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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    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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    Paul Taeza Apr 28, 2017

    Everyone must watch this one! Flabbergasted by the performance of all the actors! Hats off!❤ #NamJooHyuk #LeeSungKyung #ChoHyeJung

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    KimHyeEun Apr 27, 2017

    P.S the SWAGGGG got me like

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    KimHyeEun Apr 27, 2017

    Lee Sung Kyung I love youuuuu unni❤❤❤❤
    Nam Joo Hyuk daebak man daebak! You guys made this drama so speacil and so flabbergasting. Loved every bit of it every single bit

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    intimewithyou Apr 27, 2017 - edited

    amazing... completely beautiful. i loved this drama so much it hurts to know its over. the chemistry between the two leads was magical. it was so natural and real, i just loved it all - they were the cutest couple i've ever seen in a drama so far. the first episode was the draggiest one for me, but the ending of that episode caught me, and since then i couldn't stop watching it. it reminded me of a j-drama in a way, just kind of the feeling of it. about dreams and friendships and families. 100% RECOMMEND IT!!!!

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      DoYouLikeMessi Apr 27, 2017

      "i loved this drama so much it hurts to know its over."

      Tell me about it. I cried buckets of tears while watching the final episode and later on cried myself to sleep after finishing it. :(

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      DoYouLikeMessi Apr 27, 2017

      Can you recommend any J-drama that has similar feels?

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    naydesu Apr 26, 2017


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    claudya87 Apr 26, 2017

    Absolutely loved it!

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    94loveKdrama Apr 25, 2017 - edited

    Fans of this drama are the happiest, why? From Joon Hyeong-Bok Joo to Nam Joo Hyuk-Lee Sung Kyung real quick! officially couple in real life. They are damn dating since January 2017(source: @dispatch)#hangover #thefeels #ygfam

    ps: I know our ship have still a long way to sail but when they get married it would be like WFKJ cast reunion❤ #dreaming #hopefully

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    XIIVX Apr 25, 2017

    CONGRATS TO SUNGJOO FOR FINALLY GETTING TOGETHER! To actually think they're now dating in real life makes me sooo happy.

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    kdramalover Apr 25, 2017

    I'm so happy for them! Hope Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk's relationship lasts.

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    Kshitij Apr 24, 2017

    Adorable <3 Totally different from usual canonical dramas. In short, the show offers the experience of how wonderful the life can be, and the charms of being in a relationship. Every episode being so pure, transparent and honest that you rediscover the joy to enjoy and smile at small yet beautiful things.
    More or less, it's about how our main female lead, Kim Bok-Joo, a weightlifter, falls in love. It's great to see the lead couple together with acting so natural and effortless, the you end up rooting for them more than anyone. The secondary performances are charming, providing a lot of funny moments as well. Ah, it feels great to enjoy something exceptional like this with such genuine comedy and optimistic theme without any cheesiness. In conclusion, it is a drama that everyone should watch once in a while given that it is very much refreshing and gives a shot of positive energy by the end.

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    Dez-uh-re Apr 22, 2017

    Just finished this drama, it was really simple and cute, which is what made it a good drama. No heavy stuff, pointless breakups, no boring moments, no filler episodes, etc. Something light. There honestly needs to be more dramas like this.


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    South Korea
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    Nov 16, 2016 to Jan 11, 2017
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    9.0 (scored by 12,391 users)
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