“Weightlifting Kim Bok Jook” (2016): haltérophilie, aspirations & acceptation

sport-couple-kim-bok-jook“Weightlifting Kim Bok Jook” est un drama coréen mettant en scène Kim Bok Jook, une jeune femme sportive se destinant à l’haltérophilie. Dans sa vie quotidienne à l’université, on la voit notamment évoluer auprès de son père et son oncle, gérant un restaurant de poulet frit, de ses amis dans sa section de sport, et de Jeong Jun Hyeon, un nageur prometteur faisant des faux départs suite à un traumatisme dans son enfance.

J’ai adoré ce drama, autant par sa fraîcheur, que par les nombreux messages positifs qu’il diffusent.

Il faut savoir qu’à l’origine, il a été inspiré de la championne olympique sud-coréenne Jang Mi Ran, bien qu’il mêle largement la fiction.

Ce thème sportif est, pour moi, innovant car on peut être témoin des aspirations des athlètes ainsi que de leurs peurs, du stress auquel ils sont confrontés, de la pression extérieure et familiale, mais aussi des questionnements au sujet de leur apparence, de l’amour, de la vie, tout simplement.

Cela m’a touché de voir Kim Bok Jook souhaiter devenir plus féminine, et vouloir se conformer à l’image propagée par sa société environnante – la minceur – son premier amour étant un docteur chargé de traitements de minceur (ironie du sort, bonjour!).

Pourtant, comment maigrir et réussir à être performant pour soulever des haltères, et parallèlement, devoir prendre du poids pour faire partie de la catégorie supérieure en haltérophilie?

Sur son chemin, l’amour qu’elle va rencontrer va l’encourager à s’accepter tel qu’elle est et à continuer à avancer vers ses rêves.

Au passage, la bande originale est très agréable, à l’image de la fraîcheur de ce drama, et on finit par avoir envie de passer à l’action, faire du sport et réaliser ses rêves! 😉

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“Weightlifting Kim Bok Jook” is korean drama inspired by the Olympic weightlifting South Korean champion Jang Mi Ran. It is focused on the lives of athletes at the university, and especially Kim Bok Jook, a young woman being in the weightlifting department. She is surrounded by different interesting characters, including her loving sick father and her uncle (running together a fried chicken restaurant), her faithful mates in her department, and Jeong Jun Hyeon, a talented yound swimmer who cannot overcome a trauma and feel unable to dive on time during the swimming competitions.

It is very interesting to discover a drama which deals with numerous serious topics (external and familial pressure, dreams, love, sickness, distance, femininity etc.) while being able to give a sense of freshness.

Writing this article, I become aware that I specifically enjoy writing about those kind of uplifting dramas, which are both deep and light. 🙂 I feel it is a very fair and precious balance that attracts me. I wonder what you think?

swimming-pool-encounterBesides, the characters are very heartwarming. Thus, Kim Bok Jook is a generous character who is torn for a few episodes between losing weight to spend time with the man she fell in love with (the doctor being unaware of her sport specialization) and going on putting on weight to improve in weightlifting and upgrading in another weight category. His friend (then more…) Jeong Jun Hyeon is a very caring yound man who sees her beautiful qualities and encourages her to love and accept herself the way she is. 🙂

At last, love and the pursue of her dreams will help her feeling accomplish and being faithful to herself.

At last, the musical soundtrack is very nice and totally fits with the atmosphere of the drama: uplifting! If you want to feel encouraged doing sport, achieving your dreams and moving more, just watch it! 😉

“Trust is real when you trust something you cannot see. Hardship is necessary for growth.” (Professor Yoon)

“You can’t be sure what will happen in life… But even if it’s scary, it’s not something that we can avoid so don’t be scared. Let’s work hard & get through the day” (Jung Joon Hyung)

“Don’t worry Bok Joo, you’ll do well. You are much stronger and prettier than you think you are. You will shine brilliantly wherever you are.” (Jung Joon Hyung)

“How you finish is as important as how you start” (Professor Yoon)

 

Jang Mi Ran, the inspiring South Korean weightlifting champion 🙂
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