• Movie: Lifting King Kong
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Jul 2, 2009
  • Duration: 2 hr. 0 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 58 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 152

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Lee Ji-Bong is a 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics bronze medalist for weight-lifting, but a career-ending injury from the games forces him into early retirement. Unable to find another vocation because of the lack of support from the Korean Olympic Committee, he becomes destitute. Down and out, he ends up working at a shady nightclub passing out flyers that advertises its hostesses to passersby until he is visited by his former coach who insists he begin a career as a coach at a high school in Boseong - a rural region at the southwest tip of the Korean peninsula. There, he forms a weight-lifting team comprised of a rag-tag group of outcasts.

  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Jul 2, 2009
  • Duration: 2 hr. 0 min.
  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 58 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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4 people found this review helpful
Mar 24, 2012
Completed 1
Overall 8.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Weightlifting. Female underdog weightlifters. This isn't what leads to the kind of mega hit people enjoy. Thanks to a strong script and a very good cast, this based-on-a-true-story film worked for me.

Lee Bum-Soo did another fantastic job as injured former bronze medalist Lee Ji-Bom who lands a coaching job at a girls' school. We're introduced to Lee's team after we watch how the vice-principal gets the girls to take part in the sport. Each of the girls is an 'outcast' in some way, and as the story progresses, the viewer is shown how each girl comes to support her teammates & develops as an athlete.

I cheered for the team and each girl's personal journey. I cried and then I felt good for watching.

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0 people found this review helpful
May 21, 2016
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 10
This review may contain spoilers
A word of warning. This is purported to be based on a true story, but upon further research I discovered that it is not, in fact, a true story. A lot of this stuff was made up. That being said...I absolutely loved this movie. This is the stuff filmmaker's dreams are made of. I loved the coach with his gruff exterior and tender heart. I loved the cinematography and the setting. I loved all of the girls who were like my childhood come to life. (Awkward, unpopular, weird, lonely, insecure. I just wanted to wrap them up in my arms and tell them 'It gets better.') I loved it all, and I even shed quite a few tears as I watched the story unfold.

Watch it for the heartwarming feelings, not for the historical accuracy.

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