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Character stills from Flames of Ambition

Yoo Seung-ho has certainly grown up — or at least his image has — for his latest role. He plays husband to Seo Woo in the upcoming MBC weekend drama Flames of Ambition, which used to be called A Woman Only Loves Once In Her Life. In a nutshell, the drama explores the themes of greed, power, and ambition in one family, though we could have figured from the title.

You can’t talk about the pairing of the young couple without taking note of the ages (and age gap) of the stars; Yoo Seung-ho just turned 17, still a minor, while Seo Woo, despite her young face, is 25. Seo Woo plays an actress who has simultaneously the most anti-fans and the most die-hard fans, who’s on the fast track to success. Yoo plays the son to Jo Min-ki and is described as a warm, good-hearted guy.

But the main star of the show is Shin Eun-kyung (love her!), last seen in White Lie, who plays an ambitious woman who’s capable of doing “whatever it takes” to get what she wants. Described as a chameleon, the character can run both hot and cold depending on what she wants at the moment, making her a force to be reckoned with. I don’t doubt she can pull it off; already she looks like a different person in the stills below — I didn’t even recognize her at first glance as the same actress from Mom’s Dead Upset, Bad Couple, and My Wife Is a Gangster.

Other cast members include Lee Soon-jae, Kim Byung-ki, and Lee Hyo-choon. Flames of Ambition will premiere on October 2.

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I read from Dahee that it's English title has been changed to Flames of Desire, which she is grumbly that it sounds like a porno. I think it now sounds like a Catherine Coulter romance novel title. Bring back the ambition, MBC!

Anyways, a teaser trailer for anyone who is curious to see YSH make sexy-eyes at Seo Woo.

http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/ajjFNK7NIc8/

I *cannot* wait. Salivating over the acting to come from JMK and SEK.

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i am conflicted. from the teaser, even though boy looks undeniably hot, I still see it. A wee sapling.

On the other hand, he is chosen for a reason. As long as we have faith in the scriptwriter. Although I haven't had a chance to check out his work, as a frequent lurker of thundie's prattle... how a bunch of very eloquent and thoughful people there are so devoted to Shin Don. It's amazing to see hehehehe.

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Actually, the retitling might be a right idea decision(?), since I remember that "ambition" is 야망 (yamang) in Korean, and above title has 욕망 (yokmang)...clearly showing the difference...

and doesn't 불꽃 (bul-kkot) translate to something as "fireworks"???

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야망, 욕망, 욕심, 야심. All more or less the same sentiment, although you could say 망 is a hope, you craving for something, 심 indicates more of a feeling, something you're already experiencing. Just semantics, as they're all virtually interchangeable, based on context. 불꽃 is fireworks in theory, but flames are flowers of fire, too, you know. Fireworks of Ambition sounds really bad. Flames of Greed, too. I'll take Flames of Desire, although Flames of Ambition sounds a little classier.

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Thanks for the info, really need it, since Korean can be so confusing too...

Just to add something, tho... is basically "ambition", if read in Sino-Korean context (Chin. character: 望)...
I say it so since there was a sageuk drama entitled "Daemang" (Korean 대망, Hanja 大望), translated in English as "Great Ambition" (w/c starred Lee Yo-won, and others...)

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the title does sound like it belongs to one of those romance books....hahahaa.

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dude looks hot with the hairstyle. can't believe he's younger than me though! (but i've no problem with the age gap, minor or not haha)

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Sort of a parody of her own life? Because I remember seeing so many anti-Seo Woo comments people left here in dramabeans.

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I should clairify; not her 'life' specifically... since the hate is concentrated in the english kdrama watching community.

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did people really hate her on here though. I know there were comments on her looking too plasticky, but there was a lot of (deserved) high praise for her acting abilities. I probably won't watch this show, not my thing but Seo Woo is pretty great

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YSH still looks to me at most 20 yrs old and not old enough to be a married man... how old is his character supposed to be?

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He plays a 21 year old young chaebol heir.

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2010....what a year...this drama also will air this year??
Gah. My to-watch drama list is getting long.

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I like the cast except the guy who plays Shin Eun Kyung's husband.

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Well, I love Seo Woo and I like Yoo Seung-ho, so in spite of the age gap, and the fact that this story sounds extremely melodramatic, (which I usually hate) I'll check it out.

I've never seen Shin Eun-kyung in anything (or even heard of her, two years of watching kdramas and I'm still a noob) but her character sounds like she'll run the whole show, so I'm looking forward to it.

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She's pretty famous in My wife is a Gangster movie, i doubt she act in a drama this past few years.

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bad couple was 3 years ago. that's my first time seeing her and boy, was she good ;p

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:) Hi there YSH. The thought just came to me but I hope that you become evil in this drama.

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there seems to be absolutely no age gap between these two or is that jus me?

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and this is a mini QSD reunion no?? jmk was yoo's granddad in QSD! now if only they had thrown GHJ and UTW into the mix id be sooo watching this!

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and lee soon jae! the great grandpa!

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to sum up...

*Lee Soon-jae: Jinheung the Great (who only had an ep. to appear)
*Yoo Seung-ho: Kim Chunchu (later Taejong Muyeol of United Silla)
*Jo Min-gi: King Jinpyeong (the twins' father)

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I still can't believe he's my brother's age.. I have serious trouble wrapping my head around the concept (he looks younger than my brother), which means I'd probably have even more trouble seeing him as a husband to Seo Woo (even if it is a contract marriage).

I'm also not sure what we're supposed to be getting with that first picture. Is he protective? Bored? Upset that his wife is so much older than him? And Seo Woo.. Is she a wilting flower? Or is that a "hands off, bitches, I saw him first" glare? Or even "I can look age-appropriate with him, I swear!"

I do love Shin Eun-kyung, though.. I've only ever seen her in Bad Couple, but she was one of the only reasons I stuck with that show for so long; I really liked her there, so I'm sure she'll do a great job here. But I have to say that I sort of hate her dress.. It's really not flattering at all.

Ah well. This doesn't really sound like my kind of drama, but there's a lot of talent in it, so I hope it turns out well. :)

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Definitely an "I can look age appropriate face"

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I tend to stay away from the 30+ dramas because I've never actually found one that I've liked.

But Seo Woo impressed me with her acting in Cinderella's Sister and I loved her in Tamna, The Island (Park Kyu!) so I'm going to give this a watch.

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Despite the makjang themes, I'm definitely watching this one because it's written by JUNG HA YEON!!! Can't wait to see what he does with it. Bring it on! :D

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Omo, I am watching this purely for the return to writing of the one and legendary Jung Ha Yeon, too!

Who knows if and when he'll do another drama after this.

YSH, SW, JMK, and SEK are all playing second fiddle to the script, as far as I am concerned.

Makjang screeching? Yeah, but it's gonna hurt so good because it comes from the pen of Jung Ha Yeon.

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This is bad.. bad.. bad.. bad..

I liked YSH in God of Study.. but seeing him in a role that is older AND of legal age????? Damn those eyes.. I think I'll go gaga ones he flashes some smoldering and heartbreaking stares to Seo Woo.

somebody call Child Protective Services.. I bet this one's got the noona killer in the bag..

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I will not be a cougar.
I will not be a cougar.
I will not be a cougar.

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XD you and me both

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hahahahaha that's make 3 of us!

Even with Seo woo's "Away from my man biatch!!" stare.

They're jawdropingly hot aren't they!

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WOAH WOAH WOAH ! Yoo Seung Ho...boyswise (I don't know if this word exists) 2010 was a very very good year- No Min Woo, Yoo Ah In, Suh Ji Suk, Joo Won, Song Jong Ki and not very legal Yoo Seung ho. The boy voice is really deep thus he can pass for an older boy and his eyes... and his smile omg. I liked what I saw in the trailer but wait and see- namely for Seo Woo and Yoo Seung Ho.

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I can't believe his character is actually supposed to be 21. No offense, he's certainly a good-looking kid, but he looks about 14-15 to me. It's definitely a good thing that Seo Woo, despite her real age, looks like she could still be in her teens.

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WOAH WHAT!?!?!!!
At least that was my reaction on seeing the picture and headline. Then I realized it was one of THOSE dramas, and that Seo Woo and Yoo Seung Ho aren't even the stars. WHY can't it be a more interesting story? I adore Seo Woo to no end, and I like the risque-ness of pairing her with a minor Yoo - who I just like, not love, but I can't deny that he's one of the more exciting actors out there. Hence my excitement at their pairing for some awesome unusual drama. Hence my disappointment that it just looks like more of what we've been seeing.
I'll still try it out though. For me Seo Woo is one of those performers that can make anything watchable. And who knows, maybe the story WILL be more interesting than it looks.

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I like Yoo Seung Ho and enjoyed his performances in The Road Home, Heart Is, Fourth Period Murder Mystery, and God of Study.

So why am I not feeling any interest in his 50 episodes drama Flames of Ambition?!

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No matter how much I like Yoo Seung-ho and Shin Eun-kyung I cannot get over how much screeching that trailer had. I would be asking for headaches if I watched this show.

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I want to say that I'd be willing to watch anything for Seo Woo, but this is hitting all my Do Not Want buttons, unfortunately. I'll probably still give the first few episodes a shot, but I expect it will be much too melodramatic for me.

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Yes, I agree.. Yoo seung Ho is looking good here.. he's only 17? There's practically a 10 year age gap between him and me.. I can't help to have a small crush on the guy.. I already noticed in God of Study but him in this next role here is just wow.. :O

Well keep us posted dramabeans! Thanks for posting!

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Nyeh.
Though, they both look so devastatingly, divinely, beauteous.
The cast is pretty interesting...
- Yoo Seung-ho is a given but his role? A tad iffy about that, to put it politely.
- Seo Woo, I love, there's a very raw, unpolished and indie charm about her. I'll never forget that ice cream ad, never, it's golden.
- Jo Min-ki ''is described as a warm, good-hearted guy''. Meh. I'd have been interested had he been his 'baad, maad, mutha' self.
- Shin Eun-kyung, defo love this actress. Though I've always thought her acting style reminded me of Go Hyun-jung's.
If I do tune in it'll be for the two ladies. But overall, not sold on the premise at all.

Can't wait for Daemul. Wheee...

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Still . . . Jung Ha Yeon (Dolce Vita, Count of Myuyuyuyuyuyujyuy, and SHIN MUTHA FRIGGING DON) is writing this one. Could be a makjang, but an art-house makjang???

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The writer has an impressive resume no doubt. Like seriously, Count of Myeong-dong makes my top 10 faves list. Now SHIN MUTHA FRIGGING DON, I've wanted to see for yonks, but need to be in a sageuky kind of mood for it.
But then, explain Sandglass and then... Legend. *shrugs*

Even if this is something awesome, given the writer and the cast, I don't know... married couples, 'chaebols who can't keep it in their pants' (credit: girlfriday) and MIL scare tactics? Unless of course there are some campy and black comedy elements thrown in, then we have our arthouse makjang. Too bad Lee Sung-min's in the OTHER MBC weekend show.

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"But then, explain Sandglass and then… Legend. *shrugs*"

Sandglass writer gets all kinds of silly when she tries out sageuks. (See The Great Ambition.)

"married couples, ‘chaebols who can’t keep it in their pants’ (credit: girlfriday) and MIL scare tactics? "

*hot hot* Belleza needs an ice tea!!

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The Great Ambition aka. Daemang, with Jang Hyuk, Lee Yo-won and Sohn Ye-jin? Not seen it yet. It's sucky? Aw man!
But that's exactly the point... if sageuk is Song Ji-na's kryptonite, then maybe Jung Ha-yeon's is makjang?

D'oh! I think I've sold it to myself too. That'll be two ice teas please.

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I Love Seo Woo, adored her in Tamra the Island, Yoo Seung-ho is cute, he's too young to be playing a husband :) he was adorable in God of Study playing an age appropriate character.
Don't know what to think of the pairing. Let see what happens when the show starts, will make up my mind whether I'll watch it or not then.

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Wow! Yoo Seung-ho and Seo Woo look absolutely hot in that picture! I feel weird saying that. Haha.

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So who exactly is the main couple??? I can't believe Yoo Seung-ho is all grown up! I sort of miss pre-teen Yoo Seung-ho.

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I think the funniest thing here is through the teaser it seems Yoo Seung Ho and Seo Woo have chemistry.

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That's Yo Seung Ho The Noona Slayer for ya. Probably lost his virginity when the nurse tried to give him a pacifier.

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LOL " Probably lost his virginity when the nurse tried to give him a pacifier." there is the sentence of the day.

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LOL! That's so funny and so perverse at the same time

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His theme song should've been "누난 너무 예뻐" by those noona-killers also SHINee...

(no offense to the SHINee fans...)

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I'm bringing sexy BACK lol

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I'm not a fan of these kind of dramas but my goodness does Seo Woo look so beautiful or what. And YSH look so handsome!

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Yes they are beautiful. I didn't noticed that but girl has some curves with a little a** and dark style fit her.

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I'd venture to say that there are probably very few males amongst that large group of jealous "antis" for the lovely and talented Seo Woo. She's an amazing actress and then some. I'm not too familiar with lead actress Shin Eun-kyung (other than seeing her in two movies: 'Ring Virus' and 'Quiz King') but she's absolutely smokin'! I must add 'My Wife is a Gangster' to my "to do" list...

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Seo Woo was the reason I stopped watching Cinderella sisters at the 3rd episode. I felt uncomfortable every time she smiled. And that happened A LOT in the first few episodes. I am sure she is a fine actress, given how much ppl are praising her acting skills. But I just find her look very strange. :/ I guess I might have to grunt and bear if it I want to watch Flames of Ambition.

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I lufff seo woo ^^
haha but 50 episodes is wayyy too long for me to want to watch. x__x;; i hope this is good tho!!

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He's still a minor..they cant make him a husband to Seo Woo..strange...But i guess this makes me curious too..

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she's a fairly good actor, but her eyes are so unnaturally big that i can't help but cringe at the sight. it looks like it hurts. i'm down for some yoo seungho though.

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Young... really really young. But, soooo cute. Don't have an opinion, but will look out for it.

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definitely in my drama list which i'm going to watch. seo woo & yoo seung hoo! oh my fav. hope the drama is worth it for these two. cant wait!~ :)

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Thanks jb.

Seo Woo, such a versatile actress. I hope she will act well in this drama too, can't wait to see her again after cinderella sister, she look fresh and pretty too !!.

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Why, why why! Why must you be so young YSH?

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is it so wrong that i'm having dirty thoughts about a minor?! LOL!

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welcome to the world of ICOYM...

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I LOVED Shin Eun-kyung in Bad Couple and I like Seo Woo so I guess I'm onboard for what looks like a SUPER melodramatic drama...which I do not like...please no terminal illness storylines

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YSH's my age lol. So it makes it really hard for me to imagine him being married cause I still feel like I'm a kid.

I can't stand Seo Woo (I don't find her a great actress and her voice just annoys me) but she looks much better than her previous works. Tamra made her plastic surgery stand out but here, it looks pretty natural. I just hope her acting improved.

I'm not a big fan of melodramatic stuff but hopefully it's good.

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sorry but in the last pic.. YSH looks like seo woo's lil bro instead of her husband.. huhu..

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I really like Seo Woo in "Tamra the Island." I especially like the chemistry and look with Lee Sun Ho. They should do something together!

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