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The Empress Ki

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Synopsis

Genghis Kahn built an empire that spanned vast regions in East Asia and East Europe. And there was one woman who held immense power in the Yuan Dynasty, which Genghis Khan founded, for 37 years. She was neither of Mongol descent nor from the Han Chinese. She came from Goryeo, a small kingdom in the Far East. She was taken to Mongol against her will as a gong-nyeo (貢女) but somehow overcame her lowly status to become an empress in another land. Her name was Empress Ki.

Starring

Ki Seung nyang: Actress Ha Ji won
Although she was born as a woman, she was raised as a boy to avoid being taken as gong-nyeo or tribute women to Yuan Empire. Going through hardships and trials in life, she naturally became equipped with a passionate drive and a cool-headed judgment. However, underneath her iron-maiden appearance, she hides a woman’s passion and yearning for love. With a sword in one hand and a flower in another, she starts to conquer the world.
Togon temur: Actor Ji Chang wook
Though he is a rightful heir to the imperial throne as the first son of Kusala, he was banished to Goryeo in his childhood and his younger half-brother became the emperor. To avoid being killed by high-ranking ministers he pretended to be a fool but inside he was full of rage.
Wang yu: Actor Joo Jin mo
Goryeo was a vassal state of the Yuan Empire when King Chunghye, the 28th Goryeo king, was in power, and it was he who paved the way to make Goryeo an independent kingdom again. He was brave and smart, and in a constant struggle against the Yuan Emperor (Togon-temur). He also becomes involved in a love triangle with Empress Ki and the emperor.