The Sun Sets on Empire of Gold: Episodes 15-24

The Sun Sets on Empire of Gold: Episodes 15-24

The Sun Sets on Empire of Gold: Episodes 15-24 The Sun Sets on Empire of Gold: Episodes 15-24 The Sun Sets on Empire of Gold: Episodes 15-24 Not surprisingly, the drama Empire of Gold turned out to be a meditation on empires. But it was ambitious and far more global than a simple multifamily drama. From the rise of Korea as an industrial power in the second half of the 20th century to the 1997 Asian Economic Crisis and the 2008 global economic collapse, Empire of Gold purports to be the story of Korea told through the lens of ugly egos and people of means.

The sun never sets on the British Empire, or so they used to say. The Choi family of Sung Jin Group seems to have felt very much the same, and the final story arc of the show makes this message explicit over and over and over again: Sun Jin Group belongs to the Choi family, and will as long as the sun keeps on shining.

It goes without saying that spoilers are below, so if you dont want to be spoiled, turn back now!

Episode 15 begins with another time jump, this one the biggest thus far. But the size of the time jump also means that the show’s setting has become almost contemporary, hinting to the viewers that the long haul of the final nine episodes will unlikely feature more than one or two more Machiavellian games for the chairmanship of Sung Jin Group. With each character fully introduced to the audience, and no remaining secrets to be revealed based on Episode 1’s sneak peak into the future, the audience is left with nothing to do but await the ultimate and inevitably dark conclusion of the chaebol machinations.

Tae-joo (Ko Soo) has sacrificed his true love and his moral compass, Seol-hee (Jang Shin-young), to stay out of prison and fulfill his dream of endless victory. To reach his goal, he partners with the chosen heir to the dynasty, Seo-yoon (Lee Yeo-won), in the only way that he can trust: by marrying her. Their marriage is all business, with a shared bedroom but separate beds, and even their own couches. It is from these couches that face each other that the uneasy alliance of the poor-boy-turned-rich and increasingly-ruthless-heiress takes place. The pair sit uneasily in their own home, as we learn how, over the last decade, this odd couple has been unable to dislodge cousin Min-jae (Son Hyun-joo) from his entrenched position as caretaker chairman of Sung Jin Group, backed as he is by the family’s step-mother, Han Jung-hee (Kim Mi-sook). This cold war of power, we are told in exposition, has been interspersed by unsuccessful efforts to discredit Min-jae.

The Sun Sets on Empire of Gold: Episodes 15-24 And so it seems that things might go on indefinitely but for changes outside of the control of the contenders for the throne. Han Jung-hee, who patiently plotted and planned for decades to destroy the entire Group and the Choi family, is diagnosed with the onset of dementia. Her very memory of her desire for revenge at risk, she is suddenly spurred into action to bring the game to a conclusion. Simultaneously, Tae-joo learns that his beloved Seol-hee’s release from prison is imminent. Since Tae-joo had promised that, “by the time Seol-hee gets out, i’ll have everything, and I will share everything with Seol-hee,” time is now running short for him to keep his promises.

Tae-joo and Seo-yoon entered their marriage knowing it would end in divorce and one of them being left with nothing but alimony, but Seo-yoon is still shocked when she learns that Tae-joo is making his move before their partnership has succeeded in eliminating Min-jae from contention. The collapse of a large Korean bank that happens to hold a large stake in the Group’s holding company, Sung Jin Concrete, provides Tae-joo with the chance to directly hold the largest share of the Group himself. And he succeeds, against the political and social influence of the aristocratic Choi family. With enough shares to win complete control at a shareholders meeting, it looks like Tae-joo may finally have done the unthinkable: wrest control of Sung Jin Group away from the Choi family.

The Sun Sets on Empire of Gold: Episodes 15-24 It turns out that blood is thicker than water. Or money, in this case. Tae-joo’s plan to buy off support from the greedy Choi family siblings and siblings-in-law and isolate Seo-yoon fails when they discover that he plans to divorce their sister, and thus end Choi family ownership of the Group. The Choi family all rallies around Seo-yoon. Most crucially, Won-jae, always a failure as the eldest son, abandons Tae-joo’s offer to be co-chairmen. It will not be Won-jae’s final sacrifice on behalf of his family. With the loss of the legitimacy that Won-jae offered, crucial Group presidents and institutional investors refuse to even hold a meeting.

Tae-joo concocts a new plan, one that plays to both his strengths and his weaknesses. He returns to where he started: real estate. We are reminded that the real estate-bubble’s economic book of the 2000s did not benefit all families equally. It is from this economic disparity, the very one that Tae-joo both arose out of and profited from, that his new plan is shaped. He proposes a massive urban renewal of Seoul’s central slums, lifting families out of substandard housing while making a massive profit, one large enough that Tae-joo will be able to buy a majority of Sung Jin Concrete, and thus complete control of the group, outright. Because he is enlisting the demands of those families living in the slums in his project, the Choi family is helpless to block his goals directly through their political connections without massive public backlash.

The Choi family lucks out, however, because in one of Min-jae’s projects during his partnership with Tae-joo’s Eden Corporation, he was paid in a small parcel of land. That land turns out to be at the core of Tae-joo’s planned renewal. Without it, the whole project will collapse, and Min-jae is ready to go to jail to keep Tae-joo from winning, a possibility that Han Jung-hee makes possible when she directs Secretary Kang to assist Tae-joo in his plan, in exchange for the freedom of her son, Sung-jae. The family is ready to support Min-jae going to prison to protect the Group, but not, it turns out, seeing the same sacrifice from their brother Won-jae. The family dynamic has layers of solidarity, and it is this hypocrisy and realization that he is not considered part of the Choi family that causes Min-jae to remember his original desire for vengeance. He sells Tae-joo the land on the condition that Won-jae is sent to jail. Won-jae accepts the punishment for his lifetime of greed and incompetence with grace, convincing his wife to support Seo-yoon and thus maintain the family’s unity.

The Sun Sets on Empire of Gold: Episodes 15-24 On the other hand, Tae-joo’s greed only continues to grow. With inside knowledge that the real estate bubble is about to burst, Seo-yee creates a “swamp” for Tae-joo, proposing a fake development adjacent to the renewal project. Tae-joo falls for it hook, line, and sinker, putting everything he owns on the line to buy a massive piece of property, including his large stake in Sung Jin Concrete. Without any cash left, and the real estate market crashing, the entire project looks to be in jeopardy if he cannot complete it quickly. This is where Tae-joo loses the last characteristic that differentiated him from Min-jae and Seo-yoon: his promise that he would never hurt anyone like his father. In order to finish construction quickly, Tae-joo breaks down and does exactly what Min-jae did decades earlier and orders Jo Pil-doo to clear the current tenants using paid thugs. Many people are injured and an old man dies from the exact same injuries that Tae-joo’s father had.

It is Seol-hee who does what no one else could do and ends the struggle for the throne once and for all. Seeing that Tae-joo has become everything he always hated, and that there is no other way to persuade him to stop, she turns him in for the murder for which she had taken the fall. She will save him by any means necessary, including sending him to jail. Love, it turns out, is stronger than greed. We never learn whether Tae-joo’s pure ambition and intellect, or Min-jae’s unfiltered lust for vengeance, are enough to defeat all the connections and privilege that Seo-yoon has at her disposal. Seol-hee’s admission preempts Min-jae’s blackmail he intended to hold over Tae-joo, and Seo-yoon is able to send her cousin, now out of cards to play, to prison.

The Sun Sets on Empire of Gold: Episodes 15-24 As for Tae-joo, knowing that he has lost completely makes him a good person again, momentarily. He cancels the development project, refusing to become like Min-jae by ordering yet another round of eviction by force. He admits to the prosecutor that he was the murderer. He takes care of his underlings, makes sure his mother and sister are taken care of, and with his last phone call, turns over his shares of Sung Jin Concrete to Seo-yoon on the condition that she makes those that were injured by his development project financially whole again. And then he quite literally walks off a pier, presumably paying penance for his sins with his death. The whole thing seems deeply unfair to Seol-hee, but a functional concept of fair was never really part of this dramas equation.

As for the Golden Empire, it belongs only to Seo-yoon, but it is the only thing she is left with. All her family has gone to jail or abandoned her, and the final scene shows her alone in the Chairman’s office with the portrait of her dead father. Even her most trusted advisor, Secretary Park, agrees to go to jail to protect her, on the condition that she allows his daughter to finally divorce Won-jae and leave the house. So while Seo-yoon is the sole holder of Sung Jin Group, she is without friends, family, or even her initial life desire to teach peacefully in academia. The winner takes all, as Tae-joo predicted, but in the game of dynastic chaebol struggles, it seems that everyone who keeps playing also loses everything. In the end, the poor may dream of beating the rich at their own game, but it seems that in Empire of Gold, only the rich can do that.

(SBS)

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[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 23

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"Empire of Gold" (2013)

Directed by Jo Nam-gook

Written by Park Kyeong-soo

Network : SBS

With Ko Soo, Lee Yo-won, Son Hyeon-joo, Jang Sin-yeong, Ryoo Seung-soo, Park Geun-hyeong,...

24 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00

Synopsis

Rome wasn't built in a day. And neither was modern-day South Korea. Golden Empire chronicles the rise of a conglomerate empire from the early 90's through the new millenium. At the eye of the storm is Jang Tae-joo (Ko Soo), who goes from rags-to-riches and devotedly raises his little sister after the death of their father. He's a conscientious, self-made man with every opportunity at his feet - until the emergence of a threatening power struggle. When Tae Joo falls for the heiress Choi Seo-yoon (Lee Yo-won), he also meets his greatest rival: Seo-yoon's cousin Choi Min-jae (Son Hyeon-joo). The nation is the golden prize, and it's winner takes all, but when it's a family affair, who reigns supreme? Get ready for two decades of love and war!

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2013/07/01

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[Spoiler] "Empire of Gold", Son Hyeon-joo finds out about a murder

Choi Min-jae (Son Hyeon-joo) found out about Jang Tae-joo's (Ko Soo) murder he committed in the past.

Choi Min-jae went to see Han Jeong-hee (Kim Mi-Sook) about the financial crisis of Sungjin Construction and asked her to let him see Myeong-dong Kim.

Han Jeong-hee mentioned that she held hands with Jang Tae-joo. Previously, Jang had promised her to release Choi Seong-jae (Lee Hyeon-jin-I) from prison if they worked together.

However, Han Jeong-hee's Alzheimer's symptoms made her give him a recording of Jang Tae-joo revealing his weakness to her open up her trust.

The recording contained truth about Jang Tae-joo killing someone and Yoon Seol-hee (Jang Sin-yeong) going to prison for it. Jang Tae-joo said, "The statute is still valid. If I don't keep my promise, let the world know".

Kang Ho-hyeon (Park Ji-il) who found out about this went back to Choi Min-jae to get it back but he refused.

Choi Min-jae said, "Ask me if you need help or help me to win".

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[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episodes 21 and 22

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episodes 21 and 22

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episodes 21 and 22

Added episodes 21 and 22 for the Korean drama 'Empire of Gold'

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"Empire of Gold" (2013)

Directed by Jo Nam-gook

Written by Park Kyeong-soo

Network : SBS

With Ko Soo, Lee Yo-won, Son Hyeon-joo, Jang Sin-yeong, Ryoo Seung-soo, Park Geun-hyeong,...

24 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00

Synopsis

Rome wasn't built in a day. And neither was modern-day South Korea. Golden Empire chronicles the rise of a conglomerate empire from the early 90's through the new millenium. At the eye of the storm is Jang Tae-joo (Ko Soo), who goes from rags-to-riches and devotedly raises his little sister after the death of their father. He's a conscientious, self-made man with every opportunity at his feet - until the emergence of a threatening power struggle. When Tae Joo falls for the heiress Choi Seo-yoon (Lee Yo-won), he also meets his greatest rival: Seo-yoon's cousin Choi Min-jae (Son Hyeon-joo). The nation is the golden prize, and it's winner takes all, but when it's a family affair, who reigns supreme? Get ready for two decades of love and war!

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2013/07/01

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[Spoiler] "Empire of Gold" Ko Soo divorces Lee Yo-won

SBS drama "Empire of Gold", Jang Tae-joo (Ko Soo) finally divorced Choi Seo-yoon (Lee Yo-won).

As Jang Tae-joo didn't want to let go of what he had until the end, Choi Seo-yoon said, "It was a long deal but too bad. It's time to end it. I want you to leave the house tonight. I don't want to see you tomorrow".

"I will by your land for 700 billion won with plenty of interest. I'll make sure Yoon Seol-hee doesn't run out of spending money. You should return to where you came from" she continued.

However, Jang Tae-joo wasn't brought down that easily. He remembered selling two square foot of land at a billion won and said, "I won't sell it. I won't let you take it from me. You will walk out of that company empty handed. I'll leave you a cement factory".

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[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 20

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 20

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 20

Added episode 20 for the Korean drama 'Empire of Gold'

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"Empire of Gold" (2013)

Directed by Jo Nam-gook

Written by Park Kyeong-soo

Network : SBS

With Ko Soo, Lee Yo-won, Son Hyeon-joo, Jang Sin-yeong, Ryoo Seung-soo, Park Geun-hyeong,...

24 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00

Synopsis

Rome wasn't built in a day. And neither was modern-day South Korea. Golden Empire chronicles the rise of a conglomerate empire from the early 90's through the new millenium. At the eye of the storm is Jang Tae-joo (Ko Soo), who goes from rags-to-riches and devotedly raises his little sister after the death of their father. He's a conscientious, self-made man with every opportunity at his feet - until the emergence of a threatening power struggle. When Tae Joo falls for the heiress Choi Seo-yoon (Lee Yo-won), he also meets his greatest rival: Seo-yoon's cousin Choi Min-jae (Son Hyeon-joo). The nation is the golden prize, and it's winner takes all, but when it's a family affair, who reigns supreme? Get ready for two decades of love and war!

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2013/07/01

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Empire of Gold Ep. 9-14: My Painful Love is You

Empire of Gold Ep. 9-14: My Painful Love is You

Empire of Gold Ep. 9-14: My Painful Love is You Empire of Gold Ep. 9-14: My Painful Love is You Empire of Gold Ep. 9-14: My Painful Love is You There’s no question about it: Empire of Gold always promised to be a difficult watch. But it was hard to envision just what a challenge it would turn out to be. The darkness we came to know in episodes 1 through 8 were just the prelude to a deep, painful plunge that would begin in the following episodes. One of the dramas strengths is that it is partly so difficult because the main characters, while terrible, remain undeniably human.

For example, in episode 12, we witness Seo-yoon (played by Lee Yeo-won) crying as her step-mother evokes strong emotions in an attempt to manipulate her. The viewer can see the guilt, the sadness, the fear, and the need to pretend on her face all at the same time. The acting is excellent. The next turn of events is both predictable, stupid and tragic: Seo-yoon blames her step-brother Sung-jae for being her step-mother’s son, and the one strong sibling bond collapses.

Even for a K-drama, Empire of Gold features a spectacular number of twists and turns, zigzagging its way through the lives of characters who are all ready to abandon each other when necessary, with few exceptions. Although episode 8 might have left viewers with the impression that Tae-joo and Min-jae would form an interesting twosome that future episodes would explore, episodes 9 through 14 find us traversing the difficult terrain of a fully fledged family drama, and in the face of it, the Tae-joo/Min-jae partnership quickly collapses. The back and forth is a strength and a weakness of the show. It’s hard to keep track of the history of the plot, but something new and potentially exciting is almost always happening.

Episode 9 ends with the chaebol patriarch’s family-only funeral and standing before his photo, surrounded by countless white flowers, is the mess that a stubborn and cruel man can leave behind. Although they are all supposedly there to honor him, almost every person there resents him, except perhaps his daughter Seo-yoon. And even she has had to sacrifice her dream of a life in academia to take the helm of the family business. If her siblings, step-mother and cousin will let her.

There are many contenders for the throne in this tragedy that resembles Shakespeare’s Lear in many ways: Seo-yoon, the daughter entrusted with the keys to the kingdom; Jung-hee (played by Kim Mee-sook), the step-mother determined to exact revenge on her second husband’s family for what he did to her first; Won-jae (played by Uhm Hyo-sup), the older brother who is simultaneously enraging as a self-involved manchild and sympathetic as the wounded son who could never do things right; and Min-jae, the cousin whose father was cheated of his share.

The writing is layered, and this is a strength; throughout the show, there is a fascinating commentary on contemporary Korean economic history. As these episodes play out, Korea enters gets caught up in the 1997 Asian Financial crisis, and Tae-joo informs his colleagues, “IMF [International Monetary Fund] will be the last chance to become upper class in Korea. After this, the poor will get poorer. We got on the last train.” This kind of commentary is highly relevant to a 2013 audience in a country where the gap between have’s and have not’s is wide and the legacy of the 1990s collapse is still felt keenly by some.

In Tae-joo’s case, the last train is Sung Jin Corporation, The Empire of Gold, the Choi family business. In this arena, Tae-joo is a generally brilliant and cold, if imperfect, tactician. Because of that, one might think that Tae-joo is a kind of psychopath, immune to the emotional fallout from living such a cutthroat life, and it’s at the end of episode 13 and the beginning of 14 that we truly see the mask collapse. But only for a moment.

Empire of Gold Ep. 9-14: My Painful Love is You Episode 13 ends where episode 1 essentially began, catching the show up in time and explaining some of the early scenes to the viewer where he kills a man and has a traumatized woman take the fall for it. By the time we see this scene again, it is devastating. Seol-hee’s pure love for Tae-joo is such that she’s willing to go to prison for him, and Tae-joo’s twisted love for her is such that he’ll let her and tell her that he’s not going to visit her for however long she is there. Later we realize this might be a brilliant tactical move. But in either case, it looks like horrific emotional warfare.

There is enormous acting talent on this show and many scenes to point to for triumphant, emotional performances, particularly from supporting cast members Uhm Hyo-sup and Son Hyun-joo, and to a lesser extent, lead Lee Yeo-won. But this moment between Tae-joo and Seol-hee before the police arrive at the scene of the murder is sublime. Siren ALi provides powerful musical backing as the two cry, Seol-hee telling him, “What am I going to do? You won’t get to eat the food I cook. You would have had a big surprise,” before forcing out her signature cheerful, “Smile!” But this time the tone is that of a question and ALi painfully wales, “I love you . . . my painful love is you” in the background. Ko Soo and Jang Shin-young could not have captured Park Kyung-soos powerful writing any better and deserve an award for this scene aloneits just that powerful.

Not too long after, Tae-joo is again the voice of history, telling the Choi family breakfast table that in the face of IMF-imposed reforms, industry is changing such that, “The concept of lifetime employment will disappear. Everything will be focused around temporary and contract workers.” The instability of the corporation in the face of a family feud is a kind of allegory for Korea’s economic fate. Some are going to win big and many will be left behind with close to nothing.

(SBS)

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[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 19

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 19

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 19

Added episode 19 for the Korean drama 'Empire of Gold'

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"Empire of Gold" (2013)

Directed by Jo Nam-gook

Written by Park Kyeong-soo

Network : SBS

With Ko Soo, Lee Yo-won, Son Hyeon-joo, Jang Sin-yeong, Ryoo Seung-soo, Park Geun-hyeong,...

24 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00

Synopsis

Rome wasn't built in a day. And neither was modern-day South Korea. Golden Empire chronicles the rise of a conglomerate empire from the early 90's through the new millenium. At the eye of the storm is Jang Tae-joo (Ko Soo), who goes from rags-to-riches and devotedly raises his little sister after the death of their father. He's a conscientious, self-made man with every opportunity at his feet - until the emergence of a threatening power struggle. When Tae Joo falls for the heiress Choi Seo-yoon (Lee Yo-won), he also meets his greatest rival: Seo-yoon's cousin Choi Min-jae (Son Hyeon-joo). The nation is the golden prize, and it's winner takes all, but when it's a family affair, who reigns supreme? Get ready for two decades of love and war!

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2013/07/01

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 19Watch on DramaFever

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[Spoiler] "Empire of Gold", Ko Soo takes over Sungjin Group and asks for a divorce

Ko Soo took over Sungjin Group and asked Lee Yo-won for a divorce.

Tae-joo (Ko Soo) sat in the throne of Sungjin Group. He'd won the bet with Seo-yoon (Lee Yo-won) and wanted to clear things.

He wanted to be appointed as co-chairmen with Won-jae (Eom Hyo-seob) and shut Seo-yoon's family up by giving them positions they wanted. He then asked her for a divorce at breakfast.

When he saw how shocked she was he said, "I'll give you plenty of money. Don't worry".

Seo-yoon claimed she wouldn't divorce him but he didn't take it back. He had hit her in the back of the head after playing with her family.

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[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 18

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 18

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 18

Added episode 18 for the Korean drama 'Empire of Gold'

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"Empire of Gold" (2013)

Directed by Jo Nam-gook

Written by Park Kyeong-soo

Network : SBS

With Ko Soo, Lee Yo-won, Son Hyeon-joo, Jang Sin-yeong, Ryoo Seung-soo, Park Geun-hyeong,...

24 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00

Synopsis

Rome wasn't built in a day. And neither was modern-day South Korea. Golden Empire chronicles the rise of a conglomerate empire from the early 90's through the new millenium. At the eye of the storm is Jang Tae-joo (Ko Soo), who goes from rags-to-riches and devotedly raises his little sister after the death of their father. He's a conscientious, self-made man with every opportunity at his feet - until the emergence of a threatening power struggle. When Tae Joo falls for the heiress Choi Seo-yoon (Lee Yo-won), he also meets his greatest rival: Seo Yoon's cousin Choi Min-jae (Son Hyeon-joo). The nation is the golden prize, and it's winner takes all, but when it's a family affair, who reigns supreme? Get ready for two decades of love and war!

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2013/07/01

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Empire of Gold' episode 18Watch on DramaFever

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