Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)

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Kim Bok Joo is a student in Haneol College of Physical Education. She has shown strength like no other since she was a child was influenced by her former weightlifter father. She looks thoughtless at a first glance, but inside she’s as fragile as glass and has deep recognition.
Jung Joon Hyeong is Kim Bok Joo’s best friend. He is a born swimmer but ever since he was disqualified from his first read moreinternational event, he suffers from ‘start trauma’. Along with Kim Bok Joo, he overcomes his troubles and finds his dream and love.
Song Shi Ho is a rhythm gymnast who also attends Haneol College of Physical Education. She started gymnastics since she was 5 and won the Asian Games at the age of 18. She’s always been the best since then but mental pressure caused her to break up with Jung Joon Hyung and regret it.
~~ This drama is inspired by the life of South Korean Olympic weightlifter gold-medalist Jang Mi Ran.

  • Native title:

    역도요정 김복주
  • Also Known as:

    Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju;

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6 days ago
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I know there are already many reviews but I never felt such urgency to tell how much I have loved a show.
This drama was so refreshing and comforting, a complete year-end surprise. Never two friends became lovers so naturally. Never friendship, family and love were portrayed as adorably well as here. I didn't expect it to be so addictive and beautiful, I'm speechless.

The story itself seemed very attractive, but read more after seeing the first ep I felt somewhat disappointed. But thank God I didn't dropped it! From the fourth episode the quality increased a lot, the story took shape and the characters looked better defined. No doubt they took full advantage of this beautiful plot that only took the sport as an excuse to show how two friends fall in love as they struggle to achieve their dreams. No weak characters, no idiots and abusive male leads. I love the way this portrays the youth and its warmth.

Applause for everyone! If I was already surprised by the drastic change of character Sung Kyung ventured into when she accepted this role, I was more surprised when I saw Joo Hyuk's adorable performance, which translated into the couple's insuperable chemistry. Seriously, I can never accept that they don't act side by side.
The secondary performances were also more than charming.

I finished this drama full of hope, as if suddenly I had injected a great dose of energy to get ahead. All of it reminds you how beautiful life can be. Give yourself the pleasure of watching this drama! Impossible to repent later. Oh and I almost forgot: SWAAAAAG!
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5 days ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 10
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
A drama filled with so much beautiful meaning into it. A very healthy, sensible, genuine kind of story as to friendship, family, love, goal, career and priority. It is really funny especially with that "WHAAAAAT!" lol. Plus this drama is such a TROLL not everything you'd expect will happen, It will take you by surprise and you'll find yourself laughing. The edge of this drama from the read more one's I've watch? It's not the feels but the message it brought me, It was truly amazing.

Kim Bok Joo and Joon Hyeong is the best love story I've watch, a kind of relationship that would bring out the best in you, filled with overload cuteness, realistic a normal one. Phasing of their story is slow but slow kind of stories turned out to be awesomely perfect! They are so friendship and relationship goaaaals!!

Kim Bok Joo
This girl is totally relatable, when she's in love, to music taste, to clothes, to fangirling activities. Everything about her is suweeeeeeeeeeg!

Let's talk about the male lead. Joon Hyeong, ok I'll keep it short his character is so boyfriend material, a kind of guy you want to keep in yourself, in your life.

Ex girlfriend: OK she's the "only one cliche" here like a kind of clingy ex you'll hate but her existence didn't much affect me.

Friends: yes a very fun friends to be with
Abujji and samcheon: You'll love the father and daughter relationship, samcheon is very sweet, likeable and so kind plus funny.

Actors and Actress:
Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk both are great and I know it's not related here but I just want them to date for life. lol
Everyone else of the cast is so good ofc!

LESSON: Every girl deserves to be treated as a girl, a woman despite of any career she's into like Police, Carpenter, Judo, Boxing, Weightlifters.... Those fields are mostly for men so they're like boys into other people's eyes but ...Hell they shouldn't! They are girls too! Who would love to wear dress, wears clip, wears lipstick and wants to be beautiful especially when they're In front of the guy they like. I think they're the coolest girl ever with a suweeeeeeeeeeg!!
(There's more into lessons, life, meaning into this drama I just give you some points about it. Kekekke)

Even though I so love this drama. I would not recommend it for everyone, this is a kind of a kind of drama that targets a certain group of viewers. I'd highly recommend it to the youth like from age bracket of teenagers to 25 years or if not by age depends with your personality like if your happy go lucky one, or if you love reading my review and it keeps your interest, the genre is your style then you'll definitely love it despite of your age. This drama is slow yes. Could be an advantage or disadvantage. You just gotta be patient with it and everything will be worth it and it will perfectly fits into place.

I always enjoy the sound effects in funny scenes that's the best thing like "WHAAAAAT"!

Rewatch Value: I thought one time viewing is enough or just rewatch a certain scene would be enough but as I watch more episode I become more attached with the story and I was like I need to watch this as a whole over and over again.

Overall: one word, SWAG!

Writing a review feels like I'm saying goodbye to this drama for the second time around that it hurts so much.... *Wiped tears*

Kim Bok Joo and Joon Hyeong is so lovable, I would not mind watching another season with them or another drama from LSK and NJH..~

Warning: if you deeply love the story, the characters, once you complete this drama you'll feel incomplete, a happy one but it will make you sad.

It will always have a special place in my heart.

Ok before I end my review I have a question for you. Ummmm... Do you like Messi? Hahahaha!! Nevermind. Anyways hope my review helps!!!
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1. Both of these dramas have the sweet, light-hearted content and based on lives of college/ high school students. In "To the beautiful you", Kang Tae Joon (Minho Shinee) is a high jump competitor while Kim Bokjoo (Lee Sungkyung) in "Weightlifting Fairy" and her partner, Jonghyun (Nam Joohyuk) are majored in weightlifting and swimming in respectively.
2. The main male leads are both known as the "hot boy" at schools with handsome look and amazing talent in their own majors. Somehow, they also struggle with their sporting career. If Kang Tae Joon got an accident that could potentially ruin his future career as an athlete, then Jonghyun's trauma is the only thing that gets in the way of his success.
3. Kang Tae Joon and Jonghyun each used to be really cold-hearted until the female leads come to light up their worlds.
4. There's always a second female lead who had a relationship with the main male lead- "To the beautiful you", Seol Hana (Jiwon) is his childhood friend and loves him for a really long time while Siho (Soojin) is his ex-girlfriend who still has some feelings for him. Both always try to annoy the female leads.
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Both dramas are adorably pure and the leads just steal you heart with with their sincereity and innocence.

Both involve simple predictable plots executed very well.

Both of them just have that stress free, happy happy feel you know?

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    Ryan Bermillo 1 hour ago

    Bit disappointed bec. i want more of this for 16 episode for me there's more there that really exiting i am totally fan of kim bok jo its AWESOME .......

    HOPE Lee Sung-kyung AND Nam Joo-hyuk partner again for the other drama i will forward for that day to come again

    for now i say Congrats and i am big fan if this drama Thumb Ups for this

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    hvnlyslayerangel 5 hours ago

    So cute! I would totally recommend this drama.

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    Marti 7 hours ago

    My favourite moments were when the narrator says " Whatttt?!?! " & when there were a group of people & they said " SWAG ! ".

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    Gardenia 15 hours ago - edited

    Just finished it <3 super cute and sweet <3 XD

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    Elfinia 21 hours ago

    I just realized. NJH's voice reminds me BTS Jin's voice lol

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    Jacko 1 day ago - edited

    I wonder what will happen if mbc make a new drama with a main role girl named Gong Bok Shim. :'D

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    Banada6 1 day ago

    Wow 9.1 totally deserved it

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    MarkofJ 1 day ago

    That is a wrap! I really enjoyed watching this drama

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    Miyuuu 1 day ago - edited

    “Messi” trends in PH yesterday and that was fun! kaway kaway sa mga Pilipino dyan HAHAHAHA

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      94loveKdrama 1 day ago

      Joon Hyeong be like... "Is Messi aware of this terrible fact?"

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    peachycal 2 days ago

    This is like the first drama where I liked all of the characters! The friends were all really great, and the chemistry between them and also between the leads are awesome. Which, btw, I really do hope the leads end up going out in real life. They expressed the playful friends turned lovers perfectly. The writing was spectacular. The episodes were all very funny and laid back, and this is the first drama where after finishing watching it, I want to rewatch it immediately right away.

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    Pate 2 days ago - edited

    Is it better than Age of Youth tho?

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      Jemerald523 2 days ago

      I like both shows but I enjoyed this more
      .Age of Youth has more dense in terms of life lessons but WFBJ is a meaningful show also.

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    0hellgirl0 2 days ago

    one word to describe this drama

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    94loveKdrama 2 days ago

    Question: In real life, Joo Hyuk and Sung Kyung are really good friends. Would there be any possibility of romance growing between you two? And did your mutual friends have any comments when they heard that both of you got the role in the same show?

    Nam: Because we are really comfortable and get along with each other, the shooting with Sung Kyung went smoothly, and it was exciting. My friends and colleagues did not comment on it. I think we can act in romance shows, as we make it fun and ensure that we are comfortable. She is more like a sister to me, so I think that our acting will appear natural.

    Lee: We are really good friends, so we did not need to spend time getting to know each other. Because of that, we could spend more time concentrating on our acting. Also, we are so comfortable with each other that we can play ad-lib much more. Sometimes, for the scene that Joon Hyung makes fun of Bok Joo, it gets me mad as it feels somewhat real because Joo Hyuk is actually quite cheeky. When we did our modeling job, we did a lot of photo-shoots of a couple. So, I guess we are fairly good when acting in romance themed dramas. Aside from that, Joon Hyung and Bok Joo started their relationship as friends, just like the both of us in real life.

    Cr: @hellokpop
    Shippers are you with me?? Kekekek

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    94loveKdrama 2 days ago

    I'm on a stage where I can't start a new drama because of them, maybe I'll get in the mood if I finish rewatching it. Yes "MAYBE" lol

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    Alessa 2 days ago
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  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Nov 16, 2016 to Jan 11, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    9.1 (scored by 4,062 users)
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