K-dramas and unnies who kick ass

Who says leading ladies have to be damsels in distress?

K-dramas and unnies who kick ass
L-R: Song Hye-kyo as Moon Dong-eun in 'The Glory', Jeon Do-yeon as Gil Bok-soon in 'Kill Boksoon', and Han So-hee as Yoon Ji-woo in 'My Name'. Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix

Oppa who?

Far from being damsels in distress, many female leads in Korean series and films are stronger than ever. Here are five unnies who are taking names and kicking ass.

Gil Bok-soon, 'Kill Boksoon'

Jeon Do-yeon as Gil Bok-soon. Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix.

Work-life balance can be challenging, and it's especially so for Gil Bok-soon a.k.a. "Kill Boksoon".

As the finest and most successful assassin of hitman agency MK Ent, Bok-soon is literally slaying it at leading a double life — not only is she at the top of a cutthroat industry, but also she's a single mother to a teenage daughter.

The actress herself is also a force to be reckoned with, as Jeon Do-yeon did most of her stunts on her own despite this being her first lead role in an action film. It seems like Bok-soon is killing it both on- and off-screen!

Moon Dong-eun, 'The Glory'

Song Hye-kyo as Moon Dong-eun. Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix 

It's a grey area to root for revenge, but it's hard not to when you consider all the injustices Moon Dong-eun had to put up with in "The Glory".

As a child, Dong-eun was brutally bullied by her schoolmates, so much so that she even thought of ending her own life. And yet, she persevered and bounced back in ways her tormentors could never have anticipated.

Dong-eun spent the next 20 years of her life meticulously mapping out a plan to exact revenge against her childhood bullies and even formed some unexpected alliances along the way, further highlighting her resolve to fight against injustice.

Yoon Ji-woo, 'My Name' 

Han So-hee as Yoon Ji-woo. Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix

It's not often that a female lead becomes her own hero in a gritty revenge story.

After witnessing her father’s murder, Yoon Ji-woo's only motivation to keep on living is to exact revenge, and she intends on following through with it even if she has to do it alone. Over the years, she trained under Choi Mu-jin, the leader of organized crime syndicate Dongcheon, and eventually emerged on top in a competition among the gang recruits.

Having to prove her worth to a crime boss and, later, in the police force, Ji-woo is the literal embodiment of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger in "My Name".

Oh In-joo, 'Little Women'

Kim Go-eun as Oh In-joo. Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix

"Little Women" is dominated by strong, richly-drawn female characters rarely seen in Korean dramas.

The story follows three closely bonded sisters who dream of escaping poverty and live an ordinary life like everyone else, but find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that involves the rich and powerful when 70 billion won came into their hands.

Oh In-joo, the eldest of them all, started off as a naive young woman. Despite being thrown into the most absurd and life-threatening situations, her desire to protect her younger sisters proves her resilience and serves as a reminder to never mess with someone's family.

Seo Yi-kyung, 'Sweet Home' 

Lee Si-young as Seo Yi-kyung. Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix

Seo Yi-kyung's survival instincts as a former firefighter definitely worked in her favor during the apocalyptic events of "Sweet Home". Despite her personal struggles, she is one of the strongest people — both physically and mentally — in the building and fights relentlessly to defend the residents of the apartment complex from the vicious creatures.

Having enrolled in the military at the end of Season 1, it would be interesting to see how her character develops throughout Season 2 as she continues to search for her fiancé who disappeared two days before their wedding.

Catch these kickass female characters in action, only on Netflix!