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Empress Ki’s new posters and preview

At one week out for the premiere of Empress Ki, we’re in the final promo push before the Goryeo-set sageuk about a woman caught between two men and two kingdoms hits the air, and here are its new posters and another teaser.

Based on what we’ve seen so far, the series is aiming for epic action and romance, with lots of battle scenes and the highest of stakes. It also features some crossdressing by Ha Ji-won, who dresses as a man to conceal her identity. It gives the future Yuan empress an opportunity to become as skilled in warfare as she apparently is, though I can’t be the only person who sees a sageuk heroine taking up the male disguise and sighs, “This again.”

The drama has been met with a certain amount of criticism throughout its preproduction for its rather liberal interpretation of history, or maybe it’s more like disregard of history. For instance, the king played by Joo Jin-mo, Chunghye, isn’t remembered quite so favorably and is known for his debauched lifestyle. (Wikipedia’s wording, hilariously, paints his actions as something of a raping habit.) Here, he gets a hero edit as warrior and patriot.

Then there’s the Yuan emperor played by Ji Chang-wook, whom Ha Ji-won meets when she is sent to Yuan as a tribute woman, whose styling thumbs its nose at accuracy. (The point of his contention: His mane o’ glory, though pretty by sageuk standards, is wrong for the person and the times.) I probably fall in the middle of the divide on the historical accuracy question, because aren’t all sageuks just fiction nowadays? On the other hand, it’s actually comforting to know there are people who still care about portrayals of history.

The cast also includes Baek Jin-hee, Jung Woong-in, Kim Seo-hyung, Jin Yi-han, and Kwon Oh-joong. Empress Ki premieres on October 28, in the Monday-Tuesday slot that Goddess of Fire Jung-yi will be vacating this week.

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I love the 2nd poster of Ha Ji Won, I love the red in the outfit she's wearing. Is that a bird nest on the girl's head xD

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Wikipedia has become so unreliable nowadays :(

Anyway, I'm not going to watch this drama as it's a long sageuk....

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My kid's school teacher told the class not to use Wikipedia since it's unreliable source.

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i remember a joke by rajesh of bigbang thory when hes been unemployed for 6 months that he's been messing with wikipedia entries XD anyways its never been unreliable from the very beginning since anyone can edit it whenever they want to

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because any body can just edit it. I hope the artist themselves will take time to edit their bios in wiki

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Been disappointed with historical sageuks lately, thus my mind tells me to stick and watch fantasy-romance sageuk only.. Yet, my heart keeps urging me to watch for the pretties and mane of glory..

Oh well.. guess I'll just do that. ^^

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I am definitely watching this because of Joo Jin Mo!!! I just love that man!! Plus, I've always enjoyed saguks where Ha Ji Won was the female lead!!! Power to her!! LOL.

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I so need this sageuk.

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Not only king Chunghye(yes, he was a rapist), but Empress Ki was also not a likable person which this drama is trying to portray.
But i will be watching this drama as a fiction.

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me too,

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I just looked him up. He sounds like a sociopath. Euw. I'm rooting for the Yuan Emperor.

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so true.. I should just see this as a fiction

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This one is definitely going to be my cup of tea. The cast, writer and the huge production seems very promising. I can't miss such heavy production from heavy weighted cast and writer.

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I have yet to find 1 leader of any country who didn't have a dark side, may it be in fiction or in RL. They are all power hungry for starters (men and women alike) & we know that this is not a good trait.
I watch dramas to be entertained, first of all. Now if we could have an equivalent of Yae No Sakura in SK dramaland (accuracy everywhere & no fancy for the sake of it), I'd be happy. Not the same worlds or ways of working, I suppose.

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Romance of the 3 Kingdoms was one hell of a mainland production and it was pretty close to accuracy. It can be done without coming off as a documentary.

The Great King Sejong I'd say was close. Some distort history and know how to make it work and some just downright piss viewers off lol.

I've enjoyed many old school sageuks that tried not to stray too far from traditions but sadly those great writers a few.

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Out of the thousands of TV dramas that have come out of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong in the last 20-30 years, The Story of the Three Kingdoms stands at the apex of artistic achievement, along with Kang Xi's Empire, and Yung Qing's Reign, even 20+ years after their appearance.

I'm not at all a fan of Chinese dramas, I don't watch them, but these I watched becos of their critical acclaim, and must say that they impressed the hell out of me, for being realistic, incisive, meaningful and entertaining at the same time.

I understand that KDs are a matter of distraction, and am OK w fusion saguek, but at least the hair, make-up and costumes should be relatively true to the period that the chars live in.

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Can you tell me which country produced this drama, and where I can find it? I have been unable to locate it.

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actually (if we're thinking of the same romance of the 3 kingdoms drama), the TV show was based off the novel.

The novel is not accurate with the real history. I love the history/novel, but they are not the same. They are somewhat close, yet very different.

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The novel contains way more facts than fiction and on top of that it stayed true to the traditions of that era.

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I would say they had to be power-hungry or else they'd be dead.

I'm really looking forward to this sageuk.

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All THREE of them were considered traitors to their respective countries by their people. But yannow, that wouldn't make for a very interesting drama now, would it?

*plugging ears* LALALALA not listening to criticisms LALALALALALA put more pretty on screen LALALALALA!!!! :P

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Agree Cherkell! I myself love history and gosh if I want to learn about history I will watch the documentaries I'm so fond of too.

But this is a drama and I think (well at least I do) that they have some creative license to do that.

In any case, just like you I don't give a heck. If those people in history are as bad as they say then whatever I don't care for the real thing. It's enough that I know the history but I'm actually excited to see how they will spin the story. (Speaking of which, Chunghye dies at about 1344. That's a 26 year deficit between the purported yeear of 1370 when Empress Ki went missing. Ah... I'm really curious what they will do. Since judging from the love charts... JJM and HJW are the OTP. I like JCW too but this really adds to the curiosity) - a reiteration of me watching this for the long haul.

I follow the soompi forum and I see you there too. Anyway, you know how I'm like when there are new pics or bts or just goodies?

I do this spazzing thing and squeaking thing that you don't know if I'm being slaughtered or crying but I'm not! Looking like having seizures is more like it. I'm writhing in agony and ecstasy and excitement.

5 DAYS TO GO! Or.... At least one week for the subs to be up.

*squeaking and spazzing* I don't have a care.

*another round of squeaking and spazzing* A lot of people said they were worried esp. with the director etc but I don't care. 50 eps? bad director? wrong history?

WHO CARES! People must be blind if you don't see the awesomeness, the pretty, and the candies!

Take care everyone!

*i maybe having a seizure*

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LOL it's probably a good thing that we are not roommates. My legendary squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeing has been known to startle small children, make dogs bark furiously, and wake the neighbors enough to make them bang on the common wall between apartments.

And don't get me started on the bats. THE BATS, THEY KNOW ME!!! :P

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I forgot it will take a week for the subs. Sigh.

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Aww Baek Jin Hee looks lovely~

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Yes...she's stunning now with her face filled up properly, a bit too thin and waif-like in I Summon You Gold

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The yuan dynasty outfits and hairstyles seem really off. The colors and hairstyles are really koreanized. I really want to watch this drama, but it's gonna be hard trying to look past that.

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Yeah I definitely agree. For instance, that beaded crown that teleported from the Han dynasty to land on Ji Changwook's pretty head... Or that other girl's pompadour/ strange bird nest hairdo that reminds me of Gong Li in Curse of Golden Flower. Even Ha Jiwon's gorgeous outfit looks too poofy for a traditional Yuan court wear.

Still, I think the stylist made the effort to try and deviate from what actors/actresses usually wear in a Sageuk. Also, it is hard to keep track of what people wore in different time periods of Chinese history.

I'm happy as long as they don't look too off!

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I'm ok with the fictional aspect as nobody really knows the "true" history of any culture.

Just treat it as a "once upon a time" kind of story and it's all good.

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Wise words.

After all, history is written by the victors.

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Baek Jin Hee does look very nice and kind in the pictures. I did read a little bit regarding the history of the Yuan dynasty to get my feet wet, but not enough to be a critic. I'll just hope that the story is good and just call it a historical fantasy, instead of an historical recreation! I do like Ha Ji Won in these tough tomboy roles -- and she looks really good dressed in guy wear. The empress gowns are way too much for me. At least you can see some of her figure in the guy outfits!

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Just for my favorite actors and actresses I will endure.

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o.o my comment was cut into half, but i was trying to say that ha jiwon looks a bit like the girl in the house of flying daggers.

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house of flying daggers? totally loved that to death. I can drool over Kaneshi for days. of course, it was romantic thingy...

looking forward to the handsome OTP here, HJW and JJM!

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i love long sageuks, but it looks like i'll be waiting for kim young hyun's unprecedented to watch one. welp.

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What is she working on right now? Do share lol.

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Oh wait, I think I know what you are talking about. This must be the Joseon era sageuk for 2014?
Reading is not my best friend lol.

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Oh, you mean "Jeong Do-jeon"?

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No I think "Unprecedented" is about King Taejo.

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Lol lets hope the two writers wont accuse each other of Plagiarism.

“Jeong Do-jeon” , King Taejo's advisor will be aired on KBS

and "Unprecedented", King Taejo will be aired on MBC.

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What year is it next year since the foundation of Korea, what with all the Taejo dramas? Isn't "Faith" and "Feng Shui Master" enough???

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I don't know lol. Maybe they are hoping to do a better job than Faith and Great Seer.

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For those of you who watched "Faith," the King Chunghye character played by JJM is the same one that sexually harassed LMH's fiancee and killed LMH's teacher played by Choi Min Soo.

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Oh gosh! That guy?! I thought he was just an insane ruler who hardly spent anytime governing. Apologies for my ignorance...

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I think that guy is not King Chungye but the brother of empress ki .

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Nope. The brother of Empress Ki was the evil Ki Cheol in Faith. The king who killed Choi Min Soo's character was indeed the lecherous Chunghye.

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I'm 100% sure it was King Chunghye too.

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Are you sure THAT was Chunghye himself?

Or maybe you mistook him for Chungsuk, Chunghye and Gongmin's dad...

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Oh Hyun Chul played King Chunghye in Faith. It was a cameo appearance like Choi Min Soo.

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Oh, thanks for the info.

By the way, the Mongolian-looking guy (shaved head with ridulous fake-looking pate I've ever seen in my life) I was telling you about when Noguk did her sword dance...I think that was Ki Cheol.

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I thought he did a good job tbh so don't shoot me lol.

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King Chunghye raped a lot of women including several concubines of his own father such as the Yuan princess Gyeonghwa. This means since he is a hero of Empress Ki, his historical adversaries like Princess Gyeonghwa have to be portrayed as scheming evil b****es. Thus the outcry among the Korean audience. Just imagine picking one of the worst kings (and human beings in general) of your respective culture/history and giving him the hero treatment while his victims are even more humiliated and sullied.

MBC bowed to the popular outrage and have announced that they would make the JJM character into a fictional one, not the real historical King Chunghye.

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I read that earlier this morning... and I'm still shaking my head in disbelief. Just as long as the PD-nim does not rename JJM's character 'Wang Chung', then all should be acceptable, no? :P

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I LOVE Ji Won unnie, but I HATE saeguks! :'(

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I've gotta say Ha Ji Won is the only cross-dressing saeguk lady who could actually pass as a guy. She doesn't seem to care about looking overly neat and feminine, which is not something you can say about all the other cross-dressing heroines. I mean in some dramas you start wondering whether the male lead is half-blind, slightly dimwitted, or both, when they can't tell the heroine is a girl even though she has an overly made-up face that practically screams "I'm girl you idiot!"

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You probably have not seen Moon Geun Young in Painter of the Wind. That's the best cross-dressing I've ever seen in a sageuk. I haven't seen Empress Ki yet to make a fair comparison.

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I think both ladies have a rather masculine features to their faces...so it's convincing in different ways...they are not the typical swan-like girls....I love them to bits...but ha ji won has the muscles, toughness and attitude to match...so she can pass off as a man...while Moon a boy...

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I honestly can not tell without watching it first.

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true, she looks like she could be an actual warrior and not Warrior Barbie, like so many of these cross-dressing dramas end up as.

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Ha Ji Won is so BEEYOUTEEFULLL in these posters. The only thing that would make her more beautiful is a snappy perm like the one in Mi Rae's choice!

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You're kidding, right? Everyone I know who's watching Mi Rae's Choice can't stand the perm. And while I don't particularly love or hate it myself, it's odd to hear someone say that they like it, especially to the extent that they want to see other actresses wear it too.

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I like Mirae's perm quite un-ironically. I also think it's slightly questionable and perhaps worthy of self-examination why so many people are so verbal about hating her curly hair.

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. . . Which makes mentioning it a good running troll gag. Perhaps I should use an emoticon?

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The Snark™ is strong in you, Young Padawan. Be mindful of the living Newbie Force... :D

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Meh. Don't really care about historical accuracy. Baek Jinhee!

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Ha Ji Won looks really gorgeous in poster with sword

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IKR.....oh ha ji won...how can I count the reasons that I love thee..just gorgeous!

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and Baek Jin Hee looks so cute

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"whose styling thumbs its nose at accuracy"

It's not just him. All of it is styled in a way that's consistent with what was used in Sword and Flower. Which itself was stylistically derivative of what the US was churning out in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A major turnoff for me, since that period of our country's history - which the films embodied - was so culturally vile. So much arrogance by a literati bent on overturning the world...leaving us to live-out the bitter consequences of their folly.

Dunno why, but the visuals make me kinda expect Barbara Streisand to pop on screen at any moment.

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Awesome! The United States was churning out Sagueks in the 1960s and 1970s? And who were the American literati bent on overturning the world? Gore Vidal and John Cheever?

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Really, if they were bent on overturning the world, they should have done a better job of it. American pop culture is a pretty mixed bag, which is a good reason to watch British mysteries on PBS and Jmovies and Kdramas on the Internet.

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British period drama series are my favorite. I'm currently re-watching Downton Abbey season 1 because I have nothing else to watch beside Criminal Minds.

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Ooof. You must be young.

Stylistically derivative = Derivative of a style. Referring to the visual styling.

The rest would take too long to explain.

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On second thought, you did ask. Although the question was asked in a way that came across as snarky, it's impolite not to answer.

The landscape was vast and not attributable to one or two people. It was composed of writers spread across the realms of pop-literature, entertainment (film, music) and news. They were advancing a world-view that was a radical (and licentious) departure from the culture's longstanding normative values. If you're honestly trying to have a dialogue, I'll put more time into giving specifics.

I agree with your observation that today's Kdramas and (to some degree) British mysteries are more in line with those traditional norms. That's why I cancelled cable and, for the most part, only watch foreign programming.

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Getting the drift here that you are referring to the change in movie scripting, acting, and direction that essentially drove older audiences away from movies after the late sixties in favor of more "naturalistic" acting and dialoque, with allegedly "realistic" sex, gore, and expletives.

To this day, I have arguments with people who insist that there is something more natural about having every character in a film or cable series inserting "fuck" into every sentence, as though the characters from Little Italy in Martin Scorsese's early movies were more "real" then the Minnesotans I grew up with, who considered cursing in public to be trashy.

Still, that era of movie-making was originally derivative of European films, and it damaged the film industry substantially.

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Whoever's making those posters is doing a good job. Ha JiWon looks like a legit famme fatale (not that home girl isn't originally pretty) but not the weak frail kind. She does look like a force to be reckoned with, with sexuality and wits.

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There's a Hongkong drama titled "Eterna Happiness"and another drama the legend of Kublai Khan or legend of Yuan Dynasty - in these dramas men had braided hair each side. Only Kublai Khan was the one on the poster wearing the Mongolian hairstyle so I guess this Chinese drama were not really into the authentic hairstyle.This is K-drama what else can I say but I'm still going to watch it.

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I loved her in Secret Garden, so I'll definitely watch this! It looks really interesting!

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Ahhh.... me too, Secret Garden is my all time favorite kdrama!!!! Although historical drama isn't exactly my cup of tea..... just for HJW, I'll walk a mile for her!!!

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Well, this is a drama and it is basically for enjoyment of the masses. The special group of people who seem knowledgeable about that era can off course can show how they care about how it is protrayed but do they need to be so snooty? They seem be all out to vet the drama's details, costumes, hairdo, storyline, actors, writers, PD, music etc etc etc and be critical (even the still of HJW in a fighting scene receive mocking comments!).

My point is, even if the drama is protrayed exactly the way it was recorded somewhere, questions will still be raised on its authenticity. What is the yardstick for accuracy? There are so many interpretations of the same event. As for comments that earlier saegueks have been more accurately protrayed, time have changed, the viewers' profile could have also changed. We need not always go backwards and talk about old times and the good old days. Sit down and relax and enjoy whatever is available now and life would be so much better.

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Take your own advice, sit down, relax and enjoy the show. Don't worry about other people's comments.
Sword and Flower had more negative comments than Empress Ki and I watched the darn show till the bitter end and loved about half of it lol.

Btw no female actress does action better than Ha Ji Won.

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A lot of comments here or in other sites are comments about other people's comments. Nothing unusual.Need not take it too seriously. Its just for fun. Cheer up.

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I'm not the one who is bothered here by negative comments lol.

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So am I. Comments make here are just my 2 cents worth of how I view the issue. Its not meant to be directed at any netzen in particular. Anyway,different groups have expressed almost similar themes/sentiments, positive or negative. Nothing is fresh or new actually.

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Can't say I'm amused or what, since I kind of searched Yahoo! for prior images of Empress Ki (mostly from "Shindon"), and I gotta say Ha Ji-won has a lot to deal with, since the previous actress who did it was pretty amazing in her depiction of the Empress.

Though suffice to say I'm kind of impressed that they shot inside the Forbidden City, which is kind of off historically speaking, since even though Khanbaliq (Cambaluc to Marco Polo) IS Beijing so to speak and they ruled at what is now inside the City Proper, the Forbidden City itself wasn't constructed until the next Dynasty.

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man I know what those people mean, JB!

Take TVB dramas for instance... their portrayals of old-time dramas are ridiiiiculous!!! The hair, the dress, the colors. I get so confused when I watch them - what period are we in? What's the context? and because I was watching them when I was younger, I thought that's how people were dressed - no no no.

I wish TVB had more historical dramas... I could learn a thing or two. I think I know more about Korean history than Chinese history, thanks to the background info you guys provide!

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I think I will definitely notice the Han dynasty look on the yuan emperor and other such inconsistencies but I can get over it. I am in for hjw and Jjm. So I hope the story can be good even if it's basically fiction. I have very low expectations of this based on the sageuks MBc put out this year. Haven't liked a single one.

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a love the gowns and the posters, but most of all i soooo looove the hairpieces or bling-blings in their hairs. I want!!!!

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Me too!

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How come in MBC's Dong-yi had her character as good person but in the last sageuk of Kim Ta Hee she's portrayed as evil? So I guess it depends on somebody's point of view.

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I'm so freaking torn about this drama!!! :O Personally, I LOVE sagueks, especially when they at least try to remain true to historical facts. So reading that this will be fictional is a bit offsetting, but I think I can manage if I think of it like Legend (which was EPIC.) Another uncertain point is that the director was the one in charge of the awful Dr. Jin (which I only watched to the end cause of Lee Bum Soo.....) ^^; But balancing that out is that the scriptwriters are the FANTASTIC duo who created Giant, History of a Salaryman, and Incarnation of Money!!!! :D Plus Ha Ji Won has a soft spot in my heart because her Damo was the first Kdrama I ever watched (and she's just freaking BA in general lol) :P

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She actually does look like a man, kudos in that regard at least.

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When Ha Ji Won throws you down and stabs a knife in the dirt right next to your face, how can any man not fall in love with her?

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The posters sure are pretty. Since im not familiar with the history, I can probably enjoy this as long as the story and acting are awesome. Nevertheless it is good to be reminded that this drama is not reliable if i'm looking for some historical facts (or close to that)

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Totally will watch this because of Ha Ji Won (who can miss this right???) despite it's staggering episodes number. I guess i will just pass this drama off as saguek in alternate universe since the history is not followed closely. :)

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I am watching this drama for the acting of the lead actors.I 'm sure they would be great. Even Queen Seondok that I love very much was also part fiction.

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What I don't get is how come this drama have lots of negative comments while in truth the writer already implied that this is not a true to form historical drama.So for those who's going for history, you're not going to get it.

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Regarding the mane of glory, looking at wiki portraits, you can see they had braids, so you never know, in day to day life the yuan princes might've kept their hair long and free.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Emperors_of_the_Yuan_Dynasty

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I am watching this for Ha Ji Won...I love love love her. I be returning to kdrama after a long hiatus. I will make time for her..:))

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This is such a good dramaaa. As always, Ha Ji Won is the best :)

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