“Empress Ki” – Episode 29 - 30 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
Episode 29 is the culmination of all the plotting done in the past episodes. The palace was flooded with a sea of tears and indignation originating from our villains, and brightened by our heroes smiles of victory. This was one evil, laughter inducing episode.
Wang Yoo’s new reality
“She is no longer your henchman or your lover”
Rinchan: Wang Yoo’s eyes gleamed with the thought of seeing Ki. He must be envisioning a near future where he can lovingly hold his fiancée and a distant future where he can cherish her and their children for their rest of their lives. However TalTal’s words shattered that, his life goals set with Ki in mind have been reduced to a pipe dream
by Couch-kimchi:A few details were revealed, we learned more about Yeol-Moo past. We also met her Mom, who is most likely crazy from grief and we learned the reason Yeol-Moo dropped Dong Chi but we’ll need more to understand why she thinks he’s a murderer. Ratings for this drama are strong, beating outSecret Door and Tomorrow’s Cantabile to remain #1 in its time slot. I’m gonna make a wild guess that part of it is due to the power of Baek Jin Hee again.Those of you who watched Empress Ki with me will remember the Korean audience being very vocal in their adoration of this actress, to the point that the script was changed to extend her part. I’m sure Choi Jin Hyuk is loved as well but the very tiny Baek Jin Hee has become a mighty draw on TV when she’s paired with a great script. All those pieces are falling into place with this drama, at least for now
Joseon Gunman, Episodes 5-14: Gunning for Revenge Written by Joyce On August 20, 2014
Joseon Gunman is practically synonymous with Lee Jun-ki, serving as an extension of his action-filled resume. The more I watch, the more amazed I am how how far he has come since his My Girldays, carving a niche for himself as an action thriller star.
Disclaimer: Spoilers ahead.
After the first four episodes laid the groundwork for his revenge motive, the darker plot and tone starts to really kick in from there onwards. Yoon-kang (Lee Jun-ki) doesn’t disappoint as a lead character, bringing to the plate an intricately woven transformation from a carefree nobleman to a gunman full of vengeance, equipped with a occasionally questionable moral compass
Actress Ha Ji Won took her final photo as Empress Ki, as the MBC drama going by the same name prepared to air its final episode.
On April 29, Ha Ji Won’s agency released the photo with the caption, “This is Ha Ji Won on the day of the filming for the final episode of ‘Empress Ki.’”
In the photo, Ha Ji Won is seen dressed in her ornate costume and makeup as Empress Ki. She holds up the “Empress Ki” drama script while looking at the camera. Her expression can be seen as a mixture of happiness, contentment, and sadness that the drama series has already come to an end.
In related news, “Empress Ki” aired its final episode on April 29.
Netizen who saw the photo commented, “Ha Ji Won, good work!” and “Ha Ji Won, congratulations on finishing up your drama!”
After taking over the ratings chart during its entire run, MBC’s Empress Ki concluded its series, rounding up its success.
Running 51 episodes in total, Empress Ki starred a talented cast of Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, Ji Chang Wook, and many more. The fast-paced and detailed story kept viewers on board since the end of October, when the drama first began with ratings of 11.1.
Ratings continue to rise, reaching its highest of 29.2 percent in March with episode 37. Its last episode, however, ended with 28.7, unfortunately not hitting 30 percent as everyone hoped it would.
With the conclusion of Empress Ki, MBC will follow it up with Triangle, starring Lee Bum Soo, Kim Jae Joong, and Im Si Wan.
The March 30 episode of MBC’s “Section TV” revealed some of the behind-the-scenes of casting for the drama “Empress Ki.” According to the broadcast, Ji Chang Wook’s role of Ta Hwan might have gone to fellow actor Jang Geun Suk. The production team really tried to recruit Jang Geun Suk for the role, but he had another drama in mind, and as “Empress Ki” is a longer drama, it didn’t fit with Jang Geun Suk’s international schedule.
Moreover, it was revealed that Baek Jin Hee’s role for Tanashiri first went to actress Kim Min Jung, and when that failed, Baek Jin Hee was cast just one week before filming started for the drama.
Soompiers, what do you think? Do you think Jang Geun Suk would’ve been better as Ta Hwan? or Kim Min Jung as Tanashiri?
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It has been revealed that casting for Empress Ki changed at the last minute.
March 30’s broadcast of MBC’s Section TV revealed the story behind the drama casting.
Empress Ki, which has been earning over 30% in viewership ratings, originally cast Jang Keun Suk and Kim Min Jung for the roles currently played by Ji Chang Wook and Baek Jin Hee, respectively.
Having acted alongside Ha Ji Won previously in Hwang Jin Yi, Jang Keun Suk was expected to be a great partner for the actress in another historical drama. However, Jang Keun Suk’s casting got nullified due to his schedules abroad, which overlapped with the 50 episode long drama.
Many actors also refused to take the role, since having to do a pigtail was rumored to cause misfortune, and the role was finally given to Ji Chang Wook
"Empress Qi" proved that historical dramas never get old as it maintained its #1 spot in its time slot, nearing the 30% viewer rating mark while its competitors are still struggling with single-digit viewer ratings.
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According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the March 11th episode of MBC"s "Empress Qi" achieved a 29.2% viewer rating, which is a 2.3% increase from its previous viewer rating of 26.9%, making expectations rise that it may reach the 30% viewer rating mark next week.
SBS" thriller drama "God"s Gift - 14 Days" has been steadily rising since its premiere last week and achieved a 9.1% viewer rating, which is a 0.2% increase from its previous viewer rating of 8
Empress Ki Ep34 Recap by thetalkingcupboard.wordpress.com
Seung-nyang stopped right in front of Yoo for a moment of angsty and accusing stare from her side and the guards were ordered to drag her away, but Ta-hwan’s arrival at the throne hall turned out to be a surprise for all of them. Tanashiri expressed her (faked?) relief to see him up and walking, but he’s only interested in what were they doing with Lady Ki. Seung-nyang was happy to have him recovering from the poison and Ta-hwan smiled at her reassuringly. They only had eyes for each other, as if they were the only people in the hall! Still, I feel bad for Yoo, who must felt a pang of sadness upon hearing Seung-nyang’s concern directed towards Ta-hwan
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Seung-nyang: What is the reason for me to come here?Yeon-chul: …I’m going to make you the criminal.Seung-nyang: Alright. If you want to make me the person who tried to harm the Prince, I’ll look forward to it, Chancellor.Empress Dowager: The Empress had left the Cold Palace?!Empress Dowager: This is a matter that can’t be overlooked.Tanashiri: It’s only for the sake of protecting my son.Byung-soo: In this upcoming hunt…Yeon-chul: …it’s going to be a sight worth seeing. I will catch a remarkable beast.Dangkise: The hunter’s targets are no other than the Emperor and Lady Ki… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNFGe51vSMI&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPk5DAUxRME&feature=player_embedded Episode 31 Ratings:AGB Nielsen: Nationwide 26
Kdrama Empress Ki: Eps 28 Recap by thetalkingcupboard
As Ta-hwan was holding the unconscious Seung-nyang in his arms, Tanashiri got to know that he went to the library. She wanted to prevent Seung-nyang from leaving the place with him and went there. Seung-nyang woke up and realized that she had lost consciousness for a while. Ta-hwan tried to persuade her into getting out of the library, but she refused to do so and continued to do the copying. He wanted to know what he could do for him, but Seung-nyang made him realize that he could do nothing, even protecting her from the people against her. She told him not to do anything for her, and she would do the same for him.
Tanashiri started to shout outside, calling for Ta-hwan to leave the Inner Court matters to her and not to interfere with her business
Empress Ki/Hwatu/기황후 started last week after MBC’s previous sageuk drama (and sadly snooze-fest) “Goddess of Fire Jung Yi”. I consider this a one-off recap for now since Empress Ki will be 50 episodes long and I don’t know if I can hold out that long… Sageuks in general tend to lose me after the first 16 episodes
Another day of cancellations had MBC’s Empress Ki as the only drama that aired, but the cancellations seemed justified as South Korea scored a gold in the 3000 m women’s short track event.
Even though the Olympic events continued, Empress Ki continued to rise, even just a mere 0.1 percent.
Still on schedule, KBS’ Our Neighborhood Variety and Sports covered the Olympics with the cast actually performing in Sochi to help cheer on the athletes and broadcast the events as sportscasters and reporters.
They covered Lee Sang Hwa′s 500m woman′s speed skating event, in which Lee Sang Hwa took the gold.
This week in K-drama land had its highs and lows with "Empress Qi" breaking its own record once again and "Prime Minister and I" coming to a not-so-stellar end in terms of ratings among Mon-Tues dramas.
SEE ALSO: "Empress Qi" tops its own record in viewer ratings again as the Mon-Tues drama to beat
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the February 4th episode of MBC"s "Empress Qi" achieved a 25.3% viewer rating, which is 1.4% increase from its previous viewer rating of 23.9%. With this feat, the historical drama is now setting its eyes on hopefully reaching the 30% viewer rating mark as it has been topping its own record with each consecutive episode lately.
SBS" "Kind Words" maintained its second place with a 10
Ji Chang Wook seemed to have been too modest about his physical appearance during his recent interview with MBC’s “Section TV Entertainment News.” In responding to the interviewer’s comment that his abs were very noticeable, the actor smiled and shook his head from side to side, and said, “Oh no, that’s not true”
The actor, who is currently playing the character of Emperor Huizong on the MBC drama, “Empress Ki,” appeared onscreen with a bare chest and as the interviewer had said, he seemed to have shown his fans a pretty good-looking set of abs. Ji Chang Wook further on commented, “As you would have seen in that episode, I wasn’t prepared at all for that scene and couldn’t work out at the gym because of my busy schedule. My body looked like an 8-year-old’s.”
The actor continued, “I’m mostly happy that during 2013, I got to do a lot of the things I wanted to do