If you’re in need of a good binge, look no further. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (역도요정 김복주) is an amazingly warm and funny with just the right touch of heart-wrenchingness.
Leading lady (and my girl crush) Lee Sung Kyung plays the hilarious Kim Bok Joo. She’s a weightlifter who attends Haneol Sport University; the devastatingly handsome Nam Joo Hyuk plays swimmer Jeong Joon Hyung who also attends Haneol. If you’re a kdrama fanatic, you’ll recognize these two actors from when they shared the same screen back in Cheese in the Trap in early 2016.
At first glance, I knew this drama would be amazing just due to the casting alone. If you’ve seen Lee Sung Kyung’s portrayal of Baek In Ha, you’d remember her crazy girly girl/rich snob persona. In Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, she transformed herself with a vastly different look and personality.
The awkward coconut-head resembling tom boy that is Kim Bok Joo gets her first crush and it changes her world. There are numerous mini side-plots involving Bok Joo’s two best friends Nan Hee (Cinderella and the Four Knights) and Seon Ok, Bok Joo’s family, and Joon Hyung’s family.
Also? Kim Bok Joo’s carefree/IDGAF attitude and bomb outfit choices are – in the words of Bok Joo, Nan Hee, and Seon Ok – swag.
I’ll cut my rant short only because I don’t want to give away any spoilers from this amazing series. There are 16 episodes and I must warn you that this is not a drama you’ll want to space out…ahem, I may or may not have watched it all in under a week.
If you’re not fluent in Korean, I’d check out these great websites that offer subtitled dramas:
kissasian.com (my personal favorite – no commercials, but prone to crashing)
dramafever.com (commercials with a subscription offer for commercial-free)
viki.com (commercials with a subscription offer for commercial-free)