Remember my recent Korean drama related post in which I have mentioned that I’m doing a marathon for Strong Woman Do Bong Soon? Well, I’m back and fresh from finishing the said show. Aside from I was itching to know what happened next after I paused on Episode 9, the main reason why I was keen on finishing it was because of my mother. She’s been bugging me to continue it because as she said, “It’s so good, especially Episodes 15 and 16”. Also, she just won’t stop talking about it and watching Youtube videos. I even have to shush her to stop her from spoiling me. It’s weird, cute and I’ve created a monster. She’s actually new with Korean dramas and SWDBS is the second one (after WFKBJ) that she finished from its first episode up until the last one. Enough about her, though.
I’ll walk you now through the things that made this show so dear to my heart. If you still don’t have any idea as to what this drama is about, here’s the synopsis as posted on its Wikipedia page and read it first before proceeding:
“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 Gook-du (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 Gook-du, Min-hyuk is an odd man who is playful, a little spoiled, and 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. Under the help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes.”
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon has a solid plot with a balanced mix of fantasy, suspense, action and romantic comedy. I do think that they did well in dealing with the kidnapping arc of the plot. With the mind games, creepy-looking suspect, hair-raising sound effects and clever camera works, they were able to capture it with a very disturbing and eerie vibe. I don’t fair well when it comes to shows with suspense but the romcom in it made it bearable for me. I enjoyed Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s characters so much. I’ll talk more about them later.
Not just the kidnapping but there were still a lot of conflicts presented in the story and they were able to seamlessly tie everything up together by the end of the show. They also gave proper attention to all the characters, even the ones with minimal appearance, and a room to grow in the duration of the story. There were also no loose ends missed and SWDBS offered a very satisfying final episode to its viewers.
This is not my first time to encounter Park Bo Young but Strong Woman Do Bong Soon is the first drama of hers that I watched. I got acquainted with her name and first saw her act when I came across “A Werewolf Boy”. That movie is one of my all-time favorite Korean movies and that’s because of her and Joong Ki’s acting. With their simple yet heart-tugging delivery, they were able to portray the similarities and differences, innocence and struggles of their characters.
As for Park Hyung Sik, I know he was part of the cast for Hwarang: The Beginning but sad to say I didn’t watch that drama. I wasn’t in the mood at that time to watch some historical drama (still suffering from the effects of Scarlet Heart: Ryeo). So I kind of put Hwarang in my not so priority list. I’m also late to party for Strong Woman Do Bong Soon but I’m so happy that I picked this drama to marathon. My eyes are blessed to see this creature‘s visuals, charms and acting skills. But what I’m so surprised to learn about him is the fact that he’s an idol. Hyung Sik got started in the industry as a member of ZE:A. I know about ZE:A but I just didn’t know the names of its members and never would’ve thought that Hyung Sik would be part of it. Okay that answers the question in my head as to why he’s a great singer. A big bonus, Hyung Sik recorded a song for the show’s original soundtrack.
Rounding up the leads is Ji Soo. I’ve seen him in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (I cried for his character in this drama) and through his cameo role in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. But from what I’ve noticed and gathered about his previous roles is that he always ends up being the second male lead aka the female lead’s other option. That’s okay, Ji Soo. I’m sure you’ll land you’re lead role soon.
Bo Young perfectly portrayed how Do Bong Soon is a strong and persistent woman on the outside but a huge softie on the inside. Same with Hyung Sik who captured and nailed Ahn Min Hyuk’s classy, spoiled, and playful vibe yet bursting with ideas and craving for affection type of guy. I honestly feel like they did a great portrayal to their characters and can say that romcom suits them. Especially with Hyung Sik. Is being an idol the reason why he’s so comfortable in doing aegyo-ish and extremely cute expressions and gestures? My heart experiences a complete meltdown whenever he pulls out 100% cuteness out of him. It’s too much for my poor hearteu.
At first glance, you would think that Hyung Sik x Bo Young’s chemistry is just an okay one and that there’s nothing special to it. But you just wait for them to interact and you’ll see sparks flying around them. They didn’t need big romantic moments. Bong Soon’s genuine smile and Min Hyuk’s dorky ways were enough to send me into a frenzy. I automatically get kilig every time they have lighthearted moments together. I’ve seen some behind the scene videos of these two and they seem to be very comfortable with each other and always have fun in between takes. It could be a factor as to why their acting comes out naturally.
This drama didn’t capture, what? The real bromance between Ji Soo and Hyung Sik. They seem to be good buddies off-cam and with the roles that they have in this drama – they need a complete 360 degrees of change. Min Hyuk and Gook Du (Ji Soo) are comparable to a cat and a dog. You can really feel the animosity between them. Those scenes wherein they had arguments and no one wants to back down from a challenge, I had a good laugh out of that.
Every Korean drama doesn’t exist to solely entertain us but the people behind it want to impart important life lessons to its viewers through the circumstances these characters face in the story. Something that I took away from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon is we don’t need to be ashamed of our strengths and weaknesses because they are a part of and what makes us who we are. Instead of hiding ourselves, we should all learn how to accept those qualities about us, hone it and use it selflessly. And as we love someone, we accept them wholly. Flaws and all. We welcome them in our hearts.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon doesn’t have the most mind-boggling plot out there and you may seem to think that the story’s bound to be predictable, but I really enjoyed it so much. Despite the scary part, it’s perfect to watch when you just want to chill and have a great Kdrama as a companion. I highly recommend!