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Is anyone watching this? I wonder how is it filming this drama. This is the most dense, serious drama I've ever seen. The only one smiling is Seol-hee emoticon.
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I'm still watching it. It's a very involved story but one that always holds my interest.

Looks like Taejoo has finally been pushed over the edge, having a meltdown of sorts when he is told that he's lost his last ace because of the widow's dimentia. Go Soo certainly changed himself into a "Mr. Hyde" when he realized he was cornered and helpless. His face was so grotesquely evil when he finally went beyond his moral limit—giving the order for the forced demolition that would result in elderly protestors being killed in the process. This is the very circumstance that had killed his own poor father many years earlier. Seo-Yoon is finally accomplishing her goal of making Taejoo into the same ruthless type businessman, proving that he is just like the rest of them when it comes to that consuming ambition for power and wealth that always ends in corruption of one sort or another.

At this point, it seems like nearly every character is ending up a big loser in every way. The one who might end up okay is the girlfriend, Seol-hee. She commented upon her release from prison (serving a sentence in place of Taejoo), that there are only two things to do in prison: think and eat meals. She 'got religion' there and has been trying to stop Taejoo from his headlong course into self-destruction. He may crash and burn, but she will be able to go on with a simpler, more peaceful life, having quit the rat race.

This is one of those dramas that seems as though it might go either way for Taejoo. Riveting right down to the very end!


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Agree wih your postin nchristi. this business is a little beyond me regarding the buying and trading of shares and properties, but the general tone of this drama is captivating. It is a himan drama indeed.
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I guess the idea of it can go either way for Taejoo keep me coming back.
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The ending of this one left me feeling a little unsettled. You couldn't exactly say that it was satisfying, but on the other hand how else could it have ended? Taejoo redeems himself, casting off his demon side, returning to the decent person he used to be.

The message of this story seemed to be that Taejoo was true to himself in the end, that only he would decide and choose what he would do. They should have played Sinatra's "My Way" as we watched TJ determinedly walk on the concrete jutty towards the surf. Oh, well...

Go Soo was excellent in this role. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. This drama was consistent in surprise twists and turns, right down to the very end. There wasn't much that I could see coming around the bend that wasn't suddenly jerked in another direction. Good story from that perspective.

I don't know why, but I was a little surprised that Minjae seemed to be the big loser here. Maybe he really wasn't any more of a loser than most of the other relatives. Perhaps he was just the most self-deluded, therefore the most shocked at seeing how his life was ending up, realizing the extreme price he had paid for his path and sacrifices in life.

I did enjoy Empire of Gold, though. Wonderful ensemble of talented actors. Besides Go Soo, I especially liked Ryu Seung-Soo—Jo Pil-Doo, the gangster right-hand man to Taejoo, and Lee Yo-Won as Seo-yoon. Of course, Son Hyun-Joo as Min-jae was excellent, as usual. I appreciated his ability to show the multi-faceted personality of Min-jae, a rather pitiful character who was ruthless, vengeful, loving and tender all rolled up into one in an understated, suppressed character.

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That was the end?-It didn't say the end-or the usual good bye message @ the bottom of credits..
  Ahhhh.. I'll have to gather my thoughts on this.Ugh- the evil family won-unacceptable.
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I knew it was the last episode because I remember the date of the new drama replacing it. However, I too have to gather my thoughts after the drama ended. I don't know how I feel about the ending. Like nchristi said, it's an unsettling ending. I don't know how it could turn positive. There weren't anyone good. The closest to being good is Seolhee, and maybe the younger brother who's in jail (I missed that episode as to why). It's definitely not your typical happy K-drama ending. The typical happy ending is Taejoo and Seoyoon fall in love through their battles and build their empire together...keke.

The actors in this drama definitely were superb. I have to search up any related articles on this drama. I want to read about their thoughts on the drama emoticon.
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I was able to see most of this drama and I really enjoyed it. I found it a little difficult keeping up with all the plots and plans being made with money funds and various holdings. However I thought the cast was superb and the whole main story was really deep and powerful. I was surprised that they kept it that way right up to the end. there could be no other way to end the Tae Joo saga, for that is what his life was. He found some kind of redemption in the end. I wonder if the winner will really feel like the winner from now on. I think she has realised her own loneliness, and her heart and soul are nowhere near being winners.
This was a powerful story and well done.
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class blockquote funniegirlie82 wrote:
... it's an unsettling ending. I don't know how it could turn positive. There weren't anyone good. The closest to being good is Seolhee, and maybe the younger brother who's in jail (I missed that episode as to why).
The younger brother wasn't really guilty of any wrongdoing himself, he became a pawn in the struggles between Taejoo and other family members. I believe the crime was that his name was on some documents that illegally transferred/spent monies from one group in the family to another group. Technically, it might have been charged as embezzlement, but he was really a victim of the in-fighting of the family factions.
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The main character, the most resourceful and driven person in this entire story takes a long walk off a short pier...really, Really, REALLY??????

I often disagree with the writers of K-Drama regarding the ending (happy ever after, or contentment seems to be a foreign concept) but this drama seems totally undeveloped - too many loose ends, in my humble opinion. Ugh!!! This is so frustrating!!!!! emoticon
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