Drama Casting & News
Su Ae and Kwon Sang-woo’s Yawang secures time slot
by | September 5, 2012 | 42 Comments

It’s full steam ahead for Yawang, or Queen of Ambition, the latest drama adaptation of hit manhwa writer Park In-kwon’s work (Dameul, War of Money). Su Ae and Kwon Sang-woo have signed contracts to star, and the show has now secured a Monday-Tuesday slot on SBS’s January broadcast schedule. The 24-episode series will focus on the story of a fiercely ambitious woman who is dead set on becoming the First Lady and fights tooth and nail to get there.

The production has undergone a writer change, and now the adaptation will be scripted by writer Lee Hee-myung, of Rooftop Prince and Bad Family. Hm, that’s a mixed bag. I loved Bad Family, but the writing was a big weakness in Rooftop. I recognize his older ’90s dramas like Tomato and Mister Q, but my memory’s pretty fuzzy on what happened in those stories. Directing are PDs Jo Nam-gook of The Chaser and Jo Young-kwang of 49 Days. Again, mixed bag since the directing in 49 Days wasn’t anything to write home about, but The Chaser‘s director seems a perfect fit for taut suspense and political intrigue.

Su Ae stars as the ambitious heroine who overcomes severe poverty and dreams of becoming the president’s wife. Kwong Sang-woo is the sweet and innocent guy who sacrifices everything for her. The drama deals with fatal loves, betrayal, conspiracies, unstoppable ambition, and the downfall of humanity. So… light and fluffy, are we?

The heroine is described as “falling into the swamp of ambition,” like it’s an addiction she can’t shake, and it sounds like Kwon Sang-woo’s character doesn’t stay the sweet sacrificial patsy for long, because it’s the story of his revenge, as he seeks to punish the woman whom he once loved like life itself. Sounds like Nice Guy meets The Chaser.

The production plans to finish casting and start shooting by November, and airs in January on SBS.

Via BNT News


42 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Rashell

    I’m not sure I’ll be ready for another “guy takes revenge on his ex-love” story so soon after Nice Guy. But I do like both of the actors, so I’ll probably check it out.

  2. Ivoire

    Thank you for the news!

    • 2.1 Ivoire

      The premise sounds interesting, and I do like both actors, so we will see…

      • 2.1.1 Eye Candy

        I agree the premise sounds interesting though very similar to Nice Guy, but somehow I like the idea of watching a woman driven by ambition because it could be fun to watch a drama where both leads toe the line between likability, but I’m still not sure whether to try Nice Guy or this one first…I’ll probably just try both to see.

  3. Carrie

    Isn’t that the basis of the plot of Evita based on the life of Eva Peron of Argentina?

  4. Village Mrembo

    i have def missed KSW on my screen so yes! i shall be anticipating ; )

  5. JoJo

    Sounds interesting…as long as they don’t time travel.

    • 5.1 Deeliteful

      Lmao! But that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days!

  6. Quiet Thought

    Wow. An entire series with Su Ae making eloquent speeches in her beautiful Su Ae voice. Awesomeness is certainly possible.

  7. Deeliteful

    I gave up on Kwon Sang-woo dramas long time ago….too many tears. He’s a good crier though…sigh I’ll just enjoy his pretty pics.

    • 7.1 canxi

      I don’t think I could do another one after Bad Love…and that was my first one O___<

      • 7.1.1 D

        Kwon San-woo was my first love but i can’t stand him in heavy dramas (i dropped Bad Love after i dehydrated myself silly watching Stairways to Heaven) so i always end up watching his old movies, but i might watch this one cos it’s Su-ae

        • canxi

          I made it through Bad Love all the way up to the last episode…which I never watched, LOL.

    • 7.2 True2u

      I Know!! I cried like crazy watching his movie ” More Than Blue” T^T

      • 7.2.1 True2u

        Cont. And wanted to watch Rom- Com with him only to realize most if not all his drama are sad ones. I can’t handle Kwon Sang-woo tears so i will also enjoy his picture, although i do want to watch his movie “Pained” -_-

        • canxi

          Pain was actually pretty good, though. Not AS tear-jerky as it could have been given the title…but…still tear-jerky.

  8. rjyuggy

    I’ll watch this for another tour de force performance by Su Ae.

  9. angelpur

    hmmm….sounds a lot like Dae Mul (hated what I seen). and
    Kwong Sang-woo’s in this as well…ha.

    • 9.1 LUCILLE

      i agree

  10. 10 Anabanana

    I vividly remember Sang-Woo and think he’s great. But a part of me wishes this role was at least offered to Park Ki-Woong. Seems right up his alley and he hasn’t done a legit lead drama role yet (movie no county and I loved Tutor Friend 2)

    • 10.1 Em

      He would be a little young looking for Soo Ae, wouldn’t you say?

  11. 11 LUCILLE

    didnt he already play this role in Dae Mul? Boyfriend to the first female president.

  12. 12 Farpavilions

    Kwon Sang Woo!

    I did a mini retro marathon months back watching Winter Sonata and Stairway to Heaven back to back and I think my tear ducts haven’t recovered yet 🙂

    I once looked up his filmography and cracked up at the hilariously tearjerky titles. To wit:

    Bad Love (KBS2, 2007)
    Sad Love Song (MBC, 2005)
    A Story Sadder than Sadness (2009)
    Shadows of Love (2012)
    Pain (2011)
    Fate (2007)
    Almost Love (2006)

    Between him and Su Ae I’m hoping for a lot of very pained, angry, I-am-trying-to-hold-it-in-but-the-tears- just-fall-out-oh-so-beautifully-MTV-style moments … he’s really at his best steering clear of comedic roles and Su Ae is just an emotional powerhouse all on her own.

    • 12.1 jomo


      Seriously, it looks like you made them up.

      • 12.1.1 Farpavilions

        Hyuk hyuk.

        And then there’s the laundry list of physical impairments and illnesses his screenwriters trot out (carefully selected so that the faces stay pretty, of course): TWO blind girls, one girl who feels too much pain, he can’t feel any pain, he gets cancer, and I think there’s even one ending in which he loses his foot as some kind of poetic justice trade-off…

        His management company needs to find a plot where he can weep while showing off those choco abs, asap. Heartrending underdog bodybuilder sports drama meets revenge tragedy, mayhaps?

        • Fab

          Back in 2002 he was in We Are Dating Now with Chae-Rim. He played a player, he was pretty funny and not bad at all…

          Didn’t see Daemul. But I’d watch anything with Su-ae in it.

    • 12.2 megels7719

      Those titles just crack me up!

      I love both of the leads…so i may wait to see what people are saying about it before jumping head first into the shallow pit of gloom that this sounds to be..

    • 12.3 canxi

      “A Story Sadder than Sadness”

    • 12.4 Cherry86

      EMO EMO EMO Titles written all over.. *shudders*

  13. 13 queencircles

    I don’t know why the dream to become first lady seems so sad to me. It’s just kind of a strange dream.

    • 13.1 Farpavilions

      It’s a rather bizarre ambition to have. Why not shoot for actually being the president instead? At least there’s more control over that since you’d only have to deal with your own capabilities…

      To aim to be the first lady you have to either make your husband the president or hope that an unmarried man becomes president then falls in love with you through all the bodyguards and other jostling singles.

    • 13.2 Gabby

      I KNOW, right? Kind of an empty ambition. If we can’t even fully get behind or understand the reasons why she strives for that (as opposed to, say, president) it’s going to be very hard to buy all the angst that’s sure to follow in her quest for her “dream.”

    • 13.3 lemonicricket

      A drama about an ambitious woman!! She wants to be the President…’s wife 🙁 Haha

    • 13.4 lemonicricket

      A drama about an ambitious woman!! She wants to be the President…’s wife 🙁 Oh dear, lol

      • 13.4.1 lemonicricket

        Oops sorry for the double post. Browser was glitchy.

  14. 14 cHRi5

    Kwon Sang Woo really great actor…..
    He can bring serious.,Rom Com or tears character really well…I will absolutely watch this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don’t care if this drama will similar to NG or not..
    because i really LOVE REVENGE drama..!!

  15. 15 dramaqueen

    I really like Su Ae so may be i’ll try to watch this one….

  16. 16 Rovi

    Sounds like “Love and Ambition” (saranggwa yamang) sauteed in the “Flames of Ambition/Desire” (yokmangui bulkkot) becomes the “Daemul”.

    No, seriously. It’s like the darker version of “Daemul” without the intensity of “There’s No Such Thing as a Good Guy in this World”.

  17. 17 annie

    It reminds me of Miss Ripley

  18. 18 eny

    i like the actor but the story should be good too, i like his drama stairways to heaven, bad love and sad love song but i didn’t like cinderella man, i hope her partner has good acting too. I don’t like cinderella man because of yoo na acting and the script

    • 18.1 rjyuggy

      Don’t worry! Su Ae is the Goddess of acting!!

  19. 19 mohsen

    i love soo ae and her movies….

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