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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These two dramas are slightly reminiscent of one another simply because of the happy theme and the sweet, light-hearted romance. Their storylines differ greatly, however the main characters I felt were a little similar. The male leads are both super romantics and as Louie would say, "perfect", boyfriend material. As for the leading ladies they're both characters i would strive to be more like--warm-hearted, caring and innocent.
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    naydesu Jan 27, 2017

    Miss my bae ;A;

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    LPA Jan 27, 2017

    How can a drama series have no flaws? This drama was excellent all the way around from start to finish. The music was perfect and fit appropriately with every scene. I loved all the actors, the storyline was great and I couldn't stop watching every episode. The humor was hilarious with the romance and drama just right. What is next that could possibly compete with "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo." I almost never rate a drama 10, but this one definitely deserves a 10 out of 10 for me! Great work to everyone involved and for once I really hope to see a sequel. Take care!

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    twicky Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    I finished just now and I'm devastated that I can no longer watch it (I can rewatch it though). T_T I want a second season.

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    syd_less Jan 27, 2017

    I just can't move on from this drama! This is so good :')

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    HamelinSong Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    just finished. lovely, lovely drama! watch it if you're looking for something light and sweet.
    I think is a solid 8, nothing particularly new nor meaningful, the carachters were a bit too cartoonish for my taste, but in the end, I laughed a lot! And now I have a new couple to put within my favourites! they were incredibly adorble!! totally worth watching!

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    joyje Jan 27, 2017

    Didnt think it would be a nice drama with weightlifting involved but it was a nice drama all in with a little bit of everything from comedy, romance, family, friendship and etc. Nam Joo Hyuk was so cute and adorable. Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung make a cute couple.

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    HamelinSong Jan 26, 2017 - edited

    I'm at ep11, and even if i'm loving this drama, since i've watched it right after Goblin, I can't help but wonder if 9.2 is a bit too much.
    For me is a full 8 1/2, which is a lot in my opinion for a romcom!
    I guess I'll see how it develops :)

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      LPA Jan 27, 2017 - edited

      I really liked "Goblin." It was a much more serious drama because of the storyline and I gave it a very high rating, but I really, really loved "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo." I gave it a 10 which is almost unheard of for me. It had a little bit of everything and was excellent overall.

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    JuiceJuicidy Jan 26, 2017 - edited

    SOMEBODY HELP! I can't move on from this drama...I feel so depressed...I want to forget it and watch it all over again...does somebody know a similar drama to this? ;_;

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      JuiceJuicidy Jan 27, 2017

      Thank you so much for the recs! I've seen (and thoroughly enjoyed) sassy go go, but I haven't seen Lucky Romance yet...definitely gonna watch that next. Thank you so much! :)

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      twicky Jan 27, 2017

      Well try High School of Savvy I heard the writer for that drama is the same for this one. Both are adorable couples that act goofy but you'll probably won't like the female lead. Overall for me was a good drama that I enjoyed.

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      LPA Jan 27, 2017 - edited

      Another drama to watch that I highly recommend is "Baker King Kim Tak Gu." The first episode starts out a bit slow, but it is still one of my overall favorites after all these years. (PS it is a more serious drama but meaningful. Great actors.) Enjoy.

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      Rebeccaabena Jan 28, 2017

      You have to watch Shopping King Louis the couple are not as goofy but they are just as adorable and funny.

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      JuiceJuicidy Jan 30, 2017

      Thanks so much guys! :)

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    Deborah Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    There's really nothing wrong about this drama
    If you're coming to the comment section wondering "meh an weightlifting story? Is this worth it??"
    Don't think twice because this drama really is a masterpiece
    If you get addicted after that don't blame me

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      94loveKdrama Jan 26, 2017 - edited

      Sooooo true!!! I was like weightlifting? Ok not that much in to it but I'll just try it out.
      After the drama ended...... look at me now. lol

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      JuiceJuicidy Jan 27, 2017

      haha same. I'm a wreck right now. I NEED MORE. *chants* SEASON 2! SEASON 2! SEASON 2!

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    Maria Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    BEST DRAMA!! I STRONGLY RECOMMEND WATCHING IT <3 Its funny, sad with some suspense and a lot of cute romance <3 Correction not just funny HILLARIOUS! <3

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      SnowGirl Jan 25, 2017


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      Maria Jan 25, 2017

      Well some suspense for what was gonna happen next? :p I dont know, when i wrote it seemed it didnt really fit but left it in anyway lol :p

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      SnowGirl Jan 25, 2017

      haha okay XD

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    Faa Jan 23, 2017 - edited

    idk how many times i visit this page just because i hope the rating won't decreased someday because, this is too lovely to be ignored and low rated

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    SnowGirl Jan 22, 2017 - edited

    I keep returning to this page,to see if the rating increased,to see whether people who newly watched this are actually loving it like I did or many of us did!! I think I have Weightlifting Fairy Syndrome!! I just love it so much.. <3

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      SnowGirl Jan 23, 2017 - edited

      Its a thumbnail in my google new tab ;)

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      KangHae Jan 23, 2017

      OMG same here XD

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      Aseret Jan 23, 2017

      LMAO me too!

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      Alessa Jan 23, 2017

      we can't help it... (I admit I come here every day wishing a 9.2 rating =P)

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      SnowGirl Jan 23, 2017

      I legit am always expecting it be 9.2,so that at least it will be in the TOP 3 of MDL

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    Sunorah19 Jan 22, 2017 - edited

    I binged watch this drama and it was GREAT and SO FUNNY. The Lil Jon "WHAT!!"'s were killing me lol. A drama I will re-watch over and over ^_^

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    funfan Jan 21, 2017 - edited

    Can some one tell me does the main lead Kim book gets better with her hairstyle and voice:( and acts normal not those artificial ruffian kind since she is weightlifter really:( I started the first episode halfway still thinking whether should continue:)

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      Miyuuu Jan 22, 2017

      No need for transformation you'll love her the way she is.. Just watch till the last episode .. I swear this drama is so damn good and realistic..

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      94loveKdrama Jan 22, 2017

      She isn't your typical female lead who needs to be transformed into a beautiful swan by her man. Kim Bok Joo is filled with so much swag she doesn't need it.lol

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      namopanik Jan 22, 2017

      she buys a ribbon hairpin if that helps.

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      Gongyoooppa Jan 22, 2017

      A hairpin!! Thats too feminine

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      funfan Jan 23, 2017

      Thank you friends it's not that I want her all dressed up and feminine just that she kind of looked so artificial will give a try

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    sweetmint Jan 21, 2017

    ugh cutest plot and OTP ever! Read my review for more deets! :D


  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Nov 16, 2016 to Jan 11, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    9.1 (scored by 8,395 users)
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