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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    Ula Mar 17, 2017 - edited

    Where can I watch it?? Please somebody help me!!

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      Ula Mar 17, 2017

      Thank you!!!

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    Jemerald523 Mar 16, 2017

    Friend: What this drama is about?
    Me: About first love of a weightlifter?!
    Friend: That's all?
    Me: Nah Just watch it and be in love with this drama.

    Honestly it's hard to explain the plot of this drama and make it sound appealing to others. But this is really a great drama. It's simplicity in its finest. I love how simple the story is, which give more shine on characterization of each role. Contrary to others, which have great plot but failed to give justification on each role's behavior.

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    WangMaLu Mar 14, 2017

    Do yourself a favor and watch this baggage-less drama. First drama wherein I didn't hate Lee Sung Kyung's character. It's very obvious that she gave it her all in this one. This was also a great performance by Nam Joo Hyuk. His role in Scarlet Heart was very boring, and showed no personality.

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    WowCreations Mar 14, 2017

    omg...i miss this drama.

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    SnowGirl Mar 14, 2017

    Its been a while..I miss it </3

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    Claudiaxxoxo Mar 12, 2017

    This drama is a good breath of freshness....fairly the best rom-comedy drama in a looong time...no awkward romance...it was funny and i didn't get that second hand embarrassment from the cringiness

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    iindu Mar 12, 2017

    a fun and endearing drama and a really adorable couple❤❤

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    TheraTD Mar 11, 2017 - edited

    It was okay, I think I'm getting too old to watch school dramas. The only reason I started it because I was interested in weightlifting =p

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    Lotus Mar 11, 2017

    This drama is so cute!

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    Am- Mar 10, 2017

    more than anything i love the buildup of the relationships of the characters in this drama aww~

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    Bilal Lashari Mar 8, 2017
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    gumho_starlight Mar 8, 2017 - edited

    This is a cute drama but as a athlete some scenes are so annoying, especially with the coaches pushing certain things that i thought wasn't that serious , it was too dramatic for me.

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      _Muffty_ Mar 14, 2017

      as someone who has no idea what athletic life is like, what part did they exaggerate?

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    SanjuktaRay Mar 6, 2017 - edited

    Awwww Nam Joo Hyuk & Lee Sung Kyung made me go awwww awwww throughout the drama . I'm in love with them so much . ❤❤It feels so sad that I won't be able to get me a boyfriend or a husband like Joon Hyeong because perfect guys like him doesn't exist in reality .Sobs sobs :'(

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    stepihwang Mar 5, 2017

    I FINISHED THIS DRAMA IN A DAY. MARATHON 16 EPISODES BECAUSE THEIR CHEMISTRY. I am not really into a romance drama but their chemistry totally get me. I love how clingy this couple is. It gives me cringe and goosebumps. but how bokjoo could stay as herself, and how joonhyung always full of himself... I love it. And another charas as well. The plot itself is kinda boring tbh, I mean it is something usual hehe nothing's new (mainly about Joonhyung's background story) but I cant stop watching. The funny scenes are funny for me too. I wish they will play drama together again T_T

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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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    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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