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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59 of 62 people found this review helpful
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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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41 of 43 people found this review helpful
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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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Make a Recommendation More recs (21)Recommendations

-Both are high quality historical dramas with solid plot. (Nirvana in fire has better plot.)
-Both dramas are about getting justice/revenge.
-Both have strong, smart main heroes.(main heroes uses their brain instead of their fists.)
-Both have a little romance. (it is not the main focus and Empress ki has more.)
Recommended by HistoryFan
Empress Ki is just loosely mentioned in the background of Faith. But if you know real historical facts, Empress Ki has a brother, Ki Cheol, who is one of the villains of Faith, therefore perhaps watching Empress Ki before or after Faith is a good way to start to get the full understanding why the Yuan Empire is so powerful. Ki Cheol is however not mentioned in Empress Ki, as the story focuses on the fact that Empress Ki was an only child, or at least didn't know she had a brother. Either way both dramas are set around the same time so it's good to check out both to get the full understanding of the time period.
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    mrwyoo 10 days ago - edited

    ep 11, nope, I'm giving up. maybe ill pick it up later on. I saw some spoilers. it's a good drama and I usually do like history dramas, but this one really didn't get my attention. It's predictable of what's going to happen. What grinds my gear is that everytime Ha Ji-won her father character dies.
    Can someone give me a short recap (only important things) till the last episode?

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    Mimonimo 11 days ago

    My 1# Korean drama . I just can't get over this. I didn't want it to end . How can I live without Empress Ki ?

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    StarlightxMemory 28 days ago - edited

    My favourite drama of all time. I watched this as it was airing, started after the first 2 episodes had aired and was anxiously waiting for each episode to come out, through the dramas entire run. I'm still obsessed with it to this day. Can't get the character of TaHwan out of my head!
    TaNyang forever <3
    It was also my very first Ji Chang Wook drama. I've loved him ever since. If you're reading this comment and haven't watched it yet, give it a chance and don't let the number of episodes scare you away. It is definitely worth the watch.

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    jinnborn Jan 1, 2016
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    DianaCarvalho Dec 11, 2015 - edited

    Just one word: PERFECT! <3

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    dramagirl678 Nov 29, 2015 - edited

    I want to watch this after watching Introduction to the Princess (a historical romance Chinese drama) which I really did love but the ending wa sooo freaking sad!! I was wondering if someine could tell me if the ending is good or really sad (with the spoiler alert of course)

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    Aniulka96 Nov 28, 2015

    poland here

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    Grey-Eyes Nov 18, 2015 - edited

    I am watching this drama and have seen 5 ep. so far. I really like the cast and the acting, however I hate the Emperors' character at this point. Will there be any improvement in this whimping prink?

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      MinaVIP Nov 18, 2015 - edited

      Definitely! I'd rank him among the top 3 drama characters who was the most conplex and went trough the biggest character development. For good and for worse (that you love to hate that is) and i've seen quite a few dramas so yeah in my opinion definitely keep an eye on Togon.

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      Grey-Eyes Nov 20, 2015

      Thanks Mina - I am moving on with the episodes and find the Emperor charachter quite interesting indeed. The acting is really beautiful :-)

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    Lavendova Nov 16, 2015 - edited

    This drama is amazing. It's in polish tv already

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    JustynaP Nov 3, 2015 - edited

    Wow, it was totally worth to watch! Every single episode was interesting, the costumes were so pretty and refined. It keeps me want to know more about East Asia's history. I stroooongly recommend watching it!!!

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    Raghad Oct 21, 2015 - edited

    Am i the only one who dislikes wang yu?

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      soussan Oct 24, 2015

      i think so...^_^

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      NekoMinSeo Nov 27, 2015 - edited

      No, I also quite dislike Wang Yu, or more like I don't care about his character at all..which might be even worst? He's one of the most "idealized" characters in Empress Ki up to what I've seen and while clever, he suffers of the "valiant hero/good guy" syndrome who speaks too much and trusts too easily (and among other things)..Or it might be me finding these type of characters generally uninteresting. Anyway, know that you're not alone.

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      StarlightxMemory 28 days ago

      No defintely not. I really didn't like him either. He was just boring and too perfect, the male version of a mary sue. It's not the acting either, cuz i really like the actor.

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      Raghad 28 days ago

      i don't like anything about him. not the actor nor the role in the drama

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    nadia Oct 16, 2015 - edited

    this drama will be aired in polish tv, i'm so happy, finally i'll be able to watch it!

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      Lukshana Oct 28, 2015

      hah hello my polish friend :D I also will be watching :3

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    Pixiemage7 Sep 12, 2015

    Ji CHang Wook is right. This drama is simply captivating. Not only because of great costumes, production, cinematography but mainly because of its story. I can tell that the writers knew what they were doing. They knew how the story will unfold unlike most drama nowadays. There may not be plenty of romance in this but it kept me awake till sunrise. The suspense was just amazing. I usually skip the politics part in historical dramas but this one didn't bore me at all. In fact, the politics game was incredible. Each actors/actress picked out portrayed their own characters pretty damn good. The only bad thing about this drama is the ending. Rather, it was beyond great that the ending affected me so much my mood for the next days were so gloomy. 'nuff said

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    DramakitTy Sep 10, 2015

    Totally worths spending time to watch its 51 episodes
    Everything about this drama Is perfection♡

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    soussan Sep 1, 2015

    the only word that i can say about this TV series is : awesome...i love all thing in that:story,music,cast... i watch many melodrama and i rarely cry but ...i cried for the ending of this TV series...


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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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    8.8 (scored by 3,453 users)
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