Queen of Ambition a.k.a For the Love of Melos
Someone...not to mention any names....calls me the Queen of Melos. While I would argue with that description (I would say I'm the Queen of GOOD Melos) there is some truth to it. Give me a well-written melo that I can sink my teeth into, that causes me to love and hate and cry and long and want to pull my hair out - in essence to FEEL - and I'm in heaven. And right now my melo of choice is Queen of Ambition (Yawang). For those continuing to read, there will be NO SPOILERS.
I was looking forward to this drama for two reasons - Su Ae and Kwon Sang Woo. Both are accomplished, mature, serious actors. At at more than half-way through, this show and their acting have not disappointed. Ha Ryu is the good hearted person who supremely sacrifices himself to help the woman he loves, until he can take no more. I believe KSW was once called the king of tears, and it really works to his advantage here. Su Ae is perfect as Da Hae, the woman we love to hate. Characterized as heartless upon first meeting, there is never any question as to her motives or how far she'll go to get what she wants, but the look of fear gracing her face from time to time is priceless. Almost as priceless as the feeling we get when the fall inches closer.
Another important requirement for me is that I don't loathe any of the characters. Of course Da Hae is loathseome, but Su Ae portrays her in a cold but understated way. It's also a cast of beautiful people. For those wanting some idol love, there is Yunho of TVXQ who does a fine job as the second lead, along with Kim Sung Ryung as Yunho's sister/mother (this is not giving anything away, as it is glaringly apparent from the getgo). I am really anxious to see how things progress with both of their characters. Rounding out the cast are Go Joon Hee as the broken-hearted fiance, Sung Ji Roo as an unlikely accomplice you grow to love, Lee Jae Yoon as the "hot step-brother" (to quote a friend), and then there's Cha Hwa Yun, the hardest working actress playing adjumma roles today!
|All the beautiful people!|
I am eagerly anticipating each new episode of Queen of Ambition and praying it stays as good as it's been until the end. Check back to see if it lives up to my expectations! If not, well, I've been known to write my own endings before. And there is always That Winter, The Wind Blows to start watching.