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.

  • Native title:

    기황후
  • Also Known as:

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

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Chrisstina
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13 days ago
  • 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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cheza7307
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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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Make a Recommendation More recs (8)Recommendations

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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    LMitsuki 1 day 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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    palak 2 days ago

    I'm on ep 40 and I have to say Nyang is the wisest lead girl I've ever come across. She's always one step ahead of her enemies and most of the time her enemies don't even know what (or rather WHO) they're dealing with. I think the only person who can fully keep with her intellectually is Tal Tal. I think that's why he favors her a bit more than his uncle. He acknowledges her wisdom and her sharp mind like no other. I like their relationship. Even Nyang agrees that Tal Tal could read anyone's mind and he's the only one who can keep up with her. Loving this drama!

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    LoraFrosty 7 days ago
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      docnty 3 days ago

      Thanks a bunch, I most greatly appreciate letting me know, I loathe drama's with either or both, betrayal or strong love triangles, especially when the person is married, and I didn't want to watch this one and blow a blood vessel from it, so again, thanks... :)))

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      LoraFrosty 3 days ago

      Yeah this triangle is huge, so the drama is probably not for you. I think it wasnt for me either...

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      docnty 3 days ago

      Thanks for telling me that, I shan't watch it then... I appreciate you letting me know that...

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      Drama_Lover 7 hours ago
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    DBSK 12 days ago
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    athena asghari 12 days ago

    i can`t tell you how much i love this drama, i just finished rewatching this for the third time and the ost still shakes my hearth i miss the characters, best drama i`ve ever seen,it make me cry ,laugh, proud and so many other feeling that i can`t describe and the interesting thing is even after third time i feel very sad that this fantastic show has ended....love it, love it, love it.... can someone recommend something similar to this show?

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    Chrisstina 13 days ago

    FANTASTIC, SPECTACULAR drama! I'm not regreting a single thing! From the first episode to the very last with an amazing acting and cinematography drama was BRILLIANT! Drama with an amazing twists, excellent chemistry and a million feelings that you feel while watching it! A truly MASTERPIECE! :D

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    DBSK 13 days ago

    I just picked it up again, after almost an entire year. This drama is excellent and should be watched with care and without forwarding scenes.

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    LotusElan 17 days ago

    Nevermind my past comment, this drama is outstanding.

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    Musikklass 17 days ago

    One of the best historical dramas!!!! I cried so much!

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    LotusElan 20 days ago
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      rainruma 9 hours ago
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    Hennie 22 days ago

    The ending could have been better tho..

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    LittleSwallow 23 days ago

    the best historical drama I have ever seen!

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    MinaVIP 24 days ago

    This is a pure masterpiece <3

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    CindyValdizno 24 days ago

    I shed so much tears for this drama :'(

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    Drama_Lover 24 days ago

    When ever some one mentions this drama, it makes me feel really sad. D: I regret watching it not because it was bad. I didn't think it was the best drama but I just regret watching it. xD I can't help but feel so sad for Nyang. xD Sigh~

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Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    51
  • Aired:

    Oct 28, 2013 to Apr 29, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 1,422 users)
  • Ranked:

    #27
  • Popularity:

    #21

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