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 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.
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.
In my head she did. His character was such a treat. He managed to steal himself a spotlight between Wang Yu and the Emperor. Even though their relationship was non-romantic (and I was extra cautious on all their scenes and countless crosscuts of him making faces or staring knowingly - lol, someone in a postproduction must have really liked him), I think they had deepest understanding and some kind of kindredness.
They barely interacted till the middle of the show or so and at the beginning I couldn't get what's the deal with shipping them, but boy. It was worth waiting for.
How could they kill him off screen.
Finally finished all 51 episodes and am feeling totally drained. They are all dead - the good, the bad and the ugly - only the empress is left at the end. Those who loved her passionately and those who hated her equally passionately are all gone.
Great performances from all the actors. I must especially mention the actors who played the wicked roles - each of them was perfect for his/her role - the fiery vengeful Tangqishi, the slimy Yom, the powerful ruthless El Temur, the jealous deadly empres Tanasiri and the sly wicked empress Bayan - every one of them added to the power of this drama.
But for me the poignant portrayal was the one of the emperor - sad, lonely, weak, used and manipulated by everyone to gain their own ends. And through it all he remains faithful to KI, initially knowing that she did not love him and then sadly not know that she grows to love him, racked by jealousy but refusing to listen to anything said against her and finally dying in her arms betrayed by the eunuch whom he trusted so much and loved so dearly. Would also like to mention Tal tal here. Here is an unspoken love and a very fine man. Thank God they killed him off screen! If they had shown his dying too, I swear I would never have survived this drama!! Now I need to take a break till my heart settles down and I stop having nightmares!!
I'm so proud of myself now that I've finished it. This was a masterpiece indeed. You can actually feel all the strong emotions that the actors are conveying. There were also a lot of scenes and lines that made me cry so hard especially when Yom the scum said that his only crime was he was born in Koryo yeah I hated him but he was one of those guys that you didn't expect to be so emotional inside, also add the part when the one he loves died ahh the emotions gosh.. and the last scene.. I've been waiting for so long for Nyang to say those words and even though the ending wasn't the best cause it was just so sad like everyone died even the good ones, it was somehow satisfying that the Emperor atleast got to know that Nyang really loved him. I know at some point we all hated Chang wook's character especially when he went crazy but I really pitied him I can't imagine living like a prisoner, being used and with people around who's taking advantage of you and only ends up betraying you. He was childish, selfish and all but I salute his loyalty to Nyang and hey! he proved a lot to Nyang especially when he had to sacrifice his self just to assure Nyang and Ayu's place. Okay well that was long and a lot of SPOILER hahaha I'm just so emotional right now I don't want it to end. :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
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.
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..