empress ki recap

Ratings Fall for ‘Prime Minister’ Despite Kisses, Serenades and EXO’s Suho

By in News posted Oct January 14th, 2014 No comments

It isn’t the lowest we′ve seen, but KBS’ Prime Minster and I continued its reign over last place with lower ratings.

On Monday night, Prime Minister and I recorded 6.9 percent in ratings, slipping back from its previous 7.3 percent.

The lowered ratings come from an episode that included a kiss, a special serenade from Lee Bum Soo, and a cameo appearance from EXO’s Suho.

As EXO’s Suho is expected to appear for a longer period of time in the following episodes, perhaps Prime Minster and I will see the EXO effect in the coming days, especially since nothing else seems to be working against such a big rival like MBC′s Empress Ki.

Monday, January 13, 2014



Im Hyuk

By in Actor posted Oct January 12th, 2014 No comments

Name: 임혁 / Im Hyuk (Lim Hyeok)
Real name: 임정혁 / Im Jung Hyuk
Profession: Actor
Birthdate: 1949-May-31
Birthplace: South Korea
Star sign: Gemini

TV Shows

King’s Dream (KBS1, 2012)
New Tales of Gisaeng (SBS, 2011)
Giant (SBS, 2010)
Merchant Kim Man Deok (KBS1, 2010)
Empress Chun Chu (KBS2, 2009)
Strongest Chil Woo (KBS2, 2008)
Dae Jo Yeong (KBS1, 2006)
Shin Don (MBC, 2005)
King’s Woman (SBS, 2003)
Age of Warriors (KBS1, 2003)
Empress Myung Sung (KBS2, 2001)
Ladies of the Palace (SBS, 2001)
King and Queen (KBS1, 1998)
Tears of the Dragon (KBS1, 1996)
West Palace (KBS2, 1995)
Han Myung Hoe (KBS2, 1994)
Daewongun (MBC, 1990)
Independence Gate 독립문 (KBS1, 1984)


2007 KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Dae Jo Yeong

Actress Ha Ji Won’s Perfect Transformation Into A Man

By in News posted Oct January 12th, 2014 No comments

In her recent photographs, actress Ha Ji Won has shown her ability to immerse into her character for her new drama through her transformation as a man. On January 10, Ha Ji Won has uploaded a photograph of herself on Instagram with a short description of it- “Perfect Transformation.” The revealed photograph is of Ha Ji Won wearing a traditional Korean hat and clothing. In her hand, she is intensely reading the drama script. Not only has Ha Ji Won dressed in traditional Korean outfit worn by males, but she has also disguised herself with a mustache and round-rimmed sunglasses.

She also revealed additional photos of herself in the same outfit with the captions “Who am I?’” and “No one knows.”

It seems these photos are from the time she was filming “The Huntresses” in which she plays a Joseon era bounty hunter

MBC to air “Dae Jang Geum 2″ this fall

By in News posted Oct January 9th, 2014 No comments

MBC is really, really not giving up on this Dae Jang Geum 2 idea, and is in the thick of plans (again) to bring it about (again). But at least things are shaping up more plausibly this time, because Dae Jang Geum 2 has gotten on the broadcast schedule for this fall, according to a rep with MBC.

However, while one drama secured its space on the schedule, another has lost its slot: Sageuk series Unprecedented (from the Tree With Deep Roots writers) is getting “postponed indefinitely.” It’s not losing out directly to Dae Jang Geum 2, but the two scenarios are somewhat related. Unprecedented (planned for 50 episodes) had been angling for the Monday-Tuesday slot after Empress Ki ends in April, but with Dae Jang Geum 2 on the books for fall, the schedules don’t quite line up

SISTAR is in Hong Kong Filming a Reality Show about Traveling

By in News posted Oct January 9th, 2014 No comments

Girl group SISTAR is currently in Hong Kong filming a reality show attracting a global audience. On January 5, the girl group posted a picture of themselves in Hong Kong on their Twitter page along with the message, “We are filming in Hong Kong! Dasom is currently working hard filming her drama ‘SoNaTa‘ so she couldn’t come… We miss you Somah… We also love you.”

In the picture we see members Soyu, Hyorin and Bora playfully posing in front of a tour bus. Meanwhile, member Dasom is currently busy filming her popular KBS drama “Love Rides the Song.” The drama is also known as “SoNaTa,” which is a combination of the first syllables of each word in the Korean title of the drama.

Soyu also posted a photo of herself on her Twitter wearing the same very stylish outfit and a cafe

Hyun Suk

By in Actor posted Oct January 8th, 2014 No comments

Name: 현석 / Hyun Suk (Hyeon Seok)
Real name: 백석현 / Baek Suk Hyun
Profession: Actor
Birthdate: 1947-Apr-18
Birthplace: Daejeon, South Korea
Star sign: Aries

TV Shows

Panda and Hedgehog (Channel A, 2012)
The Empress (E-Channel, 2011)
You Are My Destiny (KBS1, 2008)
I Love You (SBS, 2008)
Hwang Jin Yi (KBS2, 2006)
Miracle (MBC, 2006)
Love Can’t Wait (MBC, 2006)
Dear Heaven (SBS, 2005)
Beautiful Temptation (KBS2, 2004)
Merry Go Round (MBC, 2003)
Swan Lake (MBC, 2003)
Sun Duk (MBC, 2003)
On the Prairie (KBS2, 2003)
Kitchen Maid (MBC, 2002)
Romance (MBC, 2002)
Glass Slippers (SBS, 2002)
Empress Myung Sung (KBS2, 2001)
Her House (MBC, 2001)
Hong Guk Young (MBC, 2001)
Snowflakes (MBC, 2000)
All About Eve (MBC, 2000)
King and Queen (KBS1, 1998)
Into The Storm (KBS2, 1997)
Last Lovers (MBC, 1994)
Daewongun (MBC, 1990)
Pa Mun (MBC, 1989)
The Imjin War (MBC, 1985)
The King of Chudong Palace (MBC, 1983)

Love Sparks with ‘Prime Minister’ and Ratings Stand Still

By in News posted Oct January 8th, 2014 No comments

On Tuesday night, Kwon Yul (Lee Bum Soo) made a move after tiptoeing around Nam Da Jung (Yoona) and his feelings for her.

It must be the miracle of love, because ratings for KBS’ Prime Minister and I did not decrease at all. The ratings didn’t increase either, but for Prime Minster and I to stay past the five percent range, it is something to be excited for as the drama previously struggled with lower ratings.

Meanwhile, MBC’s Empress Ki climbed up to 19.1 while SBS’ A Warm Word entered into two digits with 10.5 percent.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


1. MBC Empress Ki 17.9 →19.1

2. SBS A Warm Word 8

Cha Seung Won Likely to Join “You’re Surrounded”; “Unprecedented” Shelved Indefinitely for “Dae Jang Geum”

By in News posted Oct January 7th, 2014 No comments

Actor Cha Seung Won is apparently considering offers to join SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama “You’re Surrounded.”

“You’re Surrounded” is expected to follow after “Three Days,” which will begin airing in February. Cha Seung Won had planned to work on MBC Monday-Tuesday sageuk drama “Unprecedented,” but with production being postponed indefinitely, he’s had to reconsider his next move.

According to a representative, he’s said to be “positively considering the offer.” The representative added that, “If he decides to join the project, it’ll definitely help move casting along.”

“You’re Surrounded” will tell the story of new police recruits in their 20s, with the main characters detectives known as the “Youth Gang of Four

JYJ Kim Junsu’s Twin Brother to Change His Name and Pursue Acting

By in News posted Oct January 7th, 2014 No comments

JYJ Kim Junsu’s twin brother, Kim Jun Ho, will be changing his name to Kim Moo Young, and pursue acting career in Korea.

Kim Moo Young, who was once an active singer under the name of ‘Juno’ in Japan and China, recently signed a new contract with C-JeS Entertainment, which is JYJ’s agency, to pursue acting.

A rep from C-JeS Entertainment told Newsen on January 7, “Kim Moo Young signed with us recently to further his activities as an actor. He currently acts in MBC’s Empress Ki as a guard.”

About changing his name, the rep stated, “He wanted to change his real name legally, not just to be used as the stage name, and we are in the process of taking steps to do so. We didn’t ask him for the exact reasons, since this is his personal decision

JYJ’s Kim Junsu’s Twin Follows Brother and Signs Contract with Same Agency

By in News posted Oct January 7th, 2014 No comments

Looks like the brothers will be labelmates!

Kim Junsu’s twin Kim Moo Young has signed an exclusive contract with C-JeS Entertainment after officially changing his name from Kim Juno.

An agency representative stated, “We have started working with Kim Moo Young not too long ago. After officially changing his name, we have seen him being eager about local promotional activities.”

Kim Moo Young is currently participating in the filming of MBC’s historical drama “Empress Ki” starring Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, Ji Chang Wook and more. His brother Junsu lent his voice for drama’s soundtrack with emotional ballad “I Love You.”

Tags c-jes entertainmentEmpress KiKim JunoKim JunsuKim Moo YoungKPLG

SISTAR’s Soyou Sings for Empress Ki OST

By in News posted Oct January 7th, 2014 No comments

Shining a light on her voice once again, SISTAR’s Soyou participated in the OST for MBC’s Empress Ki.

On January 7, Starship Entertainment stated that Soyou sang the song Just Once, which will be included in the fourth part of the Empress Ki OST.

Just Once was produced by Deux’s Lee Hyun Do, who included very emotional lyrics that fit well with Soyou’s pure and clear voice.

The song will be released on January 7.

Photo Credit: Starship Entertainment

‘Prime Minister and I’ Falls Despite Love Triangle

By in News posted Oct January 7th, 2014 No comments

What will it take for KBS’ Prime Minster and I to spurt up again?

On Monday night, the blossoming romance between Kwon Yul (Lee Bum Soo) and Nam Da Jung (Yoona) was more visible with the two characters slowly coming into realization that there may be more than just a contract marriage.

On top of that, Kang In Ho (Yoon Shi Yoon) has also come into the picture, causing more conflicts.

Despite the continuous flow of the storyline, the drama dropped down to 7.3 percent, although these numbers are still high compared to its previous ratings before award ceremonies.

Meanwhile, MBC’s Empress Ki kept its number one position after returning from a week hiatus due to end-of-the-year ceremonies. SBS’ A Warm Word, however, suffered a bit with a decrease

Ha Ji Won Wears Mustaches in New Movie, “The Huntresses”

By in News posted Oct January 7th, 2014 No comments

In “The Huntresses,” a historical action comedy soon to be released on January 29, Ha Ji Won will be showing off her charismatic masculine side.

In the movie, also starring Kang Ye Won and Brown Eyed GirlsSon Gain, Ha Ji Won plays bounty hunter Jin Ok, who will go far and wide if there is a bounty involved. Not only has she mastered combat skills that can easily put down any guy, Jin Ok has various talents, one of which is disguise. We will see Ha Ji Won’s various transformations and deceptive antics as a man.

In stills released by Showbox on January 6, we see Jin Ok (Ha Ji Won) with short hair in various guy looks from a ‘modern boy’ to a witty aristocrat. According to a movie official, Ha Ji Won personally suggested to director Park Jae Hyun the male disguises in order to create a step more interesting character for Jin Ok

Who Wore it Better? Jun Ji Hyun vs. Ha Ji Won

By in News posted Oct January 6th, 2014 No comments

The oriental look that embraces the mystery of The East has progressed season after season as it has been attempted by many fashion designers. The elaborate pattern and a moderate design create a delicate harmony capturing the hearts of many fashionistas.

Two actresses, both receiving much love from their roles in their dramas, dressed in an oriental look dress. Jun Ji Hyun wore the dress in the September issue of Vogue, and Ha Ji Won wore the same dress at the production presentation of MBC’s “Empress Ki” held last October.

The dress was made in collaboration between Christian Dior and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It is a white tube dress with a feminine draping with an oriental floral print on it. It is a limited edition, and was not sold in Korea

Hong Il Kwon

By in Actor posted Oct January 4th, 2014 No comments

Name: 홍일권 / Hong Il Kwon
Profession: Actor
Birthdate: 1968-Oct-21
Height: 183cm
Weight: 75kg
Star sign: Libra
Blood type: A
Education: Seoul Institute of the Arts (Theatre and Film)

TV Shows

King’s Dream (KBS1, 2012)
I’ll Give You The Stars and The Moon (KBS1, 2012)
The Princess’ Man (KBS2, 2011)
Freedom Fighter, Lee Hoe Young (KBS1, 2010)
God of Study (KBS2, 2010)
Smile, You (SBS, 2009)
Wife and Woman (KBS2, 2008)
Hometown over the Hill (KBS1, 2007)
As the River Flows (KBS1, 2006)
Age of Warriors (KBS1, 2003)
Empress Myung Sung (KBS1, 2001)
Still Love (SBS, 2001)
Into The Storm (KBS2, 1997)


DMZ (2004)

‘Prime Minister and I’ Numbers Rise with Award Ceremonies

By in News posted Oct December 31st, 2013 No comments

Being its own drama competitor, KBS’ Prime Minister and I rose to its highest ratings to date due to the cancellation of MBC’s Empress Ki and SBS’ A Warm Word.

Prime Minister and I jumped from 5.7 to 8.9 percent on Monday night with the broadcasts of the 2013 SBS Entertainment Awards and 2013 MBC Drama Awards.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister and I, Empress Ki, and A Warm Word will not be airing on December 31 due to award ceremonies taking place in the same time slots.

Monday, December 30, 2013


KBS Prime Minister and I 8.9



Winners of the 2013 MBC Drama Awards

By in News posted Oct December 30th, 2013 No comments

Hello Soompiers!

While we don’t have a Live Blog set up for the 2013 MBC Drama Awards like we have for the 2013 SBS Entertainment Awards going on right now at the same time, we have set up this post to provide live updates of the 2013 MBC Drama Awards.

Hosted by Lee Seung Gi and Han Ji Hye, the 2013 MBC Drama Awards honors the brightest stars, producers, writers, and staff that brought you the best MBC dramas this year.

Male Newcomer Award

Oh Chang Suk (Aurora Princess)

Lee Sang Yeob (Give Love Away)

Female Newcomer Award

Baek Jin Hee (Empress Ki)

Jun So Min (Aurora Princess)

Child Actor Award

Kim Sae Ron (The Queen’s Classroom)

Kim Hyang Ki (The Queen’s Classroom)

Chun Bo Geun (The Queen’s Classroom)

Seo Shin Ae (The Queen’s Classroom)

Lee Young Yoo (The Queen’s Classroom)

Writer Award

Goo Hyun Sook (A Hundred Years’ Inheritance)

Jang Young Chul and Jung Kyung Soon (Empress Ki)

This Year’s Actor Award chosen by PDs from KBS, MBC, and SBS

Ha Ji Won (Empress Ki)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Han Ji Hee

Park Won Sook

Popularity Award

Lee Seung Gi (Gu Family Book)

Ha Ji Won (Empress Ki)

Best Couple Award

Lee Seung Gi and Suzy (Gu Family Book)

Male Golden Acting Award

Kim Sang Joon (Golden Rainbow)

Jung Bo Suk (A Hundred Years’ Inheritance)

Jo Jae Hyun (Scandal)

Female Golden Acting Award

Kim Bo Yeon (Aurora Princess)

Lee Hae Sook (I Summon You, Gold)

Cha Hwa Yeon (Give Love Away)

Male Excellence Award for Mini-series

Joo Won (Level 7 Civil Servant)

Female Excellence Award for Mini-series

Shin Se Kyung (When a Man Loves)

Male Excellence Award for Special Project Drama

Ji Chang Wook (Empress Ki)

Female Excellence Award for Special Project Drama

Uee (Golden Rainbow)

Male Excellence Award in Long-form Drama

Yeon Jung Hoon (I Summon You, Gold)

Female Excellence Award in Long-form Drama

Hong Soo Hyun (Give Love Away)

Male High Excellence Award for Mini-series

Lee Seung Gi (Gu Family Book)

Female High Excellence Award for Mini-series

Suzy (Gu Family Book)

Male High Excellence Award for Special Project Drama

Kim Jae Won (Scandal)

Joo Jin Mo (Empress Ki)

Female High Excellence Award for Special Project Drama

Shin Eun Kyung (Scandal)

Male High Excellence Award in Long-form Drama

Lee Jung Jin (A Hundred Years’ Inheritance)

Female High Excellence Award in Long-form Drama

Han Ji Hye (I Summon You, Gold)

This Year’s Drama Award

A Hundred Years’ Inheritance

Daesang/Grand Award

Ha Ji Won (Empress Ki)

The multiple award winners were Ha Ji Won, Lee Seung Gi, and Suzy

Ha Ji Won won 3 awards (Daesang, Popularity Award, and This Year’s Actor Award Chosen By PDs)

Ji Chang Wook Is Too Modest About His Abs

By in News posted Oct December 30th, 2013 No comments

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

Ji Chang Wook Shows Humility Regarding “Empress Ki” Ratings

By in News posted Oct December 29th, 2013 No comments

Ji Chang Wook discussed MBC Monday-Tuesday drama “Empress Ki‘s sky high ratings on MBC’s “Section TV.”

The actor appeared on “Section TV” on December 29, and was asked if he knew how popular the drama was. He replied, “Truthfully, I’m in the middle of filming so I don’t really know much.”

Ji Chang Wook said, “Sometimes I receive messages of praise from people around me. When I see those messages, I think, ‘Ah, they are enjoying the drama.’”

He remained humble when discussing “Empress Ki” breaking the 20% ratings barrier. “I think about 1-2% is due to my efforts. 2% out of 20% is 1 out of 10. I think that’s being pretty generous.”

Empress Ki has been doing well in the Monday-Tuesday drama ratings battle, and is not even half way through with a total of 50 episodes planned

Suzy, Lee Seung Gi, Moon Geun Young, and More Nominated for Grand Award at “2013 MBC Acting Awards”

By in News posted Oct December 28th, 2013 No comments

The 2013 MBC Acting Awards will be giving out six High Excellence Awards for acting, and all 20 nominees for this award are automatically nominated for the Grand Award.

According to a MBC representative on December 27, the 2013 MBC Acting Awards taking place on December 30 will be giving out six High Excellence Awards for acting in the categories for miniseries, special project series, and soap opera. There will be a male and a female recipient for each award.

Separating the dramas into categories led to a total of 20 nominees for the award. All 20 nominees are automatically eligible to receive the Grand Award.

The rep explained, “The High Excellence Award nominees are also the Grand Award nominees. Receiving the High Excellence Award does not mean the actor or actress will be ineligible to receive the Grand Award