Bright and cheery posters for youth sports drama Weightlifting Fairy
I don’t think the posters for Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju are anything to write home about, but I do love the general look and feel of this show, awash in pastels and full of youthful excitement. The new MBC coming-of-age drama is about college athletes discovering embarrassing first loves, chasing after their lifelong dreams, and making true friends along the way. Even the stills and teasers put me in a good mood, so I’m hoping the show delivers all the feel-good vibes it’s been promising so far.
Lee Sung-kyung (Doctors) plays weightlifter Kim Bok-ju, daughter of a former weightlifter (Ahn Gil-kang) who now runs a chicken shop. She delivers Dad’s chickens while attending school, and is a shy girl who’s only ever known barbells her entire life. She’ll have two love interests: Classmate Nam Joo-hyuk, a talented swimmer with a trauma he has yet to overcome, and his cousin Lee Jae-yoon, a former swimmer who’s now a doctor at an obesity clinic. The doctor will be her first crush, but it’s clear from the posters that her friendship with Nam Joo-hyuk will turn into something more.
The campus will be full of friends and rivals, of course. Kyung Su-jin (Bluebird’s House) is the queen bee, a medal-winning rhythmic gymnast who suffers from the stress of always being in first. Jo Soo-hyang (Who Are You–School 2015) is her rival gymnast, and Ji Il-joo (Age of Youth) is a swimmer and buddy of Nam Joo-hyuk’s, the one groveling to him in the stills below.
I don’t know why, but this show already feels like the underdog, and that makes me want to root for it. Maybe it’s just the sports theme and I’m projecting, but I’ll cheer for it anyway and hope that it’s as earnest and sweet as it looks.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju follows Shopping King Louis on November 16.
- Lee Jong-seok makes Weightlifting Fairy cameo appearance
- Sweat and sweetness in new Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju teaser
- Youthful love and big dreams in Weightlifting Fairy’s first teaser
- First look at Weightlifting Fairy’s genius swimmer and elegant gymnast
- Lee Sung-kyung becomes cheerful Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju
- Stills from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju’s first script read
- Jo Soo-hyang to stir up trouble in Weightlifting Fairy
- Weightlifting Fairy finds its male lead doctor in Lee Jae-yoon
- Kyung Su-jin up for sports campus drama Weightlifting Fairy
- Nam Joo-hyuk up for reunion with Weightlifting Fairy Lee Sung-kyung