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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*Both female leads are in love with the second male lead

*Both first male leads took their time and were very patient with the female lead until they finally captured her heart

*Both of the main couples have loads of cute and sweet moments

*The way the first male leads look at the female lead makes you want to melt into a puddle of goo. They both have so much love and respect for the female lead.

*Both female leads love to wear pink hoodies. ^^
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    Maze 8 days ago - edited

    I miss my sweg couple ;-;

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    Vui256 9 days ago - edited

    finished in two days.. this is the best slice-of-life drama I have ever watched! (not like I have watched a lot of the same genre, but I know it).
    I had doubts about this show because of the ratings in Korea... Korea what were you watching instead of swag Bokjoo dang it

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    Sawlie 9 days ago

    Dear Lord this drama was a little sugar, a little spice and everything nice! Everything is so sweet but believable, not like a pretty yet unattainable fairytale: it's a beautiful story about people with very relatable imperfections. Also, the romance is so amazingly REAL, because there is no cringiness, no awkwardness, no eye rolls from the viewers. People get mad, then make up, the misunderstandings don't originate a melodrama like everywhere else, people talk and then love just... grows and happens - it's not overnight.

    Both leads' chemistry and acting were also off the roof. Will miss them! <3

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    John 13 days ago - edited

    It's been fricking 3-4 months and I still can't get over of this drama. I love the lightness of the story and it's just too cute to handle. UGH!

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    CharlieWhegs 14 days ago - edited

    I'm loving this drama effing much

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    naydesu 14 days ago

    Missing the time this drama was airing, good days. <3

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    _Muffty_ 15 days ago - edited

    3 months after its final episode and still in the top ten list. I'm so proud of our fairy <3

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    AydinLan 20 days ago

    Totally overrated...
    it's good but not awesome . Simple story . Nam Joo Hyuk is cute . Loved the beginning of their love story & how he made her fall in love .
    - I didn't like her friends sometimes they're just so annoying...basically added nothing to the drama .
    - Food should be added to the list of main leads -__- they focused way too much on it .
    - They should have given more attention to Nam Joo Hyuk role , I felt like He has supporting role rather than main lead .

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    ShairaMicole 22 days ago

    This drama gave me every feels. Made me cry, made me cringe, made me laugh, made me motivated and so on. I love that this drama is not that heavy drama wherein you'll cry very episode but there's some episode that you'll really brawl in tears. SERIOUSLY THIS SWAG COUPLE IS THE BEST!!!!! JJANG!

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    Potatos_ 24 days ago - edited

    So much cast from moon lovers haha

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      DoYouLikeMessi 24 days ago

      Haha. Exactly. It's a "reunion" drama. hehe.
      And several casts from W Two Worlds, too. ^_^

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    SuperDrama101ohyea 26 days ago

    The things this drama did perfectly is its fresh cast, story, romance, characters and everything else, i really need to continue this drama LOL XD

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    Whitesand 26 days ago - edited

    How's the romance in this drama?

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      KpopSakuraARMY 26 days ago

      The romance in this drama is cute and sweet in my opinion. The 2 main charcters are just adorable xD.... I'd say this is a must-watch drama

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      Whitesand 26 days ago


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      KpopSakuraARMY 26 days ago

      your welcome

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    zuojenn 28 days ago

    although it takes a bit till the relationship starts its a very sweet very funny kdrama. The couple is cute, the leads are heartfelt

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    Simiii 30 days ago - edited

    This is the perfect feel-good drama and has the most realistic love story I've ever seen in a Kdrama. It's so refreshing and funny, the lead couple's chemistry is CRAZY, you can tell that they know each other well and are comfortable around each other. Wether you are a current college student, struggling with life, or just want to feel the nostalgia of being a student and young love, I recommend this drama to everyone.
    PS: I've heard several people say that some events from this drama actually happened in their real lives, something not very common for Kdramas.

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      DoYouLikeMessi 28 days ago

      I can relate to A LOT of events in this drama that's why it quickly captured my heart. :)

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    XiaoZhanoppa Mar 28, 2017 - edited

    planning to watch his after Scarlet Heart Ryeo broke my heart.

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      May 30 days ago

      Watch it, you won't regret it. This drama is light hearted, cute, funny, and refreshing. It's perfect to watch after Scarlet Heart Ryeo! You'll heal your broken heart. :)

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      XiaoZhanoppa 29 days ago

      Thankyouu so much


  • 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 9,677 users)
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