Queen of Ambition

Queen of Ambition (2013)

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Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,085 users
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Joo Da Hae has always been unlucky. Although she is an educated, intelligent woman, her poor upbringing has limited her in getting the things she has wanted. In her path, she is helped by Ha Ryu, a man who falls in love with her and decides to help her achieve her ambitions.

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    Yawang ; Night King

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25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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Aug 6, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This is the most annoying and blood boiling drama i have ever seen till now! i really don't know how did i continue watching it without any accidents!! let me tell u this, I'm really surprised with the writer that wrote the story! he really made me love, hate, anxious, worried and all this stuff that u won't be able to feel in an only one drama that has only 24 episodes! read more to be able to feel all this made me love the drama so much that in the most mad times i wanted to destroy my lap but i just couldn't.(I'm surprised he still alive! i would hang myself XP)

This drama is the BEST drama i have ever seen, and I'm seriously not exaggerating, the plot, the music and the cast...every thing was just perfect!the first episodes may not be the best thing i have ever seen, i really wanted to drop it but because my friend who recommended this drama to me kept nagging on me...i did, and now i know that i shouldn't judge dramas from the first episodes.

In many dramas wither its comedy, drama, thriller or any other Genres
u can know the plot of the story without watching u can know what is going to happen next, because simply it wasn't hard to figure out the next move, but i really couldn't read any thing in this one! i don't know if it was because i was really into the drama or because i was just stupid :)

anyway i really recommend this drama for all the revenge lovers! u will totally enjoy it! have fun!!!!! :)
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16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Apr 18, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This drama let me tell you. Amazing. It was a serious roller coaster ride, Joo Da Hae, could seriously be the most hated women in kdrama history after seeing this drama. Her acting and character was just that great and effective. The whole concept of this drama was on point. It never dragged imo, and the characters were very convincing, and yes even yunho! I think he showed improvement here the most(acting read more wise) from the beginning it's a little shaky but i think as more episodes came out he improved. And we can't forget Ha Ryu, Kwon Sang Woo broke my heart his acting was so amazing, and the whole revenge concept broke my heart. He did such an amazing job with his character, and his emotions were always on point and always there. Soo Ae, whom played Joo Da Hae, did such an outstanding job, from the beginning to the end, probably the most convincing character amongst all, she could make you hate her, yet feel bad for her at the same time, which tbqh, is not an easy thing to do. Ultimately, what i'm trying to say is that this is one of the first revenge dramas i've ever watched and i was blown away, from the beginning to the end. My heart was seriously on the edge with every episode, there were so many tears, i was even shocked. And the OST's were amazing especially Ailee's Ice Flower, omg that song give me so many feels. (And i gave this an 8 on rewatch b/c i never EVER rewatch lol, too many dramas for all dat!)
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Both dramas have a dark and gritty element. Both have to do with infidelity on spouses. Both have to do with a man who gives the world to his woman, yet she still wants more. Valid Love deals more with common people, whereas Queen of Ambition deals with common people, one needing to be more.
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Both are revenge dramas, and both deal with very mature subject matter. Qoa, death of a child, missing you deals with rape and other really touchy issues.
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    jxsilicon9 Aug 5, 2016 - edited

    What happened to the daughter?

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    RodJun828 Jul 7, 2016

    Just finished watching this. What a ride. Don't be fooled by the 7.6 ratings. Based on what I've seen, this is on 8.9-9.3 level.

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    sanasoufi Jun 21, 2016

    THIS DRAMA IS A MASTERPIECE! It's EXCELLENT! Fantastic storyline, lots of twists, fast paced, 24 episodes yet hardly drags. The current rating is shambolic! Just 7.6? I guess because it isn't a cute story there isn't much interest. Anyway if you want to watch something with a strong storyline and love thrillers THIS IS A MUST WATCH. Regarding the ending: It's a satisfying ending. And if you're a romantic person you will consider it a very good happy ending. BEST KOREAN DRAMA I'VE EVER SEEN. Better than Heartless City, Healer, The Beautiful Bride, Mask etc. Just the BEST.

    Story 10
    Acting/Cast 10
    Music 10
    Rewatch value....I never rewatch dramas, so can't rate.

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    manicmuse Apr 12, 2016

    I haven't finished yet, but of all the dramas I have seen, this character is the most evil and twisted by far. Episode 17, and there's more evil to come, I'm sure! o.O

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    Queen_Makjang Apr 4, 2016 - edited

    Still very unbelievable to me that this only has a 7.6 rating. Listen, this is my favorite drama of ALL TIME. If you like incredibly MAKJANG dramas with a dark twist, this is it. This is drama on a WHOLE new level. If you need a A++ reccomendation, I suggest you watch it or get ahold of me and I will tell you time and time again, WATCH THIS DRAMA!

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      Charming92 Apr 4, 2016

      I love your passion about this. It was indeed that good, i loved it too!
      7.6 is waaaay too low for this. MDL is biased towards rom coms, we need to accept this XD

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    mickey Mar 15, 2016 - edited

    im about watch this but i have a question, does it have romance?

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    SHIRLEY MOLINA Mar 2, 2016 - edited

    I have a question maybe more experienced drama viewers could explain to me please. Why in Kdramas do most wrong doers blame their victims with the phrase don't blame me you made me do this ! When they victims only have better life's or loves that the people trying to hurt them in some way. Is it jealousy , envy , greed or what.? Would really like to understand that mentality mostly find it in Kdramas.

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      Queen_Makjang Apr 4, 2016

      I truly think youre finding what Makjang is, in Korean drama. Enjoy the ride!

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    Charming92 Feb 17, 2016 - edited
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      manicmuse Apr 16, 2016
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      Kizzofdeath 23 days ago

      oow this is what happen in this drama i dropped this drama co'z i really hate the lead girl and i felt bad to poor Ha Ryu he suffer to much pain so i could not finish it.. thanks charming..

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    Marooya Dec 12, 2015 - edited

    Still wondering whether to watch this or not because Soo Ae is the main lead actress (I hated her acting in Mask) but I want to watch it for KSW T^T

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      LeeJaeShin Jan 6, 2016 - edited

      Please do not hate Soo Ae. She is a great actress, but the characters she portrays are almost always unlikable. Her character is definitely not likable in this one. This character is worse than the one in mask

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      Frank Jan 7, 2016

      Yeah, the character in Mask I felt was a bit dumb. I hope she takes on better roles.

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      Marooya Jan 8, 2016

      I can differentiate between my hatred towards a character or a performance and in Soo Ae's case its both. I have nothing against her personally I just don't appreciate her acting regardless of how unlikeable the character is I don't think she's a good actress. I understand that you like her but that's just my opinion I hope you understand mine as well :)

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      SHIRLEY MOLINA Mar 2, 2016

      I also do not like the actress , my reason her acting seems so forced and not natural. I first saw her in Emperor of the sea and thought she was a bad choice for that role. But I know many people enjoy her work I am just not one of them. That being said I did love the other actors in this drama ,they made me cry a lot .

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      Queen_Makjang Apr 4, 2016

      You will certainly hate her character in this one. I hated her in the Mask only because I saw QoA first and it made me hate her so much. lol.

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    lostinparadise Nov 25, 2015 - edited
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      kanade Nov 26, 2015 - edited

      i liked her too, dramaland needs more decisive female leads that know what they want and are putting their own interest before anyone else's, all these spineless, whiny, pushovers are getting boring

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      Charming92 Feb 17, 2016
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    OppaHasLongLegs Sep 26, 2015

    im going to watch this because of soo ae, she was pretty good in mask

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    XoXo Aug 4, 2015 - edited

    Happy or sad ending?

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    flying Jun 7, 2015 - edited

    I'm considering to watch this but seeing missing you and secret in the recommendation section makes me hesitate because i really hated those dramas i honestly couldn't stand them they were just annoying.., should i still try watching this?

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      MinaVIP Jul 2, 2015

      You should, it's completely different. I guess the only thing they have in common is that they're all melodramas but different stories. It's basically like saying "all romance movies are the same" some have their own twist and detail that makes them stand out xD I did enjoy Queen of Ambtion, so i do recommend it ^^

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      flying Jul 12, 2015

      i understand your point, it's just that the plot attracts me but the genre melodrama is something i like the least, often find myself sighting at the screen instead of enjoying it, that's why i need to know if it's an easy watch, is it enjoyable? does it have great suspence? are most of the eps exciting and thrilling? is there much action or alot of dialogue?
      Thank you for your answer.

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    Description is wrong doesn't refered of any names and when they published it it say 2006 but it's 2014 and also the names please notice guyzzz> if I'm The One Whose Might be wrong I'm Sarryyy>

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      Yajuns May 30, 2015

      I think the description is a copy and paste from the comic series the drama was based on.

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      denise ann pendulas May 31, 2015

      I think soo

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    Silent_Heart Apr 22, 2015

    Well acted drama. It really shows how a person can be blinded by his desires, desire for love, revenge, or even greed! There is a fine line between being ambitious and being greedy, but some people mistake one for the other. Whereas the first is a healthy act, the second is simply a drug that is deemed to ruin your life.

    Well written, well acted, well ended. I've been really impressed. Very recommended!


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    South Korea
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    Jan 14, 2013 to Apr 2, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 1,085 users)
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