Drama: Empress Ki (literal title)
Revised romanization: Kihwanghoo
Director: Han Hee
Writer: Jang Young-Cheol, Jung Kyung-Soon
Release Date: October 28, 2013 – April 15, 2014
Runtime: Mondays & Tuesdays 22:00
Country: South Korea
Depicts the loves and battles of Empress Ki who exercises her influence in the Yuan Dynasty. Empress Ki is from Goryeo.
“Hwatoo” takes over the MBC Mondays & Tuesdays 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “Jung-Yi, The Goddess of Fire”.
Early Korean working title was “Hwatu” (literally “flower cards”).
First script reading took place on September 13 and September 14 at MBC Dream Centre in Ilsan, South Korea. Each session took about 4 hours.
Filming moves to Hengdian World Studios, located in Hengdian, China, from October 12-23, 2013.