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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Malu
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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.

STORY
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.

ACTING
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.

OVERALL
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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94loveKdrama
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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.

CHARACTERS
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)

RECOMMENDATION:
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.

Music:
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 dramas represent youth & their problems in adolescent years. In a good way have a lesson about never giving up on dream much as in WFKBJ.
If you can watch Taiwanese dramas, give it a go!!
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    KatySarang_TGeyes Feb 11, 2017

    I'm on ep 5 and I'm really enjoying it. I like how the male lead is someone I can see existing in real life. Sometimes in kdramas, while I love the characters I can never see them existing in real life. But with him, he feels just more real to me. Idk. Also I like how so for shi oh isn't just the evil female second lead. I can see where she's coming from and why she acts the way she does. I'm actually sorta invested in her story. Which is great because that never or rarely happens with second female lead characters. Haha I wish I had more time so I could watch this drama faster.

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    andyinspirit Feb 11, 2017 - edited

    When you love this drama too much, that you keep skipping all parts just to see what will happen. . . and then you keep watching it again from the beginning, skipping it again and watching it from the beginning and skipping it again and again and again . . . damn I spent more that 2 hours on one episode <3

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      DoYouLikeMessi Feb 17, 2017

      I thought I was the only one who spent 2 hours on one episode. I didn't skip but I would stay in one scene and replay it over and over again. haha.

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    inactive Feb 11, 2017 - edited

    can anyone suggest me some dramas like this one. i'm in need of excessive fluff to lift my spirits. i've watched almost all the dramas in the recommendations.

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    Wen07 Feb 11, 2017

    I just stumbled upon this as a filler drama. BUT IT ENDED BEING SUCH A TREASURE.

    This show is so relatable on so many levels: Love, friendship and insecurities. The awkwardness of teenagers are perfectly outlined here.Great story line with an amazing cast!!! Kudos to this drama and everyone looking for a light-hearted drama should watch this!!!!! 10/10 for me! :D

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    Foodie Feb 11, 2017 - edited

    10/10! Koreans slept on this one. Such a shame :/

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    KatySarang_TGeyes Feb 10, 2017

    My mom told me this drama was good. I laughed at her. How wrong I was...
    On ep 5 and loving it!

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    Deborah Feb 10, 2017

    I need more dramas like this one

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    Tszzzz Feb 9, 2017

    This drama deserves all the praise its getting!

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    mickey Feb 9, 2017 - edited

    UGH THIS WAS SO GOOD!!!!! RECOMMENDED 10/10 !! easy to get the story & the cast made it even better!! definitely a must rewatch.

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    Madgirlwithabox Feb 9, 2017 - edited

    Do you know any k-drama with similar romance??? I mean where the guy is not a jerk but just playful/tease the girl and she's strong and fights with him all the time...
    Cuz I really loved their banter and how they were so comfortable with each other, they were actual friends who then felt in love and that's rare to see in kdramas, do you know anything similare? especially with the playful guy, I just loved jung hyeong so so much, he's hilarious I died laughing XD

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      JOK2ER_Hyphen Feb 11, 2017

      I'm looking through my dramalist and I can recommend you Bubblegum (the leads were best friends since forever and it was so cute. You may find it boring, because it's very laid back, but the indie feeling it gives makes it worth it!), there's cheese in the trap, where the Lead was super cute (but I didn't really enjoy it since I was suffering from SLS). I don't remember much, but if I'm not wrong Emergency couple gives that feeling too. The leads were once married. Fated to love you (the Korean version), flower boy next door. It's okay that's love (tho it's full of drama, the leads were so cute, this drama is a gem). Love O2O (This drama is a Chinese drama, so if you can get past some over-exaggerated acting and the dubbing, you'll be overwhelmed by cuteness), My love eundong (tho it is quite dramatic, the male lead kept on looking for the female lead since forever), One more happy ending. Queen in Hyun's man (a classic. They were so cute and the cast!!!!!!), surplus princess, the time we were not in love (again, they have been friends for all their life. It's a remake of a Taiwanese drama called in time with you, but I can't say which one I loved the best among the two) and then there is sassy go go. Sorry for the super long message, I tried to put everything I could think of Ahah hope you'll find some of them interesting and give it a try!

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      Madgirlwithabox Feb 11, 2017

      omg thanks for the reply, tho I know most of these dramas and they are not the same sadly, looks like it's pretty rare to find something like WFKBJ...the main couples are rarely so comfortable with each other...sad.

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      AfrahZehra Feb 12, 2017

      I highly reccomend love o2o though xD

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      endbeginning Feb 13, 2017

      I feel like The Greatest Love gave me a similar feel to this! Can't remember exactly but it was really funny too haha

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    darlinghottie Feb 8, 2017

    Cant get over with this love team, they're so cute!!! ^^
    but I'm quite disappointed with the ending though i could have even guess how it would end without watching the last episode -_- .I know this is a light drama but i was expecting for a funnier or more complex ending for a change hehe nevertheless two thumbs-up for the cast!

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    towny Feb 8, 2017 - edited

    this was a healing drama. espECIALLY if you watched this after moon lovers if you know what i mean D:::

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      hansung Feb 9, 2017

      this is true!

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      Baby_V Feb 12, 2017

      your right bok joo healed me and gave me a reason to live

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    Roberta Feb 8, 2017 - edited

    Recommendations please!! I can't get over WFKBJ and am in need of something as light and cute ♡

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      darlinghottie Feb 8, 2017

      Try "Another Miss Oh" its not as light as WFKBJ because there will be a hidden drama behind the funny plot but its also hilarious...at least for me hehe.^_^

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      hazel321 Feb 8, 2017

      Try Coffee Prince if you like gender benders it's very sweet and light.

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      JuiceJuicidy Feb 14, 2017

      I feel your pain ;_; I can't get over this show either

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    moonziyan Feb 8, 2017

    I'll say one thing. IT DESERVE ALL THE HYPE.

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    DarlingTabasa Feb 7, 2017 - edited
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Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

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

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    9.0 (scored by 11,463 users)
  • Ranked:

    #8
  • Popularity:

    #18

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