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 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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    manggang_hilaw Jan 29, 2017

    Can't stop watching it so I ended up finishing it in a day and a few hours. Just love Bok Joo and all her kindness and quirkiness. <3 <3 <3

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    Annie Jan 29, 2017 - edited

    I actually cried at the end of the drama because I was sad to see it go! What am I gonna do with my life now?!

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      DoYouLikeMessi Feb 17, 2017

      Tell me about it. I cried myself to sleep after finishing this drama.

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    Deborah Jan 29, 2017 - edited

    Petition for one more ep of 24 hours
    Scene: they hugging all the ep
    And I would still give it a 10 (I would be completely melted in the end) x)

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    IritZriker Jan 28, 2017

    I loved everything about this drama. I give it a 10 out of 10!

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    savannah harley Jan 28, 2017

    a very good drama indeed. eventhough the plot is very general, but i think many people/teenagers can relate to the drama. the chemistry between the actor and actress is also really great! i laughed a lot while watching this, 10 out of 10 ratings!!

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    chrystal Jan 28, 2017

    i still feel empty every wednesday & thursday ever since this drama ended... there's no way any drama could replace this perfect light-hearted romcom... JOON HEYONG COME BACK!!
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    MagnusFaith Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    is it worth it to watch?

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      xbogummy Jan 28, 2017

      Yep. Its worth it, its an amazing drama <3

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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! :)


  • 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 9,526 users)
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