7 DVD (Episode 1-41)
The first drama to be broadcast simultaneously in Korea and China, MBC's daily drama Be Strong, Geum-soon garnered an impressive rating of 30 Percent for more than half a year. Circling around the prevalent theme of family love, this humorous, touching drama revolves around a young widow and her struggles in life. Reflecting on the many contemporary faces of motherhood, the drama takes a poignant look at today's mothers, from a young pregnant widow, to a widowed mother who abandons her child, to a working mother caught in a messy battle with her demanding in-laws. Before stepping into the role of empress So Seo No in Jumong, Han Hye Jin starred as the titular heroine in Be Strong, Geum-soon, playing a levelheaded, young woman whose marital bliss is cut short by her husband's sudden death. Pregnant and without any family support of her own, she lives with her in-laws but is met with insurmountable hardships. Sporting a boorish hairstyle that earned her the nickname of "lettuce head", Han pairs up with Kang Ji Hwan (Capital Scandal) who rose to instant stardom portraying a brash, charismatic young doctor who falls in love with Geum Soon. Touching on various sensitive issues surrounding premarital sex, organ donation, forced early retirement, and the never-ending strife between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law, with loads of lighthearted humor and humanism, Be Strong, Geum-soon beautifully demonstrates how one family overcame their differences through the power of love and forgiveness.
Abandoned by her mother at an early age, Geum Soon was raised by her grandmother. After graduating from high school, she becomes pregnant with her first love's child, only to see him get killed in a car accident three days after their wedding, leaving her and their unborn child alone with no one to turn to. After much debate, Geum Soon's in-laws take her into their family. Three years later, Geum Soon still lives with her in-laws, raising her young son while working at Mrs. Oh's beauty salon to pursue her dream of becoming a hair stylist. Romance looms in the air when Mrs. Oh's son Jae Hee (Kang Ji Hwan), a cocky and handsome doctor, sets his eyes on Geum Soon. A chain of circumstantial events lead Jae Hee's mentor Dr. Jang (Jang Yong) to discover that Geum Soon is actually the daughter of his second wife who is now in desperate need of a kidney transplant.