite a very good concept, surprisingly this drama doesn`t have anything special...

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    danielnaon Jun 17, 2013

    the main actor is hot but he cant play very well... dropped.

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    LukasM Jun 3, 2013

    this drama is good?

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    blackstar_aria Nov 27, 2011

    omg. I havent seen such bad acting in a long time. the male lead is as bad as one from a telenovela. However he is super hot, maybe thats how he got the role.

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    KdramaQueen89 Oct 25, 2011

    i watched the first 2 eps and i got to say its pretty good=) The leads have hot chemistry!


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    South Korea
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    Oct 1, 2011 to Dec 24, 2011
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    50 min.


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    6.5 (scored by 239 users)
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