Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017)

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Do Bong Soon is a woman with superhuman strength. With her strength she gets hired as the bodyguard of the spoiled CEO of the gaming company Ainsoft, Ahn Min Hyuk. Min Hyuk is being threatened by an unknown enemy, and is determined to solve the problem himself out of his distaste and distrust of the police. In Guk Doo is a policeman and Bong Soon’s crush since childhood. When series of kidnappings read moreoccur in Bong Soon’s small, quiet neighborhood Dobong-dong, their little community is thrown into chaos. Combined with the job of protecting her boss’s life, Bong Soon’s already unusual life has gone wild. However, she must be careful; if she missuses her strength, she could lose it forever.

  • Native title:

    힘쎈여자 도봉순
  • Also Known as:

    Himsseonyeoja Dobongsun; Powerful Woman Do Bong Soon; Strong Girl Do Bong Soon; Strong Woman Do Bong-soon;

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Apr 17, 2017
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
The production and cast were promising. The storyline was quite messy.

The entire artistic production would receive 9/10 from me for a romcom drama like this. The direction was great; the set and props were outstanding; the cast was full of both eye candy and skills. The cinematography was amazing. It was good to look at. I just wish they gave much more effort into blending their multiple genres together.

THE CAST: read more I'm never a fan of any of them, but I believe they did a really great job. The set of 3 leads owned their roles. I even believe that the writers wrote this story with Park Boyoung in their mind. Tiny and cutesy role is definitely for her, and she's a good actress as well. This is only my second drama with her, however, and I believe that the next one with her is gonna start boring me a bit. Her tone and acting is just so *her* like she was in Oh My Ghost. This happened to me with Hwang Jungeum in every single drama she was in as well.


The story, however, was a strange mix of romance, comedy, supernatural(?), police investigation, and even bloody thriller. How would they mix into a good storyline? There's no way. I believe they needed to take out at least one, or tone down each of them to make everything flow.

The dynamic of this storyline is super strange. It was like an incredibly bumpy road instead of a smooth rollercoaster. The comedy element was almost too forced that it wasn't funny. Some parts were even disgusting that just made me fast-forward throughout the show.

The thriller part started out really strong in the beginning which tipped off the consistent cute and comical tone of the entire Do Bongsoon character. That villain character was just too over-the-top that the entire sub plot around this guy doesn't fit in with the tone of this story at all.

Plus, the entire reason Bongsoon and Hyungshik got together was because *his* case, not the one in her neighborhood. He was being threatened, and that case was solved so easily and quickly. It was definitely just there to bring the two together.

The love story between the two/three leads was nothing special. Nothing really developed or had an impact on any characteristic change. It was just there out of nowhere. I have to admit that they were cute and fluffy together though. They were almost too cheesy together and I usually don't prefer that kind of super cringy stuff, but I believe it helped even out the darker tones regarding the villain. It still isn't the ideal way for such purpose.

But all in all, I wouldn't keep watching until the end if it wasn't entertaining. Like I said, I liked the cinematography and the cast a lot (surprisingly, given that I'm never a fan of any of them). It was something to watch in my free time and I did take my time to finish it. The bad parts weren't soooo bad that it let me down. At least the first episode started off nicely. If you wanna see for yourself, I don't recommend you against it. I have a reputation for dropping series halfway through if the first few episodes are slow and have too much flashback. This one was fine.
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Apr 16, 2017
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
So how would I describe this show? This story tried to be too much. It was a romance mixed with slapstick humor, and dark thriller. How did those elements combine? Not too well, actually....but the parts that were good were good enough to keep me watching until the end.

This show started off strong and I was loving it up until about a little over halfway, when it dawned on me that read more the story was just kind of nonsense. But the leads are so freaking adorable (and probably every teenage girl's dream fantasy romance) that they kept sucking me back in every week. I said the other day that I didn't think I'd had a girl crush on anyone in a show yet, but Park Bo Young may have reached that status for me. And Park Hyung Shik is almost too pretty - but his acting as Ahn Min Hyuk crushing on Do Bong Soon --- I just "can't even" with him. Too cute for words. They were so cheesy together, but this ahjumma was eating it up. Seriously....this romance is what the show has going for it. But even that is unrealistically done. This show is just fluff....lots and lots of fluff.

The story line is chaotic. There is an evil villain that is just too horrifying to be in a rom-com. It was very jarring to go from sweet romance scenes to a creepy masked kidnapper who is terrorizing young women. And the slapstick antics of the gangsters and the high-school gangsters and the screechy femme planning team leader was funny the first time but became just useless filler that was pretty annoying fast forward material. And a lot of people hated that, although played for laughs, the mom seemed abusive (may be why the writers tried to explain that one away in the final episode.) There were funny parts, sure, but they overplayed their hand with them quite a bit.

The only thing I would rewatch in this show is the moments with Min Hyuk and Bong Soon.

Would I recommend it....sort of. I mean, you'd have to know going in that the story makes no sense, but as a backdrop for a super cute, cheesy beyond belief romance...if you can deal with that then, yeah, go for it. I was entertained for sure (otherwise the rating would be like a 4). But if you need a plot that is logical and a more 'mature' (not THAT kind of mature, but more grown up) romance, then this one won't be right for you.
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Not suuuuper similar but the suspense and crime-solving techniques are what make me think if you like Criminal Minds, you'd Like Strong Woman. Both go to pretty dark places in a persons mind. Also, Criminal Minds was mentioned in Strong Woman so there's that. Strong Woman is a softer, crime drama in that there is more to it than just crime solving.

If Criminal Minds is too dark I'd definitely check out the Strong Woman!
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Both feature adorable male leads (who happen to be CEOs of successful gaming companies);

Both feature leading ladies who are very unique, and who work in video game development;

Both male leads fall in love with their rather quirky/unusual leading ladies;

Both shows have second leads who are the leading lady's childhood friend.

SWDBS and LR are romantic comedies, but SWDBS has some incredibly dark thriller moments that are lacking in LR, while LR has more melodrama/teary moments than SWDBS.
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    SamuraiSx 5 days ago - edited

    ONE OF THE BEST NEWEST K-DRAMA!!!! goshhhh I haven't enjoyed some k-drama sooo much ever since Secret Garden!!! PERFECT! and I don't get nowdays kids who don't understand this great mix of comedy trailer supernatural romance yakuza and crime / and parody on nowdays policemen is RIGHT IN THE CORE! great cast and story! and first time korean main girl didn't get on my nerves in any part or episode!! gsh love this drama! could rewatch this 10000 times :3 10/10 btw why can't I add this drama to my watched list? it says error page o.o

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    ponnu 9 days ago

    this one is my fav kdrama so far..
    the were flaws in the script but the actors were good enough to hide it..
    they should have cut down the gangster and high school kids scene.. that is my only regret in this drama.. otherwise its almost perfect.

    the lead couple is AMAZING.. from their acting to the chemistry were on point..
    it is very rare to find a kdrama with almost perfect acting from all the characters and swdbs is one such show..
    when the acting is good even if the script lacks a bit it will be worth watching for..
    min hyuk wasnt the typical cheabol character of kdrama land.. he is almost perfect and park hyung sik did complete justice to the role. he is like a cute mischievous puppy he can be childish went wanted and matured when required.. bong soon is one quirky character and park bo young is an amazing actress.. probably one of the best actress i have seen in kdramas..

    i liked the fact that the deserving guy got the girl.. gook du's character had the usual kdrama male lead characteristics like alpha male, dominating, bossy etc and min hyuk had the qualities of the 2nd lead like supporting the female lead encouraging her to be herself and being with her whenever she needs him.. also it gave a nice closure to gook du and bong soon at the final episode..

    i dont get why some people are criticizing it so much? from the trailer itself its clear that the drama is like a comic book story.. everything that happens in the drama are unrealistic to the core including the main couple. they were too fairy tale like but the actors were too good and didnt made it cringe worthy.. both were naturally cute and didnt had to try too hard to be cute..

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    Carolina 17 days ago

    its up there with my other favs

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    Meli 23 days ago
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    EshaJoshi 28 days ago

    Someone plz recommend more dramas like this one

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    Nernel Jul 15, 2017

    When I loved this drama, I *really* loved it. The acting, the chemistry between the cast members, the fact that it isn't completely light & fluffy but has some dark elements, all are major points in SWDBS' favor. However, I am not a fan of slapstick comedy or crude humor. A gag here or there is fine, and we've all laughed at a poop joke or two, but sometimes this show went too far, IMO, so I can give this a solid B.

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    MizTK Jul 15, 2017

    Nothing really spectacular about this drama. It was OK.

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    Lala Jul 14, 2017
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    SaeedKhan Jul 13, 2017

    It started quite good but the plot just went everywhere but i liked how they ended it

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    thunderman1 Jul 8, 2017

    still chuckling over the fireworks scene.. haha! Without the kidnapper there would be no drama. Kudos!

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    EBN Jul 3, 2017

    I love the "Kidnapper" , so clever ~
    without him , it's boring for me ;)

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    jenikime Jul 3, 2017

    I've never seen such an advert-centric drama since I started watching dramas. I hope this isn't a new trend. It's not a new thing to have advertisements appear throughout the show, but this drama put a lot of focus on them. However, it doesn't take away too much from the story process. I love rom-coms that also incorporate some action. ^^ This has some definite rewatch quailty which is why I brought my score up to an 8. Give it a go!

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    ReboundKing10 Jul 1, 2017

    7 eps in. The tone of this show is all over the place. Bong Soon and Min Hyuk are great, the other stories I find uninteresting. The next 9 eps of this show must be amazing for it to have this high of a rating.

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    PabboStell Jul 1, 2017

    I finished the drama back in April, but forgot to leave a comment xD
    Anyway, it was a really funny one, but I think they went overboard with the comedy sometimes, especially when it came to the gansters.
    & I definitely hated Bongson's mother! The way she treated her own daughter and husband was awful!
    They tried to make her look like a good character in the end, but she still left a very bad impression on me.
    I definitely did not expect the dark theme with the crime, that was enjoyble.


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    South Korea
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    Feb 24, 2017 to Apr 15, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.


  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 10,793 users)
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