Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo – Cast & Summary

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode

The airing date of a popular K-drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo took its place from November 16, 2016, to January 11, 2017.

This drama meets two different lead actors, Lee Sung Kyung (female lead) and Nam Joo Hyuk (male lead).

Actually, this drama was inspired by the Korean weightlifting athlete, Jang Mi Ran, to show her struggles and fights in the weightlifting world.

The process of script reading for this drama started in August 2016 and was located in Sangam, South Korea.

Before starring in this drama, Lee Sung Kyung is known to be the main actress for Flower of the Queen (2015), Cheese in the Trap (2016), and Doctors (2016).

Meanwhile, Nam Joo Hyuk had starred in Who Are You: School 2015 (2015) before beginning to raise his popularity in this drama.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo‘s schedule replaced the previous MBC’s drama, Shopping King Louis every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 KST.

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  • Title: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo / 역도요정 김복주 / Yeokdoyojung Kimbokjoo
  • Also Known As:  Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bokjoo
  • Genre: Sports, Coming of Age, Romance, Comedy
  • Country: South Korea
  • Director: Oh Hyun Jong, Nam Sung Woo
  • Producer: Oh Min Soo, Kim Sang Heon
  • Screenwriter: Yang Hee Seung, Kim Soo Jin
  • Production Companies: Cheorokbaem media
  • Network: MBC
  • Episodes: 16
  • Air Dates: November 16, 2016 – January 11, 2017
  • Air Time: Wednesday and Thursday, 22:00 KST
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo - Cast, Summary, Synopsis

Synopsis of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Set at the sports university, this drama tells a story about the sports university student’s life.

Kim Bok Joo is one of the undergraduate students there who majored in the weightlifting department alongside her best friends, Nan Hee (Choi Hye Jung) and Seon Ok (Lee Joo-young).

Bok Joo is really ambitious to be a weightlifting athlete someday. Not only ambitious to be a future athlete, but she’s also ambitious to get her crush’s heart, Jung Jae Yi (Lee Jae Yoon).

Later, she finds out that Jae Yi is her childhood best friend’s brother whose name is Jung Joon Hyung.

Initially, Joon Hyung always loves teasing Bok Joo every time he meets her, but eventually, he ends up fall for her.

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Main Cast

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo - Cast, Summary, Synopsis

Lee Sung Kyung as Kim Bok Joo

An ambitious weightlifting student, brave, and very strong. She falls in love with Jae Yi at first but later she falls deeply to his younger brother, Joon Hyung.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo - Cast, Summary, Synopsis

Nam Joo Hyuk as Jung Joon Hyung

A handsome, playful, and talented swimmer at the college. He is so popular among the girls, but he loves teasing Bok Joo.

Joon Hyung is Bok Joo’s old friend.

Lee Jae Yoon

Lee Jae Yoon as Jung Jae Yi

A doctor with a tender, gentle, and warm heart. He is the first love of Bok Joo, even though he doesn’t know it.

Kyung Soo Jin

Kyung Soo Jin as Song Shi Ho

A talented rhythmic gymnast student who has a past romantic relationship with Joon Hyung. She is also Bok Joo’s roommate and gets jealous when Joon Hyung has a crush on Bok Joo.

Supporting Cast

Weightlifting team

  • Cho Hye Jung as Jung Nan Hee
  • Lee Joo Young as Lee Seon Ok
  • Choi Moo Sung as Yoon Deok Man
  • Jang Young Nam as Choi Sung Eun
  • Oh Eui Shik as Bang Woon Ki
  • Lee Bit Na as Bitna
  • Moon Ji Yoon as Sang Chul
  • Jo Minyeo
  • Yoo Joon Hong
  • Noh Yeongjoo
  • Lee Yebin

Swimming team

  • Ji Il Joo as Jo Tae Kwon
  • Kim Jaehyun as Kim Jaehyun
  • Kim Woohyuk as Kim Woohyuk
  • Choi Woong as Kim Giseok
  • Lee Jihoon
  • Kim Namwoo
  • Kwon Hyukbeom

Rhythmic gymnastics team

  • Cho Soohyang as Soobin
  • Ray Yang as Sung Yoohwi, Coach
  • Lee Seul
  • Oh Hanui
  • Kim Yooji
  • Jung Yoojin

People around Bok Joo

  • Ahn Gilkang as Kim Chang Gul
  • Kang Ki Young as Kim Dae Ho

People around Joon Hyung

  • Jung In Gi as Joonhyung’s paternal uncle
  • Lee Jung Eun as Joonhyung’s paternal aunt


  • Yoo Da In as Go Ah Young
  • Park Won Sang as Psychotherapist
  • Kim Yoonji
  • Kim Chaeeun
  • Kim Chakyung
  • Seo Wangseok
  • Kim Hyunjung as Dormitory’s house mistress
  • Jung Hyunseok as Dormitory’s house mistress
  • Park Jungmin
  • Park Gun Lak
  • Lee Joonhee
  • Lee Sukjin
  • Lim Seojung
  • Yoo Yeong Bin
  • Lim Uk Jin
  • Lim Geun Seo
  • Jung Soo in
  • Seo Kwangjae
  • Choi Namwook
  • Tae Wonseok
  • Heo Min Kang
  • Jeon Ji Ahn
  • Yoon Jinhee as Weightlifting contestant
  • Kim Jaehyun as Joonhyung’s minion
  • Jota as Choi Tae Hoon
  • Lee Sooji as Ku Seul
  • Lee Jongsuk as Jong Suk, Chicken Restaurant Customer 
  • Yoon Yoosun as Kim Jung Yeon, Joon Hyung’s biological mother
  • Shin A Young as announcer
  • Ahn Il Kwon
  • Noh Woo Jin
  • Z.Hera as Song Shi Eon, Shi Ho’s sister
  • Ji Soo as Bok Joo’s fellow worker
  • Seohyun as Hwan Hee, Jae Yi’s ex-girlfriend
  • Min Sung Wook as Sang Goo
  • Kim Seulgi as Seulgi, supermarket employee
  • Byeon Woo Seok as Joon Hyung’s senior

OST (Original Soundtrack)

  • You & I – Kim Jong Wan
  • From Now On – Vincent Blue
  • Dreaming – Han Hee Jung
  • Somehow – J.Mi (Lush)
  • I’ll Pick You Up – Standing Egg
  • Permeate – Lee Hae In
  • Again Again Again – Lee Jin Ah
  • Is It Love? – Ahn Hyun Jung


  • 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)

Trailer of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo


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