Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Title 역도요정 김복주 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Chinese Title 舉重妖精金福珠


Trailer I

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.

Trailer II

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.


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
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

Rhythmic gymnastics team

Jo Soo Hyang as Soo Bin
Ray Yang as Sung Yoo Hee (RG team coach)
Lee Seul (이슬)
Oh Ha Nee
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)
Byun Woo Suk as Joon Hyung’s senior (ep.16)

Production Credits

Production Company Chorokbaem Media
Chief Producer Han Hee
Director Oh Hyun Jong
Screenwriter Yang Hee Seung, Kim Soo Jin
Genre Romance, Comedy, Sport
Episodes 16
Broadcast network MBC
Broadcast period 2016 November 2017 January


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

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