Be Strong, Geum-soon!
|Be Strong, Geum-soon!|
|Written by||Lee Jung-sun|
|Directed by||Lee Dae-young|
|Opening theme||"One Fine Day" by Marry M|
|Ending theme||"Can't This Be Love" by Ki-hoo|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||163|
|Running time||30 minutes on Mondays to Fridays at 20:20 (KST)|
|Original channel||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original run||February 14, 2005– September 30, 2005|
|Preceded by||Lotus Flower Fairy|
|Followed by||The Youth in Bare Feet|
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.
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.
- Han Hye-jin - Na Geum-soon
- Kang Ji-hwan - Goo Jae-hee
- Kim Nam-gil (credited as Lee Han) - Noh Seong-hwan
- Lee Min-ki - Noh Tae-hwan
- Kim Seo-hyung - Ha Seong-ran
- Youn Yuh-jung - Kim Jin-soon
- Choi Ja-hye - Na Geum-ah
- Yang Hee-kyung - Ahn Soon-ji
- Park In-hwan - Noh So-jang
- Kim Ja-ok - Son Jung-sim
- Kim Yu-seok - Noh Si-hwan
- Jang Yong - Jang Ki-jong
- Yang Mi-kyung - Kim Young-ok
- Lee Se-eun - Jang Eun-ju
- Yoon Mi-ra - Oh Mi-ja
- Lee Hee-do - Na Sang-do
- Chae Eun-seo - Ahn Hae-mee
- Hwang Hye-hee - Yun So-ran
- Woo Kang-ha - Ah-ki