It’s going to be a long 5 months before Ha Ji Won returns to the small screen with her headlining role in the MBC anniversary sageuk Hwatu, all whopping 60-episodes of it chronicling the life (with fictional flourish) of real historical figure Empress Qi of the Yuan dynasty, a Goryeo-born noble lady married off to the Yuan Emperor. The production team for Hwatu is the duo behind Giant, History of the Salaryman, and Incarnation of Money, and amongst the three dramas my favorite is hands down the over 50 episode Giant which aired on SBS in 2010. This won’t be Ha Ji Won’s first sageuk – she actually got her critical big break back in Damo in 2003, which IMO was her best sageuk performance by far and perhaps my favorite Ha Ji Won drama ever (I’m torn between Damo and The King 2 Hearts). She also was the titular Hwang Jin Yi where she got to romance a very young Jang Geun Seok and then work with Kim Jae Won again in his first sageuk appearance (after they did 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant). I think every A-list K-actress needs to headline historical female figure sageuk simply as a challenge to undertake to fill out their resumes – recently there was Lee Yo Won and Go Hyun Jung in Queen Seon Deok, Han Hyo Joo in Dong Yi, Moon Geun Young in Painter of the Wind and soon Goddess of Fire Jeongi, Kim Tae Hee in Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love, and so forth. But with Hwatu being so long I’m hoping I have the stamina to stick with it since I usually drop by midway even with dramas that start out interesting. This month Ha Ji Won channels her modern fashionista and dons an all white wardrobe for the pages of InStyle Korea. She looks stunning as usual and ushers in the breezy Summer with aplomb.