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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    Taeil Jul 9, 2017

    this drama made me smile so much!! it's so sweet and heartwarming, all characters are great. loved it a lot ♥

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    marygracierO Jul 4, 2017

    Light romance plus I loved Lee Sung Kyung from cheese in the trap and Doctors❤

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    94loveKdrama Jul 3, 2017

    This drama is gonna be aired in our country!! So happy! Kim Bok Joo Sweeeeeg! ❤


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    Brownie Jun 29, 2017 - edited

    I dropped this after the 1st episode because the girl was annoying. Only wanted to watch it for the guy after seeing him in Moon Lovers. The guy was amazing but if a main character is annoying I can't continue.

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      thunderman1 Jul 8, 2017

      I also dropped this drama after 6 eps.. couldn't stand it anymore.

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      DoYouLikeMessi Jul 15, 2017

      It's probably not your kind of drama. Try looking for other genre that would fit your taste. :)

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      ponnu 11 days ago

      the main flaw with the drama was the female lead..
      they should have cast a strong actress for a woman oriented drama..
      her making weird faces and pouting was way too irritating..

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      Brownie 11 days ago

      Sometimes it's nothing to do with the drama and just the actor/actress but I was already struggling to even finish the first episode. I would've probably continued if it wasn't for that.

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      ponnu 8 days ago

      the story was kind of simple and realistic and if they cast actors who are good at their job it could have been a better show.. usually i finish a drama in one go but i finished watched other 2 dramas in b/w this one.. it took me more than a week to finish it.. the comedy scenes were worth watching though.. some were really funny..

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    luminoussssss Jun 29, 2017 - edited

    i watched it with the lowest possible expectation because of the weird title and simple plot and decided to watch after came across a few clips on fb but turned out it got me totally hooked like forever

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      94loveKdrama Jul 3, 2017

      "lowest possible expectation" same. This drama turned my expectation in 360 degree turn.

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      Asena Jul 3, 2017

      lmao same, ended up being my favorite drama who would've guessed :')

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      DoYouLikeMessi Jul 15, 2017

      Tell me about it. I only watched it because my friend wouldn't stop nagging me into watching it. To my surprise, it swept me off my feet and it has become my favorite drama! ^^

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      noelhoi Jul 21, 2017

      I think you meant 180deg... XD

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    Pervy Jun 26, 2017

    This drama has made it to my favourites.

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    Mimi Jun 26, 2017 - edited

    Had to drop, tried watching it a few times bc of the reviews n ratings since I wanted to watch a good drama but I wasn't feeling it like some of the other shows

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      DoYouLikeMessi Jul 15, 2017

      It's probably not your kind of drama. Try looking for other genre that would fit your taste. :)

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    pandachu Jun 26, 2017 - edited

    REEALLLLYYY LOVE THIS DRAMA!! omg. I can't even move on from this drama! love the chemistry between LSK and NJH sooo much

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      DoYouLikeMessi Jul 15, 2017

      Couldn't agree more! Took me months to get over it or at least calm my emotions after watching the final episode. :)

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    Louela Jun 24, 2017

    This drama was sooo cute. I love every characters of the story and I can definitely watch it continuously. The story was very relatable especially to the millennials. I super love this drama, it truly deserves the 9.0 rating.

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    noire Jun 23, 2017 - edited

    i believed wfkbj deserves this 9.0 and all the praise that it has gotten. it may not be plot heavy or intense but it's a gem in its genre. the love story is so heartwarming and lovely, the main couple has amazing chemistry, the characters are all amazing and lovable, and the story is relatable and enjoyable. this drama had the perfect combination of romance, comedy, friendship, and youth. i highly recommend this drama, don't delay watching it because of the comments!

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    Anna Jun 23, 2017 - edited

    Ep.02 - Lee Jong Suk as the member of national shooting team ;D I love small jokes like this :DD

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      DoYouLikeMessi Jul 15, 2017

      Haha. YES!! That's one of the reasons why I fell in love with this drama even more. haha.

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    chanqsun Jun 19, 2017 - edited

    hate to be the odd one out but i feel like this drama was over hyped...yes it's very relatble and more realistic (AND IT IS SO CUTE THEY ENDED UP DATING IRL) but imo people have been hyping this up...just a little too much. it's good! But it's most def not mind blowing, life changing or FANTASTIC....

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      DoYouLikeMessi Jul 15, 2017

      We're not hyping it up. It's just probably not your kind of drama. Try looking for other genre that would fit your taste. :)

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    Shawn Jun 10, 2017 - edited

    Going to miss this drama. This is the first drama I've watched of Lee Sung Kyung. She did a great job at playing Kim Bok Joo and it's hard to not fall for her cuteness :)

    Nam Joo Hyuk became one of the most likeable male leads for me as Jung Joon. It's funny considering how much I disliked his character in School 2015. He truly redeemed himself with this role.

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      ArvisJaggamar Jun 13, 2017

      Cheese in the Trap was basically his audition for this, and he nailed it.

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    Savira B.D. Jun 6, 2017 - edited

    i think ep 12 until the end are boring. too many hug and kisses and there is no conflict.

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      DoYouLikeMessi Jul 15, 2017

      It's probably not your kind of drama. Try looking for other genre that would fit your taste. :)

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    Antonin Jun 5, 2017

    Great drama imo. Very sweet. Beginning/Early episodes can get annoying, even up to mid episodes, but past the halfway point it becomes great.


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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 13,101 users)
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