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Backhugs and schoolgirl crushes on Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
by | February 16, 2017 | 71 Comments

Someone’s getting handsy. I didn’t think Park Hyung-shik (Hwarang) would be training tiny Hulk Park Bo-young (Oh My Ghostess) when she’s the one hired to be his muscle, but apparently he’ll be teaching her to control her massive strength and harness it into self-defense moves (better to protect him with, I’m sure). Though judging from the latest teaser, she’s not going to need much coaching to wrestle him to the ground and turn him into a human pretzel.

Park Bo-young stars in the new rom-com as a woman born with superhuman strength, who harbors a secret crush on her childhood friend Ji-soo (Fantastic), a rookie detective. He has no idea that she’s liked him all these years, and she’s very careful to hide her strength around him too, so he has no idea that she can crush things with just a slight touch. Chaebol CEO Park Hyung-shik, on the other hand, will put her strength to good use when he hires her as his bodyguard, to protect him against a dangerous unknown threat.

At the same time, when a serial kidnapper starts taking women off the streets, Park Bo-young becomes a key witness in the case, and Ji-soo runs to his friend’s side to become her bodyguard. So then he guards her while she guards Park Hyung-shik, and they’re forced to move into one house together for safety reasons (it’s for safety!). The love triangle will be further complicated when Ji-soo misreads Park Hyung-shik’s flirty ways as a sign that he has a crush on him, hee.

In the latest teaser, Kim Won-hae (Chief Kim, Hwarang) and Kim Min-gyo (SNL Korea) return to do another song parody, this time for Fly Superboard with Do Bong-soon as the heroine who keeps the riffraff in line in her neighborhood. We also get an introduction to the heroine’s family in a set of stills: Mom Shim Hye-jin (Kill Me, Heal Me) is a former weightlifter and the head of their household. The strong woman gene gets passed down through the women in their family, and though Mom is no longer crazy strong, she still wields all the power, and will fixate on trying to marry her daughter off to Park Hyung-shik.

Dad Yoo Jae-myung (currently playing Park Hyung-shik’s adorable bodyguard in Hwarang) is a former wrestler and a bit of a sad sack who just tries to keep Mom happy. He’ll have a sweet relationship with his daughter that makes them seem more like friends than father-daughter. And Ahn Woo-yeon (who played Dae-gu in Jealousy Incarnate) is the heroine’s twin brother, who got all the brains while she got all the brawn. He’s a first-year resident doctor and a sweet, dependable guy who’s more like an oppa to his big sister. So basically they’re all going to be adorable? I think I can deal with that.

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon airs Fridays and Saturdays beginning February 24.

Via Chosun Ilbo, Osen


71 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Efflorescence

    It’s been so long since I’ve been this pumped of for a drama 😭 *please be good*

    • 1.1 Efflorescence


  2. love-ya

    my jisoo feels cant take them anymore, I need this drama NOW!

    • 2.1 love-ya

      * take it

    • 2.2 nozo

      me too… I can’t wait for this because of Jisoo.

      I am still sad since it seems he will not get the girl.
      But I live waiting for the time when he will be the lead and will get the girl.

      Noona romance would still be a good fit for him.


  3. fay

    LOL girl likes boy 2. Girl has fights with boy 1. This is basically everything that I love about kdrama.

  4. love-ya

    chiki chiki chaka sho wth ? is that annoying song’s gonna be the ost? please Noooooooo!

    • 4.1 Am

      If I am not mistaken, it’s the theme song of a old popular korean tv show for kids. I remember Go Kyungpyo’s character singing it in Potato Star. I also think they sang it on Running Man too.

      It must be a reference to that show for comedic effect. I doubt it will be part of the OST…I hope lol

    • 4.2 Flightey Gazelles


    • 4.3 smurf

      It’s the theme song of cartoon from long ago that many should be familiar with in Korea. Pretty much a Korean version of DragonBall and songoku ^^

  5. TrinPie

    HUFFHUFF. SO EXCITED. Not been this excited for a show in ages. All of the main cast are favorites of mine and the premise is perfect. PLEASE BE GOOD PLEASE BE GOOD. I promise I’ll buy all the Subway sandwiches if you are good!

    • 5.1 rentenmann *SWAG*

      I’m not even a sub sandwich lover, but I’ll sacrifice my stomach to have this be good, too! 🎵Five dollar footloooooong🎵

  6. bips99

    i’m already half in love with the show…. just hurry up!!

  7. Nadia

    I will definitely watch this show. I hope that she ends up with Ji-soo. They look so cute together.

    • 7.1 love-ya

      that be cute but if jisoo end up with park hyung shik it would be cuter ^^ lee jong suk can make a camo at the end and swap the girl hohohoho * fangirl fantasies*

      • 7.1.1 Flightey Gazelles

        This…is genius plotting!

      • 7.1.2 DD

        That hohohoho reminds me of Park Hyungsik’s character in Heirs 😉

      • 7.1.3 8daisy

        uh… no.

        i’m watching this for park bo young so if she’s out, then i’m out

  8. Saphia

    Daaamn, the main leads are gorgeous

  9. Cocoboo

    Could this show be any cuter?! Seems like there will be a lot of likable characters. ^^

    I haven’t seen Yoo Jae Myung before Hwarang so it’ll be nice to see him again and along with Park Hyung Sik. Hee.

    • 9.1 annflln

      I saw him here and there.

      If you’ve watched Answer Me 1988, he was School Principal/Go-stop hustler/Dong-ryong’s Father.

  10. 10 Lea

    I’m squealing they look so cute together!!! Please come soon I want to watch this drama ASAP

  11. 11 nchoe

    Give me my drama already!!!

  12. 12 Am

    Please be good and cure me from my drama slump syndrome!!

  13. 13 Kay

    I can’t get over how cute she is..she’s like a little polly pocket with hulk strength!!

    I’m nervous about this disappointing me because it literally looks like everything I want from a kdrama right now

  14. 14 Am

    Park Boyoung how I missed you!! How can someone be so tiny and adorable? Combined with her acting chops, it’s hard to not be excited for this!!!

    *other me* “Lower your expectation you fool”

    • 14.1 rentenmann *SWAG*

      Haha, I’m having the same debate!

  15. 15 Miky

    Ah,i so want this drama to start already,i’m already sure i’m gonna adore this OTP to bits

  16. 16 hades.red

    I’m in it for Park Hyung Sik. Hope he get the girl. Looking forward!

  17. 17 Kiara

    I was wondering where Pa-oh disappeared to but I guess he followed his king here.

    • 17.1 gadis

      I think he is secretly thrilled at the prospect of his former king trying ve~~ry hard to win his favor because of his daughter. Reborn as a potential Father-in-law is definitely a great thing.

      • 17.1.1 transient

        I bet Pa-Oh wished for that really, really hard.

        Though I wonder how he feels to see his beloved king beaten to a pulp by a girl.

        • Kiara

          Oh and Master Woo Reuk too.

  18. 18 Flightey Gazelles

    Is it okay to release so much information like this? Expectations ni, its not funny o!

    I prefer being a little in the dark so that I’m pleasantly surprised like I did for AOY, SKL, TWU e.t.c.

    But still, come drama, have at me!!!

  19. 19 vera

    Gah! What is this? I feel like I have fallen in love! And let me tell you, I am one rational kdrama watcher

    • 19.1 dodo

      lol! ‘rational’ Kdrama watcher! 😀

      • 19.1.1 Flightey Gazelles

        that definitely should be in quote

  20. 20 Raks

    After WFKBJ- I haven’t started any drama yet. but this is giving me that cute, feel good vibes already! loving the cast! I hope NJH makes a cameo here ! * eeeeeee*

  21. 21 TourmalineMillie

    Wait, so who’s the male lead here?

    I need to know ASAP.

    I’ve never had the dreaded Second Lead Syndrome because I make sure I do all my research before I board a ship.

    This drama is certainly not going to be my first failure (even if I have major crushes on the two guys for different reasons…)

    • 21.1 nami2

      Park Hyung Sik is the male lead 🙂

      • 21.1.1 TourmalineMillie

        Oh, that’s awesome to know. My heart will now be ready 🙂

    • 21.2 nami2

      Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’s premiere is just around the corner *yeah*, it also means Hwarang will soon be over *sigh of relief*

      At least there’s something positive that comes out of all this mess : Hyungsik has gained a lot of fans and proved once again he’s an actor to keep an eye on in the future. Anyway, I was more looking forward to this drama than Hwarang…Main reasons : Hyungsik is the main lead (no SLS this time around), Park Bo Young is his leading lady (I couldn’t have ask for more, love her) and Ji Soo is such a lovable actor that it’s hard not to fall for him♥ (still I will choose Hyungsik over him *sorry*)

      Please drama, be good!! *chanting*

      • 21.2.1 nami2

        Oops, I posted this comment in the wrong place….This comment wasn’t meant to you TourmalineMillie *sorry*

      • 21.2.2 Hu

        I am dying for Hwarang to be over. As much as I still want to see PHS looking pretty in that mane of glory, the recent episodes really made me feel like reaching into the TV screen and pull him out of that hot mess.

        So happy that he is the main lead here and the boy can throw chemistry left and right. Just watching the promo, I can already feel the chemistry between him and PBY. And judging that he could have great chemistry with PSJ in Hwarang, I am fully onboard with him and Ji Soo’s unimaginable love line. I could ship him with anyone – girl, boy and even my cat.

      • 21.2.3 transient

        Yes, PHS is very lucky to have PBY as his co-star given her acting talent and experience. I hope he will learn a lot from her and improve to be an even better actor.

    • 21.3 Van

      I’ve never had the dreaded Second Lead Syndrome because I make sure I do all my research before I board a ship. Dang. Lawl, talk about being prepared!

      • 21.3.1 TourmalineMillie

        Trust me, there’s no such thing as over-zealousness when it comes to boarding the right ship 🙂

      • 21.3.2 Flightey Gazelles

        I think Answer Me fans will adopt this as a life motto.

  22. 22 Divyrus

    Okay I think am in love with Park Hyung Shik. He is growing on me!!
    I literally squealed after I saw the first poster! Its been so long since a drama news has made me do that!

    Please be good show! Please be good !

  23. 23 Redoy

    This looks so adorable.. i dont think i can handle waiting every week for the next episode.

  24. 24 bbstl

    I feel like I already want to go live in this show!

  25. 25 evw09

    Sounds super cute and all over the place at the same time. Looking forward to it.

  26. 26 Van

    Omg, everything is oh so complicated for the characters but it’s gonna be oh so much fun for us to watch! Hahaha.

    I thought Park Bo-young was already cute, but High school Park Bo-young is ADORABLE! Omg, that pitch black short hair with straight bangs is so precious on her.

    Her watching Ji-soo sleep is also amusingly sweet. Also love that mom’s already wanting her daughter to be with the CEO, so I can’t wait to be happy for her when they end up together. Ha! The characters all sound likeable and fun. Can’t wait!

  27. 27 Omomo

    If I’m ever going to overdose on cuteness, blame this drama.

  28. 28 gadis

    I already fall for this drama. It sounds super adorable with tons of likeable characters. Please be good.

  29. 29 Ar

    Oh crap. My hopes are up! Pa Oh is back. And I may have just fallen in love with Ji Soo. Could be some sort of Pavlovian response to seeing Ji Soo in a school uniform…. I think I need help…

    • 29.1 bbstl

      In that case I’m not sure if you should hurry and watch Angry Mom and Sassy Go Go, or stay away from them at all costs. Mmmm, JiSoo in school uniforms 😉
      I’d hurry.

  30. 30 Mischa

    I am going to watch this for Park Hyung Shik. That talent needs to be redeemed by appearing in a good drama, though I still want to watch him in another sageuk. Maybe after this rom-com.

    On a side note, though I love the premise, the only thing that annoyed me and always the case in K-drama is the heroine being unemployed. WHY drama why? It’s always either under or over employed. Please make the heroine more useful other than just possessing that Hercules strength and being spunky and good-hearted.

    • 30.1 Ar

      I find it annoying too, but I’m also guessing the job market must be really competitive in South Korea. For civil service, it seems like they have to study for years in order to pass as seen in drinking solo.

  31. 31 transient

    My eyes usually zeroed on PHS, but Park Bo Young looks so cute in the first picture that I didn’t even notice PHS

  32. 32 Gabby :)


  33. 33 Lisa_wackycashew

    Can’t wait for this to air already!!! Loving all the cuteness!!

    Have you guys checked out all the BTS clips so far? This is my fave as of now cuz of the PHS-Jisoo bromance!! They are so adorable!!! ❤️
    Part 6: https://youtu.be/Gt6KWfiq8Zo

    • 33.1 Flightey Gazelles

      Beyond cute!!

      Park Hyun Shik’s expressions are hilarious! i didn’t think he could be that goofy! The way he’s talking in the video reminds me of Ji Chang Wook’s Park Bong Soo in Healer.

      Ji Soo’s lips…*sigh*.

  34. 34 Lime Chilli

    I CANNOT wait for this to start! Please be good, you already tick all the right boxes to have me fall in love with you!

    – Park Hyung Sik male lead (ie/get the girl in kdrama, most of the time), check
    – Park Bo Young, Nation’s Little Sister, check
    – Ji Soo without sideburns, check
    – Supernatural (strength), check
    – cute love triangle, check
    – plucky heroine beating the bad guys, check
    – unintentionally intentional body contact whilst practising martial art, check
    – tall tall TALL heroes with the cutest little heroine height difference, check
    – unrequited 1st love, potential as cause for jealousy, check
    – bromance in the BTS and hopefully in the story, check
    – catchy earworm of a theme song, check
    – funny plot line and 3 leads that we know can act, check

    And now I find out there’s gonna be co-habitation hijinks as well?! I am so gonna love you. Please don’t be a match made in Tinder and only give me false hopes and Subway sandwiches!

    • 34.1 Flightey Gazelles

      cohabitation sealed the deal for me!

      “match made in Tinder* Lol
      But you know there are success stories.

      • 34.1.1 Lime Chilli

        Hahahah I know there are successes. I am being silly and generalising and making all sorts of assumptions lol.

  35. 35 azzo

    So much cute! I cannot wait!

  36. 36 berries

    I love hyungsik!!! and jisoo too

  37. 37 ilchul

    “So then he guards her while she guards Park Hyung-shik, and they’re forced to move into one house together for safety reasons (it’s for safety!). The love triangle will be further complicated when Ji-soo misreads Park Hyung-shik’s flirty ways as a sign that he has a crush on him, hee.”

    hhhhhhhhhhhhh this is going to be HILLARIOUS!! LOL

  38. 38 yhang

    If only I have no deadlines to before the 24th, I’ll sincerely wish for that day to come faster TTTTT

  39. 39 Sweet&Sour

    I haven’t commented on this drama before, but I really want to say something since the stills are super cute. Why did they have to go and have such a potentially good cast in PBY and PHS, and then cast then in such a ridiculous plot of a drama? I would’ve been a lot more excited for this if the synopsis wasn’t so ridiculous. Anyways I will check this out, and approach it as a wacky supernatural comedy, and hopefully I won’t end up dropping it after the first few epis.

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