Drama

Review: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

No. of episodes: 16
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Sports

Native title: 역도요정 김복주
Original network: MBC, Netflix

The drama revolves around the life of a sports major student working hard to achieve their medals and breaking records. Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) is a weightlifter who is pursuing her dream of receiving the gold medal. Despite her strong exterior, she is very feminine when it comes to relationships.

Jung Joon Hyung (Nam Joo Hyuk) is a swimmer who has a trauma that got him disqualified at every competition. He is constantly visiting his psychologist to find out the root of the trauma. He reunited with his elementary schoolmate Bok Joo in the university that starts to bring happiness to his troubled life.

Pervert

Missing pieces of clothing happening in the female dormitory, Bok Joo locate him and begin the chase. She mistook Joon Hyung who is escaping the dorm with his friend as the pervert and caught him.

Bok Joo apologize to Joon Hyung. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.
Bok Joo apologize to Joon Hyung. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.

After they caught the real thief, Bok Joo felt sorry for wronging an innocent man. Joon Hyung locked eyes with Bok Joo and found out that she is the ‘chubby’ that saved him in elementary school. Ever since Joon Hyung’s childish self unlocked and went all over to disturb and provoke Bok Joo.

Secret Crush

In a drama encounter, Bok Joo was carrying a heavy piece of furniture under the pouring rain, a shining knight came over to shelter her under an umbrella. Jung Jae Yi (Lee Jae Yoon) sparkles like a diamond and Bok Joo starts to develop a one-sided crush.

Awkward dinner. Weightlfting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Awkward dinner. Weightlfting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Bok Joo signed up for the diet course after knowing Jae Yi is the doctor of that clinic. Being a weightlifter, losing weight is probably the last thing in your mind. One thing that she did not expect, Jae Yi is Joon Hyung’s elder brother. To keep her secret between them, Joon Hyung starts to leverage it more.

Joon Hyung bossing Bok Joo around after knowing her secret. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Joon Hyung bossing Bok Joo around after knowing her secret. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

I like you

Joon Hyung’s ex-girlfriend Song Shi Ho (Kyung Soo Jin) return to the campus after failing to be accepted to another school. The gymnastics major petite girl decide to return to Joon Hyung’s side but was rejected for being selfish and leave him in the first place.

Bok Joo found the mastermind of the sabotage is Shi Ho. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Bok Joo found the mastermind of the sabotage is Shi Ho. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Seeing someone else gaining all Joon Hyung’s attention, Shi Ho starts to pay attention to Bok Joo. Being Bok Joo’s roommate, Shi Ho has more opportunities to sabotage their relationship.

Joon Hyung start to realized that he likes Bok Joo and confessed to her.

Growing together

The healthiest relationship happens when you see both of them grow together. Bok Joo felt ashamed when Jae Yi visited her during the weightlifting competition. Joon Hyung gave her a lecture about it and told her to love herself first before someone else love you.

Bok Joo and Boon Hyung dating. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Bok Joo and Boon Hyung dating. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Joon Hyung’s trauma slowly gets better and when his mother returns back from Canada, it felt like closure for him. Seeing Bok Joo got accepted to the national team, Joon Hyung was happy for her instead of caring about the long-distance relationship they are going to begin.

Seeing your love one on a bigger stage, that motivates Joon Hyung to fight for a chance to enter the same school and national team. Will he be able to do that?

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