A brief sad look at Joon-hyeong's past gives us a good look at his personality- like the swimmer, always looking forward to the end of the race, doing his best to ignore distractions along the way. Si-ho likewise is the ideal rythmic gymnast, obsessed with perfection and kicking herself over every possible error, unwilling to tolerate the slightest setback. And Bok-joo...doesn't really have anything comparable actually. Weightlifters generally eat a lot, but Bok-joo spends most of this episode fighting against even that destiny.
While Bok-joo's scheme to get close to Jae-i is founded on a lot of questionable assumptions, the main blatant one here is how Jae-i is a nutritionist who does not know that Bok-joo is an athlete. This information is kind of essential, and it's a wonder Jae-i has not already noticed that Bok-joo has an awful lot of muscle mass for a musician. Never mind Jae-i, though, how exactly did Bok-joo think this was going to be explained to her coaches? It was a dubious proposition even before the new turnabout in weightlifting strategy.
The source is, naturally, just the same reason as usual. Because Bok-joo is an idiot. And so is Joon-hyeong. Really, he's the boyfriend she deserves because Joon-hyeong has this fantastic power to react to any possible situation in the least chivalric way. Their bickering chemistry really is fantastic. Director Oh Hyeon-jong has taken Lee Sung-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk's work experience as generally obnoxious secondary characters and somehow turned it into a palatable romance.
It helps that their idiot friends are so similarly endearingly dumb. Because of course, when Bok-joo is forced to explain to someone why she hates eating so much all of a sudden, it has to be someone equally immature enough to not tell her to stop. As for Tae-kwon, he seems to just enjoy dressing in silly outfits for our general amusement. Which I suppose is not any less ridiculous than Nam Joo-hyuk taking a moment to show off his rock hard abs.
The story in "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo" is admittedly fairly low stakes, although the characters are so relatable I don't mind so much. The cliffhanger, while technically the fault of Si-ho being surly, is really just a conversation Bok-joo needed to have a long, long time ago. So is she going to grow up? Find another way to wriggle out of the problem? Whatever Bok-joo does, I take comfort knowing that sooner or later, she will have to grow up.
Review by William Schwartz
"Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo" is directed by Oh Hyeon-jong, written by Kim Soo-jin-III and Yang Hee-seong, and features Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kyung Soo-jin, Lee Jae-yoon, Lee Joo-young and Cho Hye-jung.
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Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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