Yi San / 이산***** (2007)
MBC Drama / 77 episodes
Genre: Historical Drama
Directors: Kim Geun Hong (김근홍), Yi Byeong Hun (이병훈)
Screenwriter: Kim Yi Yeong (김이영)
Cast: Yi Seo Jin (이서진), Han Ji Min (한지민), Yi Sun Jae (이순재), Kyeon Mi Ri (견미리), Pak Eun Hye (박은혜), Kim Yeo Jin (김여진), Seong Hyeon Ah (성현아), Jo Yeon Wu (조연우), Yi Jong Su (이종수), Han Sang Jin (한상진), Jo Kyeong Hwan (조경환), Han In Su (한인수), Park Yeong Ji (박영지), Nah Seong Gyun (나성균), Shin Chung Shik (신충식), Kang Sang Wu (강상구), Ji Sang Ryeol (지상렬), Yi Hee Do (이희도), Park Ji Bin (박지빈), Yi Han Na (이한나), Kwon Oh Min (권오민), Hong Geun Ha (홍근하), Maeng Sang Hun (맹상훈), Hwang Jin Yeong (황진영), Choi Beom Ho (최범호), Weon Jong Rye (원종례)
The story starts when Crown Prince Sado is accused of treason and Yi San, the Crown Prince’s son, with the help of Song Yeon and Dae Su, tries to prove his innocence to the King…
This is fictionalized story of King Jeong Jo (Yi San), 22nd ruler of Joseon Dynasty, one of the greatest kings of Korean history in terms of accomplishments. If there were a top 10, I think he would rank 2nd, behind King Sejong.
This drama is really nicely done, with the same producer as Dae Jang Geum. For me, it got really interesting around episode 20. This drama confirms my belief that you have to have good villains to have a good story… Notice that Yi San’s grandfather (Yi Sun Jae, here) is actually the son of Dong Yi. They refer to her at some point when Yi San fights with his mother over Song Yeon being accepted as part of the royal family or when the King passes down Dong Yi’s rings to Song Yeon… As always, the costumes are gorgeous. I love historical dramas. I give 5 stars!