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Title: 역도요정 김복주 / Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Chinese Title: 舉重妖精金福珠
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Sport
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2016-Nov-16 to 2017-Jan-11
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 22:00


This drama is inspired by the life of South Korean Olympic weightlifter gold-medalist Jang Mi Ran and it’s about college athletes who fighting for their dreams and finding love.

Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) is a student in Hanwool College of Physical Education. She has shown strength like no other since she was a child as influenced by her former weight lifter father. She looks thoughtless at a first glance, but inside she’s as fragile as glass and has deep recognition.

Jung Joon Hyung (Nam Joo Hyuk) is Kim Bok Joo’s best friend. He is a born swimmer but ever since he was disqualified from his first international event, he suffers from ‘start trauma’. Along with Kim Bok Joo, he overcomes his troubles and finds his dream and love.

Song Shi Ho (Kyung Soo Jin) is a rhythm gymnast who also attends Hanwool College of Physical Education. She started gymnastics since she was 5 and won the Asian Games at the age of 18. She’s always been the best since then but mental pressure caused her to break up with Jung Joon Hyung and regret it.


Main Cast

Lee Sung Kyung as Kim Bok Joo
Lee Ji Woo as Kim Bok Joo (young)
Nam Joo Hyuk as Jung Joon Hyung
Kim Ye Joon as Jung Joo Hyung (young)
Kyung Soo Jin as Song Shi Ho
Lee Jae Yoon as Jung Jae Yi

Weightlifting team

Lee Joo Young as Lee Sun Ok (Bok Joo’s friend)
Jo Hye Jung as Jung Nan Hee (Bok Joo’s friend)
Choi Moo Sung as Yoon Duk Man (Professor/Coach)
Jang Young Nam as Choi Sung Eun (Coach)
Oh Ui Shik as Bang Woon Ki (Team Captain)
Lee Bit Na as Bit Na (Bok Joo’s junior)
Moon Ji Yoon as Sang Chul
Jo Mi Nyeo (조미녀)
Yoo Joon Hong
Noh Young Joo (노영주)
Lee Ye Bin (이예빈)

Swimming team

Lee Ji Hoon as swimming team coach
Ji Il Joo as Jo Tae Kwon
Kim Woo Hyuk as Kim Woo Hyuk
Kim Jae Hyun as Kim Jae Hyun
Choi Woong as Kim Ki Suk
Kim Nam Woo (김남우)
Kwon Hyuk Bum (권혁범)

Rhythmic gymnastics team

Jo Soo Hyang as Soo Bin
Ray Yang as Sung Yoo Hee (RG team coach)
Lee Seul (이슬)
Oh Ha Nee (오하늬)
Kim Yoo Ji (김유지)
Jung Yoo Jin

Bok Joo’s family

Ahn Kil Kang as Kim Chang Gul (Bok Joo’s father)
Kang Ki Young as Kim Dae Ho (Bok Joo’s uncle)

Joon Hyung’s family

Jung In Ki as Joon Hyung’s father
Lee Jung Eun as Joon Hyung’s mother


Yoo Da In as Go Ah Young (doctor at the Hanwool College of Physical Education)
Park Won Sang as Joon Hyung’s psychotherapist
Kim Hyun Jung as dormitory housemother
Jung Hyun Suk (정현석) as dormitory housemother
Choi Na Moo as university student
Seo Kwang Jae


Yoon Jin Hee as winner of weightlifting contest (ep 1)
Lee Soo Ji as Goo Seul (weightlifter) (ep 1)
Jota as Cha Tae Hoon (swimmer) (ep 1)
Lee Jong Suk as Jong Suk (chicken restaurant’s customer) (ep 2)
Ahn Il Kwon as bar fight combatant (ep 3)
Noh Woo Jin (노우진) as bar fight combatant (ep 3)
Yoon Yoo Sun as Kim Jung Yun (Joon Hyung’s biological mother) (ep 6)
Shin Ah Young (신아영) as announcer
Z.Hera as Song Shi Un (Shi Ho’s sister) (ep 8-9, 13)
Ji Soo as Bok Joo’s co-worker (ep 11)
Seo Hyun as Hwan Hee (Jae Yi’s ex-girlfriend) (ep 12)
Min Sung Wook as Sang Go (ep 12)
Kim Seul Gi as Supermarket Employee (ep 15)

Production Credits

Production Company: Chorokbaem Media
Chief Producer: Han Hee
Director: Oh Hyun Jong
Screenwriter: Yang Hee Seung, Kim Soo Jin


2016 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor: Nam Joo Hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Jo)
2016 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Actress (Mini-Series): Lee Sung Kyung (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2016-11-16 1 4.1 4.1 3.3 3.6
2016-11-17 2 5.0 5.2 3.3 3.5
2016-11-23 3 4.8 5.3 4.4 4.9
2016-11-24 4 4.9 5.2 4.6 4.9
2016-11-30 5 4.8 4.9 4.4 4.5
2016-12-01 6 4.5 5.3 4.6 5.4
2016-12-07 7 4.4 5.3 4.8 5.7
2016-12-08 8 4.6 4.6 5.4 5.5
2016-12-14 9 4.2 4.4 4.1 4.4
2016-12-15 10 4.8 5.3 5.1 5.6
2016-12-21 11 4.7 5.2 4.4 4.6
2016-12-22 12 5.1 5.3 4.5 4.7
2016-12-28 13 5.5 6.3 5.0 5.8
2016-12-29 x 2016 MBC Entertainment Awards
2017-01-04 14 5.0 5.9 5.4 6.3
2017-01-05 15 5.5 6.4 (20th) 5.4 5.8
2017-01-11 16 5.4 5.5 5.2 5.3

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here


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Official Site

Official Trailer
Trailer I
Trailer II
Trailer III

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125 Responses to “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”

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  1. 101
    Sirk19 Says:

    Gaaad! Im watching it for the 3RD TIME ALREADY!! can’t get over with this drama! Dont care wether it has low ratings in sokor but it is soooooo popular in international fans like me.. LEE SUNG KYUNG IS VERY VERSATILE! (she’s one of my fav k-actress now) I’d never imagined any other actress who fit the role as Bok Joo, same as Nam Joo Hyuk.. #swagcouple please be real! 😍😍😍😍😍😍 VERY VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  2. 102
    Rose Says:

    This show is sooo good. Loved it. The story line was not complicated, easy going and fun. I loved Nam Joo-Hyuk’s character. He did a great job with his role. He deserved the Best New Actor’s Award. He is a very nice looking young man.

    It is so nice to see a fun and pleasant show without all the revenge plotting that goes on in most of the dramas. Congratulations to the writer, the entire production crew and all the actors.

    This show was so fun to watch, enjoyable and looked forward to each episode. It was so funny in Ep 8 when he gave Jae-Yi the speaker for his birthday and he moved Bok-Joo’s plant out of the way to put the speaker in the same spot. And he was running to the school’s dr.’s office to protect Bok-Joo as his brother was bringing food to the dr. etc. etc. And he says “his feet were going to burn off” as he was doing so much running around, The writer’s came up with some really funny lines.

    Unfortunately all good things come to an end.

  3. 103
    David Says:

    Thought this was a great show. Funny and good cast. Easy going show to watch, no dramatic revenge scenes, nothing like the typical K-drama.

    I noticed some comments about the weightlifting team with their sizes. There are not very many people in Korea, or at least from the shows I have seen, that are heavy. Most of them are on the extreme thin size, both men and women. I don’t know of too many women actresses that are heavy. I can think of two or three at the most. Maybe they did not fit the personality of what the writer/production team were looking for.

    The only thing the writer could have come up with was maybe a different sport where the athletes did not have to be heavy.

    Bok Joo as a young child was on the plump side. But Kim Ye Joon who played Jung Joo Hyung as a little boy was extremely thin. I noticed in the scene where he gave Bok Joo candy in the school room on her desk, and he had such a cute smile on his face when he was watching her eat the candy, his little arms were so thin. Kim Ye Joon is an adorable cute little boy.

  4. 104
    hazel song Says:

    As of this writing, I already plan to re-watch the entire series simply because I haven’t gotten over it yet. It was such a feel-good story with adorable leads that left me with all the feels of being young and being in love. Nam joo hyuk and Lee sung kyung really look good together and upon knowing that they are also close friends in real life, I joined the group of people shipping for them. 🙂 The OST is also one of my favorites, and I’ve lost count of the times I ‘ve listened to it. I’m looking forward to their next projects, and if the rumor is true that Nam joo hyuk was chosen as lead for the Bride of the water god, then it’s obviously next on my to-watch list. :))))

  5. 105
    OK OK OK Says:

    Just started watching after finishing Seo In Guk dramas I remember you, Shopping King Louie, 38 Squad.

    Now at ep 3
    I agree this drama also very nice to watch. 😛

  6. 106
    Rose Says:

    I found this on the web when you put the drama title in — it shows scenes from his episode. And one behind the scenes which is not subbed

    More Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo videos

    Sorry to see this show end. It was very enjoyable and so funny. Just a very nice show to watch.

    Congratulations to the entire cast and the production team. Job well done.

  7. 107
    Prollish Says:

    I had no expectation when I started watching this. I usually get bored after 4-6 episodes but I love this drama. It’s not the usual kdrama and the characters and conflicts are so real, it became my fave drama. Love the chemistry between LSK and NJH and how they developed Book Joo and Joon Hyung’s relationship, too. I’ll have a hard time finding a new fave drama because of this.

  8. 108
    Candy Says:

    Overall the show is great as well as the cast. Actually I cant get over it yet simply because of the chemistry between the lead casts, I fell in love with their character hope the swag couple is real.Hope they will have another team up soon.Congratulations to all!

  9. 109
    Ayse Rustemli Says:

    Very nice drama)

  10. 110
    sebika Says:

    Re watching it for the 7th time.. What an amazing drama..love all the characters..

  11. 111
    Monika Braba Says:

    I can’t stop fallin inlove with this drama..

  12. 112
    andy Says:

    i have not been watching korean drama for awhile… im glad i have found WFKBJ…this drama really made my day…hope to see their upcoming project in the future with same lead couples

  13. 113
    Ji Chang Wook si Nam Ji Hyun impreuna in super-drama "Suspicious Partner" - Asociatia Culturala Sarang Hanguk Says:

    […] principal feminin a fost dat initial actritei Lee Sung Kyung (“Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”), dar aceasta a refuzat, apoi producatorii au inaintat oferta si lui Han Ji Min (“Hyde, Jekyll […]

  14. 114
    Josh Says:

    One of the best kdrama I’ve watched even if its underrated in Korea. It’s very light and refreshing. romance + sports = daebak

  15. 115
    shiro Says:

    Still can’t get over this drama. I love all the casts. They’ve played their roles naturally. 🙂

  16. 116
    rian Says:

    love love love

  17. 117
    paku Says:

    saimdang light’s diary and weightlifting fairy kim bok joo are my favorite korean dramas this 2017.

  18. 118
    nelly Says:

    love the story love the cast.

  19. 119
    lishin Says:

    fighting! super ,,,,,,,,,

  20. 120
    mess shi Says:

    I love kim bok joo and jung joon hyung’s chemistry. Kim book joo character is so funny. Jung joon Hyung is so handsome, funny and so caring. I hope I could find a man like him. Very understanding and sweet. Hope see more of their kdrama soonest coz I can’t get over of WLFKBJ. ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

  21. 121
    swag Says:

    Do you like messi ? ?? Omg i LOVE this drama so much. I’m a fan of NJH , and after watched whole episodes , i’m falling love with LSK . SWAG COUPLE !! WHAT Their cute chemistry asdfghjkl >_< I hope i have a boyfriend like joon hyung

  22. 122
    aya Says:

    Best drama ever for me,it’s realistic,simple and memorable.. The Main Characters have truly the chemistry. It’s really entertaining. I am expecting more film that Lee sung kyung and Nam joo Hyuk will work together their chemistry is really different among others actors,

  23. 123
    Elmy sarah Says:

    Good drama, SWAG!

  24. 124
    smilly Says:

    oh i just finished this drama.. yes I know im so late here hehehe,, but this drama is really SWAGGGG!!!!! highly recommended!

  25. 125
    vote Says:

    Vote Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo for the top 8.

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