K-DRAMA REVIEW: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon // a girl with superhuman strength + the cutest romance ever!!

StrongWomanDoBong-soon_(Main_poster)Title: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Hangul: 힘쎈여자 도봉순
Network: JTBC
Genre: Fantasy, Thriller, Rom-Com
Episodes: 16
Broadcasting Dates: February 24, 2017 to April 15, 2017
Language: Korean
Source: Watched on Netflix

Synopsis: Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. She desperately wants to become a willowy and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Guk-doo (Ji Soo), a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets the job of a bodyguard to a rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft. Contrary to Guk-doo, Min-hyuk is an odd man who is playful, a little spoiled, has no regard for rules, and dislikes policemen. He has recently received anonymous threats, blackmails, and has even been stalked at an occasion.

One day, a series of kidnapping cases break in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit after her friend was targeted. With the help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes. Min-hyuk and Bong-soon find themselves and their relationship grew into something more.

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I finished this drama months ago and now I’m finally getting around to reviewing it because I somehow forgot to write a review for it?? Honestly, I think this is a good thing because I’ve had a lot of time to think about my thoughts on it.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon revolves around our protagonist, Do Bong Soon played by the wonderful Park Bo Young (I have loved this actress ever since watching Oh My Ghostess). All of the women in her family have had the power of super-strength. But, if they use their powers in any way that could possibly be seen as unjust, then it will be taken away from them.

This happened to Bong-Soon’s mother (who I low-key hated with a passion, but we will get to that later) and throughout the series Bong-Soon herself is faced with situations more than once where she has to decide whether using her powers is the right thing to do or not.

The thing I loved about this drama before even starting it was the fact that the lead female character is strong. This is so good to see in a K-Drama because in other dramas I’ve seen, female characters haven’t exactly been seen as strong. It’s a big issue I see in Korean society (Asian society as a whole, really). So with dramas like these, it’s nice to see the female lead as a strong individual that can take care of herself and strike fear into the hearts of the men around her.

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i will forever love this part xD

This gif brings me to the romance and the eye candy that is male love interest #1 Ahn Min-Hyuk. He is rich, spoiled, and honestly such a drama queen. He made me laugh so much throughout this drama because he was such a funny character and Park Hyungsik played him so well (I’m going to watch everything he’s in from now on, especially the remake of the American show Suits that just recently premiered).

and i might or might not have a small crush on him
okay, it’s a big crush, but who wouldn’t? even my mom called him handsome

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SHIP SHIP SHIP SHIP

I loved Bong-Soon and Minhyuk’s relationship dynamic. It was pretty obvious that he was going to be the love interest from the beginning (it always is with K-Dramas haha) but the twist with this drama was that Minhyuk had a rumor spread that he is gay. So Bong-Soon thought Minhyuk was gay throughout a large portion of this drama and he rolled with it. He enjoyed it so much.

This is also where I had issues. The way this drama portrayed gay people was laughable at best – literally so because a) one of the main plot points of the show is Minhyuk pretending to be gay even though the viewers are well aware that he isn’t and b) the one actually gay side character was only there to act psychotic for laughs. It’s not like I was expecting any good gay rep from a K-Drama considering how bad Korea is with LGBTQA+ acceptance but come on. I’ve seen two other dramas with gay characters and they were portrayed better than this, even if it was never explicitly stated that they were gay, it was highly highly implied. They did basically everything to show that the characters were gay besides outright saying it. definitely not salty

That being said, I did enjoy the way Minhyuk would start flirting with Guk-doo in front of Bong-Soon because he knew that she’s had a crush on him basically her entire life. I literally just said that I didn’t like how they portrayed gays in this show, but when Minhyuk and Guk-doo got drunk and started dancing with each other in front of Bong-Soon I was laughing my butt off. Props to Jisoo and Hyungsik for pulling off this scene so well.

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bong-soon in the back is all of us

Now I might as well talk about the love triangle. Okay, so as you guys know, I despise love triangles but there’s always at least one in a K-Drama. I didn’t absolutely hate the love triangle in this drama because it wasn’t the childish “i love this dude, but i also love this other dude and i’m just going to play with their feelings because i feel entitled to.” Instead it was more mature and I liked the way it was handled by Bong-Soon and the male love interests.

At the end of the day, the one that didn’t get Bong-Soon wasn’t spiteful about it, he accepted it as long as Bong-Soon was happy with her final choice and I loved that about his character.

let’s all stop to appreciate how small she is when put in between them xD

The fact that I could see the two male love interests becoming bros if a) they weren’t both in love with the same girl and b) if one of them wasn’t a cop and the other didn’t despise cops is something that I absolutely loved. They never stooped low when it came to wanting to impress Bong-Soon and become the apple of her eye like I’ve seen happen in other dramas.

I do want to see Jisoo as the main male lead in a drama in the future. In all of the other dramas he’s been in so far he’s been the second lead. I’d love to see him as the first lead because I honestly loved the way he acted as Guk-doo.

This drama had genre-mixing (one of my favorite things about K-Dramas) , in addition to being a rom-com, it had mysterious/thriller aspects that intrigued me. In Bong-Soon’s neighborhood women have been disappearing and we viewers are shown bits and pieces of the kidnapper and where he’s keeping them as well as his intentions. It was so frustrating knowing who the kidnapper was when the police were still struggling to figure it out.

There was also these gangster dudes that Bong-Soon beat up in the beginning of the show and throughout the 16 episodes of the show, they kept on appearing. They were literally in the hospital for most of the show and yet they still had screen time. It honestly just got annoying at one point and when they’d show up I couldn’t wait until the show went back to the actual story.

The show focused a lot on Bong-Soon’s family which consists of her twin brother, her mother, her father, and her cousin who’s her best friend that visits her often throughout the show. Her mom got on my nerves and honestly she was kind of abusive?? She physically abused her husband and emotionally abused her daughter but it wasn’t ever really addressed??

There were a few parts when Bong-Soon’s mother was just being protective of her husband from lurking women. I guess she felt insecure about herself, but that still didn’t give her the right to bruise him up and take all of the money he makes in ‘their’ cafe. There was also a scene where Bong-Soon confronted her mother about the way she treats her but nothing else was really explored on that topic.

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she is the definition of cute

I hate that I had issues with this drama because it’s truly a favorite of mine up there with Descendants of the Sun and Reply 1997. I didn’t see any of the problematic issues as anything that would make your experience with this drama anything less than amazing, but I wanted to mention them just in case you decide to watch and these aspects could affect you in any negative way.

this review got superrr long but i had a lot to discuss so i hope y’all don’t mind

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

i was originally going to rate this 4 stars but my heart couldn’t go through with it

I would highly recommend this to anyone despite the problematic aspects. If you like action, mystery, romance, comedy – you will surely love this drama. I immediately wanted to re-watch it once I finished it because I missed the characters right after it ended. AND THE ENDING HAD ME SQUEALING I WANT A SEQUEL SO BAD. But also, I wouldn’t want it to plague the original if it was made. So better not to mess with it.

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watch solely for this pure soul you won’t regret it

Where To Watch:

Netflix | DramaFever | Viki

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29 thoughts on “K-DRAMA REVIEW: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon // a girl with superhuman strength + the cutest romance ever!!

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  2. OMG, this is one of my all-time favorite kdramas! Yes, it definitely has its issues and they should be pointed out, but at the same time I totally understand how the heart just can’t give it a lower rating because it is soo adorable. The romance was the best and it definitely brought Park Hungsik to my attention, haha 🙂

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    • thebookprophet

      The adorableness almost makes up for the issues. I am absolutely in love with him now, I want to watch everything he’s been in!

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  3. GOD YESSS I LOVE THIS DRAMA! I am super confused between Guk-doo and Min-hyuk because they are both sooo mature and funny! I love Min-hyuk for the drama queen that he is, but I looovee the best friend to romance aspect of Guk-doo, even though he can be overprotective and rude at times. I want to see them becomes BFFs and I want to see Guk-doo become the cool uncle for Bong-soon twins! I mean, that drunk scene is A+++++. What dissapoints me is that the story focuses too much on the romance during the second half of the show… I hate the mother too, she WAS abusive to her family and it was never addressed. I like the dynamics between the secretary and the gay boss, I think they really can get something going there *wink wink* My favorite scene in this drama is the rooftop scene where Bong-soo was crying and begging Min-hyuk to leave… I cried so hard! Props to Park Bo-young, her crying is really heart wrenching!

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    • thebookprophet

      Even though I knew who Bong-Soon would end up picking, I was very torn between Guk-Doo and Minhyuk as well! They were both great love interests for different reasons. OMG yess!!! He’d be the coolest uncle – I can only imagine him taking the twins to the police station when he has to look after them when the other two are busy – ergh what a cute image! I’m so happy you agree with my on the mother!! Nobody ever seems to talk about the abuse! Oh yeah I forgot about that!! Their interactions were the best, they had such a confident/closeted gay dynamic going on and could totally see them together. Gosh don’t even remind me of that scene, it brings tears to my eyes *cries*

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  4. One of the reasons I watched this was because of Park Hyungsik (the only one I focused on when ZE:A was active haha)

    I agree with the points you list out about the problematic things.

    And the bromance lmao i love the part when Minhyuk would tease Bing Soon and talk Jisoo’s butt. 😂😂

    But yeah, this couple is probably one of my favs in kdramas.

    I haven’t watch Hwarang yet. I kept putting it off haha Looking forward to read your review on that

    Great post

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    • thebookprophet

      I actually checked out one of ZE:A’s music videos after hearing that he was a part of the group. It’s unfortunate they they never made it big. But PHS is doing great in the K-Drama world so that’s good 🙂 HAHAHA i loved that part as well!

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  5. prettygeekery

    I LOOOOOOVED this drama!! I think it’s my current favorite. The main couple is so cute and I just want to be Bong Soon <3.
    My boyfriend caught me watching episodes 2 and 3 and he asked me to start it again so he could join me! It was his first K-drama and he's also in love. Now we listen to the soundtrack in the car from time to time :D.

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    • thebookprophet

      It was my favorite for quite a while (might still be??) Yes I want to be Bong Soon so bad (for the powers and Minhyuk xD) Awe that’s awesome!! I was staying at a friend’s house with my family when I was watching it and my parent’s friend was watching it with me and decided to start it from the beginning herself.

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  6. One of my absolute faves!! I love how the romance is so… normal? Like the drama doesn’t revolve around that and Minhyuk is open and honest about his feelings. Honestly, that character in itself was so refreshing.
    I totally agree with you on the problematic things though… How gays were represented wasn’t good and the mom is totally abusive. Instead of convincing the mother to change, the convince the father to go back *sigh* I actually watched a different show where the mother escaped from the horrible dad and the daughter was on the dad’s side, begged the mom to go back. UGH couldn’t believe it!!

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    • thebookprophet

      I totally agree! The romance and Minhyuk being open about his feelings and not snobbish/closed off is truly refreshing to see because it’s not done often enough. OMG I’m SO happy you agree with me!! I haven’t seen ANYBODY mention it yet so I thought that I was just imagining things and blowing it out of proportion, but now I know that it wasn’t just me that saw the problematic parts! Wow ~ what drama was that?

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      • I think we just get so used to seeing it, we don’t think about it???
        That drama… I can’t remember which it was. That whole scene colored my opinion of it, so I can’t remember if I even liked the drama. I probably did since I finished it…

        Have you watched Personal Taste? It is another one where the girl thinks the guy is gay. I started watching it and kind of liked it, but I’m not a fan of Lee Minho (shocking I know). I loved that house they lived in though…….

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        • thebookprophet

          Yeah, that must be it. I haven’t but it’s been on my to-watch list for a while now. I liked him in BoF but didn’t really like his character (though I do have a soft spot for the drama itself) and I haven’t seen him in anything else so I can’t really say if I’m a fan of him or not.

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          • I really liked BoF, as well, which made me think I liked his as an actor. Everything I’ve watched since then I haven’t finished. Personal Taste, City hunter, and something else… I just don’t know what it is about him that doesn’t work for me.

            I’ll totally be watching more featuring (wow I’m so bad with names) MinHyuk from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. ^_^

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            • thebookprophet

              Hmmm maybe the work he does just isn’t interesting for your personal taste (haha)? I’m bad with names as well haha. The actor’s name is Park Hyungsik 🙂

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  7. So glad you liked this one tooooo! And gah Park Hyungsik is goooorgeous. I need to watch more of his dramas ASAP! Though I tried Hwarang…and it wasn’t for me (at the time) lol

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    • thebookprophet

      He is! I don’t know how he’s so pretty and handsome at the same time. It shouldn’t be possible haha. Hwarang is the next drama on my list (for Hyungsik and Taehyung ❤ ) Awe, sad you didn't enjoy it when you tried to watch it. Maybe you could try his newest drama Suits?

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