Strong Girl Bong-soon

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Strong Girl Bong-soon
StrongWomanDoBong-soon (Main poster).jpg
Promotional poster
Genre
Written byBaek Mi-kyung
Directed byLee Hyung-min
Starring
Theme music composerMoon Sung-nam
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16 + 1 special
Production
Executive producer(s)Song Won-sub
Park In-sun
Producer(s)Park Jun-seo
Lee Jin-suk
Park Ji-an
Ra Sung-shik
CinematographyMoon Se-hong
Lee Min-jin
Editor(s)Oh Dong-hee
Running time70 minutes
Production company(s)Drama House
JS Pictures
DistributorJTBC
Release
Original networkJTBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseFebruary 24 (2017-02-24) – April 15, 2017 (2017-04-15)
External links
Website
Production website

Strong Girl Bong-soon[1] (Hangul힘쎈여자 도봉순; RRHimssenyeoja Do Bong-sun; lit. Strong Woman Do Bong-soon) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Park Bo-young in the title role as a woman with superhuman strength, with Park Hyung-sik and Ji Soo. It aired every Friday and Saturday on JTBC starting from February 24, 2017, to April 15, 2017.[2][3][4][5]

The series was a commercial hit and became one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history.[6][7]

Synopsis[edit]

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 Guk-doo (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 Guk-doo, Min-hyuk is an odd man who is playful, a little spoiled, 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. With the help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes. Min-hyuk and Bong-soon find themselves and their relationship grew into something more.


Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A young woman born with superhuman strength who tries to use her powers for good.
An oddball chaebol heir and CEO of a gaming company, who hides his pain underneath his cheeky demeanor.
An idealistic rookie detective who is passionate about justice.

Supporting[edit]

People around Do Bong-soon[edit]

Bong-soon's twin brother.
Bong-soon's mother.
Bong-soon's father.
  • Park Bo-mi as Na Kyung-shim
Bong-soon's friend.
  • Baek Soo-ryun as Lady Soon-shim
Bong-soon's maternal grandmother.
  • Kim Mi-hee as Myung-soo's mother
  • Kim Soo-yeon as Jae-soon's mother

People around Ahn Min-hyuk[edit]

Min-hyuk's secretary.
  • Han Jung-kook as Ahn Chul-do
Min-hyuk's father, Chairman of Ohsung Group.
  • Kim Seong-beom as Ahn Dong-ha
Min-hyuk's half-brother.
  • Shim Hoon-gi as Ahn Dong-suk
Min-hyuk's formerly trusted half-brother.
  • Lee Se-wook as Ahn Kyung-hwan
Min-hyuk's half-brother.

People around In Guk-doo[edit]

Guk-doo's girlfriend
  • Yoon Ye-hee as Jung Mi-hwa
Guk-doo's mother.

People at Baek Tak Party[edit]

Do Bong Police Station Criminal Team 3[edit]

  • Choi Moo-in as Team Leader Yook
  • Oh Soon-tae as Bulgom (Brown Bear)
  • Joo Ho as Neokboi (Knock Boy)
  • Choi Hyung as Heollaengyi (Hell Angel)
  • Kim Won-suk as Dotbogi (Magnifying Glass)

Ainsoft Employee[edit]

Head of Development Planning Team; doppelgänger of Kim Kwang-bok.

Extended[edit]

A psychotic criminal.
  • Son Hyo-eun as Jung Hyang-sook
A murder victim.
  • Choi Hyun-seo as Kim Ji-won
High-school teacher; the first kidnapped victim.
  • Choi Young-shin as Lee Joo-young
Dance instructor; the second kidnapped victim.
The third kidnapped victim.
  • Kim Young-choon as Il Jin
A high school student and the leader of Bong-soon's lackeys.
  • Yoo In-soo as Kang Goo
One of Bong-soon's lackeys.
  • Hong Ye-ri as Ho Soon-yi
Do Bong Walnut shop employee.
  • Kim Tae-soo as Oh Hyun-joong
The contract killer.
  • Lee Ho-chul as Team Leader Jo
Oh Hyun-joong's associate.
  • Hapkie as Member of Baek Tak Party
  • Kim Won-jun as Subway Molester
  • Lee Jung-kwi as High School boy bullied by Il Jin's gang
  • Jun Byung-chul as Lee Woo-jin

Special appearances[edit]

Production[edit]

The drama is written by Baek Mi-kyung who previously wrote Beloved Eun-dong and directed by Lee Hyung-min of Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-gi. Filming started in October 2016 and finished on April 11, 2017.[12][13]

The drama serves as a reunion between Park Hyung-sik and Yoo Jae-myung who previously worked together in the KBS2 drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth.

Original soundtrack[edit]

Strong Girl Bong-soon
OST Album
Soundtrack album
Recorded2017
GenreK-pop, soundtrack
LanguageKorean, English
LabelJTBC Content Hub,
Warner Music Korea
ProducerMoon Sung-nam

OST Part 1[edit]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Your Garden" (그대란 정원)Jung Eun-ji (Apink)04:03
2."Your Garden" (그대란 정원 (Inst.)) 04:03
3."Heartbeat"Suran03:52
4."Heartbeat" (Inst.) 03:51
5."How Would It Be" (어떨까)Standing Egg03:49
6."How Would It Be" (어떨까 (Inst.)) 03:49
7."Pit-A-Pat" (두근두근)Kim Chung-ha03:30
8."Pit-A-Pat" (두근두근 (Inst.)) 03:28
9."Double Trouble Couple"Mamamoo03:30
10."Double Trouble Couple" (Inst.) 03:30
11."I Fall In Love" (사랑에 빠진 걸까요)Vromance feat. Obroject03:20
12."I Fall In Love" (사랑에 빠진 걸까요 (Inst.)) 03:20
13."Super Power Girl"Every Single Day03:55
14."Super Power Girl" (Inst.) 03:55
15."Because of You" (그 사람이 너라서)Park Hyung-sik03:53
16."Because of You" (그 사람이 너라서 (Inst.)) 03:53
Total length:59:41

Charted songs[edit]

Chart performance
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Remarks
KOR
Gaon
"How Would It Be"
(Standing Egg)
2017 93
Part 3
"Double Trouble Couple"
(MAMAMOO)
46
Part 5
"I Fall In Love"
(Vromance feat. Obroject)
99 Part 6
"Because of You"
(Park Hyung-sik)
85 Part 8

Ratings[edit]

In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Original broadcast date Episode titles Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[18] TNmS[19]
Nationwide Seoul
1
February 24, 2017
Ridiculous Punks
(기막힌 녀석들)
3.829%
4.044%
3.9%
2
February 25, 2017
Culprit's Thought
(범인의 마음)
5.758%
6.041%
6.1%
3
March 3, 2017
That Person's Secret
(그놈의 비밀)
6.081%
7.003%
5.5%
4
March 4, 2017
Her True Identity
(그녀의 정체)
8.301%
8.669%
8.3%
5
March 10, 2017
Seems As If They're Friends, and Yet Not
(친구인 듯 친구 아닌)
7.113%
8.025%
6.7%
6
March 11, 2017
Happy Together
(해피투게더)
8.692%
8.632%
7.7%
7
March 17, 2017
Changes
(변화)
6.834%
7.119%
7.1%
8
March 18, 2017
One Step Closer
(한 걸음 더)
9.603%
10.261%
8.8%
9
March 24, 2017
Love Risking One's Life
(목숨 건 사랑)
7.423%
8.019%
8.8%
10
March 25, 2017
Find A Hidden Heart
(숨은 마음 찾기)
9.668%
9.286%
9.8%
11
March 31, 2017
Timing
(타이밍)
7.772%
8.572%
7.7%
12
April 1, 2017
Help Me
(헬프 미)
8.477%
8.352%
9.1%
13
April 7, 2017
Nevertheless
(그럼에도 불구하고)
7.448%
8.036%
8.9%
14
April 8, 2017
A Prelude to the Battle
(배틀의 서막)
8.597%
9.251%
9.9%
15
April 14, 2017
Level Up
(레벨 업)
7.834%
8.773%
7.9%
16
April 15, 2017
Final
(파이널)
8.957%
9.625%
9.8%
Average 7.649% 8.107% 7.9%
Special
April 17, 2017
0.8%
(NR)
0.6%

Note: This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC & EBS)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actress Park Bo-young Nominated [20]
Best New Actor Ji Soo Nominated
12th Seoul International Drama Awards
Best Mini-series Strong Girl Bong-soon Nominated [21][22]
Best Actress Park Bo-young Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actress Won
1st The Seoul Awards
Best Actress Won [23]
Popularity award Park Hyung Sik Won [24]

International broadcast[edit]

  • In Thailand, broadcast on Channel 7 every Saturday and Sunday at 09:45 starting August 26, 2017.
  • In Philippines, it premiered on October 4, 2017, as part of GMA Network's The Heart of Asia under the title Strong Girl Bong-soon.
  • In Malaysia, broadcast on 8TV every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30pm to 11:30pm starting July 2 till September 17, 2018.
  • In Singapore, broadcast on cable TV channel Hub VV Drama every Saturday at 10pm starting March 24, 2018. It was also broadcast every Saturday and Sunday at 9pm on Channel U, starting October 13, 2018.
  • Worldwide, broadcast on internet broadcasting company Rakuten Viki after the broadcast in Korea.
  • Worldwide, broadcast on internet broadcasting company Netflix after the broadcast in Korea.

U.S. adaptation[edit]

In November 2018, it was announced that an adaptation of the series was in development at The CW from writer Melissa Scrivner-Love]m, with Ronda Rousey and Ben Silverman set to executive produce.[25]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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