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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    yahel Jan 21, 2017

    I love this drama soooooooooooooooo much!!!!

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    AneMi Jan 20, 2017

    People are so full of erratic actions with crazy plot dramas, that a simple story with a nice sense of reality will become a huge hit!
    Maybe the writers fight to each other like, who will have the most complex script but in the end it's all a mess!
    I liked this simple and yet very different story and I liked the actors..sooo refreshing!

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    Elfinia Jan 20, 2017

    P E R F E C T

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    punpurin Jan 20, 2017

    Do you like Messi?! I hope everyone here gets to use this in the future. I feel so much love after watching the finale I could just explode.

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    Kim Jan 19, 2017 - edited
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      OhSoEnthusiastic Jan 20, 2017

      I'm actually pretty happy with the length. Maybe an episode or two more would have been nice, but 24 would have been too long. The story was nicely wrapped up and our character's sent on with their lives, and I'm happy with that.

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    Sora Jan 19, 2017

    Im really gonna miss this drama and all it's lovely characters

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    Meeiishal Jan 18, 2017 - edited

    If you're hesitating to watch this...DON'T. It deserves its high rating. Exceptional drama. Very charming and enjoyable. EDIT: How the heck did this drama get such low ratings in Korea? It was beautiful, sweet, and fun. The on screen chemisty was burning hot and the friendships were relatable. I'm dumbfounded.

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    Tothebeautifulme Jan 18, 2017

    Guys what do i do? There's only one possible Jung Joon Hyeong i can think of in my childhood but i'm pretty sure he immigrated lmao...

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    Joowonholic Jan 18, 2017

    When i almost finish the half of this drama, i honestly think it deserves an 8.5 (I rarely gives 8.5 and above ratings for a romcom unless i couldn't get over it for the whole week!) But after seeing the finale, this drama deserves a 9!! This awesome show will always have a special place in my heart and all the characters on it. (Everyone of them!) DAEBAK!


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    Vivian Jan 17, 2017

    I won't be able to survive if Sung Kyung and Joo Hyuk don't star in another drama together :(

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    sofi1993 Jan 17, 2017

    this show was such a pleasant surprise, i started it expecting some corny romcom but was proven wrong, everything was done in such a natural way, the struggles, the relationnships, the romance, it was extremely relatable and endearing, thrump up for the slowly built romance, and the portrayal of such a healthy relationship.

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    ANGEL Jan 17, 2017

    4 me dis drama was swaaggg

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    MissLalaMoon Jan 17, 2017

    Best drama I've seen in a long time. The best drama of 2016-2017, if you ask me. It has everything I want in a drama.

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    Ryan Bermillo Jan 17, 2017

    Bit disappointed bec. i want more of this for 16 episode for me there's more there that really exiting i am totally fan of kim bok jo its AWESOME .......

    HOPE Lee Sung-kyung AND Nam Joo-hyuk partner again for the other drama i will forward for that day to come again

    for now i say Congrats and i am big fan if this drama Thumb Ups for this

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    hvnlyslayerangel Jan 17, 2017

    So cute! I would totally recommend this drama.


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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 8,395 users)
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