Empress Ki

Empress Ki (2013)

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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.

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  • Also Known as:

    Hwatu; 화투; Qi Empress; Battle of Flowers; Gi Hwang-hu

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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May 28, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
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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 more as 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.
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14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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May 3, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
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 more great 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. :)
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Complicated. Long episode too, though empress ki better than this drama and empress ki have a happy end because nyangi love peeha, sinceretely.
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Both female leads due to circumstances in their lives disguise themselves as males in their youth & young adult years. They later go on to become strong female leaders in male dominated surroundings.
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    Mikhal96 14 days ago

    I miss this drama so much ://

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    taeyang_ez 20 days ago

    cant get over Tal Tal!. :p

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    Sweety-Face 22 days ago

    where is edited version of the last episode of empress ki???

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    5NFOSI 23 days ago
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    sal123 24 days ago

    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:)

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    AmyLovesDramas 26 days ago

    One of my favorite dramas ever! This drama was full of twists, turns, suspension, betrayal, action... ugh, I just love it so much!.

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    AnaK24 29 days ago

    Eu quero ver, mas cadê tempo? Parece ser um ótimo drama.

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    selenka95641 30 days ago

    That was the most intense drama I've ever watched. I was so emotionally attached to all the characters in this. I cant even put in words how much of an impact they had on me. I'm just wordless.

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    BerastiaAnis Jun 23, 2014

    Best drama ever. Very addicted !!! Really miss baby emperor and nyangi

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    daavar Jun 19, 2014

    One of the best dramas ever! Just amazing! Paeha & Nyang forever <33

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    sissy Jun 17, 2014
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      Rtee Jun 19, 2014

      i think yeah that what it was meant for .. the moment of the decision might have changed everything

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    Peacecat Jun 12, 2014
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      darklight 27 days ago

      You can watch The Huntresses instead ... It's fun and has a lot of action of Ha Ji Won... I liked it...

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      Peacecat 27 days ago

      Lol yea I'm planning to watch it but dunno if there's eng subs yet. Cuz last time, which is like weeks ago, I checked there wasn't subs yet. I'll check now. Thanks! :)

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      darklight 22 days ago

      there is and it's a very good sub. If you can't find it I'll email it for you...

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      Peacecat 22 days ago

      Lol I've watched it already, but the one i watched didn't have good subs, so please do email it to me! :D

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      Peacecat 20 days ago

      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.

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    Peacecat Jun 11, 2014
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      mgzem Jun 17, 2014

      did you find out why? or I can explain, I guess ^^

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      Peacecat Jun 17, 2014

      Lol well I still don't get it.. How'd it end up in her hands? If u can, please explain.:]

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      mgzem Jun 18, 2014
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      Peacecat Jun 18, 2014

      Lol! Thanks for the explanation! :) Def Helped! :D

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      mgzem Jun 18, 2014

      happy to hear that, you're welcome :)

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    Peacecat Jun 11, 2014

    Yay!! FINALLY summer!!! I can finally watch this! :D Been waiting forever. :)

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    sweetmelissa Jun 9, 2014
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    South Korea
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    Oct 28, 2013 to Apr 29, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 1,274 users)
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