Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Created byHan Hee
Written byYang Hee-seung
Directed byOh Hyun-jong
  • Kim Joon-suk
  • Jung Se-rin
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)
  • Oh Min-soo
  • Kim Sang-heon
  • Lee Jin-duk
  • Kim Sun-chul
  • Park Hwa-jin
Editor(s)Oh Sere-na
Camera setupsingle camera
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Chorokbaem Media
Original networkMBC TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseNovember 14, 2016 (2016-11-14) –
January 13, 2017 (2017-01-13)
External links
Production website

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (Hangul역도요정 김복주; RRYeokdo-yojeong Gim Bok-ju) is a South Korean television series starring Lee Sung-kyung in the title role. It is a coming-of-age sports drama, inspired by the life of Olympic gold-medalist Jang Mi-ran.[1][2] It aired on MBC every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 (KST) starting November 16, 2016 to January 11, 2017.

The series resonated with the young demographic; although it averaged 4.6% in audience share, and received the lowest viewership ratings in its time-slot throughout its run.[3][4] It gained a cult following amongst young viewers, and received mostly favorable reviews.[5][6] The series also received popularity overseas, particularly in the Philippines.[7]


A coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who are fighting for their dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.



A naturally gifted weightlifter with an ambitious yet quiet outgoing personality. While growing up with her father who was a former weightlifter, she got inspired to do the same thing- to lift weights. She stands up for injustice as well; she still feels the shyness and awkwardness around boys but does not hesitate to beat them up if the time is needed but she hides her insecurities and fragile heart under her strong exterior.
He is Kim Bok-joo's childhood friend from when they were little in school, both Kim bok-joo and himself didn't recognize nor remembered each other even though she looked familiar to him, but that was until an incident came along and dug up memories. A talented swimmer with a playful personality. He suffers a trauma that began when he realized that the postcards being sent to him by his mother was actually from his aunt and uncle, which coincides with his first big international tournament, he later made a false start and got disqualified. He enjoys teasing Bok-joo, and later falls in love.
Joon-hyung's cousin and older brother. A former athlete who becomes an obesity doctor due to an injury. His gentle and kind personality makes him the first man that Bok-joo falls in love with.
Bok-joo's roommate and Joon-hyung's ex-girlfriend. A top-class rhythmic gymnast, who won a silver medal at the Asian Games at the age of eighteen. She is an overachiever, and is under constant stress about her developing figure, which causes her to break up with Joon-hyung.


Weightlifting team[edit]

  • Cho Hye-jung as Jung Nan-hee, despite her strength is a very feminine girl and dream of romances always willing to spread happiness
  • Lee Joo-young as Lee Seon-ok, is direct, love to eat and does not show much affection but is loyal to her friends. Getting to "demonstrates" some potential interest in Tae-Kwon
  • Choi Moo-sung as Yoon Deok-man, Professor/Coach
  • Jang Young-nam as Choi Sung-eun, Coach
  • Oh Eui-sik as Bang Woon-ki, Team Captain
  • Lee Bit-na as Bitna, Bok-joo's junior
  • Moon Ji-yoon as Sang Chul
  • Jo Mi-nyeo
  • Yoo Joon-hong
  • Noh Yeong-joo
  • Lee Ye-bin

Swimming team[edit]

  • Ji Il-joo as Jo Tae-Kwon, very friendly and even half "silly" with the passing of history the same shows some interest in Seon-Ok
  • Kim Jae-hyun as Kim Jae-hyun[12]
  • Kim Woo-hyuk as Kim Woo-hyuk[13]
Joon-hyung's junior. He has a habit of dating women, then ghosting them, and thus is hated by all his female peers.
Joon-hyung's senior. He has a crush on Shi-ho.
  • Lee Ji-hoon
  • Kim Nam-woo
  • Kwon Hyuk-beom

Rhythmic gymnastics team[edit]

A rising star collegiate rhythmic gymnast who competes with Shi-ho.
  • Ray Yang as Sung Yoo-hwi, Coach
  • Lee Seul
  • Oh Ha-nui
  • Kim Yoo-ji
  • Jung Yoo-jin

People around Bok-joo[edit]

Bok-joo's father, a former weightlifter who owns a fried chicken restaurant
Bok-joo's uncle, a part-time aspiring actor who works at the restaurant

People around Joon-hyung[edit]

  • Jung In-gi as Joon-hyung's maternal uncle and foster father
  • Lee Jung-eun as Joon-hyung's maternal aunt and foster mother


A doctor at the Hanwool College of Physical Education. She has a crush on Jae-yi.
  • Park Won-sang as Psychotherapist
  • Kim Yoon-ji
  • Kim Chae-eun
  • Kim Cha-kyung
  • Seo Wang-seok
  • Kim Hyun-jung as Dormitory's house mistress
  • Jung Hyun-seok as Dormitory's house mistress
  • Park Jung-min
  • Park Gun-lak
  • Lee Joon-hee
  • Lee Suk-jin
  • Lim Seo-jung
  • Yoo Yeong-bin
  • Lim Uk-jin
  • Lim Geun-seo
  • Jung Soo-in
  • Seo Kwang-jae
  • Choi Nam-wook
  • Tae Won-seok
  • Heo Min-kang
  • Jeon Ji-ahn

Special appearances (Cameo)[edit]

  • Yoon Jin-hee as Weightlifting contestant (Ep. 1)
  • Jota as Choi Tae-hoon (Ep. 1, 15)
  • Lee Soo-ji as Ku Seul (Ep. 1)
  • Lee Jong-suk as Jong-suk, Chicken Restaurant Customer (Ep. 2)[14][15]
  • Yoon Yoo-sun as Kim Jung-yeon, Joon-hyung's biological mother (Ep. 6, 14-15)
  • Shin A-young as announcer
  • Ahn Il-kwon
  • Noh Woo-jin
  • Z.Hera as Song Shi-eon, Shi-ho's sister (Ep. 8-9, 13)
  • Ji Soo as Bok-joo's fellow worker (Ep. 11)
  • Seohyun as Hwan-hee, Jae-yi's ex-girlfriend (Ep. 12)
  • Min Sung-wook as Sang-goo (Ep. 12)
  • Kim Seul-gi as Seul-gi, supermarket employee (Ep. 15)[16]


The series is written by Yang Hee-seung of the 2015 romantic comedies Oh My Ghostess and High School King of Savvy; and directed by PD Oh Hyun-joong of 7th Grade Civil Servant. The first script reading took place on August, 2016 at MBC broadcasting station in Sangam, Seoul, South Korea.[17][18]

Original soundtrack[edit]

OST Part 1[edit]

1."You & I"Kim Jong-wan (Nell)3:37
2."You & I" (Inst.) 3:37
Total length:7:14

OST Part 2[edit]

1."From Now On (앞으로)"Kim Min-seung3:33
2."From Now On (앞으로)" (Inst.) 3:33
Total length:7:06

OST Part 3[edit]

1."Dreaming (꿈꾼다)"Han Hee-jung4:02
2."Dreaming (꿈꾼다)" (Inst.) 4:02
Total length:8:04

OST Part 4[edit]

1."Somehow (왠지 요즘)"J.Mi (Lush)3:25
2."Somehow (왠지 요즘)" (Inst.) 3:25
Total length:6:50

OST Part 5[edit]

1."I'll Pick You Up (데리러 갈게)"Standing Egg3:45
2."I'll Pick You Up (데리러 갈게)" (Inst.) 3:45
Total length:7:30

OST Part 6[edit]

1."Permeate (스르륵)"Lee Hae-in3:37
2."Permeate (스르륵)" (Inst.)  
Total length:7:14

OST Part 7[edit]

1."Again Again Again (또또또)"Lee Jin-ah2:24
2."Again Again Again (또또또)" (Inst.) 2:24
Total length:4:48


  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
Episode # Date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[19] AGB Nielsen[20]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 November 16, 2016 4.1% (NR) 4.1% (NR) 3.3% (NR) 3.6% (NR)
2 November 17, 2016 5.0% (NR) 5.2% (NR) 3.5% (NR)
3 November 23, 2016 4.8% (NR) 5.3% (NR) 4.4% (NR) 4.9% (NR)
4 November 24, 2016 4.9% (NR) 5.2% (NR) 4.6% (NR) 4.9% (NR)
5 November 30, 2016 4.8% (NR) 4.9% (NR) 4.4% (NR) 4.5% (NR)
6 December 1, 2016 4.5% (NR) 5.3% (NR) 4.6% (NR) 5.4% (NR)
7 December 7, 2016 4.4% (NR) 4.8% (NR) 5.7% (NR)
8 December 8, 2016 4.6% (NR) 4.6% (NR) 5.4% (NR) 5.5% (NR)
9 December 14, 2016 4.2% (NR) 4.4% (NR) 4.1% (NR) 4.4% (NR)
10 December 15, 2016 4.8% (NR) 5.3% (NR) 5.1% (NR) 5.6% (NR)
11 December 21, 2016 4.7% (NR) 5.2% (NR) 4.4% (NR) 4.6% (NR)
12 December 22, 2016 5.1% (NR) 5.3% (NR) 4.5% (NR) 4.7% (NR)
13 December 28, 2016 5.5% (NR) 6.3% (NR) 5.0% (NR) 5.8% (NR)
14 January 4, 2017 5.0% (NR) 5.9% (NR) 5.4% (NR) 6.3% (NR)
15 January 5, 2017 5.5% (NR) 6.4% (20th) 5.8% (NR)
16 January 11, 2017 5.4% (NR) 5.5% (NR) 5.2% (NR) 5.3% (NR)
Average 4.8% 5.3% 4.6% 5.0%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 35th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries[21] Lee Sung-kyung Won
Best New Actor[22] Nam Joo-hyuk Won

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Title
Philippines Philippines ABS-CBN ( Weightlifting Fairy )
Asianovela Channel ( Weightlifting Fairy )


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