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
At first, I was skeptical about it. Wanna know why? IT'S A FRIGGIN' LENGHTY DRAMA! To watch a 51-episode historical drama requires full time and dedication to finish it. And yes, I indeed took the challenge. Thanks to those who convinced me and of course to the helpful reviews as well.
Empress Ki, I must say, is a very compelling, powerful and controversial historical drama. I am always deeply enthralled with every read morescene with every scene that leaves you in awe and keeps you wanting for more. I suggest you (future watchers) dramathon it and don't skip a single episode nor a single scene.
Story - I love how the story of EK started and ended. Not the usual save-all-the-main-characters-protagonists kind of plot. I love killings, and I think these killings were the most highlighted parts of the drama aside from the intriguing plot. If you know what I mean. I was overwhelmed by it to the extent that I didn't look for any flaw. And mind you, when I'm really enjoying a particular drama, I become LESS OBJECTIVE. (You might disagree with me on this, but it's actually true.) It only means that I am satisfied about it. There was just one thing though that I got confused about. So if ever you happen to read this one and have watched the drama already, my profile is waiting for your comment to ask me what was it about. But, nevertheless, it was an EXCEPTIONAL sageuk. One thing that I loved as well was the turn of events. They were really unpredictable. I like unpredictable things.
Acting/ Cast: Every actor in this drama did a stellar job in portraying each character. I have not seen any actor acting with an expressionless face nor overrated acting. Again, if you know what I mean. Ha Ji Won's acting here was outstanding. She has that MAJESTIC BEAUTY. Joo Jin Mo did great as well. Just like how much he was great in A Frozen Flower. I mean, his acting. LOL
Ji Chang Wook - My first time seeing him in a drama. He did a great job in acting esp in crying scenes. He was the best. Actually voted for him in the MDL 2014 poll for best actor.
Baek Jin Hee - portrayed the Tanasiri character very convincingly. I hold her dearly to my heart. *whispers* I have a girl-crush on her. Hihihi ^^
Jin Yi Han / Tal Tal is a bonus here.
Lee Mun Shik / Bang - ahjussi, I will never forget how well you played in Iljimae and also here in EK. For the comedic parts, I salute you.
Jun Gook Hwan / El Temur - I never hated him even though how ruthless he was.
I loved all the villains in this sageuk except for one. His name is Yom. Yom the Scum.
Music - OST overall is pretty brilliant. Gosh, the feels... I especially liked Xia's I Love You.
Given the chance that I'd want to watch this again, I WOULD.
And finally, watching EK is an adventure which will be with me forever. It felt surreal when I finished it. I can't even start a new drama after watching it. No drama can surpass the roller coaster ride of emotions I felt in this drama.
P.S: Don't get surprised by its long episodes, it's totally worth watching!
You see 51 episodes? And you instanly thought it's too long for me, right? But, don't let the number of episodes pull you from not watching it. I had to admit I was like that to the moment when I actually start watching it! From the first episode you will feel thirsty to know how the things will develop and you'll want more and more to know. And when you finally reach read morethe last episode you will feel the emptiness and you will try to find a similar drama like this, but you'll not find it. Why you may ask?
This drama is based on fictional history of Empress Ki. Well, to be precise drama follows the life of a girl from Koryeo who becomes the most powerful woman of a Yuan Empire and her loves as she is torn between two countires.
The amazing cinematography, love triangles, acting, OSTs and a million feelings while watching it make this drama one of the most beautiful sageuks I've watched so far! ! No skip-watching, no boring scenes... nothing, just enjoyment and excitement through the whole drama!
Acting was more than spectacular! From the main actors to the supporting ones everything was perfect.
Ha Ji Won once again proved how powerful and brilliant actress she is! Every scene was like a piece of a cake for her and that's what made me like her more and more! She succeed to show the viewers a role of a girl who's left with nothing and no one to lean on to the girl who becomes the most powerful woman of a nation.
The acting as it was Ji Chang Wook's is rare, really rare. I haven't seen in a while such an amazing acting! It made me fall in love with him. Wow, I really don't know how to describe it, but if you watch it you'll know what I'm talking about. Ta Hwan a ruler of a Yuan Dinasty, the strong and great man is hard to play and he pulled it off brillianty. His acting left me spechless, just a praise and the fact that he became one of my fav actors!
Joo Jin Mon plays a hero, a protective man, king of Koryeo. I didn't like his role that much, but I can't say that he's just ordinary actor. He knows what he's doing and he's doing it very well.
Jin Yi Han who plays Tal Tal and Yoo In Young who plays Yon Feisu are my fav supporting characters. It was a pleasure and enjoyment watching their acting skills!^^
One of the most beautiful OSTs! The OST's where a happy scene makes more happier and the OSTs where a sad scenes make more sadder to the point where you find yourself crying and feeling their pain... that's how amazing OSTs are! :D
I'll rewatch it for sure! Just need to find a time! Oh, what the heck when the story is this good, you will forget about a time and you'll find yourself constantly clicking the next episode! So, yeah that's how SPECTACULAR this drama is! You just need to start it and then you'll see what I'm talking about! :D
-Both are high quality historical dramas with solid plot. (Nirvana in fire has better plot.)
-Both dramas are about getting justice/revenge.
-Both have strong, smart main heroes.(main heroes uses their brain instead of their fists.)
-Both have a little romance. (it is not the main focus and Empress ki has more.)
Empress Ki is just loosely mentioned in the background of Faith. But if you know real historical facts, Empress Ki has a brother, Ki Cheol, who is one of the villains of Faith, therefore perhaps watching Empress Ki before or after Faith is a good way to start to get the full understanding why the Yuan Empire is so powerful. Ki Cheol is however not mentioned in Empress Ki, as the story focuses on the fact that Empress Ki was an only child, or at least didn't know she had a brother. Either way both dramas are set around the same time so it's good to check out both to get the full understanding of the time period.
I want to watch this after watching Introduction to the Princess (a historical romance Chinese drama) which I really did love but the ending wa sooo freaking sad!! I was wondering if someine could tell me if the ending is good or really sad (with the spoiler alert of course)
Definitely! I'd rank him among the top 3 drama characters who was the most conplex and went trough the biggest character development. For good and for worse (that you love to hate that is) and i've seen quite a few dramas so yeah in my opinion definitely keep an eye on Togon.
Wow, it was totally worth to watch! Every single episode was interesting, the costumes were so pretty and refined. It keeps me want to know more about East Asia's history. I stroooongly recommend watching it!!!
No, I also quite dislike Wang Yu, or more like I don't care about his character at all..which might be even worst? He's one of the most "idealized" characters in Empress Ki up to what I've seen and while clever, he suffers of the "valiant hero/good guy" syndrome who speaks too much and trusts too easily (and among other things)..Or it might be me finding these type of characters generally uninteresting. Anyway, know that you're not alone.
Ji CHang Wook is right. This drama is simply captivating. Not only because of great costumes, production, cinematography but mainly because of its story. I can tell that the writers knew what they were doing. They knew how the story will unfold unlike most drama nowadays. There may not be plenty of romance in this but it kept me awake till sunrise. The suspense was just amazing. I usually skip the politics part in historical dramas but this one didn't bore me at all. In fact, the politics game was incredible. Each actors/actress picked out portrayed their own characters pretty damn good. The only bad thing about this drama is the ending. Rather, it was beyond great that the ending affected me so much my mood for the next days were so gloomy. 'nuff said
The cast is really amazing. Good actors. Ji chang wook oppa is so handsome. Omo! Haha. Unnie ha ji won is such a great actress. Its kinda long but its worth it. Lady Ki is so smart while she's doing her revenge. You too also will make an evil laugh to those wench and punk who made lady ki suffer. I love this drama. This is the reason why I begin to watch kdrama. Its definitely worth it.
Ji Chang Wook's acting is excellent. When Empress Ki came out, he was only in his mid-20s but his acting is up to par with the veteran A-list actors Ha Ji Won and Joo Jin Mo. Empress Ki has a very good story with a nice balance of action, romance, comedy, politics, betrayal, sacrifice, ambition for power. Some people dislike Emperor Ta Hwan but there's plenty of people including me who like his character sometimes. His personality has weak points and good points.