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
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 laughing. The edge of this drama from the read more 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
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 revolve around a physically strong female lead

*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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    hyerim Mar 4, 2017 - edited
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      DoYouLikeMessi Mar 4, 2017

      You're not alone. Everyone who falls in love with this drama feels the same. It's too easy to love and too hard to forget. It's more than special to many of us. :) <3

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    lealien Mar 4, 2017
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    Ena Mar 2, 2017

    The main couple has an insanely good chemistry. I love how they started off as friends, and the build up is just so well done too. There's also the fact that unlike many high and mighty jerks of male protagonists, Joon Hyeong is just so sweet yet not dull (yes, I find overly nice characters dull. They're just boring, a character needs to have something more than that to be interesting).

    I usually do cringe at some point at every drama couple but this one is an exception, it's just so cute, even when silly. If you're reading the comments because you're hesitating wether to watch it or not.. GO.WATCH.IT. I highly recommend it.

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    Keen Mar 1, 2017 - edited

    Every character had a story to tell, and that's what i liked most about this drama. Amazing.

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    EvyDodl Feb 28, 2017

    I'm gonna miss this drama so bad. </3

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    Mic Feb 28, 2017 - edited

    So what do I do with my life now...?

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      DoYouLikeMessi Mar 4, 2017

      Tell me about it. I'm on a drama slump after finishing this drama. I'm too in love with it that I can't seem to move on. T_T

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      Mina Mar 13, 2017

      same here! i cant find anything that tops this in lightheartedness and feels.

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    ArvisJaggamar Feb 27, 2017

    Lee Sung Kyung: best actress in Korea?

    After Cheese In The Trap, Doctors, and now this, she should at least be in the conversation, I think.

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    Laura Feb 27, 2017

    Still miss the so much

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    ali Feb 26, 2017

    So special

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    veronicaruiz Feb 25, 2017 - edited
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      DianaCarvalho Feb 25, 2017

      Yes, they did :\

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      veronicaruiz Feb 25, 2017

      man that sucks! do you think there's another version out there?

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      vanillasalt Feb 25, 2017

      Probably not. They might have edited it out due to time constraints or felt like it wasn't needed in the story for some reason. If they release a DVD, maybe they'll include it in an extras section

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    marys Feb 25, 2017

    It is so warm and sweet drama. I was reminded that my youth is going to end one day though and it's depressing. :')

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    SnowGirl Feb 25, 2017

    Aaaand I am back again. *sigh* I love it too much >_<

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    INFIRES Feb 25, 2017

    Still has a really high rating- I'm so proud *sniff*

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    94loveKdrama Feb 25, 2017

    You know this drama is popular when ur not so fan kdrama sister ask you about it.

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    Kharra Feb 25, 2017 - edited

    Awesome. Friendship, sports, healthy relationship, the beauty of youth is what make it awesome.This show has me laughing, crying and squealing!! And a bit annoyed too at their immaturity in some occasions but you know that's part of our youth, we make silly mistakes, be immature and that's how we learn. Bok joo is a lovely character and Joon Hyung is a BFF/BF goals.aha they're soooo adorable! This show is sweeeeeeegh! XDD


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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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    9.1 (scored by 9,526 users)
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