The following sports K-dramas are must-watch if you enjoy the athletic theme.
Romantic love stories combined with breathtaking sport matches are the reason why sports-themed Korean dramas are always popular with young audiences.
1. Racket Boys (2021)
Racket Boys is a Korean drama about sports that has gained huge attention in Asia recently. Although there are no famous actors to guarantee the rating, thanks to the appealing and fun storyline, the drama is still well-received.
The plot revolves around the character Yoon Hyeong Jong (Kim Sang Kyung), because of his poor condition, he leaves Seoul and accepts to become a coach for a badminton team in the remote countryside. Lack of facilities, and not enough members to compete, Yoon Hyeong Jong has to do everything he can to recruit talent.
2. Sassy, Go Go (2015)
Sassy, Go Go impresses viewers with the young cast and their refreshing visuals, looking pretty in every frame. Besides, the sweet chemistry between Jung Eun Ji and Lee Won Geun gives viewers many heart-fluttering moments.
The drama tells the story of Kang Yeon Doo (Jung Eun Ji) – a girl who is passionate about dancing but her academic results are not so good. In order to protect the rights of the Real King Club, she is not afraid to stand up against a member of Baek Ho – an elite group of high achieving students who always receive great support from their wealthy parents.
In addition to the storyline about youth and high school romance, the drama also exposes the dark sides of education such as bribery, bullying, and suicide because of pressure.
3. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)
Despite failing to achieve high ratings in home country Korea, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is very popular with international fans because of its cheerful and youthful storyline. Not to mention, thanks to starring together in this drama, Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk became a couple in real life. Although they have announced their breakup, because they are such a good match, fans still hope that the two will get back together one day.
The drama is about an adorable love story between the weightlifting “fairy” Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) and the swimming heartthrob Jung Joon Hyung (Nam Joo Hyuk). Despite having a handsome look that makes many girls fall for him, Joon Hyung only likes to tease and mess around with his childhood friend Kim Bok Joo, making her try to run away many times.
4. Eighteen Again (2020)
The success of the first male lead role in “Eighteen Again” was a turning point in Lee Do Hyun’s acting career after a long time of playing supporting roles in different dramas. Eighteen Again tells the story of the character Hong Dae Young (Yoon Sang Hyun) – a father whose life is full of disappointment when he is fired from his job, and is shunned by his own wife and children because of his odd personality.
This causes him to regret the glorious past before he gave up his dream of becoming a famous basketball player. While being depressed, he suddenly “ages backwards” and becomes an 18-year-old student again. Hong Dae Young then begins to live under the new identity of Go Woo Young (Lee Do Hyun). But does this change end up making him happy?
5. Hot Stove League (2019)
Although ‘Hot Stove League’ has a huge rating of up to 19%. The work has surpassed a series of blockbusters of the year to win a prestigious award at the 2020 Baeksang Awards.
The plot revolves around the Dreams baseball team with the worst record in the seasons. To save this dark situation, Baek Seung Soo (Nam Goong Min) and manager Lee Se Young (Park Eun Bin) worked together to “correct” the attitude and order of each member, step by step. help teenagers find a true passion for baseball.
6. Fight For My Way (2017)
‘Fight For My Way’ makes the audience want to “psychological trauma” when constantly admiring the six-pack, toned body of handsome Park Seo Joon. In this work, the actor plays Ko Dong Man – a former Taekwondo player who quit his job because of a painful memory.
In the days that followed, he lived like a jobless man, always teasing his childhood friend Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won). When Ko Dong Man decided to return to his dream, Choi Ae Ra decided to leave him because she did not want to see her beloved beaten in the ring.
7. Birdie Buddy (2011)
‘Birdie Buddy’ – a rare Korean film that explores the sport of golf. The project’s content revolves around the character Seong Mi Soo (UEE) – a passionate, energetic girl who always aspires to become the champion of golf.
But this journey is not easy when she always faces difficulties from those who have a lot of money, plot to manipulate the rankings. Can Seong Mi Soo “turn the tide” and stand proudly on top of the glory?
8. To the Beautiful You (2012)
Expected to create a fever like the Taiwanese version of Hana Kimi, unfortunately ‘To the Beautiful You’ “sliding down” with dismal ratings and poor acting of the cast from the idol world.
Originally a pretty and lovely girl, Goo Jae Hee (Sulli) was so “in love” with the dream guy Kang Tae Joon (Minho) that she pretended to be a boy to break into the boys’ dormitory. Here, she was in the same room with her crush and confused him with his true gender when he gradually fell in love with this “pretty man”.
Possessing a cast with explosive visuals and a romantic but equally dramatic way of exploiting content, Korean movies on sports topics in recent years always leave strong impressions in the public’s hearts.