Queen of Ambition

Queen of Ambition (2013)

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Queen of Ambition tell story of Yoon Na Ri, a very poor woman who dreams to be a first lady and a man, Choi Kang Chan who sacrifices everything to help her. During the journey, they experience love, betrayal, unstoppable greed and conspiracy. This is based on the third installment of the 21-part Daemul comic series by famed Korean comic writer Park In Kwon, that was published in 2006.

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    Yawang ; Night King

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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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Apr 4, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
First, I wish there were more writers like this one willing to take chances and evoke every emotion out of the audience they can...

Story: Twisty, Unpredictable, fast paced, melo melo melo! I loved that there were so many time jumps and the writer just kept changing the story but in a way that flowed so the viewer could keep up. Be ready for a dark plot all the way to the read more end filled with tragic romance, obsession, betrayal, revenge, lies, murder, and multiple deaths. The ending is bittersweet but everyone gets a closing fitting to their story.

Acting/Cast: Soo Ae and KSW as the OTP were perfect. They had chemistry which made their unhealthy relationship so painful to watch. Their acting was what you'd expect from A list stars. Just be warned that Soo Ae's character has no redeeming qualities, so you might want to feel like stabbing her in EVERY episode. The other female lead played by Kim Sung Ryung was sympathetic and I kind of wished she got a better ending. Yunho was the weakest link out of the 4 main leads. He was okay but he had zero chemistry with Soo Ae which made their relationship pointless and boring. The supporting cast were amazing and made their characters stand out. Oh yeah and Go Joon Hee really should be getting lead roles soon!

Music: The OST was powerful and fitting of the dark themes. I loved Ice Flower by Ailee and plan on downloading just that song from the OST.

Rewatch: It is a bit long and so dark but just exciting enough to watch again just not for a bit.

Final Thoughts: Queen of Ambition is a dark drama that is not for the light hearted fare lovers. You gotta truly be into melos to enjoy this one like I did!
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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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    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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    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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    miretee Feb 24, 2015

    frustrated me from the beginning to the end.

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    gumix Feb 20, 2015 - edited

    I'm sorry that this drama is not well known as others... it's not a typical love story and if it says revenge well hell yeah this drama has lots of it. Yes it's a sad drama and if you decide to watch it you will cry a lot and you will find in yourself the unstopabble desire to kill Da Hae. But i think is one of the best drama ever..why? Because it's different! The girl doesn't fall and the guy catches her omg they eyes meet boom fall in love! This drama has crime,mistery,action,lots of sad moments and presents revenge beyond human limits. Maybe it's an unfair plot but gosh the guy (Ha Ryu)'s been trough so many things that it's logic that he cant think proper even if he's plan of revenge sounds perfect(think a little Da Hae is his big love, of course is hard for him to get revenge on her) As for the acting-brilliant! They're humans! They're showing us what pain means so please please give it a try it's an awesome drama!

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    kanade Jan 3, 2015 - edited

    would love to see a drama like that but with the scenario where Da Hae "wins" and get away with everything, being all happy at the end with her power and money

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      jxsilicon9 Apr 20, 2015

      Then watch White night.

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      kanade Apr 20, 2015 - edited

      its a movie, not a drama... and the ending of Byakuyako - japanese drama which is based on the same novel as white night differ from the movie one (just saying in case you would want to say : "there is also drama version of it")

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      jxsilicon9 Apr 21, 2015 - edited

      You won't find many dramas where the evil people get away with it. That seems to only happen in the movies.

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      kanade Apr 21, 2015 - edited

      its not like i asked for recs in the first place...

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      jxsilicon9 Nov 28, 2015

      Okay. But I think the bad guy gets away with it in Blade Man.


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    South Korea
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    Jan 14, 2013 to Apr 2, 2013
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 1,007 users)
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