A woman from Goryeo marries Emperor Huizong and becomes a powerful Empress of the Yuan Empire, Empress Ki. The series depicts her loves and political ambitions as she is torn between the two countries.
Also Known as:
Hwatu; 화투; Qi Empress; Battle of Flowers; Gi Hwang-hu
This drama was awesome and then some, really no complaints here. I just can't believe how it ended and how it all ties into the first episode. I give a shout out to the writers who took this historical story and made it seems like a deep love story. The actors must be commended for their hard work and commitment to the story. The music really suited the different climaxes read moreas the story progressed. I must have cried buckets of tears to the point of drying out my tear banks. So much was given up in order for those who survived to live. Empress ki herself was so strong and brave there are few women who could accomplish, and persevere through what she went through, so I give accolades to the actress who portrayed her life story. This is very much my favorite drama from 2013 to 2014.
I've been meaning to review this drama for a while but kept putting it off. It took time for me to gather my thoughts on it and write it all down properly. If someone asked me what kind of a drama Empress Ki is I'd just say one thing- crazy. That one word fits the description perfectly. I truly believe I've never seen a crazier drama before. It was crazy in both read moregreat ways and terrible ways.
First things first- don't be fooled by the opening sequence of this drama. I do believe it mislead me completely and I didn't get what I thought I would. It was rather a waste to have filmed that scene since it is one of the most attention-grabbing scenes in a drama EVER according to me.
While I appreciate the writer for taking chances to create a bold storyline, I would say it both did and didn't create the effect it intended to have. What started off as a brilliant narrative, got lost midway but picked up in the second half- only to lead to one of the most disappointing closing arcs ever. Till episode 41-42 I thought this drama was the best thing I have ever watched. I had never been this entertained by a drama before- the romance, humour, politics, scheming, tragedy was all a wonderful combination for enjoyment. Too bad it was a steep downward trend from then on and it couldn't just keep up with the quality of its previous episodes. The last 10 episodes totally distracted me from what the drama was before and that's just saddening.
Since no drama can be perfect, I tried my best to overlook its flaws. Although I was much too frustrated with the drama towards the end, I still give it a lot of credit for making me love its characters so much before its degradation began. Seung Nyang is one of the strongest characters in dramaland and the guys who vie for her affection were both likable in their own ways. I thought this drama has one of the most drawn-out and tiring love triangles ever. Not that I'm complaining since that was what drew me to it in the first place. The romance was quite fulfilling and I was satisfied with the moments we got although I didn't like what the writers did to my favourite couple towards the end.
While there are what I call as WTF moments in the drama, they are also the most exciting ones thanks to its awesome antagonists. Tanasiri was the woman I loved to hate! I in fact loved the actress a lot too. She was absolutely terrific. Her whole family was a family of psychos which was just funny. Then we also have good guys turning into bad and vice versa which is another interesting aspect of this drama. We constantly see the characters battling not just others but also themselves.
The cast did a great job of their characters and oh boy!- it introduced me to hotties like Ji Chang Wook and Jin Yi Yan. Ji Chang Wook is not only handsome but really gets under the skin of his character. His performance just blew me away. Ha Ji Won was good too but I always have trouble connecting with her acting in a lot of places- both in this and her previous dramas. The rest of the cast was fine too.
One reason to remember this drama fondly is the music. It's an absolute outstanding soundtrack and they always played the music at the right times. If I could, I would like to get my hands on the physical copy of the OST. I have listened to pretty much every song innumerable times and it never bores me. It's deep, emotional and powerful. Maybe it depends on one's taste too but I would recommend the OST to everyone.
So all in all, this drama is highly flawed. It's got a lot many flaws but the good parts are just as good. I think this drama is better seen at once since skipping the last arc and just getting to the end would be the best thing to do. Don't let the last few episodes keep you from watching this. It's worth a try at least. :)
Maha was such a pitiful child. I really hated the emperor for hating on him so much. I didn't expect Tanasili to care so much about her child though, since he wasn't really hers. Kim Jung Hyun did a really good job in this Drama. His acting was amazing and I loved his twisted lovable character so much.
OMG I loved it !!!! first when I saw the trailer and all the news about it I thought it will be another historical drama all about war and the holly chair of the emperor. So I was ignoring the drama for some time but one day I started watching it and I don't regret one bit. Everything it balanced action, thriller, love, hatred. Though I think the whole story was meant to depict the love and life story of empress Ki. I love u guys thnks so much for all ur hard work. Im definitely going the recommend this to all kdrama lovers. Its a great drama. Im going to watch this later when I star to forget it:)
Sungnyang is always in the palace these days and I'm getting kinda tired of seeing her acting weak I want to see her fight like she did in the first few episodes... will she ever get out? Should I drop or continue watching? btw, I just finished ep 17.
LOL Maybe i'll just pick up this drama and continue watching it.. >.< Nothing else for me to watch these days. If u know anything good please do message me. :) My twin already told me everything that happened cuz I asked her to, but oh well.
Can someone explain to me what the blue head band thing is?(one in first and second episode.) Srry don't get that... like why did Nyang receive it? How? Will it be explained later on? Btw, i'm only on 2nd ep, so no spoilers please. Thanks!
you know how she started working for that guy(Wang Go) who saved her from the streets, right? then one night she saw him and Danggise (who killed her mum) drinking together.. and they were talking about sending another group of tributes (women) to the palace.. she understood that he(Wang Go) also was involved in them being slaves.. so she decided to take revenge.. as you know, Wang Go was dealing with salt without royal permission and because salt was a really precious material at that time, it was a crime to secretly trade it.. Wang Yoo was investigating this affair at that time, and Seungnyang decided to reveal Wang Go's scheme so she sent a headband(red) to the person in charge, without knowing it was Wang Yoo, and started helping Wang Yoo.. also Wang Yoo sent his headband(blue) to acknowledge her help.. if you pay attention, you can see that Wang Yoo is wearing the red headband Seungnyang sent him when they first met :) hope it helps, kinda long right :D