Name: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Writer/director: Yang Hee Seung / Oh Hyun Jong
Date: November 2016
Number of episodes: 16
Genre: School, sports, romance, friendship & Comedy
Based on book/manga?: No
Why did I press play? It was a hot new drama and I jumped on the bandwagon.
Thoughts: This a great drama, therefore you can’t go wrong watching it. It tells a unique story that examines the challenges of athletic young women, who compete in a (typically) masculine sport – weightlifting. For example, Bok Joo is self-conscious of her facial expressions under the strain of lifting the barbell – this embarrassment is amplified around a guy she has a crush on (Jung Jae Yi). Other exampples is example is the loose fitted clothing; the copious amount of eating – this is imporatnt to manage their weight to compete the optimal weight catagory.
Kim Bok Joo mother passed away when she was young. Her mother not being around addes to her femininty dilema. Her dad is dotes on her and brought her up to the best of his ability, because of this Bok Joo has high self-esteem. Through encouragement from her dad, love blossoming in her heart, she becomes curious and proactive in tapping into her more feminine side.
The romance is wonderful, Bok Joo and Joon Hyeong have natural chemistry – both physically and personality wise. Even when they start hugging while friends, it wasn’t anything sexual, just a natural skinship. They start liking each other for who each other are. They both understand the demands and challenges that go hand-in-hand with competitions. For example Joon confesses his fear of racing and Bok-joo empathized by saying, it’s all part of the competing.
On a side note, casting for the main leads is perfect!
The bad: The side-kick friends are super annoying.
Who are the main characters?
Kim Bok Joo played by Lee Sung Kyung
Jung Joon Hyeong played by Nam Joo-hyuk
Jung Jae Yi played by Lee Jae-yoon
Song Shi ho played by Kyung Soo-jin
Theme: It’s hard work to pursue your dreams. Love it best, when someone loves you for you.
What it’s good for? The enjoyment of watching a good story.
Interesting Facts: The writing for this drama is the same as “Familiar Wife”, “Oh My Ghostess” & “King School of Savvy”.