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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    Simiii Mar 28, 2017 - 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 Mar 30, 2017

      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 Mar 29, 2017

      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 Mar 29, 2017

      Thankyouu so much

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    XiaoZhanoppa Mar 28, 2017 - edited

    Is this a good drama please???

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      ran Mar 28, 2017

      It's good if you love simple story

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    JevelynYang Mar 26, 2017

    I don't really enjoy the first episode, but it got better after. Overall I love this drama. The story is simple but still so good and entertaining. But I'd love to see Bok Joo and Joon Hyeong as best friends rather than a couple.

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    Asianstan Mar 26, 2017

    Hey how r u cutie

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    yaaah666 Mar 24, 2017 - edited

    I personally enjoy strong woman alot more than this

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      ana Mar 24, 2017

      are you stupid or stupid? strong woman do bang soon came out after this drama ended..

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      Waeyo888 Mar 26, 2017

      That's not nice ana everyone is entitled to their own opinion... I'm also personally enjoying strong woman :)

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      Midnight Apr 1, 2017

      Same here. I enjoy Strong Woman Do Bong Soon also.

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    Ice2505 Mar 22, 2017

    OH MY GOODNESS too cute. seriously.

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    dramaeli Mar 21, 2017

    they are adorable

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    TooLazyy Mar 21, 2017 - edited

    this is too overrated. It's a nice drama but seems like people are overreacting about this one.

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      abee Mar 22, 2017

      Omg yes! It was a good a drama (I loved it!) but it literally is on my time line everyday (yes, up until now) so just imagine my current annoyance lol

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      Sani Mar 26, 2017

      I thought It was only me to think that this series is overrated, I mean yeah it's a good drama but I personally gave it a 8.7 and goblin is much more better than this and deserve 9.5 full but don't know why both of them have almost the same rate uff

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      Nisap Mar 27, 2017

      Probably, you expects more because the people's opinion. This is what I feel when watching Descendant of the Sun. But for Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, I really love it, because I was watching this on my own will without having to know the opinions of others.

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      Madgirlwithabox Apr 10, 2017

      it's not overrated tbh, i think people really love this drama because for once they showed a realistic and natural romance which is very rare in a k-drama.

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    jinja b Mar 20, 2017

    I enjoyed watching this kdrama and quite unique for tackling weightlifters.. There's balance in everything. I just find the lead actress exaggerated in her acting. And she's still sexy despite being a weightlifter.... Over all, it's a feel good drama. Close to reality..

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    Kanha Mar 20, 2017 - edited

    When does the main couple start to fall in love and date?

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    MrBanana Mar 20, 2017 - edited

    Can someone tell me why this is rated so high? From what I have seen it looks like a normal "coming of age" story? It is that special? Its the story? The characters? The "feel good moments"? Music?
    Planning to start watching soon!

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      kdramaftw Mar 20, 2017

      I tot I was the only one who feel this way.

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      BTSnamking Mar 20, 2017

      It has high ratings because it truly is an awesome drama. Characters, their love story. I might say the drama is so cute, after i finished, it was so hard for me to move on lol and everyone who've seen it had the same struggle. It's not only about love but about importance of friendship. I don't know, you watch and decide. Give it a try.

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      namopanik Mar 22, 2017 - edited

      It is by all means normal coming of age story, but we don't see that much of it done right. I feel this one was comparatively low in annoying tropes, characters seemed normal and real, and the plot was moving forward without exaggerated chaebol plotlines, angsty separations, noble idiocy and so on. Feelings were developing in a natural way. And leads were beyond cute.

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      kingsqueen Mar 23, 2017

      Honestly, I can't explain it. I didn't even think I'd like this at all, and wound up adding it to my favorites. I think maybe a little of all of it, but it's no one certain thing. The characters ARE good and so is the music. But I think it's just that all the good elements combine in a good way. Sorry I can't explain it better - I think you just have to experience it. :)

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    Anusree Mar 19, 2017

    Those who haven't watched it, please watch it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its such a beautiful a little foolish light hearted love story add to that hard work, family issues and growing love AND that will build you back the heart you lost while watching Scarlet Heart : Ryeo and aching when you saw Beak Ah cry !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Watch this ma sassies and heal yourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Suicidal_Hermit Mar 19, 2017 - edited

    Weightlifting Tower Fairy Kim Bok Joo, they really worked those camera angles to turn her into a giant lol. Was a sweet drama, I'll miss some things from it and have to come back to watch it again. Lee Sung Kyung was really cute and I liked when she stared at people lol. All in all I give this a 10/10. Swag!

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    Faa Mar 18, 2017

    Idk how many times i have visited this page just to make sure this one deserves 9.1 and even more than that. I'm glad people still like this anyway :') Swag couple deserves more attentions!


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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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