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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kingsqueen
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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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WednesHwang
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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:

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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Both dramas are amazing you must watch it to get a get laugh and sweetness of romance. They both have strong female lead characters and they are slightly different with story line.
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both strong (in SWDBS quite literally) woman who stand up for themselves, both deal with a big crime(s) and have serious tone while also having at the same time this lighter more humor/comedy tone which creates in both a good balans. Also the male leads are both equally adorable (just like the female leads) and have a lot of cute gestures/actions.
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    Red Apr 20, 2017

    nice drama xD

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    lhisa Apr 20, 2017

    Very nice drama.... I love every scenes, except for those with the thugs.....I really love Park Bo Young.....I also hope to see a drama with Ji Soo being the main lead....Park Hyung Shik is also adorable & so cute.......CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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    fanfictionholic Apr 20, 2017

    I LOVED IT! One of the best dramas out there!

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    Weirdestone Apr 20, 2017

    This drama was great! :) Hilarious and interesting!

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    dearD4NI Apr 19, 2017

    I don't understand why people are saying they should have written this drama without the crime like Do Bong Soon is a super hero there is literally no point in the drama at all if they didn't give her people to save

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    HAVA-RAVA Apr 19, 2017
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    Fran Apr 19, 2017 - edited

    I finished the drama by the couple, but pretty much everything else bothered me. The police nucleus was too dumb to be true and Gook Doo's character was so annoying. I also did not like the kidnapping issue, I love crime dramas, but the style of the story was such a exaggerated comedy that for me the heavy scenes of kidnapping did not combine at all, I felt I was watching two different dramas. LOL But the worst is that I could not see the grace in so many scenes of people without teeth and bruises, least of all in the annoying mother of Bong Soon and how she treated her husband. Despite the explanation in the end, I was not convinced, I find it very wrong to use this as an element of comedy, domestic violence is not funny.

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      Hajar Apr 19, 2017

      U took the word right out of my mouth. couldn't have said it better though ;)

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      Fran Apr 19, 2017

      It is good to know that more people share this opinion, I felt strange for not understanding all the success and so many good comments about this drama. Thanks! rs :D

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      Hani Apr 20, 2017
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      DoYouLikeMessi Apr 20, 2017

      My thoughts exactly.

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      displacedmoon Apr 21, 2017

      i agree. right around ep 7, it started to feel like i was watching two dramas. as the series unfolded i got used to it, but it still irked me, among many other things. i think that for many, the OTP and their relationship was so adorable and unique, that this overshadowed the flaws, if they felt there were any to begin with. unfortunately, even though i loved the OTP as well, they weren't enough to make me love the drama.

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    KatieBo Apr 19, 2017 - edited

    Am I the only one who loved the side story about the gang and school kids? I found it hilarious XD

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      TheraTD Apr 20, 2017

      Nope, I too found it funnier and more interesting than the leads.

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    JEf Apr 18, 2017 - edited

    I enjoyed the show mainly because of the chemistry between Park Hyung Shik and Bo Young.They made me laugh a lot with their discovery of love for each other. But to me, the show's comic relief of the gangsters was very irritating and ridiculous!

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      3ngin33r Apr 19, 2017

      Gangsters and the monk were crappy fillers

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    abracadabra Apr 18, 2017

    Park Bo Young was the main reason why I started this drama but Hyung Shik stole the show - he was absolutely the most adorable character (and actor) in it - he is a definition of cuteness...

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    sickofme Apr 18, 2017

    the last two episodes were just awesome! Hyungsik is a wonderful idol actor indeed ♥

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    Dia Apr 18, 2017 - edited

    Is it me or that psycho, Kim Jang Hyun, looks a lot like Im Siwan? That's why I enjoyed his parts so much. Was like watching Siwan playing an evil role. I thought he resembles Siwan's character in The Attorney movie due to his hair, but even after he cut his hair I felt like watching Siwan. haha. xD

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      4winkay Apr 18, 2017

      I think somebody mentioned it here already before. And yeah, he does looks like Siwan and made me happy its like the 2 ZE:A boys in one drama together. ;)

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      Dia Apr 19, 2017

      haha! exactly my thought. I was thinking for the entire drama about how much I wanna see them two playing together :)

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    silvermcv Apr 18, 2017

    Story is all sorts of ridiculous and has a lot of filler moments, but OTP is amazing

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

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

    Friday, Saturday
  • Network:

    jTBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 7,933 users)
  • Ranked:

    #44
  • Popularity:

    #29

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