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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Our Addiction to Empress Ki has Finally Ended

I am not into Korean TV Series at all. The last K-TV series I watched was I think “Full House” by Rain and Song Hye Kyo, that was more than a decade ago. Lol! The last TV-series that I watched was TWD (The Walking Dead) Season 1, after watching that, I didn’t bother watching the next seasons. I’m more into watching short movies because I always think that TV-series are just too long and is eating up your time. Believe me I’m not a K-novela fan, I don’t even know the real names of these actors and actresses and I can only name 2 Korean stars (Song Hye Kyo and Rain). However, there’s something about Empress Ki and made us want to watch for more. We just couldn’t get over it! So we got addicted and finally finished the entire 51-episodes. Each episode was about an hour long so you can see how many time we’ve wasted but I loved all of it – although we haven’t started the first episode. I think we began at Ep 7. There’s just something about it that I like the most. At the end of the series, we found out that it was a true story/account of Empress Ki of China so that must be why. I’m sorry to spoil you if you’re watching it but here’s a short overview of the series:

Source: Google Images
Empress Ki (Hangul: 기황후; RR: Ki Hwang-hu) is a South Korean historical television series starring Ha Ji-won as the titular Empress Gi/Ki. It aired on MBC from October 28, 2013 to April 29, 2014 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 51 episodes. The series revolves around Ki Seung-Nyang, a Goryeo-born woman who ascends to power despite the restrictions of the era's class system, and later marries Emperor Huizong to become an empress of the Yuan Dynasty, instead of her first love Wang Yoo. The series depicts her loves and political ambitions as she is torn between the two nations. (Source: Wikipedia

Main characters
Ha Ji-won - Ki Seung-nyang, later Empress Gi
Ji Chang-wook - Toghon (Ta Hwan), later Emperor Huizong
Joo Jin-mo - Wang Yoo (character based on King Chunghye of Goryeo)

Ki Seung-Nyang is a woman from Goryeo (Koryo) who pretended to be a man and became one of the trusted warriors to the Koryo King Wang Yoo but later met Huizong who wasn’t an emperor at that time whose life was threatened by the traitors to his throne. Huizong later had to lie to protect his throne and put the blame back to the entire Koryo nation which resulted to the Koryo King Wang Yu to be dethroned and Ki Seung-Nyang to become a servant to the Yuan Palace after her secret was revealed. 

Seung Nyang dressed as a man and Toghon (later the emperor of Yuan). Source: Google Images
Emperor Huizong later noticed Seung Nyang and demanded for her to be his imperial servant. Time passed and Wang Yoo arrived from the palace after saving the Yuan soldiers from the rebels and got the favor of the Yuan regent El-Temur. Wang Yoo later got Seung Nyang from Emperor Huizong and lived with her but had to go back to Koryo and leave Seung Nyang behind. Seung Nyang’s life was in trouble with Wang Yoo not around that she had to hide to save her life. She later found out she was pregnant with Wang Yoo but unfortunately lost her child after it fell from the cliff.

Wang Yoo thought that Seung Nyang was dead and he grieved for the loss of his love. He later decided to marry El Temur’s niece to get his throne back. When Seung Nyang learned about it, she decided to become one of the emperor’s consorts to avenge her baby and her family as well as her friends who were killed to help her escape. She later became the chief of consorts and later turned into an empress of Yuan after a long battle of strategies with the imperial people. I felt like I was watching a game of chess. You always need to have a good move in order to win. 

Empress Ki and Emperor Huizong in the Yuan Palace. Source: Google Images
Seung Nyang and Wang Yoo later found out that their baby was alive and became the son of the late Empress Tanashiri after she faked his birth. She got the baby from a nun that found him alive in the river. This truth could kill Seung Nyang being the Empress of Yuan and so Emperor Huizong killed Wang Yoo who freely offered his life to save Seung Nyang.

The story ended with the Yuan Dynasty falling in the hands of the rebels and Emperor Huizong dead. Seung Nyang needed go to the North to live with her son Ayu. Ayu after a few years regained the throne and was later crowned the new emperor of Yuan. The series is also broadcasted in Peru, Singapore, Japon, Taiwan and Romania.

There are so many things I realized in this series:


1. THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. I should add “love of money and power” as the root of all evil here. This is biblical, people can kill people. The lives of some people seemed useless because of the greed for power and money. I’ve seen so many killings (which made this series not appropriate for very young audiences). It can cause betrayal and rebellion against authority. 

2. TRUE LOVE GIVES UP EVERYTHING. I can’t imagine how Wang Yoo freely gave up his life to save Nyang. When you love someone so much, you’ll just be very willing to do everything for him or her. 

3. THE LOVE OF A MOTHER. The love of a mother is just so great I can’t even imagine it. I cried so much in this movie especially during the time when Nyang and Wang Yoo’s son died. Dane was laughing at me because I was so drawn away by it. Lol!


Some of Empress Ki casts. Behind the scenes photos. Source: Google Images

4. WHAT YOU PLANT IS WHAT YOU REAP. This is an old golden rule: Plant kindness and you will reap for it. Plant evil and you will eventually reap a harvest of pure evil. The wicked people in this soap died and met their own death one by one. 

5. LIFE IS A GAME OF CHESS – PLAY IT WELL. There was one point while we were watching when I told Dane, “If I were in that movie, I won’t reach that far! I would probably be dead as early as Episode 1!”. They’re just so smart and clever I don’t think I can be that smart at all but what I realize is “Diskarte sa buhay” is always needed to succeed. 

Left to right: Kolta (emperor's assistant), Empress Dowager, Empress Tanashiri, Lady Yohn (empress's assistant), and Tal-Tal, the General's right hand and nephew. Source: Google Images
I still think of it from time to time. Although that was really a lot of time wasted, I’m happy with all the things I was reminded of and the bonding time that we had while watching. Dane and I both love it. I’d like to see more bloopers and behind the scene photos or videos because I just felt so sad that they all died in the end except for Nyang and her son Ayu!

I need more of these behind the scenes photos! lol. Source: Google Images

Have you watched any movie or TV series lately? How did it go?



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22 comments:

  1. I'm not into Korean series but I've watched few series that I really love such as Jewel in the Palace, Baker King, Queen Seon Deok and The Heirs.

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    1. I haven't watched any of that but I heard Jewel in the Palace was the best.

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  2. Not really a fan of Korean series pero in fairness, magaganda storylines nila. I watched a couple of them in the past, including Princess Hours and The Heirs (!!!).

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    1. I heard about The Heirs being a great one too. Gosh, too many nice Korean series. lol.

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  3. Ooh this looks interesting. I wouldn't call myself a fan but I really like SK' series' direction and cinematography. Plus cute actors pa! :D

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  4. I haven't finished Empress Ki yet but hearing great reviews about it and also because Ha Ji Won is in the series, I'll find time to continue watching it. If you like historical dramas, I suggest you watch Dong-Yi, The Moon That Embraces The Sun, Queen Seon Duk, among others :) -edel

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  5. I have watched this for 4 days. This drama is so nice and highly recommended.

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    1. Wow, we're slow! It took 2 months for us to finish. Pero putol putol and panonood namin. Napakaganda. Di ako nagsisi na pinanood ko sya. :)

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  6. I am not a fan of Korean TV series. I only watch first few episodes and that's it. Hehehe :)) But its good to know that this kind of shows still offer valuable lessons :)

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    1. Yes, it's actually a great prod for me. :)

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  7. I saw this series quite a while ago Have you caught the birth of a beauty that is quite nice one. It also recently ended.

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    1. I haven't heard of Birth of a Beauty before, I'll look into it. :)

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  8. Oh, nice to meet you, fellow K-drama fan! (Actually, I'm a K-drama addict).

    I didn't watch this despite my love for Ha Ji Won. I have it on my to-watch list but with the number of great dramas airing right now, I don't know if I'd be able to find the time to watch it honestly.

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    1. That's OK, who knows you may be able to finish it in the future. ;)

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  9. her true story revolves in not just love but the drive to gain power and fame. at their time, to achieve power you need to overthrow and sometimes kill many person and even the one you love can be sacrificed.

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    1. You're definitely right! And it's sad to see the villains easily just kill people to get what they want and get everyone out of the way just to get it.

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  10. Unlike you, I prefer watching K-dramas than short movies. i have watched a lot including Empress Ki and is now currently watching Pinocchio. :-)

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    1. I've never even heard of Pinocchio, not sure if that's a K-drama too. haha. I'll check on that right now. :D

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  11. Ako pili lang din ang napapanood kong Korean series. Super love ko The Heirs. :) at basta si Lee Min Ho ♥ True yan we are learning from their stories.

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    1. Sobrang madami na nagsabi na maganda The Heirs! I'll watch the trailer now. hehe

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