Gender roles get swapped around in Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
The promo for this show is so cute that I’m going to be SO disappointed if the show isn’t as advertised. But with Park Bo-young (Oh My Ghostess) as a small but mighty woman in charge and Park Hyung-shik (Hwarang) and Ji-soo (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) on either side of her, it would just be impossible not to make this utterly adorable, right? *knock on wood*
The new JTBC rom-com stars Park Bo-young as a woman born with Herculean strength, who breaks things if she just touches them wrong. She’s harbored a longtime crush on Ji-soo’s character, a rookie detective who’s cold on the outside but passionate about his belief in justice. He truly believes that a just and righteous society is achievable, and does everything by the book.
On the flip side is gaming company CEO Park Hyung-shik, a second-generation chaebol and total weirdo whom Park Bo-young is hired to protect. He’s not at all your typical guy, and he thinks it’s cool that his tiny female bodyguard is so strong. Well that just makes me like you already. The three of them will get swept up in an unforeseen incident and end up in a love triangle.
What I’m excited about is that it sounds like the show plans to reverse some typical gender roles with a woman as a bodyguard and a man who needs her protection. Park Bo-young’s character poster says, “What’s womanly?” while Park Hyung-shik’s poster counters, “What’s manly?” And tough guy Ji-soo’s poster asks the both of them, “What the heck are you guys?”
I really love this idea that our heroine is going to overturn the classic notions of what ladylike qualities are, and that the hero will defy classic ideas of manliness too. The main poster reads, “Three outwardly strong and strong-minded men and women begin a romance that will be a trial of strength.” Will it be a trial? I don’t know, she seems pretty happy with one boy under each arm if you ask me!
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon will air on Fridays and Saturdays beginning February 24.
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