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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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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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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I agree that "Queen Seondok" has many more similarities to "Empress Ki"... but the reason I recommend "The Princess' Man" 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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    Luly 21 hours ago
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    shxxun 1 day ago

    i'm a fan of ha ji won, but i should say act as a sung nyang is kinda boring like the mix of her roles in secret garden and king 2 hearts in a colossal era. Too long episode, i'm in the middle episodes and i'm bored. but i would watch it til the end, perhaps my thoughts would change:)

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    firiel 1 day ago

    Wow, the emperor is a master of egoism!

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    Lils 6 days ago
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    maybe I'm the only one (well me and my mom) who just about pukes at the very sight of the koryo king (wang yu) - he really disgusts me though - literally every time he comes on screen I feel nauseous :/

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    Luly 8 days ago

    Is this a Gender Bender? it's worth watching?

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      she only pretends to be a boy in the first few episodes - so not really a gender bender

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      Luly 6 days ago

      ty! and it's worth watching?

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      if you're watching for Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won - then yes (I hate the other guy) (I've only watched 20 episodes so far)

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      Luly 6 days ago

      I was tinking about watching it for Ha Ji Won, but I don't wanna get bored xD

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      It definitely won't bore you ;) I sometimes skip a little bit when there is a scene with the other guy but other than him nothing it boring :D

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    onewbaby 8 days ago

    The beginning seems weird to me... because these type of dramas always start out with the main character young, then you see them progress into something great. She was young only for 20 minutes lol.

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    ludina 9 days ago

    Nyang sure is a heroine worth rooting for! I really needed a kickass saeguk lady!

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    catch_me 14 days ago

    just start watching it 2 eps , Ji Chang Wook is amazing I like him more in this drama than Joo Jin Mo and Ha Ji Won .still it is just the beginning

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    I'm really enjoying this drama - on episode 5 now ;) Love Tae Hwang & Sungnyang together ;) Ji Chang Wook just keeps getting better looking lol <3 Loved him since Smile, Dong Hae ;)

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    DBSK 16 days ago

    Finally completed! I'll get to the review soon ^^

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    LMitsuki 20 days ago

    I had a mental breakdown watching this. i'll probably even not be able to sleep. I was ready to give it a 10 but the last episodes disappointed me big time... I Don't even feel the will of writing a review. This was a great drama indeed, but I regret watching it for a bit. All because there were some characters i didnt enjoy.


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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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    8.7 (scored by 1,487 users)
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