Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Merchandise on Amazon

Can you believe that I haven’t bought this show’s OST yet? That’s because I have a music subscription so it’s on my phone. However, I do collect the OST’s as a hobby. Thankfully, Amazon has them [Amazon is my go to online store for Kdrama/Kpop merchandise aside from my daughter’s Ever After High Collection]. Below are the items I’ve found in Amazon for this show. I’m going to be ordering the shirt soon. Also, I cannot guarantee the quality of the subtitles on the dvd below. I am just linking this because it’s on the site in case you want to buy it.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon OST + Folded Poster

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon DVD Eng Sub

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon T-Shirt

Final Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

It has been a while since I saw a finale that actually ended where everything was tied up nicely. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I got everything I want to happen for this show to close. I really do appreciate a fan service ending that still ties in loose ends and completes the series.

The show in its entirety isn’t flawless, at least for me.  There were characters/scenes that I’d rather not have been written in, but it did not ruin the entire episode/show as a whole. If anything, some of them was a relief from plots that are getting too serious. Some was given closure in the end though. Not a lot of shows do that. There were scenes that I wished were written in too…like showing us Gook Doo being a true second lead with scenes that makes Bong Soon flutter even though he doesn’t realize he likes her back then, and I would’ve like to have seen more of Grandma.

Below are the characters that I think would still make the show as great as it is without them:

Hee Ji. She wasn’t a threat to either Bong Soon/Min Hyuk or Bong Soon/Gok Do love line. I didn’t like the fact that she was written in as a persistent, if not desperate to get a boyfriend. They could’ve just highlighted her musical skills, and could’ve still remained a target for Jang Hyuk, just like Gong Shim, but her character wasn’t meant for a love line at all. She could’ve been an idol that Min Hyuk attends a concert with Bong Soon inciting jealousy or something.

Gook Doo’s mom. Was she written in to purposely annoy Bong Soon’s mom, to get her jealous? If so, there’s a lot of other things that can annoy a mother. She wasn’t necessary. Her character didn’t contribute to anything useful, even for her own son. I didn’t see her bring him lunch, or anything. Speaking of mom, I’m glad that they cleared it up that she did not hit her husband. If that was the case, why did the writers lead me to believe that she was an abusive wife this whole time?

I probably will be the only one that had some questions left unanswered like: What happened to Min Hyuk’s mom and why can’t he talk about her in front of his dad? Why is Min Hyuk distrusting of the police? Where is Min Hyuk’s dad, or at least his brother during the wedding? Where is Bong Soon’s grandma?

Did anyone else think that Jang Hyuk looked similar to Im Si Wan? Boy, did I really wish that they spent a quarter of an episode diving into his childhood/teenage years so we can see what triggered him, instead of being mentioned during an investigation. They could’ve made it where he was the weak one in contrast to Bong Soon’s strength growing up, therefore he tried to get even by kidnapping women who are weaker than him.

Boss Tak. I feel that the Tak group story ended after Bong Soon defeated them in the warehouse. I don’t see why we keep coming back to the hospital to see their recovery process or lack thereof. There was no lesson to be learned there. I can see that in the end, Boss Tak somewhat redeemed himself and helped a bit in getting information against Jang Hyuk. As far as the high school kids go, I’m not sure where their PC room adventures is of any use during the episodes they aired in. In the end, they were useful to Bong Soon which eventually made sense as a whole show.

Other than that, everything else was peachy for me! The following characters have never ceased to make me laugh. Just their expressions alone gets me smiling. Line or no line, their presence on a scene makes the show enjoyable.

I’m glad that they cleared it up that she did not hit her husband. If that was the case, why did the writers lead me to believe that she was an abusive wife this whole time?

Who wouldn’t love Bong Soon’s dad? He cherishes her the most! He’s supportive of her when mom isn’t. #fathergoals

Secretary Gong. There would be no CEO without a trustworthy secretary. I swear, whenever I see him in a scene, I knew I would be busting out a laugh or two. There were times I felt bad for him, watching him with his dumbfounded face.

Leader Oh. Whoever wrote this character in is a genius! There was not a moment that this character made me stop laughing. Kudos to the actor who played this character. He nailed it!
I love anything with Ahn Min Hyuk and Park Bo Young together. Ahn Min Hyuk’s character was consistent throughout. He knows what he wants and goes for it. He thinks life is a game and he plans like a gamer. He likes Bong Soon, and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to be with her. His character need not any development. That is one consistency that I appreciated with him. That’s what I like to see in a leading man. Not someone who still has to figure out in 6 or 7 episodes if he likes the girl or not.

This was possible because of his alter, Park Hyung Sik. There was not an episode where I didn’t ask why is he so handsome? How can he gaze like that in real life and expect the receiver not to melt? They really wrote all the #boyfriendgoals and #husbandgoals into his character, and he played it out perfectly. Makes me wonder if he’s really a player in real life.

Bong Soon’s character on the other hand, I appreciated her growth from the time he met Min Hyuk till her happy ever after. She wasn’t forced to grow up. She knew that she needed to and she took steps to eventually use her strength for good. I liked that every challenge for her is on an emotional level. She doesn’t like the way it feels and she lets it known. If she’s sad, she’s sad. If she’s frustrated, she is – then she moves on. I like that she was able to rely on Min Hyuk with the exception of her sidelining him to rescue Gong Shim. She was able to be honest with him from the get go.

Do Bong Soon is a character I get to love because of Park Bo Young. Her innocent look just makes me want to save her, although I know she didn’t need to be. She’s so charming that even I melt when she acts all cutesy patootie.

Her paired with Park Hyun Sik’s sleekness is a perfect fit. I can watch this two forever, and that’s a long time. Both their acting even if they’re alone on a scene, always moves me. I can’t picture anyone else portraying these characters. The supporting characters certainly helped in the comedic aspect of the show. From Secretary Gong, Boss Tak, to Leader Oh, it was a nice blend adding them with the romantic and suspense plots of the show.One of many things that kept me coming back each episode is because I look forward to Min Hyuk and Bong Soon’s interaction with each other. Its so natural, that I can’t help but cheer them on.

Major kudos to the writers of this show! I’m thankful that 1) they managed to write in natural connections/ skinships (holding hands, gym training, bandaging Min Hyuk’s arm, sleepovers, and many more), 2) for allowing us to wait with Min Hyuk as Bong Soon finds her true feelings for him. Most dramas, both leads don’t realize they like each other and get thrown into cliché’s. Not this one, here we were all Min Hyuk who’s head over heels for Bong Soon and not afraid to show it, 3) For writing in Bong Soon as smart as she is strong. Not too many people see it, but I do. She’s brainy in her own sassy way, and that adds up to her strength, 4) That they didn’t put me through a week of angst when Bong Soon decided to stop a relationship before it started,  5) I’m thankful that they didn’t end the rooftop scene in a cliffhanger, and 6) They gave me a finale full of lovey dovey scenes fit for a romcom.

It’s safe to say that Do Bong Soon is my kdrama hero.

FIGHTING!

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: 15

I rarely see a drama that gave me all the cute, fluffy, and lovey dovey in an episode, and as a bonus closed a major plot. I’d have to go back and look at the list of dramas I’ve watched through the years and think of the ones that still has meaningful content on their finale week.

Bong Soon’s dad left home! That was out of the blue unexpected. Then again, I mentioned before that this could be something that is needed for the mom to come to her senses about her feelings about her husband. It was a nice distraction after remembering last week’s ending, and all the get-a-room scenes that we’ve been given. Not sure how this will play out since we have one episode left to go.

Leader Oh and Kwang Bok met, sadly there wasn’t any more to this scene that I’d hope for. Maybe there was, but an editor can only put so much in 60 minutes or so. It was nice to have been addressed though, since Bong Soon mentioned the possibility of them being twins. So now that the doppelgangers have met, who will die first? [Mask, anyone?]

I’ve been asking what’s the use of the Tak thugs and the high school kids? Well, that question was answered in this episode. Tak company is able to get intel information that pertains to Jang Hyuk. The high school kids are needed to plaster Jang Hyuk’s picture on their blog to flush him out. They had use after all. I still believe that they could’ve used this scene without any of their other scenes in previous episodes.

Part of Bong Soon’s maturity aside from being the first one to make a move on Min Hyuk, and being girlfriend goals, is that she’s able to realize that she can’t catch Jang Hyuk alone. She needs Gook Doo and Min Hyuk’s help. That’s one of many reasons she’s strong aside from her physical strength.

This episode gave us a contrast compared to how Bong Soon treated Min Hyuk, and Gook Doo back on episode 6. The boys are still the same though, still protective/competitive of Bong Soon in their own way, either that, they’re just using her as an excuse to have a “man fight”. But, just like episode 6, we already know Gook Doo is no match for Min Hyuk’s charms. This time around, Bong Soon has already taken. We can clearly see that she puts more care for Min Hyuk over Gook Doo, but at the same time she wasn’t being to Gook Doo about it, nor do I think he’d see the difference at all. Plus, the food isn’t so spicy this time around. So, we’ve come full circle.

The real showdown with Jang Hyuk was epic. One can’t really be a superhero without a team no matter how strong or smart you are. I just loved how this all played out. Which means, in the finale, it’s all about Min Hyuk and Bong Soon. I swear, they better not give me a last minute plot twist. I won’t be able to handle it.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: 13

***My posts have been further delayed since I became one of two new admins under a two month probation on the Korean Drama Quotes Facebook page. I’ve been working on old and new “quotes” to post over there, that I’ve placed my blog on the temporary sideline. Do visit, when you have the chance. My posts will be under -Aquarianunicorn.

But, I think I’ve figured out a way to maintain being a full time mom, full time employee, kdrama blogger and posting quotes on the facebook page. Like I said before, the drafts have been made, the only thing that’s holding me back is adding the images. Hence, you’ll see the lack of collages in this post.

Now on to the review***

The show is more focused now on Bong Soon, and Min Hyuk’s relationship, on how they can overcome problems and Jang Hyuk getting caught. For an episode that’s so close to the end, to the point that I thought I can guess what will happen next, they still kept me with surprises.

Well, I was duped into thinking that Boss Tak would actually turn over a new leaf, and lead an honest life. Money is definitely the root of all evil, isn’t it? Why was it written at all? I get that it’s for a comedic relief when Bong Soon/Min Hyuk/Gook Doo gets a little too serious, but it didn’t make sense. Then again, it hasn’t made sense since the poop wine is your source of enlightenment.

On another comedic relief, there’s a love triangle brewing between Bong Soon’s mom, dad and Gook Doo’s mom. I sensed that before when they were talking about the book, and again when we dad actually bought a book. I think this is an unnecessary development this late in the show. Then again, this could be a way for dad to escape mom, or mom to realize how important dad is to her.

It’s about time that we get to this episode, the showdown between Jang Hyuk and Bong Soon, although, it didn’t really start out that way. I still believe that he was out for Gook Doo then shifted gears and made it personal for Bong Soon. Either way, I finally get to see our heroine use her strength to rescue the victims sans Gong Shim, saving the best for last.

Damn, Jang Hyuk really is a master criminal to figure out how to use her own strength as her weakness.  At least we have some background as to who he is, but it doesn’t link him to Gook Doo like I hoped it would be. Turns out, he was just born a psychopath. We still have three episodes left, so chances of him being caught today is slim to none.

As I expected, Bong Soon became a noble idiot deciding to act alone even after asking Min Hyuk for help. She shouldn’t have asked for help in the beginning if she was going to sideline him anyway. I do understand that she wants to help, but all the training she did, it felt like she threw it away when she went off on her own. This was the one conflict that will make or break their relationship. Unfortunately, even though she did not want to, Bong Soon chose to break it.

Bong Soon did lose her powers like I was expecting. What I didn’t expect is for her to lose them right away, at that same moment when she needed them to fight off Jang Hyuk. The heavens are really cruel. I mean, she just saved her friend, and she lost her powers because there’s an innocent victim that go hurt. My heart stopped at that scene. Again, I was expecting this part of the show but how they delivered it was a knockout punch to say the least.

Thank goodness for Min Hyuk’s boyfriend goals, he so resolute that no matter what Bong Soon says and does, he’ll stay by her side. He saved me from further anguish that this episode gave me.

Well now I’m looking forward to the next episodes as Bong Soon lives a normal life. I’m actually relieved that we won’t have to go through separation angst, and believed me, I prepared for it mentally. She can still be Strong Woman Do Bong Soon without her strength. Now she can work on being emotionally, mentally strong-not that she wasn’t smart to begin with. She was witty in her own peanut sized way, but that was overshadowed by her powers.

Since Jang Hyuk wasn’t caught in this episode, I can only imagine the tricks up his sleeve. He has to be alive since the show centered on his crimes aside from Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s romance. I wonder if he’s going to shift gears and go after Min Hyuk this time since he did somewhat thwart him from hurting Bong Soon.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soo -8

Just a few random thoughts before I rant about our characters today…

-What is Gook Doo’s mom’s role in this show aside from discussing books, and arguing with Bong Soon’s mom?
-I find it odd, that Secretary Kim didn’t know that it’s one of Min Hyuk’s brothers that has been stalking/blackmailing/assaulting him. I wonder if Bong Soon felt that way too?
-Bong Soon has a similarity with Min Hyuk when it comes to their gaming world. Min Hyuk would greet his robots as his kids, and Bong Soon would salute the main character of the game.

Gook Doo shrugs off Bong Soon’s strength and didn’t realize it until later after the interrogation. Bummer. I kind of want a flashback of episode 1, where all the kids were cheering for her, and all the thugs were accusing her. Then again, if he did put the pieces together now, is he going to send her to jail for assault? He does come to realize that he likes Bong Soon. But, I’m still not convinced. When is he going to start making a move? He’s really not a second lead after Bong Soon’s heart. Sure he saved her from the gangster, but it’s not like she’s in real trouble to begin with.

I don’t know why Mom had a sudden change in attitude when dealing with Bong Soon after the kidnapper got away again in her watch, though not technically her responsibility. I think mom wants her to catch the culprit for instant fame. I look and feel the same as dad, and Bong Gi. But, it is nice to see that Mom can be tender towards her too, when necessary. BUT……they had to ruin that image and turned her into an abusive wife. I did not like that at all. I get that they’re trying to convey her toughness without her strength, but I think it went a little bit overboard when Bong Soon’s dad was given a black eye and forced to stay in the shop and bake. All the guy ever did was talk to Gook Doo’s mom. This was not okay for me at all.

Creepy kidnapper is now observing Bong Soon, she could be a future target, since we still have 3 more brides to go. He’s pretty smart bugging the police department. I’m really curious now as to what his story is. Is it just me, or the kidnapper resembles Gook Doo just a little bit? I know it’s NOT Gook Doo, but my head just went off imagining possible plot lines for this. What if they’re related, the unwanted, unknown half-brother? What if he wanted revenge, and just got an inspiration from the play?
Bong Soon is finally able to control her strength. I think this should’ve been done sooner though, but it makes sense because Bong Soon really didn’t know when to use her powers, and didn’t really resolve into using it for good until she met Min Hyuk, and the crimes in her neighborhood happened. Since that’s out of the way, she can sort out her feelings too. She’s already done that by her actions to both Min Hyuk and Gook Doo. She just needs to realize it.

If episode 7 was about Bong Soon and her dynamics with those around her, episode 8 is about Min Hyuk There are lot of things that makes Min Hyuk different from the rest of the CEO chaebols in kdramaland. He’s the one that left home, yet the doors are still open for him to come back at anytime, compared to others that have been forced out of the company, and family. Okay, his brother threatened him, but there never was actual intention to hurt him, or kill him. I don’t see him as a stuck up trying to conform into the “heirs” world, having flashy cars, this guy freaking goes around in his hoverboard, and takes the bus. He doesn’t even bother competing against his brothers or work so hard to convince them that he’s the rightful heir to their father’s company. He’s earned some respect to where he does have a say when it comes to his private life, and he doesn’t need to convince anyone, because well – it’s his life.

It’s always nice to see a contrast of how different Mn Hyuk’s “cold” household is compared to Bong Soon’s warm family.

Hyuk has been putting ALL the stops in giving Bong Soon signals that he likes her. He’s not afraid to show her his feelings, especially now it’s been established that he’s straight as an arrow. He has more reason to do so too since he needs to confess, propose, and marry her before the next board meeting. I like that he’s not pressuring her and just taking one step at a time and let her come to him. There’s no doubt that he liked Bong Soon from the beginning, but it means so much more that he let Bong Soon into a deeper part of his life, and introducing her to his mom. He really just got everything out of the way at this point. Bong Soon’s family and best friend approves of him, his dad approves of her. They just need to get creepy guy out the way and I can see a wedding.

I can’t wait for him to finally put the pieces together that the girl in his closet, the reason he stopped dating all of a sudden, the reason that no other can come close to that girl, that girl is Bong Soon. I must admit though that I don’t find Min Hyuk’s pain from being hurt by Bong Soon funny anymore. I’m now starting to feel bad for him. That this is what he signed up for- for the rest of his life.

I leave you with my favorite scenes from this episode.


Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon – 7

***Editor’s note: Going forward, I’ll be posting my review for each episode. I find that I lose my thoughts when I combined the week’s episodes together, and/or I prove myself right or wrong before the second episode ends, and I have no content to write. Also, I’m trying something new by adding a few images as I review the episodes I watch. This was something that I had originally intended to do when I first started this blog. I think I have found a way to this now. I intend to slowly incorporate all my ideas into my reviews. I hope you don’t mind the changes, and if you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to comment. Now, on to the show.

This show has not failed to make me laugh. A few minutes into the episode, my 10 year old, and I are already laughing like hyenas. According to my 14 year old son, we sounded like monkeys from his room.


So, Bong Soon is already dreaming about Min Hyuk! Subconciously, she wants to be his damsel in distress. Which means in real life, that this girl’s attached to him and she doesn’t even realize it. But, it’s not a typical Min Hyuk/Bong Soon interaction if he doesn’t somehow accidentally get hurt by her, both in dreams and reality. HILARIOUS. In reality, she can still be Min Hyuk’s damsel in distress despite her strength. He can still be there for her to support her, no, he’s already supporting her even when her own power hurts him physically.


Even though I didn’t want it be Min Hyuk’s trusted brother who was behind the scare tactics against Min Hyuk, everyone knew it was him, since he mostly defended in the script, and overlooked because his character looked so meek than the other brothers. There must be a reason the he did that to Min Hyuk. He had said that he’s protected him all his life, so maybe, just maybe – he’s protecting him from something bigger than being the CEO of Oseung Group. I don’t think that he really wants to be the CEO since he doesn’t look like a thug to begin with. That’s probably why Min Hyuk was quick to dismiss this because he must’ve also thought the same- that he’s still protecting him. From what exactly, well their father that’s watching them from the window can answer that if this is in even in one of the plot lines in the future. It’s nice to somewhat close this mystery, at least for now.


A contrast between Bong Soon and her mom comes down to intention. She showed compassion even though he beat up the tresspassers in Min Hyuk’s room. The scene where the high school kids bow to her, they respect her – that’s because they know that she’s looking out after their wellbeing in life. Bong Soon has no intention of taking anything from them. That’s why sometime in the future these kids might be crucial in the event that Bong Soon loses her powers and will need help. Her mom back then, incited fear to control them. She used her power to gain for herself. Bong Soon has a really pure heart, while her mom is tough at heart.


Grandma was just visiting. I really wanted her to be a sidekick to Bong Soon. That would be really hilarious to see that a young woman and an elderly beating the bad guys up one thug corporation to another. But, it was a poignant reminder that at the end of the day, what matters most is that they are family with or without their strength. Love for each other is their strength. Mom has a lot of explaining to do though in the future why she treats Bong Soon like that. I defended her in a previous review that she does love her and it comes out wrong. I still don’t doubt that, but now that it’s been given a scene, it should be answered. Who knows, maybe if mom opens her heart to Bong Soon, her strength will come back? Maybe she could try doing that since she’s tried everything else.


Min Hyuk was this close to confessing, and I’m wondering why he held back. It looks to me that Bong Soon is already aware of her feelings but didn’t want to be the one to openly admit it first. I like how the writers are already placing Bong Soon’s markers piece by piece in Min Hyuk’s house. We started with his chopsticks on his table on a different episode, now on this episode, we have the frying pan [this reminded me of Tangled], and the stones on his furniture, and big screen. Not sure if that’s his private gym, but it’ll help him miss her more. I’m sure this will be helpful in future episodes when they go through their separation period, when one or both plays noble idiot. Can they dress up in their Romeo and Juliet costumes when they decide to do that?


Our kidnapper gets creepier by the episode. He’s so inspired by a small theater production that he decided to copy it in real life. WHO IS THIS GUY? He can’t be just some random fan who went psycho, the writers are putting in time for this mystery, and it can’t be just for Gook Doo to have scenes portraying his job. They could still create scenes and storylines for him interacting with Bong Soon as a police officer without having a big mystery thriller. But, they did. So, what’s the story? Is he going after Bong Soon sometime in the future? Is Bong Soon’s help going to be needed to catch this guy? Is this the part where Bong Soon’s strength will be outed in public?


It was a moving moment when Min Hyuk came to Bong Soon’s dad’s shop. He’s a smart CEO, I’m sure he knows what time they close, he didn’t come there for egg tarts and pie. That’s probably one of many reasons Min Hyuk hesitated from confessing earlier. He really is a pro at gaming and strategy! He figured he needed to get everyone’s blessings before he goes after her heart. He knows mom, and grandma practically gave her away, he doesn’t know about her dad yet. Bong Soon’s dad knows that too. That’s why he just gave his blessings right then and there. I’m sure part of him is relieved that he’s not the only one surrounded by strong women, and that he can share this secret with him in the future.


We’ve come the part of the show that Gook Doo sees Bong Soon for who she really is. Will he run away knowing her strength, or will he be in denial? Will Bong Soon try to convince him that he was imagining that moment she shoved him away?


The focus was on Bong Soon’s relationships in this episode. Her family [mom, grandma], brother, Gook Doo, and her blossoming friendship with Min Hyuk. It’s not strange to see a different Bong Soon when she’s with different people. For example, when she saw her grandma, she’s all childish like she was at the thought of Gook Doo. I think that’s because her own mother didn’t give her that chance to be doted upon. Her being protective towards Bong Gi like a big sister would. She’s all tough but endearing and she knows when to cross lines to get to protect him. She’s starting to drift away from Gook Doo. She didn’t even crumple like a withering flower when she answered his call, or didn’t become meek when he rushed to scold her. She’s not even aware of it yet. Her comfort level with Min Hyuk just skyrocketed to a whole new level. She’s able to open up about her and her mom’s treatment towards her, which some women would like to keep secret in order to preserve a relationship. Not her. She’s opening up to him to where she takes him to her stomping grounds, letting him in her life. This is something that she could be sharing with Gong Shim, but she let Min Hyuk in her private world.


I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, this episode focused a very itty bit on the fathers of Min Hyuk, and Bong Soon. It was really quick, but I wondered at those minute seconds why the camera panned at them. What were they thinking at that moment? It’s easier for Bong Soon’s dad. He looks like he’s the happiest husband/father in the world. When he was looking at his mother in law, he must be thinking that how can this strong woman be so gently loving to his child. He must be feeling thankful that she didn’t break him apart when he knocked up her daughter. As for Min Hyuk’s dad, I have more questions than analysis. Was he proud of Min Hyuk for being forgiving, or will he lecture him for being too easy on his brothers, and that’s why they bullied him so much growing up? Was he really intending on giving Min Hyuk the company no strings attached other than the intention of separating from gangster relations? Does he feel sorry that this has been happening to Min Hyuk all this time and he wasn’t there to protect him and/or discipline his brothers?


A thousand words later, I realized that I didn’t have anything to say about Gook Doo. Well that’s because he wasn’t written as someone that would give me a Second Lead Syndrome. I haven’t connected to his character yet. I’m hoping for a backstory as to why he didn’t tell Bong Soon he liked her just as long she liked him. If I knew that at the least, then maybe I’ll give him time for analyzing his character. But for now just enjoy his brooding scene.


***I don’t know who the current Nation’s Son In Law is, but I’m naming Park Hyung Sik the International Son In Law. How can that pretty face of his bring so much emotion in a scene, that you know exactly what he’s feeling. I know a lot of people are weary of the idol-turned-actor thing, but sometimes when they enter the entertainment industry, they’re mostly told what to do, and don’t really find what they’re really good at until thrown into it. Hyung Sik is definitely an actor in my eyes.

Stay tuned for Episode 8 review.