Be Strong, Geum-soon!

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Be Strong, Geum-soon!
Genre Drama
Written by Lee Jung-sun
Directed by Lee Dae-young
Starring Han Hye-jin
Kang Ji-hwan
Opening theme "One Fine Day" by Marry M
Ending theme "Can't This Be Love" by Ki-hoo
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 163
Producer(s) Jang Geun-soo
Location(s) South Korea
Running time 30 minutes on Mondays to Fridays at 20:20 (KST)
Original channel Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format SDTV
Original run February 14, 2005 (2005-02-14) – September 30, 2005 (2005-09-30)
Preceded by Lotus Flower Fairy
Followed by The Youth in Bare Feet
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Be Strong, Geum-soon! is a 2005 South Korean television series starring Han Hye-jin and Kang Ji-hwan. It aired on MBC from February 14 to September 30, 2005 on Mondays to Fridays at 20:20 for 163 episodes.[1]


The drama starts off with Geum-soon in the midst of a hairdressing exam in a hairdressing school, but failed after suffering a high tide in her bladder. Geum-soon later married Song-hwan, who died in a car accident within days of their marriage. She later gave birth to a boy, Hwi-seong and lived with her in-laws.

Geum-soon took on various jobs to earn her keep, from a nutritional drink seller promoting her products in the Korea University Hospital but later went on to be an apprentice in a hair salon, after much pleas from her mother-in-law, who initially insisted that she should stay at home for another year to look after her son.

Geum-soon encountered an accident after her scooter crashed onto the car of a young, fastidious doctor, who reported her to the police and picked up every tiny little fault from a broken finger to a sprained ankle. Later, much to her surprise, when she signed up to be an apprentice in a hair salon, she realized that the man was the son of the salon's owner. The assistant manager of the salon, Eun-ju, initially rejected her application on grounds that the salon had more than enough staff, but a decision was made after Jae-hee and Mi-ja find it better to employ her.

Geum-soon was placed under the guidance of a colleague, Hae-mee, but found herself to be bullied by her. Around this time, Geum-soon changed her hairstyle from a "cabbage-head" hairstyle (which became her nickname for Jae-hee) to her normal straight and curly hairstyle and eventually she managed to leak out Geum-soon's secret that she was a mother shortly after she revealed her past to Miss Yoon after being late one day. When the secret was discovered by the assistant manager, she was rapidly fired.



An Indonesian remake titled Intan aired in 2006.


  1. ^ Park, Chung-a (31 August 2005). "Tough Women Win Audiences' Hearts". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 

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