Title: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Hangul: 힘쎈여자 도봉순
Genre: Fantasy, Thriller, Rom-Com
Broadcasting Dates: February 24, 2017 to April 15, 2017
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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Have you seen this drama? Are you planning on watching it? What are your favorite dramas with fantasy elements? Any you’d recommend to me? Let me know!