Flames of Desire

Flames of Desire (Korean욕망의 불꽃; RRYokmangeui Bulkkot; lit. Flames of Ambition) is a South Korean television series starring Shin Eun-kyung, Seo Woo, Yoo Seung-ho,[2] Jo Min-ki, and Lee Soon-jae. It aired on MBC from October 2, 2010 to March 27, 2011 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 for 50 episodes.

Flames of Desire
Promotional poster for Flames of Desire
Also known asFlames of Ambition
Created byMBC
Wonyoung So
Written byJung Ha-yeon[1]
Directed byBaek Ho-min
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes50
Executive producerIm Hwamin
ProducerMin Hee-woong

Jincheon Kim

Wontae Oh
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesFlames of Desire SPC
Nuruk Production Co.
Original networkMBC
Original releaseOctober 2, 2010 (2010-10-02) –
March 27, 2011 (2011-03-27)
Flames of Desire
의/의 불꽃
Revised RomanizationYokmangeui Bulkkot
McCune–ReischauerYongmang ŭi Pulkkot

The early working title was A Woman Only Loves Once in a Lifetime (Korean여자는 일생에 단 한번 사랑한다).


The story of a conglomerate family that falls apart when the members are caught up in a furious battle for succession. Kim Tae-jin's children all covet his fortune and the power that he possesses as the company president, and they would do anything, however cruel and inhumane, to wrest it from the others. At the forefront of this desperate game is Yoon Na-young, the ruthless and ambitious wife of Kim Young-min, Tae-jin's third son. Her unquenchable thirst for power and wealth drove her to the point of no return, manipulating both husband and son to achieve her own desires.

Cast and charactersEdit

She is a person who hides her evil intentions under her smiling face and have a chameleon sort of personality. Upon seeing how her mother lives her life by giving in, Na-young became more determined to live her life the way she wants. She is the type of person who strongly believes that you have to fight ruthlessly even for your own happiness and for that she made a decision that would later haunt her at her later part of her life. She didn't planned to have Soo-bin as her daughter-in-law in the path that she had paved for her son, Min-jae to walk on.
She is the hidden daughter of Yoon Na-young who become one of the most famous movie actresses in the nation, thus earning herself the nickname of “Baek Inki” (translated as "Popular Baek"). But as many fans as she has, she has that much anti-fans as well. She is woman running towards success while running away from her past. She managed to marry Min-jae after they were caught in a scandalous position. The destruction of love and fame just seems like a game for her and she believes that winning it all will mean happiness for her.
The 2nd generation son of a conglomerate family. He is someone with a pure soul. Whenever he feels lonely or is having a hard time, he has a habit of dancing off all his unhappiness and pain until he falls down. He is compassionate towards the woman that he loves despite her ugly past and will even give her a warm hug when she needs it. As the owner of his own fate, he doesn't have to change the way he is even if the secret of his birth is disclosed.
  • Jo Min-ki as Kim Young-min
    • Joo Han-ha as young Young-min
The first generation son of a conglomerate family, he is the third son of Kim Tae-jin. His sole wish is to become a college professor but it changed the moment he entered a family-arranged marriage with Yoon Na-young. Although he has the power to oppose his father and live the life he wants, he chose not to leave. Unlike his ambitious wife Na-young, Young-min is a kindhearted man and father who believes that the family must stay united to be strong. Unlike his siblings, he has a deeper understanding and compassion for others, but he finds himself destroyed when the secret of his son's real birthright is revealed.
  • Lee Soon-jae as Chairman Kim Tae-jin - He is a self-made tycoon who built his business empire from scratch. A strong charismatic father with three sons and a daughter. The K group Enterprise's Company president finds himself facing another challenge in life as his children fight to become his empire's successor, with the most aggressive person being Yoon Na-young, the wife of his third son who will stop at nothing to push her husband and son to the top of his succession list.
Kim family
  • Lee Hyo-choon as Kang Geum-hwa
  • Kim Byung-ki as Kim Young-dae
  • Lee Bo-hee as Cha Soon-ja
  • Jo Sung-ha as Kim Young-joon
  • Sung Hyun-ah as Nam Ae-ri
  • Son Eun-seo as Kim Mi-jin
  • Kim Seung-hyun as Kim Young-shik
  • Baek Jong-min as Kim Sung-jae
Yoon family
Extended cast
  • Lee Se-chang as Park Duk-sung
  • Uhm Soo-jung as Yang In-sook
  • Park Chan-hwan as Song Jin-ho
  • Kim Sung-hoon as loan shark
  • Jeon Se-hong as Jin-sook

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2010 29th MBC Drama Awards[4] Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
Best Young Actress Won
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Screenplay (Television)
Jung Ha-yeon


  1. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (December 31, 2010). "2010 10Asia's Awards: Writer & Actor of the Year". 10Asia. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "MBC's weekend special drama, Flames of Desire... Yoo Seung-ho, he's falling in love with a Seo Woo". MBC Global Media. November 24, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Lee Ga-on, Lee Seung-han (December 31, 2010). "2010 10Asia's Awards "Thank You" List: Reincarnation of the Year". 10Asia. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Hong, Lucia (December 31, 2010). "Kim Nam-joo, Han Hyo-joo win grand prize at MBC Acting Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved April 20, 2013.

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