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 dramas represent youth & their problems in adolescent years. In a good way have a lesson about never giving up on dream much as in WFKBJ.
If you can watch Taiwanese dramas, give it a go!!
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    Letty May 19, 2017 - edited

    minority i guess cos i found this drama boring and the female MC was loud

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      DoYouLikeMessi 10 days ago

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

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    sainasalonika May 18, 2017

    Its been a while since I have seen such a light heartened drama. Great acting by Lee Sung Kyung. Also great chemistry between Nam Joo Hyuk and LSK as expected from a real life couple.

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    i_am_andi May 18, 2017

    Feel good drama. No pretentions. It is the kind of drama that the audience will love because of its simplicity and authenticity. What I love more about this drama is it shows pretty much the life of an athlete which is a good thing because it makes us appreciate them more. The chemistry of the 2 leads is just real. Reel to real indeed.

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    Taurus-Silver May 17, 2017 - edited

    Do you know that feeling of emptiness after you finish watching the last episode of a great drama?

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      DoYouLikeMessi 10 days ago

      Yes! I cried the entire time while watching the final episode because I couldn't say goodbye to the drama and cried harder (for hours) after finishing it. :(

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    anusathiya May 11, 2017

    Such a sweet drama where you can smile all through 16 episodes....loved it <3 :)

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    JudyAbello May 10, 2017

    This drama made me fall in love with Nam Joo Hyuk. He was actually the guy I admire watching in Scarlet Heart Ryeo and I was so pleasantly surprised that he could pull such a character here in Weightlifting Fairy without overdoing it. It made me wish I could have Joon Hyeong in life.

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    Emily May 5, 2017

    Such a sweet drama. Just 100% romantic fluff. It's a good drama if you need a break from historicals or makjangs, or maybe if you just like your dramas to be a sugary little retreat from real life. The chemistry in this one is off the charts.

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    Emily May 4, 2017 - edited
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      Rae May 9, 2017

      LMAO true!

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      Mina May 18, 2017
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    Enrinvin May 3, 2017

    wonderfully warm drama with good vibes.

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    Bongsookie May 3, 2017

    I just started watching this after taking a break from kdramas. I'm loving it so far! ♥♥

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    Never commented here before. I'm actually not a very avid drama fan, as this is my very first romantic drama (and probably the last one too) and the second one overall, but I have to say I loved every minute of every episode of Kim Bok Joo. I don't think I'm gonna watch many more dramas, as I only watched this because someone very dear to me recommended it and started it with me, but I have to admit that this drama is really really funny and really warm. I liked it so much I just felt the need to say something.

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      Shay Jun 6, 2017 - edited

      AWW I agree it was so funny and warm and that's what I love about it :) Hope you'll consider watching more romantic comedies

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    Ian Victor Gabon May 1, 2017

    Team Real. :)

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    scarleT Apr 30, 2017

    What an absolutely beautiful drama. I put this on hold for such a long time... I regret not watching this sooner. I love the emphasis on friendship/dreams in this series. It was just so refreshing to see a character like Bok Joo.

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    Kitara Apr 29, 2017

    They're actually a couple!! :O

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    MisterFamous Apr 29, 2017

    I Hope They Will Invited In ONGOING VARIETY FAKE COUPLE SHOW In South Korea
    -We Got Married-
    Just Like Song Jae Rim And Kim So Eun Of Family Drama


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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 12,391 users)
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