Korean drama ‘Empress Ki’ has achieved new heights in Taiwan in its viewership ratings, and Ji Chang Wook, who played the Yuan emperor in the drama, is also seeing a similar rise in his market value. Days ago, Ji Chang Wook drew attention when he came to Taiwan to film the popular Korean variety show ‘Running Man’, and he will be returning to Taiwan again on the 30th for a fan meeting. In an interview with this magazine before his visit to Taiwan, Ji Chang Wook speaks light-heartedly about his ideal girlfriend, saying, “I dream to find a girlfriend who will walk with me on this path of an actor!”
The power of a character can be scary. It still feels awkward looking at Ta Hwan stripped of his royal robes. So strong is the impression he has made as that character.
With the airing of the 51st episode, the 6-month-long run of the MBC Mon-Tues drama “Empress Ki” finally drew to a close. Ji Chang Wook, who showed the Yuan Emperor Ta Hwan’s affectionate and heartbreaking love for Seung Nyang in the drama, commanded a great presence right till the end as the show concluded with a sad ending.
The past 6 months was no easy journey for Ji Chang Wook either. Taking into account the filming period in addition to the 6 months, he had been immersed in the show for a whole 9 months. To put things differently, “Empress Ki” can be considered as the drama that showed the growth of Ji Chang Wook.
This makes us curious now. If there was no Ji Chang Wook, would this journey have been possible? Ji Chang Wook successfully became one with his character through his passionate acting, such that there is no need for any doubts about him anymore.
Uploaded on the Empress Ki official website back in December 2013, Ji Chang Wook talks about his character Ta Hwan, filming in the cold, and working with his co-stars in this video. Note that he gave this interview when they were still filming the first half of the series, so whatever he said was only based on what he knew back then.
In conjunction with the broadcast of the drama “Empress Ki” in Japan, an “Empress Ki” special was aired by the Japanese television station on 27 July 2014.
The full programme is an hour-long, but this is an edited version with all the unnecessary drama footages and emcee chit-chats deleted, leaving only the exclusive behind-the-scenes footages and main interview segments with the leads Ha Ji Won, Ji Chang Wook and Joo Jin Mo, the scriptwriters and the costume designers.
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The man who only had eyes for one woman even till his point of death. In this modern age of high-speed consumption, such a person is hard to find these days. Because of its rarity, this is the kind of man that women of today dream of. A man who would only look at me; a man who loves me only. In the drama “Empress Ki”, Ta Hwan loved Seung Nyang, obsessed over her, and even in his dying moments, he wanted to hear her say the words “I love you.” He was a man who believed in pure love.