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Title: 야왕 / Queen of Ambition
Chinese Title: 野王
Also Known as: Yawang / Night King / Wild King
Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2013-Jan-14 to 2013-Apr-02
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55


This drama is about a woman, Joo Da Hae (Soo Ae) who wishes to shake off her poverty and become First Lady. She then meets a nice man, Ha Ryu (Kwon Sang Woo) who can do anything for her. Meanwhile, Baek Do Hoon (U-Know Yunho) is another man who in love with Joo Da Hae.


Main Cast

Soo Ae as Joo Da Hae
Park Min Ha as Joo Da Hae (child)
Kim So Yun (2002) as Joo Da Hae (young)
Kwon Sang Woo as Ha Ryu / Cha Jae Woong
Chae Sang Woo as Ha Ryu (young)
U-Know Yunho as Baek Do Hoon
Kim Sung Ryung as Baek Do Kyung

Supporting Cast

Lee Duk Hwa as Baek Chang Hak
Cha Hwa Yun as Baek Ji Mi
Lee Jae Yoon as Joo Yang Hoon
Sung Ji Roo as Uhm Sam Do
Lee Il Hwa as Hong Ahn Shim
Go In Bum as Cha Shim Bong
Kwon Hyun Sang as Yang Taek Bae
Go Joon Hee as Suk Soo Jung
Park Min Ha as Ha Eun Byul (6 year old)
Kim Ha Yoo as Ha Eun Byul (5 year old)
Jung Ho Bin as Suk Tae Il
Yoon Yong Hyun as Director Park
Oh Na Ra as Manager Uhm
Jung Soo In as Pyo Eun Jung
Lee Joo Suk as Jung Young Ho
Ham Jin Sung as Do Hoon
Choi Hyun Seo as Eun Joo
Kim Min Ha as Eun Joo
Kim Sung Hoon as prisoner
Lee Kyung Young as Da Hae’s supporter
Son Tae Young as a rich client at a host bar (cameo)

Production Credits

Chief Producer: Lee Hyun Jik
Producers: Park Yong Soon, Lee Hee Soo
Directors: Jo Young Kwang, Park Shin Woo
Original writing: Manhwa Yawang by Park In Kwon
Screenwriter: Lee Hee Myung


2013 Apan Star Awards – Actress Acting Award: Kim Sung Ryung (Yawang)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2013-01-14 1 8.7 9.8 (20th) 8.0 9.3
2013-01-15 2 7.8 8.5 8.1 8.8
2013-01-21 3 (<9.7) (<9.4) 10.2 (19th) 11.1 (17th)
2013-01-22 4 9.7 (18th) 10.6 (14th) 9.9 (17th) 10.6 (16th)
2013-01-28 5 10.4 (20th) 11.7 (12th) 10.1 (18th) 11.2 (14th)
2013-01-29 6 12.0 (13th) 13.5 (6th) 12.3 (10th) 13.6 (4th)
2013-02-04 7 13.4 (9th) 14.7 (6th) 12.7 (8th) 14.0 (5th)
2013-02-05 8 16.4 (5th) 18.4 (4th) 15.3 (5th) 16.4 (4th)
2013-02-11 9 16.4 (4th) 18.7 (4th) 15.2 (4th) 16.1 (4th)
2013-02-12 10 20.1 (3rd) 23.3 (2nd) 17.5 (4th) 18.4 (4th)
2013-02-18 11 19.4 (4th) 21.8 (3rd) 18.6 (4th) 19.9 (4th)
2013-02-19 12 19.6 (4th) 21.1 (4th) 19.4 (3rd) 20.8 (3rd)
2013-02-25 13 17.9 (5th) 20.2 (4th) 17.5 (4th) 18.9 (4th)
2013-02-26 14 18.8 (4th) 20.4 (4th) 17.7 (4th) 18.1 (4th)
2013-03-04 15 17.4 (4th) 19.2 (4th) 16.3 (4th) 17.2 (4th)
2013-03-05 16 18.3 (5th) 20.0 (3rd) 18.6 (3rd) 19.9 (4th)
2013-03-11 17 18.8 (5th) 21.3 (4th) 18.5 (4th) 20.3 (4th)
2013-03-12 18 18.8 (5th) 21.0 (3rd) 18.3 (4th) 19.4 (4th)
2013-03-18 19 18.2 (4th) 21.4 (3rd) 17.8 (5th) 19.1 (4th)
2013-03-19 20 18.3 (4th) 21.9 (2nd) 18.6 (5th) 20.1 (4th)
2013-03-25 21 17.0 (5th) 20.0 (4th) 18.0 (3rd) 19.9 (4th)
2013-03-26 22 22.8 (2nd) 26.1 (1st) 22.9 (2nd) 24.3 (2nd)
2013-04-01 23 23.1 (3rd) 25.9 (2nd) 22.5 (3rd) 24.5 (2nd)
2013-04-02 24 26.7 (2nd) 30.7 (1st) 25.8 (2nd) 27.5 (1st)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here


This drama is based on comic book series “Yawang/Night King” by Park In Kwon which was published between 25/July/2006 to 3/Sep/2007 by Gwijok.


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201 Responses to “Queen of Ambition @ Yawang”

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  1. 51
    KDaddict Says:

    Hi there, wave back! Good to see u again!
    I’ve actually gotten more picky as time goes on, n watching Less KD. I’m getting better at letting go of a drama if it bothers me. I used to hold on till the bitter end, n get myself all worked up.
    Melos r really Not my thing, but I love IMY to distraction. Somehow the plot makes sense to me. And the acting is superb all around. Poor Micky looks so tired at the end. I sure hope he is enjoying himself in Cuba as he said he wanted to do.
    As for this one, well, the official poster w KSW all teary eyed, is enough to scare me away. But I hear that there r many shirtless scenes, so I might drop by just to check that out! Hee.

    Can u tell me where the shirtless scenes r? In ep 1?
    If KSW is shirtless, who cares if he is acting cute?

  2. 52
    kimchilee Says:

    Hey! KDaddict! you’re here as well!

    Shirtless scenes are in Ep 2. hee hee! boy o boy! KSW still look as hot as ever and did not aged at all.. but its rather an unbelievable kind of drama, this one is.. I dont understand why KSW is so obsessed with Soo Ae (SA).. it was also somewhat spoilt by the fact that they could also have a child together even though they are so poor.. I dont know.. I miss You is more realistic. Its somewhat like Nice Guy which I did not really enjoy cos the whole story seem somewhat flat. If its not for SJK.. I’d certainly skipped Nice Guy.

    I’m willing to watch this QoA and see how it goes cos I am having a wee bit of withdrawal symptom after IMY drama.. looking around for something good.. only School 2013 comes close to IMY for its good story / dialogues.

  3. 53
    saraSJS Says:

    In ep 2 he starts to be a gigolo. So he is FORCED to take off his shirt. His body is really amazing. But his type of body is not my style. He ‘s more like athletes. Specially his back muscles. When i was watching his shirtless scene, i felt it was a sport completion. To me he is not sexy at all. LMH’s long beautiful body with that sexy waist is my style even with clothes on.

  4. 54
    saraSJS Says:

    Agree with you. I don’t know why he is so in love with her either. She’s neither extremely sexy and beautiful nor romantic and kind. The childhood flash back and orphanage story is not enough to persuade the viewers. We knew the reason behind JW ‘s deep love or HJ’s possessive love for SY. The childhood story was written greatly. But here what kind of love we are facing with?

  5. 55
    KDaddict Says:

    @saraSJS, @kimchilee,
    KSW is famous for 2 things: being able to cry on cue n for having the best body among K actors. I guess that means well developed and well toned muscles. Is it like a Mr. Universe competition? Not quite. Most women find it ‘sexy’. Young girls may be into a different type, say Enrique’s.
    At this pt, I’m only here to find out abt his ‘body beautiful’ scenes. Will check out ep 2 today. Thx.
    School 2013 is fantastic. Too bad only 1 ep left. I’ll miss it for sure.
    I’m watching 7th GCS n enjoying it. I recommend it.

  6. 56
    hanna Says:

    Kwon Sang Woo latest movie is CHINESE ZODIAC 2012 (CZ12)

    JACKY CHAN MOVIE watch him ….. GREAT MOVIE !!!

  7. 57
    KDaddict Says:

    I skipped Ep 1 n go straight for Ep 2.
    Ep 2:
    Oh shit! I can’t handle reality that’s that harsh! I watch KD for escapism. I know that the human “meat market” is terrible, but…… I haven’t even gotten to the shirtless scene, n I scurry away like a scared mouse!
    Also, I’ve forgotten how much I like KSW, fr his early KDs like Stairway to Heaven. He still looks just as wonderful. I don’t think I’ve the stomach for this, to see him suffer n teary eyed the whole way thru the end of the series!

    Thx for the recommendation. I’ll check it out.

  8. 58
    unknown unknown Says:

    I have finished episode 4. Kwon Sang Woo/Ha Ryu’s role is too sad, too sad. And all don’t know for what! Maybe it was his fate that he had to live his life in misery for the female lead – fate is the only way to explain it, I guess.

    This feels like a very depressing show. I will continue for a couple of episodes more to see if there will be any turning point.

  9. 59
    Andy Says:

    I do not like that actress Suh Ae in anything but since the main actor is in this drama, I will watch it. I do not think she is pretty at all but she does play someone you want to hate. Hated her in Athena and a Thousand Say’s promise. She rubs me the wrong way.

  10. 60
    Andy Says:

    About unknowns comment before mine: you have to understand that Koreans like to make their actors play characters that go thru a lot of suffering. You get mad at the actor for putting up with so much crap ( literally) but I guess, being that Koreans are so emotional, they just love all that stuff. You want to punch and shake the character and ask why they are that stupid for putting up with all that stuff ( specially abuse from their parents) but that must be in their genes.

  11. 61
    kimchilee Says:

    @KDaddict / saraSJS

    Yeah.. I find no basis for KSW’s great love for SA.. too much suffering our dear KSW has to go through.. I stop this drama the moment SA started feeling ashamed of KSW’s job and him in total.. esp when he started doing a silly thing by moving her to another high class apartment!! Ridiculous! which man would do that! A bit overboard drama this one is.. so.. i have stopped watching.. will come back to this when i have absolutely nothing to watch.

    oh..but I do love the way KSW has been keeping fit and young.. too bad he has been making the wrong choices for dramas after Stairways..

    hope to see both of you in other websites.. will try civil servant as recommended! cheers!

  12. 62
    KDaddict Says:

    I checked out KSW’s new movie w Chinese Zodiac. As w all Jackie Chan movies, JC is in every frame. KSW is in abt 4! His is basically a non-speaking role, unfortunately. He looks mighty hot tho, in the fleeting seconds that we can see him.
    I loved KSW in Stairway to H, Into the Sun, n Bad Love Song. I skipped Bad Love bcos of its title, I guess. Cinderella Man, I didn’t finish for it seems draggy. Daemul didn’t do anything for me. It wasn’t exciting. And now this!
    Too bad we r getting a crop of KDs w stupid heroes n nasty heroines!

  13. 63
    kimchilee Says:

    You should watch KSW in Sad Love Story.. it is sad but I think he looks good there too. the story is not bad except for the way it ended as the title suggested. I hated Bad Love and as usual, KSW’s good acting was wasted in another disastrous drama. Cinderella Man could have been a great story if not for a lot of draggy parts and incompatible pairing.. Like you, am not able to finish it. Daemul sort of made me gave up watching KSW drama bec every drama he acted practically has a sad ending or boring. Likewise, this one.. i am also scared to watch it.

  14. 64
    Lovemoon Says:

    @Andy–I agree with you 100%. I only watched a few ep of Athena, a Thousand Say’s promise, and now this one. I don’t think she is bad actress but I just can’t stand watching her.
    @Kimchilee/KDaddict–I agree with you about KSW, our main actor. I use to love him at Stairways but since he comes back. Whatever he picked I only watched a few ep. only like Cinderella Man, Daemul and now this one. I give up after watching the first 2 ep.
    I drop by here to read all of your comments to see whether I may change my mind on this one. I think I will pass this one again based on both main actor and actress. SAD.

  15. 65
    unknown unknown Says:

    I like Kwon Sang Woo and have watched all his shows and he is acting very well in this drama too. This is a super pathetic role, the whole drama so far is just very very sad for him. After 6 episodes, more than 360 minutes, and there was not a single time that I, as a viewer, can smile a little at anything in the show – it was that frustrating. The storyline is not draggy though and there is definitely a twist coming so I will continue to watch until perhaps I can’t bear watching any more…

  16. 66
    arsenia Says:

    dont like the actress on this drama

  17. 67
    KDaddict Says:

    I watched Sad Love Song, only I called it Bad Love Song, after this site. That was OK. Don’t think KSW has gotten a good script in a long time!
    The guy is famous for his ability to cry, but he should really try to act in sth less weepy, less pathetic!

    Why force yourself? Life is short! 😉
    That twist may or may not come. Or it may not be enough of a payoff: He is gonna be a prosecutor; he’ll help her be 1st lady, his own wife, mother of his child, sb he put thru college working as a gigolo! What twist would make that worthwhile for him n for us??

    Glad to see that there r ppl who write that they don’t like the actress. I don’t either, n I can’t figure out why! So happy to see that others feel the same way!

  18. 68
    unknown unknown Says:

    Hello @KDaddict #67

    There isn’t a lot of other choices these days since I dropped Horse Doctor (after watching 25 episodes) and The Great Sear (after 20 episodes). I also like Kwon Sang Woo and hope that with the twist in the plot (there is a twin sibling angle in the drama(!)), the storyline will get a bit exciting later. 🙂

    I have just finished Cheongdamdong Alice but refrain from posting comments there. Did you finish watching it too?

  19. 69
    sangjhoon Says:

    @#66 I agree i never like that actress even from her previous projects like love letters etc. Her role here makes me wanna puke (pyuk) she’s evil & ha ryu who is super kind but sorry to say pabo & mitchoosoo crazy in luv with her, he shld wake up!

    @andy too i agree i never liked soo ah i dunno, i’m sorry there’s something in her i guess & yeah she’s not that pretty so i dunno why that doon ha? guy likes her let alone ha ryu who is crazy about her!

  20. 70
    sangjhoon Says:

    so kwon sang’s role here again is much like the other drama where he’s got a twin in cinderella man which i hvnt finished watching! this drama is far more better than dameul in my opinion! i didn’t even finish that one!

    also if you guys hvnt seen him in the movie with lee bo young u must see that one too it’s a nice movie titled more than blue, the ost is nice too

  21. 71
    kimchilee Says:

    Help Me! Help Me! I am like a wondering soul looking for an absorbing goooood K-drama to sink in as I did in IMY.. there’s none so far for me .. School ’13 just ended.. couldnt finish watching CDDA, Seer, Civil Servant or anything.. cant stand Dok Mi’s irritating acting in FBNDoor..

    Coming back to this drama, they probably pick KSW in this drama bec he can cry naturally..but gawd..does he have to be so pathetic! I think the part when they brought in the kid into this drama quite spoil the whole plot for me in a sense that it seems too fast into the plot for a kid to be around their already sad and poor life. I just came back to this website just to read the threads here but still cannot bring myself to watch it.. aah.. KSW..I feel so sad for you.

  22. 72
    KDaddict Says:

    Good morning! U r up early!
    Nothing absorbing at the moment. Maybe when “That Winter” starts, it’ll give us sth to sink our teeth into. 2 more weeks. Time to rehash some old KDs!

  23. 73
    KDaddict Says:

    Oh, yes. Incarnation of Money starts tonight. Hope it’ll be good.

    Can you tell me in which ep the twin appears?

  24. 74
    ance Says:

    I wanted to try this drama but i’ve also just finished catching up 3 melos straight like The Snow Queen, Autumn’s Tale & School 2013 (though not really a melo but it’s full of problems) so at the moment i’m still sad and hearbroken (from Snow Queen & Autum’s Tale) so i’m looking for a light drama…I got excited seeing familiar names in this thread but when i saw the comments i got discourage coz it’s another heavy drama, and i don’t think my heart can still take another one like this…i’ll pass for now but i’ll check this out eventually…hope you guys enjoy!

    any suggestions for a RomCom even if it’s an old drama?

  25. 75
    Kurayuzaki666 Says:

    I bet the story is now becoming interesting, that’s why ratings INCREASE!

  26. 76
    Viewer from Singapore Says:

    Missed KSW acting.

    Watch this drama because of KSW, now I know why some viewers find it similar with Innocent Man. The female role killed someone and the male role became a gigolo, the plot is the same.

    Noticed the rating went up, perhaps the story getting more exciting.

  27. 77
    Yvonne Says:

    The lead character is getting more annoying as the episodes goes by.

  28. 78
    Wedaz Says:

    Love the song by Kim nam Gil. His voice is so sweet and sad

  29. 79
    Ki Ki Says:

    please explain me,

    I am Go Joonhee’s fan and I want to know what’s her role in this drama???

  30. 80
    hny Says:

    ep 7 n 8

    a lot of tears.. of course !!!!

  31. 81
    Mindy Says:

    The team up of Soo Ae and U-know is a complete mismatch. Soo Ae looks too old for U-know. They are better suited for a mother-son role playing. U-know’s acting is very lame and flimsy. I could’nt get it why the casting director got him when there are better talented Korean actors out there. Too commercialized and calculating coz they are banking on U-know’s popularity as a pop idol. And his voice is just too irritatingly youthful which is completely unsuitable to his role as a rich heir. It does’nt even deserved a one star. He’s better off a member of TVXQ but never as an actor. He needs more training.

  32. 82
    unknown unknown Says:

    Finished episode 9 – this is a super dramatic and heartwrenching show!!! Kwon Sang Woo’s character(s) is much sadder and painful than anybody in the recent I Miss You/Missing You drama so you can imagine how tragic it is. 🙂

    U-Know and Soo Ae scenes are so cringe-worthy – just unbearable to watch such a mis-matched pairing. Not the actors’ fault though, just wrongly casted.

    How did they managed to find two super cute and intelligent young child actresses to act as the daughter of Ha Ryu – just so amazing how these two girls acted out their roles.

  33. 83
    Kurayuzaki666 Says:

    20% ratings from 7.8 ratings WOW this must be a good drama, better than I MISS YOU?!! Will watch it later!

  34. 84
    unknown unknown Says:

    Hi Kurayuzaki666 #83

    I Miss You/Missing You is a much better drama but Queen of Ambition is just so ridiculously tragic and sad (Kwon Sang Woo’s character) that one cannot helped but continue to watch weekly to see how much worst it could get. 🙂

    KSW is simply excellent in this drama – he took up at least 70% of the screen time I think – not a easy role at all.

  35. 85
    Yunhofever Says:

    I watch this drama because of Yunho. Do Hoon fighting!

  36. 86
    kdbig Says:

    hmmm i feel like the noona of do hoon is the mother of him, well just a guess.. soo ae’s character is such a biatch and she did pull it off. ksw did a good job too. the story is so tragic but is awesomely made <3 it

  37. 87
    hny Says:

    @kdbig ..
    yes ..the noona is Do Hoon mother .. actually this meloD with KSW is agood … is just we not accept soo ae ….to be the reason KSW so tragic like that ..she hasn’t have angelic face or innocent like the story said … and worthy to be with Do Hoon .. I more like if Do Hoon will make relations w So Jung n KSW w DH mother at end …if KSW not die w that evil women ….

  38. 88
    eny Says:

    still in ep 3 and I already cry, this is the different watching drama with good actor/actress and drama with standart actor/actress even the story has some similarity

  39. 89
    Lady Sue Ellen Says:

    tragic drama!

  40. 90
    eny Says:

    Stairways to heaven, Sad Love Song and Bad Love are his drama that I like, Didn’t like Cinderalla man. I think I’m gonna love this drama too

  41. 91
    saraSJS Says:

    The ratings is going up? Strange. This drama and its all characters are just annoying. The hero is a stupid man who unbelievably studied in prison and succeeded. Is being a lawyer that easy? And for his love, I never realized why he loved DH in the first place. The heroine is just a selfish woman with a big complex but without an acceptable motivation for what she’s doing. You just wonder why she’s doing all of these evil deeds. Add SA’s flat acting to this mixture and you can’t stand the taste. What Uknow is doing in this drama? Korea doesn’t have any better actor or this is the power game of his big agency? I don’t feel any chemistry between him and SA. DK, her aunt and father also are flat characters. The only thing I’ve been watching so far, has been conspiracy.

  42. 92
    eny Says:

    I think most korean viewer see this drama is good so the rating went up

  43. 93
    rain Says:

    yunho and soo ae……????? totally not the most loving drama couple i”ve ever meet…yunho hug her like an elder sister…it’s so awkward…my hands curl up..my mom stop watching cuz of soo ae onnie great acting as an evil,wretch woman…DAEBAK!!!!

  44. 94
    snowblue Says:

    Different people have different taste in drama choices, plots , as well as actors/actresses choices. To me, this is a great drama, good plots and fast pace, it’s totally different from other drama I’ve seen. The main leads are excellent in expressing his/her feeling and emotions. One of my best drama off all. Yawang’s team fighting.

  45. 95
    Gesti Says:

    @ unknown unknown : I think “Missing You/IMiss You” drama beter than this, the couple match better than this drama too.

    I agree with All of you, Soo Aee to Old to U-know.

  46. 96
    mml Says:

    This drama, after watching episode 1 , i have realised that it is a tragic sad drama so i have stopped watching……..

  47. 97
    dramafreak Says:

    still watching this drama…..apparently it looks interesting to me….gona keep watching….hehe…but to tell the truth…the female lead looks too matured for Yun Ho….TOO NOONA for him LOL XD

  48. 98
    addylovesbwoowd Says:

    As much as I loved IMY, I would say this is the better of the two. Imagine if IMY didn’t hv yoochun,yoon eun hye or seung hoo. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be as popular. IMY is a drama to watch bcuz of the cast. Yawang is more intriguing and much more darker than IMY.

    I agree with you all. I grew to like yunho for his looks and even searched for some of his music videos. There is no chemistry between him and Soo Ae in this drama. He seems like an amateur actor and I don’t find his character believable.

    How will she become first lady if she married yunho?

  49. 99
    Leomk Says:

    Oh this drama is getting more and more interesting. Hopefully the ratings can reach 20 per on 13th ep. Love KSW, SA and YH. Yawang 5ting!

  50. 100
    KDaddict Says:

    “Imagine IMY without yoon chun, yoon eun hye or seung ho……” you say.
    How abt:
    Imagine Secret Garden without Hyun Bin, Ha Ji Won; Winter Sonata without BYJ, Choi JW; Da Jung Geum without Lee Young Ae; METS w/o Kim Soo Hyun; Scent of a Woman w/o Kim Sun Ah; Princess Man w/o Park Shi Hoo, Moon CW, etc. etc., etc.

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