With the spate of K-drama endings and upcoming drama promotions, I dang almost forgot that Empress Ki is ending next week. This long running sageuk was one I followed from the first episode and proceeded to go on on a wacky and wild roller coaster as the plot dipped and soared through the craziest of narrative twists. Sometimes it worked but mostly it didn’t. Ha Ji Won‘s love triangle with Joo Jin Mo and Ji Chang Wook fell flatter than a steamrolled pancake, the exact opposite of how she usually lucks out on great love triangles with her drama male leads. Seung Nyang with Wang Yoo was snuffed out before it could catch fire and Seung Nyang with Ta Hwan was dysfunctional with a side of apathy. It was hard to care about the former since it barely existed while the latter was impossible to stomach since it was one-sided.
While I’ve long since given up seeing the drama tap into the great chemistry between Ha Ji Won and Joo Jin Mo, she also had great chemistry with Ji Chang Wook and for fans of that pairing there is a nice treat coming courtesy of sportswear brand North Cape. Ha Ji Won has repped the brand for many years but this year Ji Chang Wook was paired up with her in a very winning ad campaign. I like how both of them model the outdoor wear and make it seem more attractive then it really is. North Cape is releasing a series of CFs called “North Cape True Love” featuring these two lovely models and the first one will drop on April 28th as Empress Ki airs its last episode. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, now even if Ta Hwan or Seung Nyang dies in the drama, fans of that couple can go watch these CFs and imagine those two zapped to the modern times and got their happy ending. Win and win.