Queen of Ambition

Queen of Ambition (2013)

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Ratings: 7.7/10 from 1,184 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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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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13 people found this review helpful
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Apr 6, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
This drama was so much better than I ever expected it to be. It made me cry, angry and on rare occasions, laugh, and definitely had those "pull your hair out" and "bang my head against a concrete wall" moments, but to be honest it's all worth it in the end. Although I feel like since we were viewing the whole background story thing, almost every event that took place (like Da read more Hae threats, or even Ha Ryu's (I don't want to give specific details out without spoiling it, but those of you who watched it should know what I mean)) you sorta knew how they were going to turn out because of the beginning. How she had already gotten to that high place she hoped for, but Ha Ryu's story took a bit of a twist, so it wasn't all predictable. I hope some of you don't consider that a spoiler, I'm trying to be as discreet as possible...

Like the others have stated before me, this was so hard to keep up with. I can't even tell you how many times I wanted to drop this drama because things were turning out so bad and it always felt like the good people were being wronged, but I think in the end that's what I loved most about this drama. It wasn't your typical "cookie-cutter" drama. Bad things WILL happen. Everyone doesn't just miraculously kiss and make-up, and go on with life. You will become so frustrated with this drama it's not even funny. But in my opinion, that's what make dramas so good to me.

And it possibly even showed some meaningful life lessons you can take with you into reality. How people can change, and betray you, and how some aren't all that they seem to be. It may even show the dirty side of our government, and how money is always involved to get one's way. But despite all that, I'll honestly probably never watch this again... Unless I want to cause myself more emotional trauma. The amount of tears that fell from my eyes.... Well, that's a different story. I hope you have a box of tissues lying around somewhere because *warning* you WILL use them.. all.

I hope all of you take a chance with this. This drama won't make you happy whatsoever, but it's so beautifully written you really have to see it for yourself.
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In both series, the characters forget about their loved ones..in their paths to success..

While Rosy Lovers concentrates more on family affairs, Queen of Ambition goes beyond that and shows the dark desires of human nature.
Recommended by claudya87
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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    mali Jun 16, 2017

    I am getting those angry emotions here. Maybe that"s why melodramas are not my favorite genre....i am not saying its bad. Its quite good! Its just this woman's character is just depressing =(

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    mali Jun 4, 2017 - edited

    I am only in episode 3....but i am already feeling good guy finishing last syndrome...sigh. it would be like torture to watch such a devoted guy get constantly punished...pls if there is glimmer of hope. I wiil continue.

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    Jia May 26, 2017

    I'm not really into family dramas but this one was quite good. I have never seen a female character this shameless in a drama before but this is what makes this drama unique - the "queen of ambition" does everything to rise.
    Solid watch, yes, a tad bit too long but it kept me watching without really boring me. The acting.. well, I don't like Soo Ae that much and I don't get why everyone thinks she's so pretty but then again that doesn't define her acting skills and I really hated her character (which means she really did well enough). I was cheering for Kwon Sangwoo's character throughout this drama, too. I do think the cast did well. If I would rewatch dramas this might be one of the candidates

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    MrBanana May 23, 2017

    Deserves at least 8.5. A solid drama.

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    Jia May 21, 2017

    There is one thing I don't understand about the very beginning.. didn't they think of calling the police, telling the truth and tell the officers it was an act of self-defence? Like... that was my first idea and way less complicated than everything that happened afterwards.
    (I tried to avoid spoilers as good as I can, forgive me if I still said too much ._.)

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    RueXie May 11, 2017

    to ppl who said it's boring .... boring ???!!!!!! i punched my laptop screen out of anger and broke it :D .. every episode made me crazy pressing the next button to know what is going to happen .. everything was unexpected from the first minute of the first episode till the last minute of the last episode ..

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    KarolK Apr 24, 2017

    It got too long and boring. But good story overall. 6.5/10

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    jxsilicon9 Aug 5, 2016 - edited

    What happened to the daughter?

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      chanqsun Sep 12, 2016
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      jxsilicon9 Sep 13, 2016

      So why did he blame Da Hee?

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      lostinparadise Jan 10, 2017
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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 - edited

    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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      Jaylan Mar 2, 2017

      thank u so much i was really hesitate to watch it
      i thought it has sad ending cause i hate sad & bad endings so
      i think after what u said i am going to watch it thank u so really ;)

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      sanasoufi Mar 3, 2017

      Have you started? This is still my favorite drama! Wish they made more dramas like this, but so far I haven't found anything similar. A lot of people recommend Equator Man, but that's a slow paced drama, Queen of Ambition is fast paced. So I don't like Equator Man.

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      Jaylan Mar 3, 2017

      no i didn't start it yet i am watching another drama & i am about to kill my self from boring
      watch Mask , beyond the clouds , time between dog &wolf , Master's sun , it's ok thats love , that winter the wind blows
      if u didn't watch any of them they r pretty good really
      if u can recommend me a good drama with a strong plot i'll appreciate that so much
      thank u :)

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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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    SHIRLEYMOLINA 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 Oct 3, 2016

      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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    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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    7.7 (scored by 1,184 users)
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