Currently Watching: Queen of Ambition

Currently Watching: Queen of Ambition

To say that I have been in a melodrama hangover lately would be an understatement. After watching such dramas as Innocent Man and I Miss You over the last few months, and crying what could easily equate to several buckets of tears, I just wasn't sure if I could emotionally handle another dramatic series. Then, into my life walked Queen of Ambition.

“If you want revenge, you should prepare two graves.”

Right from the opening line, this drama grabbed me differently than previous melodramas. Some cannot help but to compare it to the  popular shows filmed earlier this year, but to lump it in with those dramas would be unfair, to say the least. I mean, does it have some of the basic story line as its predecessors? Yes. Is this a story of revenge? Certainly. Is it a story about a woman’s betrayal? Obviously. But I think what is refreshing about it is that you’re seeing the treachery unfold starting from the first episode, not in a sequence of flashbacks lined throughout the series,  leaving you guessing as to what happened in the past that has made things turn out the way they have for the parties involved. 

You’ll start Queen of Ambition off by meeting Joo Da Hae (Park Soo Ae) as the leading lady. She is an ambitious woman who has worked her way to the top of society using incorrigible means. Being an orphan and coming from poverty, Da Hae decides that she does not want to return to that kind of life. To achieve this goal she sets her sights on the charismatic Baek Do Hoon (Jung Yunho), the son of the president of the company she is interning for. Baek Do Hoon truly cares for Da Hae and wishes to get married, but their happiness isn't all rainbows and butterflies; there’s a problem. Joo Da Hae already has a husband – Ha Ryu (Kwon Sang Woo). Ryu is Da Hae’s childhood sweetheart and so blindly in love with Da Hae that he does unimaginable things, including shaming himself, to try to get her where she wants to be in life. Yet this still does't make Da Hae happy.
In her quest to be a part of high society, I think that Da Hae will learn that even if a person like Ryu loves you endlessly, they are still probably capable of seeking vengeance when wronged.

I do have to say that the chemistry and acting between the cast is great! They are really bringing their characters to life in this drama. There is no forced acting and everyone seems to play off of each other fairly well, making your like or dislike each character, as are the writers’ intentions. I think this drama will be a wild ride, but will flow easily from one episode to the next.
I should also mention that so far, the kissing in this drama is ACTUAL KISSING, not the conservative cold fish kiss we see in most dramas! :D

Episode 5 of Queen of Ambition (also known as Yawang) airs Monday, January 28 in Korea.

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    RoseRouge Jan 30, 2013

    I'm telling in advance to all people who want to start this drama : DO NOT stop this drama after only watching the first ep, which gives an impression of boredom and which really doesn't do justice to this great drama. You have to at least watch the second episode and then the third and then you will be hooked, because it is really a good drama !

    And don't you think it is Innocent Man-like, because Innocent Man, sorry for saying it, is really child-play compared to this one ;).

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    Marse Jan 30, 2013

    I'd be lying if I won't admit that Yunho caught my eyes that's why I really read this article. >w< It's actually my first time reading this series' title. Most probably because of being busy? :))

    Anyway, I loved the line you included. It's just so intriguing that I want to eventually start watching this one, but I have lotsa things to do. T__T Will definitely add this to my reading list, though. I really hope this will end wonderfully, unlike those other dramas which started good at first but went on a downhill halfway through the series. Oh well...

    Thank you so much for the article! :) <3

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    rin116 Jan 29, 2013

    Sooo much melodrama, It's really a good season! *.*
    I just finished Cheongdamdong Alice, It was brilliant!(L)

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    ravenchaser Jan 29, 2013

    i've read knetizens are irritated not only with Yunho's acting but also with the drama's plotline.

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    Pumpky Jan 29, 2013

    I can handle more melodramas. It's okay I mean I like them, so I'll give it a chance ^^

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    mszither Jan 29, 2013

    Too many melos recently, I've just started A Hundred Years' Inheritance and it is just as good too. But, too many tears sacrificed. I want more comedy >.<

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    AllAboutVanness Jan 29, 2013

    I dropped this melodrama after ep 1.
    I am afraid my heart is too weak to face another sad sad drama no matter how much i love Park Soo Ae & Kwon Sang Woo.
    I think i'll just wait until last episode and read comments and reviews.
    Happy watching folks! :-D

    p/s: Actual kissing? i'm quite interested :-D

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    wheetot Jan 29, 2013

    When it comes to melodramas I usually wait for it to be complete before I start watching - I just can't handle cliffhangers. This one's definitely on my list though :3

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    MoonLight Jan 29, 2013

    Melodrama? Thanks but no thanks.

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    Ami Jan 29, 2013

    This is on my list, but I haven't started it yet.. need to watch some other dramas to the end :[

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    Aya97 Jan 29, 2013

    I'm also in a melodrama mood after Nice Guy and I think of starting I miss you because its finally subbed.After that maybe I'll try this one

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    SeRose Jan 28, 2013

    Maybe I will make this my next melo... I've been taking some time off from these since Nice Guy ended. Plus, I'm not a huge fan, but I am kind of curious to see if Yunho can act. :p

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    addylovesbwood Jan 28, 2013

    I'm on board with it!! waiting for ep. 5 to be subbed. cannot wait. yunho's kiss scene is ep.4 was awesome!!

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    snow_white Jan 28, 2013

    nice article :)

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    zaidy Jan 28, 2013

    is this good?..i am still planning to watch this..

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