What better way to spend the summer vacation by watching Korean dramas while getting comfortable on your own soft bed? Here are the four best sports-themed South Korean dramas you can binge-watch while on vacation.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)
MBC's coming-of-age sports romance drama "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo" is indeed one of the best and most popular sports-themed Korean dramas in the history of the television industry.
The drama series gained appreciation among young viewers throughout its broadcast, and also received popularity overseas, particularly in the Philippines.
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"Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo" tells the story of Kim Bok Joo, an aspiring weightlifter, who struggles a lot while dealing with personal crisis situations as well as the stereotyping of female weightlifters.
The feel-good drama left a remarkable impression on the viewers' hearts, and up until now, "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo" is a fan-favorite and go-to Korean drama of the viewers.
The drama also stars actor Nam Joo Hyuk who plays swimmer Jung Joon Hyung and actress Kyung Soo Jin who plays gymnastic athlete Song Si Ho.
Watch 'Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo' drama trailer here:
Fight For My Way (2017)
Another go-to Korean drama with sports as a theme to add to your list is "Fight For My Way."
The KBS2 series is the top-rating series which topped the popularity index for three consecutive weeks during its broadcast. The drama received great feedback for its storyline and plot and great performances.
The drama revolves around the stories of four childhood friends Choi Ae Ra who is played by actress Kim Ji Won, Go Dong Man, who is played by actor Park Seo Jun, Baek Sul Hee, played by actress Song Ha Yoon, and Kim Joo Man, played by actor Ahn Jae Hong.
The four of them struggle together in life but also celebrate each other's successes no matter how small they are.
The quarter have their own dreams and desires they want to achieve in life.
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Go Dong Man (Park Seo Jun) is a former Taekwondo athlete who used to be famous but stopped because of a painful past but is now a nameless mixed martial artist. Opposite is Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won) who dreams of becoming the next big news announcer.
On the other hand, Baek Sul Hee (Song Ha Yoon) just wants to be a good housewife for Kim Joo Man (Ahn Jae Hong).
"Fight For My Way" encloses many morals about friendship, love, and fulfilling your dreams despite hardships.
Watch 'Fight For My Way' drama trailer here:
Prison PlayBook (2017)
Another sports-themed Korean drama that is worthy of a section in your binge-watch list is 2017 tvN's black comedy "Prison Playbook".
The drama series revolves around the story of a well-known and talented baseball player named Kim Je Hyuk, played by actor Park Hae Soo, who ends up in prison after hunting down a man who attempted to sexually assault his beloved sister.
He then meets a fellow baseball player and acquaintance, Lee Joon Ho, played by Jung Kyung Ho, who gave up baseball after getting involved in a car accident and decided to work as a correctional officer in prison.
After being sentenced in prison, he meets different kinds of people who made him realize to be wise and think twice before reacting violently.
"Prison Playbook", apart from its valuable life lessons, serves various twists and entertaining elements that are worth one's time.
Watch 'Prison Playbook' drama trailer here:
Racket Boys (2021)
A new addition to the list is 2021 SBS' sports drama "Racket Boys", the first-ever badminton-based drama that follows the stories of the group of 16-year-olds student-athletes of Haenam Seo Middle School who dream to become the next badminton star.
"Racket Boys" stars promising actors and rising stars Lee Ji Won, Lee Jae In, Kim Kang Hoon, Son Sang Yeon, and Tang Joon Sang.
Seasoned actors Kim Sang Kyung and Oh Na Ra add up to the strength of the production cast.
The drama touches the themes of family, bonds of friendships, and perseverance and determination to pursue one's dreams.
Watch 'Racket Boys' drama trailer here:
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Written by Elijah Mully.