Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo : Korean Drama Review

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Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo : Korean Drama Review
Brief Introduction

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is a Korean Drama TV Series by MBC starring Lee Sung-Kyung in the title role.  It is a coming-of-age sports drama, inspired by the life of the South Korean Olympic gold-medalist Jang Mi-ran. It aired on MBC every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 (KST) starting November 16, 2016 to January 11, 2017. Despite getting the lowest average rating of 4.6% against its drama competitors, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo still manages to gain popularity through the social media because of the viral scene 'Do you like Messi?' which originates from the Episode 2 scene when Nan Hee (Jo Hye Jung) suggested Bok Joo to ask Joon Hyung if he likes soccer player Lionel Messi to pique his interest because she says guys are attracted to girls who share the same interest in sports.

Main Casts

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo Main Casts

Plot

A coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who are fighting for their dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.

My Review (Attention: SPOILER ALERT!)

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is a friends turn to lovers story of a two athlete, Kim Bok-Joo as a weightlifter and Jung Joon-Hyung as a swimmer who were both studying in the same sport university. I found this drama very interesting because, we seldomly saw a drama where a female character has masculine characteristics or involved in a manly sports which is exactly the case of Kim Bok Joo, a strong female weightlifter which is not what we think that she must be boyish, but not, she has strong appearance but she has a soft heart just like other girls. Including her bestfriends/roommates, Lee Sun Ok and Jung Nan Hee, they formed a perfect funny and strong trio which will always make you laugh when they talked to each other and do the 'Swag', haha.

Going back to the main story, Bok Joo and Joon Hyung was both athlete in the same sport university but doesn't know each other until in the pool scene when Kim Bok-Joo falls into the swimming pool and Jung Joon-Hyung jumps into the pool to save her, then they realized that they have seen each other before. When they were both children, Kim Bok-Joo saved Jung Joon-Hyung's life by catching him before he fell to the ground. But the love interest between them doesn't started there yet, because Bok Joo doesn't like Joon Hyung, instead Jung Jae Yi which is Joon Hyung's older step brother. Kim Bok Joo is head over heels in love with Jae Yi but Jae Yi's feeling for her is like brother-sister relationship only and he likes Ko Ah Young which is his college medical classmate. Bok Joo kept it secret to others or also known as one sided love. But when Joon Hyung knew this secret admiration of Bok Joo to his step brother, all confrontations were done. After that, Bok Joo lose hope, but the sadness of Bok Joo was gone when Joon Hyung comforts her everyday and as the story goes on, they both build a love interest with each other. They temporarily separated with each other when Bok Joo was picked to be participant for Olympics and needs to stay in the gym where Korean Olympians are trained. They long for each other until they met again and continued their cheesy love story.

But I applaud the third wheel also which is Shong Shi Ho, despite liking Joon Hyung again because they have relationship in the past, and she chose to move on and focus on being a professional gymnast. And also their coaches Yoon Duk Man and Choi Sung Eun who were very supportive in weightlifting team even when problem occurs. That problem is when Sung Eun was suspended because she used the fund of the team to bail Bang Woon Ki. This scenario bring worry to the weightlifting team so they rally for re-assigment of Sung Eun. Their perseverance made the committee of the school to make a decision to re-assign Sung Eun and they felt very happy. And this started the love interest between Duk Man and Sung Eun. But Dae Ho, uncle of Bok Joo, has also crush on Sung Eun but he wasn't successful.

Overall, I like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo despite its low rating in South Korea, it possess the best quality in a drama because you can see the real love here. You can't judge a person until you met her and known her. Bok Joo is not just a weightlifter of barbell but also a weightlifter of hearts of the audience.

My Rating
8/10


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Sources : wikipedia, asianwiki

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