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


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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105 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. 😛

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