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

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Dec 22, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
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 more scene 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

Special Mentions:
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!
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Aug 21, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
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 more the 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
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In both dramas, the female protagonists come from their native land to seek revenge and both of them are wise and strong female leads, yet caring towards people around them.
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Both have a VERY similar vibe. The love triangle and political intrigue about the ascension of the throne in Moon Lovers often reminded me of Empress Ki. In both someone is passionately in love with a woman who helped him to become more powerful. The female leads are both courageous and independent but Seung-Nyang was much more stronger and strategic though. They also have a breathtaking cinematography. Empress Ki is more intense and heartbreaking compared to Moon Lovers.
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    hamed 12 days ago

    very nice drama

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    Izida 14 days ago - edited

    I am trying to understand why ppl say it's awesome and give it 10 stars... but i can't

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      namopanik 12 days ago - edited

      You have to be a little more specific if you expect an answer. What do you dislike? I see you got pretty far.
      I always suspect people are giving 10s left and right because they A. want to validate time spent on watching something, B. generally like kdramas, C. rate for the actors they like, not the quality of the show. Using 7-10 scale is pretty common.

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    KMR 17 days ago - edited
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      namopanik 17 days ago
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    Kumud Raj 27 days ago
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    MiraiArtx 29 days ago - edited

    So is the main OTP her with Ji Chang Wook or Joo Jin Mo?

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    Lili Oct 21, 2016 - edited

    Is this anything whastover similar to moonlight drawn by clouds ?

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      Ranya Oct 22, 2016 - edited

      It's nothing like moonlight drawn by clouds. The plot is more dark and heavy. The female lead only disguised herself as a man in the first episodes and romance isn't the main focus.

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    Mary-jane Igwagu Oct 21, 2016

    loved the beginning but not the end

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    rumtumcat Oct 8, 2016

    Best drama ever!!

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    JCW Oct 7, 2016
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    KatieFoo Sep 14, 2016 - edited

    I feel so accomplished now that I've finished it. I actually skimmed through the episodes bc I know I didn't have enough time to spend 50+ hrs watching a drama when school is starting but let me tell you, this is beyond amazing; the acting was phenomenal so please watch it and don't let the number of episodes scare you off.

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    Alaa Aug 8, 2016 - edited

    does any of you ship nyang and tal tal?

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      silvermcv Sep 25, 2016

      it was a popular ship when it was airing. I shipped her with the Emperor since the beginning but this was my guilty pleasure ship ^^

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      Antonia Oct 10, 2016

      tal tal, yes yes, tal tal very manly!

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      mini Oct 14, 2016

      tal tal is love <3

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    Mighty_Brosia Aug 5, 2016 - edited

    If you will watch historical dramas, I always reminding myself:
    - prepare for not so happy ending. TRAGEDY.TRAGEDY everywhere.
    - don't invest too much for the character
    -you will surely have the "MOST HATEFUL CHARACTER"

    But I always tried not to invest to the character. But damn. I really love Wang Yu. and the emperor was sooo annoying..(ps I love him in Healer)..
    I just started to love historical dramas and so far, I'm always disappointed to the finale. But I think it's normal for historical dramas..

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      DianaCarvalho Aug 11, 2016

      Wang Yu, my king <3 I miss hiiiiim

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      Mighty_Brosia Aug 11, 2016

      I'm currently watching My love Eun Dong.. I love his character there..

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    Mighty_Brosia Aug 5, 2016

    jeezz...Wang Yoo...My perfect fantasy KING..

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    seyedd Aug 4, 2016

    Wang yoo has amazing character..

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    DramaQueen Jul 29, 2016

    Just Friggin Amazing!! Watched all episodes in 3 days!! Now I need to breathe and live some life before starting the next one lol


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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.


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    8.8 (scored by 4,675 users)
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