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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Jan 11, 2017
  • 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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Jan 12, 2017
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 10
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo: NJH AND LSK ARE DATING IN REAL LIFE
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 read more laughing. The edge of this drama from the 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
Edit: They are officially dating not as characters but as real life couple!!!! Confirmed by Papa YG this month of April 2017. According to dispatch they've been dating since month of January 2017
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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    ManaSura 10 hours ago

    The whole idea behind this drama is wrong. ie building up a fan base just based on a highly cute couple with lots of chemistry, and hope that redeems how the drama is just a random ness with no character development and not much major story progression. It's like they were hoping to imitate the success of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon but failed.

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    ZamiraRamizoro 20 hours ago

    One of those rare drama that I will have a hard time forgetting. I want to be a part of their world and at the same time I feel we live in the same world. The series doesn't have any particular strong point rather all the good points harmonized themselves to make this amazing Symphony that will most definitely take their viewers in a world created by the writer and at the same time the viewers starts to appreciate their own lives. Nothing comes with a BANG rather everything comes slowly naturally with pain and drawbacks and in those drawbacks a new seed is sown for a better future. Everybody has their own story, own pain, own tears to wipe but still life is just waiting to be appreciated for the little charm it holds. well at least in my case thats what the series represents. Hope I will have a graduation like that with friend family future and a lot of memories that I cherish no matter how painful they are. 5:43 in the morning ... For some reason I am really really happy.

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    Melissa 4 days ago

    Just finished this show. It’s a good show if you’re into the cheesy romance (which I’m a total sucker for). I enjoyed it a bunch!

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    Rana 11 days ago - edited

    I am one of those who didn't like it, too cheesy for my taste. I dropped the last few episodes I just couldn't anymore.

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      Baya 4 days ago

      me too i've found it way too overrated, it's cute and funny but nothing more, it lacks depth comparing to "Replay 1997"

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    Ockanna 12 days ago - edited

    Love this Drama sooooo much.. ;* some ppl said it is overrated. this is not overated an cheesy at all. if drama like this they called cheezy then what they say about drama like the heirs and even dots? :D

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    Fredrika 19 days ago - edited

    Love love love this drama. I've watched 12 episodes already and I started it two days ago. I haven't been this emotionally engaged in a drama in a long while, can’t believe it took me so long to finally start watching it. I gotta warn you thought; make sure you’re not hungry while watching this. So much food!

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    Idk 21 days ago

    Wow what a coinsidence in episode 8 idk her name but joon hyeongs ex was watching what i was watching before i watched this drama (at one point she was watching some of shopping king louis or louie and i started watching this drama after i watched all of shopping king louie/louis and it was great and sad)

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    shir Aug 22, 2017

    overrated drama...so cheesy...just suit teenages kdrama fans

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    soomin Aug 10, 2017

    This drama was unexpectedly good! I enjoyed watching it and the main couple has amazing chemistry. I was surprised there were so many cameo.

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    Carolina Aug 2, 2017

    cutest thing ever. nam joo hyuk and lee sung kyung had great chemistry. i love the jealousy moments. i was tearing up from laughing at those scenes.

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    HoshinoChieko Aug 1, 2017

    This was so fun to watch! Both leads were really adorable! And there were lots of funny and cute moments throughout the show not just between the leads but also with the supporting characters.

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    keznaa Jul 26, 2017 - edited

    It started kinda weird and took a while to get to the point but it grew on me and got really cute. What i liked most was the natural skinship between the 2 MC it was never awkward and strange in the storyline. I found out yesteday that they are dating in real life and through out the production. And some of the affectionate scenes were improved. So cute

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    Pinocchio Jul 25, 2017

    Honestly while watching this I felt that this is totally overrated the acting wasnt good way too cheesy n out of all the actresses they had to choose her as a weightlifter like really

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    Pat Jul 25, 2017

    Aww. I remember that this drama was my first K-Drama to watch and took me months of being empty to finally get over this drama. BUT I FEEL LIKE REWATCHING THIS AGAIN AND I'M MISSING IT AGAIN WTF.


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

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    9.0 (scored by 13,772 users)
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