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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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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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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I agree that "Queen Seondok" has many more similarities to "Empress Ki"... but the reason I recommend this is b/c both are the closest to perfection ...

---Both r extremely well-crafted (w/ a strong female lead ) in terms of Directing, Acting, Cast, Plot,Costumes, Music, Character-Development, etc....
--- They r most similar in that they both are an 'Epic Romance'.... of all the dramas, these 2 have the most palpable passionate loves.
--- Both have a fast moving plot...well balanced b/w romance/revenge/action/intrigue...
--- Both have Unforgettable characters!...
--- Both female leads are courageous and righteous and tough .... (although, Ki was also involved in the action)...
--- Both females were in disguise when the men met them...mistaken identities....(One was dressed as a guy, the other as a Princess)
--- Both have political intrigue about ascension to the throne...

As stated before they remind me of each other b/c the first 22 ep. of "Empress Ki" are so Perfect, I thought it would surely surpass "The Princess' Man" ..... However, the second half of "Ki" was full of inconsistencies... Although still intriguing to watch - it lost that perfection !!! ...
"TPM" only faltered once - I felt the kidnap scene at the river's edge was weak - but the rest was Amazing ...
Recommended by rainruma
Complicated. Long episode too, though empress ki better than this drama and empress ki have a happy end because nyangi love peeha, sinceretely.
Recommended by BerastiaAnis

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    dummykid 7 hours ago

    Man, with this awesome comments I can't help but to add this drama on my plan to watch kdrama list.

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    rainruma 2 days ago

    It was Great ....Perfection.... Nearly.... -:((
    In the second half the writers really messed up w/ inconsistencies (read my spoiler below).

    Nonetheless, every moment of this drama is Captivating !!! ... Great pace... 51 episodes and I want more!!!
    A good story w/ memorable, well developed characters....
    Great acting by the 3 leads .... ... the great love these 2 men expressed was very palpable!!!
    ... Excellent Casting all around .... the actors fit their roles perfectly .... so many memorable and enjoyable characters ....
    A perfect balance b/w Romance / Action / Intrigue / melodrama / comedy ...

    Very disappointed w/ the writers for ruining what could have been a perfect drama - directing, acting, plot, music, cast, costumes,

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    rainruma 2 days ago
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    alexk345 3 days ago

    This drama is utter mess for me. Just awful plots. Ha ji won sucked. But i liked the emoress girl acting. She was hilarious.

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    GABBIELEO 3 days ago

    anyone can tell me who are the main couple in this drama ?

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      rainruma 2 days ago

      did u want to know who she ends up w/ at the end?

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      GABBIELEO 2 days ago

      yes in the end please ! thank you :]

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      rainruma 2 days ago
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    Mikhal96 19 days ago

    I miss this drama so much ://

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      rainruma 2 days ago

      Me Too!!!...and i just finished watching it -:(

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    taeyang_ez 25 days ago

    cant get over Tal Tal!. :p

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      rainruma 20 hours ago
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    Sweety-Face 28 days ago

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

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    5NFOSI 29 days ago
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      rainruma 2 days ago

      KJH...me too! He made me feel sympathy for that twisted character.... I liked him in "Queen Seondok" also .... I especially liked that at one point he tells her that he wants 'her heart'... He wasn't just lusting after her...
      ... a charcter I 'Love-to-Hate' ...or....'Hate-to-Love' ?!?!?!?

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    sal123 29 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 Jun 27, 2014

    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 Jun 24, 2014

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

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    selenka95641 Jun 23, 2014

    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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    South Korea
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    Oct 28, 2013 to Apr 29, 2014
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.7 (scored by 1,292 users)
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