As the 2020 Olympics spirit is in the air, let’s talk about sports theme K-dramas. Kdramas with sports genre might not be as popular as other themes, yet many great actors starring the kdramas and gave us the most unforgettable characters and storylines. So, let’s check out the five recommended and best Korean dramas with sports theme to binge-watch below.
Here are 5 Best Korean Dramas Sports Theme to Binge-Watch and Get Ready to be Inspired
1. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)
One of the most popular sports theme K-dramas is “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.” This romantic comedy starring Lee Sung Kyung (Kim Bok Joo), a weightlifter, and Nam Joo Hyuk (Joon Hyeong), a swimmer, Song Shi Ho (Kyung Soo Jin), a rhythmic gymnastic athlete, and Jung Jae Yi ( Lee Jae Yoon), a doctor.
The drama sets in a sports academy; the story follows a girl named Kim Bok Joo, who dreams of becoming a female weightlifter inspired by a weightlifting gold-medalist Jang Mi Ran. She then founds out that being a gold medalist athlete is not easy.
She has to deal with the stigma about female weightlifters, and she has to choose between dreams and love. The drama offers a light story yet makes an impression on the viewer’s heart as its rich in moral messages.
“Who is going to love you if you’re so ashamed of yourself?”
2. Prison PlayBook (2017)
“Prison PlayBook” is one of the recommended Korean dramas with sports genre that offers good entertainment and is worth binge-watch. The story follows a talented and famous baseball player named Kim Je Hyuk (Park Hae Soo). After chasing down a man attempting to assault his sister sexually, he got sentenced to prison.
In prison, he meets Lee Joon Ho (Jung Kyung Ho), his fellow baseball player. He gave up on baseball after a car accident and decided to work as a correctional officer. Moreover, besides he meets various people in prison, he is also facing unpredictable situations that make him learn how to be wise instead of using his extreme force.
The drama offers unique plot twists that are worth watching in every episode. Further, the drama also shared moral messages. Like we can learn to live and be wise by seeing other people’s experiences, grow empathy and learn to respect others and the importance of having and being part of a support system.
“Even if you live for one day, live as a good person. Or else, your will regret it for the rest of your life.”
3. Fight For My Way (2017)
Another best Korean dramas with sports theme to binge-watch is “Fight For My Way.” It follows four amazing friends Go Dong-man (Park Seo-Joon), Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won), Kim Joo Man (Ahn Jae Hong ), dan Baek Seol Hee (Song Ha Yoon). Four of them have their dreams of love and life.
Go Dong-man is a former taekwondo athlete who wants to be a boxing athlete named Go Dong-man. At the same time, Choi Ae-ra dreams of being a news anchor. In contrast, Baek Seol Hee wants to be a good mother and wife for Kim Joo Man.
There are many moral messages about family and friendship values and the importance of keeping optimistic to pursuing our passion through the storyline.
Hey, Go Dong-Man. You’re a nut job, but you’re not a loser. You’re going to succeed. I know it.
4. Hot Stove League (2019)
“Hot Stove League” is a Korean drama that has an exciting storyline. It tells about a major Korean baseball league team called Dreams, known for being bad at games. A new team manager, Baek Seung Soo (Namgoong Min), came in their preparation period for the next match.
Baek Seung Soo made a presentation to make the team great again. However, to make it work, he has to work together with the Dream team management. Lee Se Young (Park Eun Bin) is a loyal fan of the Dream team.
She is the only female and the youngest manager who works in the professional team. Yet, she believes in dreams and works with great encouragement. Meanwhile, Han Jae Hee (Jo Byeong Gyu) has differences of opinion with Baek Seung Soo’s ideas.
Aside from differences, the drama shows diversity and equality with the character of Lee Se Young. This drama also promotes the family value in a team. The Hot Stove League will show how this team faced the problems when they prepared to become an even stronger team.
“I didn’t make you a team leader so you could do a terrific job all of a sudden. I promoted you to team leader so you could keep doing what you were doing.”
5. My Annoying Brother (2016)
Go Doo Shik (Jo Jung Suk) gets paroled from prison to take care of his younger brother Go Doo Yeong (EXO D.O. / Kyungsoo). Doo Yeong is a promising judo athlete. However, he had to lose his eyesight due to an injury in a competition before the national team selection.
After 15 years, Go Doo Shik and Goo Doo Yeong begin to live together again, despite their different characters. But we can see that blood is thicker than water. Doo Shik helps Doo Yeong from his depression and get back on his track as a Judo athlete.
The storyline is simple, but the ending is unpredictable. You will watch an emotional drama that makes you think about life and passion.
Always be confident, don’t be scared, and widen your chest. […] Always know that you are not alone.
Have you watched these Kdramas with sports theme? If not yet, then you should make time and binge-watch one of the five best Korean dramas with sport theme above and get inspired.
Let’s watch the duet of EXO D.O. and Jo Jung Suk in “Don’t Worry.”
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