Strong Girl Bong-soon
|Strong Girl Bong-soon|
|Also known as||Strong Woman Do Bong Soon|
|Revised Romanization||Himssenyeoja Do Bong-sun|
|Literally||Strong Woman Do Bong-soon|
|Written by||Baek Mi-kyung|
|Directed by||Lee Hyung-min|
|Theme music composer||Moon Sung-nam|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16 + 1 special|
|Running time||60–70 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||February 24 –|
April 15, 2017
|Related||Strong Woman Gang Nam-soon|
Strong Girl Bong-soon (Korean: 힘쎈여자 도봉순) 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 on JTBC from February 24 to April 15, 2017.
The series was a commercial hit and became one of the highest-rated Korean dramas on cable television history.
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 delicate 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 a job as bodyguard to rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft. A series of kidnapping cases happen in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit, who targeted her best friend. With help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes. Min-hyuk and Bong-soon find their relationship growing into something more. Their relationship at work and in pursuit of the kidnapper creates comical and dangerous situations, which bring them closer.
- A young woman born with superhuman strength who tries not to use her powers but does not hesitate to use them for good when needed. She has had a crush on Guk-doo for a long time but eventually falls for Min-hyuk. She will lose her powers if she harms an innocent with them.
- A chaebol heir and CEO of a gaming company who hides his pain underneath his cheeky demeanour. He knows Bong-soon even before the "Bus incident" but is not aware of it until much later.
- An idealistic rookie detective who is passionate about justice. Known for being crazy and extremely aggressive he is continuously transferred from one department to another. He was initially unaware of Bong-soon's powers.
People around Do Bong-soon
- Ahn Woo-yeon as Do Bong-ki
- Lee Hyo-dan as young Do Bong-ki
- Bong-soon's twin brother. He cares for Bong-soon.
- Shim Hye-jin as Hwang Jin-yi
- Bong-soon's mother. She corners Bong-soon and always prioritised Bong-ki. She often assaults her husband.
- Yoo Jae-myung as Do Chil-goo
- Bong-soon's father. He is naive and cares deeply for both his children. Despite being beaten by his wife frequently, he tries to maintain a positive attitude.
- Park Bo-mi as Na Kyung-shim
- Bong-soon's friend from Busan. She was Kim Jang-hyun's fourth kidnapping victim. She knows about Bong-soon's powers.
- 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
- Jeon Seok-ho as Secretary Gong
- Min-hyuk's secretary.
- Han Jung-kook as Ahn Chul-do
- Min-hyuk's father, Chairman of Ohsung Group.
- Kim Sung-bum 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
- Seol In-ah as Jo Hee-ji
- Guk-doo's girlfriend.
- Yoon Ye-hee as Jung Mi-hwa
- Guk-doo's mother.
People at Baek Tak Party
Do Bong Police Station Criminal Team 3
- 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)
- Kim Won-hae as Oh Dol-ppyeo
- Head of Development Planning Team; doppelgänger of Kim Kwang-bok.
- Jang Mi-kwan as Kim Jang-hyun
- A criminal. He was the true perpetrator of the serial kidnapping of young girls, and throughout the series, especially the latter part, he was in an enmity with Bong-soon and tried ways to get rid of her. Eventually, Kim Jang-hyun was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and kidnapping.
- Son Hyo-eun as Jung Hyang-sook
- A murder victim. She was in fact, Kim Jang-hyun's first intended kidnapping victim but was murdered by him due to her fierce attempts to self-defence.
- 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.
- Min Ji-hyun as Pharmacist
- The third kidnapped victim.
- Kim Hyun-mok as Bullied student
- 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.
- Choi Won-myeong as Jang Kyung-tae
- 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
- Kang Ji-young as JTVC announcer (Ep. 2, 8, 10 & 13)
- Lee Cheol-min as Fortuneteller (Ep. 4 & 7)
- Kim Won-hyo
- Song Won-geun as Song Won-geun, Theatre actor (Ep. 7 & 8)
- Yoon Sang-hyun as Charles Go (Ep. 8)
- Lee Soo-ji as Voice Phishing specialist
- Jung Chan-min as Voice Phishing specialist
- Jang Sung-kyu as JTVC announcer
- Kwon Hyuk-soo as fake Indian Monk Nizamuddin / Jo Dal-bong (Ep. 12–14)
- Lee Sang as the Ainsoft Receptionist (Ep. 14)
- Clara Lee as Lee Bong-soon, Dental Hygienist (Ep. 16)
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.
|Strong Girl Bong-soon |
|Label||JTBC Content Hub,|
Warner Music Korea
|1.||"You're My Garden" (그대란 정원)||Jung Eun-ji (Apink)||04:03|
|2.||"You're My Garden" (그대란 정원 (Inst.))||04:03|
|5.||"How Would It Be" (어떨까)||Standing Egg||03:49|
|6.||"How Would It Be" (어떨까 (Inst.))||03:49|
|7.||"Pit-A-Pat" (두근두근)||Kim Chung-ha||03:30|
|8.||"Pit-A-Pat" (두근두근 (Inst.))||03:28|
|9.||"Double Trouble Couple"||Mamamoo||03:30|
|10.||"Double Trouble Couple" (Inst.)||03:30|
|11.||"I Fall In Love" (사랑에 빠진 걸까요)||Vromance feat. Obroject||03:20|
|12.||"I Fall In Love" (사랑에 빠진 걸까요 (Inst.))||03:20|
|13.||"Super Power Girl"||Every Single Day||03:55|
|14.||"Super Power Girl" (Inst.)||03:55|
|15.||"Because of You" (그 사람이 너라서)||Park Hyung-sik||03:53|
|16.||"Because of You" (그 사람이 너라서 (Inst.))||03:53|
- In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
- N/A denotes that the rating is not known.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Title||Average audience share|
|1||February 24, 2017||Ridiculous Punks
|2||February 25, 2017||Culprit's Thought
|3||March 3, 2017||That Person's Secret
|4||March 4, 2017||Her True Identity
|5||March 10, 2017||Seems As If They're Friends, and Yet Not
(친구인 듯 친구 아닌)
|6||March 11, 2017||Happy Together
|7||March 17, 2017||Changes
|8||March 18, 2017||One Step Closer
(한 걸음 더)
|9||March 24, 2017||Love Risking One's Life
(목숨 건 사랑)
|10||March 25, 2017||Find A Hidden Heart
(숨은 마음 찾기)
|11||March 31, 2017||Timing
|12||April 1, 2017||Help Me
|13||April 7, 2017||Nevertheless
|14||April 8, 2017||A Prelude to the Battle
|15||April 14, 2017||Level Up
|16||April 15, 2017||Final
|Special||April 17, 2017||0.8%||—||0.6%|
- 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 and EBS).
Awards and nominations
|2017||53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress||Park Bo-young||Nominated|||
|Best New Actor||Ji Soo||Nominated|
|12th Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Mini-series||Strong Girl Bong-soon||Nominated|||
|Best Actress||Park Bo-young||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Actress||Won|
|1st The Seoul Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|Popularity award||Park Hyung Sik||Won|||
Adaptation and sequel
Aborted American adaptation
On November 9, 2018, it was announced that an adaptation of the series was in development at The CW from CBS Television Studios and writer Melissa Scrivner-Love, with Ronda Rousey and Ben Silverman also set to executive produce. The project, titled Strong Girl, would have followed "a former war photographer named Rayna who discovers she is indestructible and potentially the strongest woman in the world. Ghosted by [her Special Operations fiancé] when she reveals her newfound power to him, Rayna is hired as a bodyguard by a billionaire named Oliver, who sees her true potential." On February 8, 2019, it was revealed that the script was not picked up to pilot.
A sequel of the series titled Strong Woman Gang Nam-soon (힘쎈여자 강남순; Himssenyeoja Gang Nam-sun), starring Kim Jung-eun, Kim Hae-sook, Lee Yoo-mi, Ong Seong-wu and Byeon Woo-seok, is set to air in the first half of 2023.
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