Drama Binge: Weightlifting Fairy

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.

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Lee Sung Kyung’s character Baek In Ha from Cheese in the Trap

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.

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Lee Sung Kyung acts as Kim Bok Joo (or chubs/”ddung”)

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.

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Kim Bok Joo’s oversized fashion is always on point!

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.

 

Bonus – the soundtrack features great songs like From Now On by Kim Min Seung (my favorite!) and Ddo Ddo Ddo by Lee Jin Ah.

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)

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