5 Reasons Why Strong Girl Nam-soon Failed to Entertain the Viewers

The famous hit South Korean drama Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (힘쎈여자 도봉순) spin-off series Strong Girl Nam-soon (힘쎈여자 강남순) of the is directed by Kim Jung-Sik and written by Baek Mi-Kyeong. Starring Lee Yoo-mi, Kim Jung-eun, Kim Hae-sook, Ong Seong-wu and Byeon Woo-seok in the lead roles, the series will follow a young girl named Nam-soon and her immense strength being used for the good. The series is produced by JTBC and is distributed by Netflix.

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The series takes up the story of Bong-soon’s sixth cousin, Kang Nam-soon (Lee Yoo-mi) who has similar strength to her cousin. After getting lost in Magnolia, Nam-soon returns to South Korea to find her family. She successfully finds her mother (Kim Jung-eun) and grandmother (Kim Hae-sook) but little does she know, the trio are in for a big treat.

Lee Yoo-mi made it big after her pivotal role in Squid Game (2021). She was last seen in All of Us Are Dead (2022). Kim Jung-eun’s last ventures are Missing: The Other Side (2020-2023) and DNA Mate (since 2022). Kim Hae-sook’s latest work was Revenant (2023). Speaking of Ong Seong-wu, he was last seen in the movie Starlight Falls (2023) while Byeon Woo-seok’s latest project was Soulmate (2023).

5 Reasons Why Strong Girl Nam-soon Disappointed Viewers

While the series’ plot was extremely fresh and didn’t follow the concept like Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, there were so many aspects missing in this series making it just a one-time watch. Besides comparing it to the original one, even the concepts that Kdramas usually have were also not present in Strong Girl Nam-soon. While it’s not a terrible drama to stream, it still isn’t the best one to spend time watching. Here are some reasons why this series let many viewers down.

Too Much Focus on Geum-ju

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A still from the series “Strong Girl Nam-soon”

Though Geum-ju is one of the main characters, the title of the series itself concludes that the Kdrama’s main focus and lead is Nam-soon. However, screentime for Lee Yoo-mi was inadequate compared to Kim Jung-eun. More of Geum-ju’s search for Pavel, Nozh and her work towards the drug case was shown while Nam-soon was only given necessary screentime here and there whenever she was sticking with either Shi-o or Hee-sik. So many things about Nam-soon’s life could have been shown but instead, that girl was like a supporting actor and Geum-ju felt like the main lead. Even in the post-credit scene, it is she who is recruiting her cousin for the next mission. What is Nam-soon even for?

Hee-sik and Nam-soon’s Romance Didn’t Have Much Spark

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A still from the series “Strong Girl Nam-soon”

Their chemistry wasn’t bad but there was literally no spark. They had like two to three kiss scenes which looked super forced and clumsy. There could have been so many heartwarming scenes but the writers decided to make the viewers feel that Shi-o has more compatibility with Nam-soon given the way he looks at her. Hee-sik and Nam-soon quickly fell in love and it didn’t sit well. They didn’t even go out on a proper date to be honest. Even when they did meet often, they were busy discussing about Shi-o.

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Death of Shi-o Felt Rushed

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A still from the series “Strong Girl Nam-soon”

Shi-o is the central villain and the writers decided to make him end his life like a coward. From the beginning his character held so many mysteries and he had so much vigour in him. But the way they rushed his death spoiled all the layers of tension that was created around him. Honestly his character could have made history but they decided to make him look like young boy with a traumatic past killing himself in front of the girl he loved. Even worse, his past wasn’t clearly shown as well, only glimpses were presented. What’s the point even?

Joong-gan and Jun-hee Romance Was Unnecessary

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A still from the series “Strong Girl Nam-soon”

While it nice to show how old people deserve to feel love and enjoy relationships, too much of their scenes made me wonder why even Hee-sik and Nam-soon didn’t get such scenes while these two are shown fighting for each other. Their dates and the way they protected each other was cute but is this series about them? Moreover Joong-gan being a strong woman, her role in this series could have been much more pivotal but they wasted her character and made her look too feminine and lovey-dovey.

Nam-soon Acted Too Childlike

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A still from the series “Strong Girl Nam-soon”

Acting cute isn’t a crime but Nam-soon being a strong 21 year old woman, acted too much like a child, jumping around and playing. While it’s not wrong to enjoy her life, the character was sketched too unrealistically. Given she is able to crack the drug case, fall in love and protect the people around, the writers could have given her the sass attitude because she just didn’t match the energy of the series. Lee Yoo-mi is a splendid actress and her potential looked like it went to waste. And please, what haircut is this even?

Final Thoughts

Irrespective of all these errs, the series still can be watched once for the plot and the actors because they did their part well. The direction was great and the cinematography was neat. The writers definitely have to ensure that the upcoming Strong Girl Nam-soon Season 2 is interesting otherwise it’s going to be a hard game.

Strong Girl Nam-soon is streaming on Netflix. Let us know your thoughts on this series.

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