Yi San: A Korean Drama Review

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Korean:  이 산

 

Yi San’s(Lee Seo Jin) father was accused of treason and was dying inside the rice box after days without food and water. In a desperate attempt to keep him alive, he sneaked to the royal kitchen with the help of his new-found friends, Sung Song Yeon(Han Ji Min) and Park Dae Su(Lee Jong Soo). Unfortunately, he died shortly and Yi San was forced to live with the humiliation of a treacherous father. As he grew older, his grandfather, the king who sentenced his father to death continued to have faith in him and he remained the crown prince despite the protests from the Noron faction.

 

Upon becoming king, Yi San believed in social justice. He made reforms in the government that do not only favor the wealthy few and continued to seek justice for his father who was framed by the people who just wanted to gain power.

 

My Thoughts On Yi San

 

This drama is really a stretch. There are 77 episodes but I feel like they could have finished it with 20 episodes. I like the beginning with a comedy in it when Yi San was just a little boy together with funny Dae So when he was trying to be a eunuch. For some reason, they became boring characters when they became older. There are scenes that are not needed to be showed anymore like one character tells someone and then that someone repeats exact same words to another one to relay information. The romance between Yi San and Sung Song Yeon is great though and I think this gave this drama a lot of views. People in Korea love cheesy romance.

 

Weak Supporting Characters

 

This drama is by far have the weakest supporting characters in all the drama that I have watched. We have a silly Dae Su who is strong but is slow-witted. Song Yeon is a painter and is an extremely weak heroine. All throughout the drama, I can only see two major accomplishments. She saved Yi San when he was about to be stripped out of his crown prince status. Second is giving birth to the crown prince. Mostly, she just cried and receive the insults silently. But then again, she might have been killed if she fought back. Nevertheless, this is the lousiest supporting character that I have watched.

 

The Trusting King

 

Yi San, while intelligent is not the best king in my own opinion. He let people completely cloud his judgment by trusting them completely. His trusted official, played by Han Sang Jin took advantage of that fact and gained power.

The compassionate heart of the king made me continue watching this drama although I was really hoping for more action. Sadly, this drama failed me. I found myself skipping scenes because they were not interesting enough. If you are into historical drama, you might want to check this out and get some bonus if you like romance but I would highly recommend watching Jumong if you haven’t watched it yet for a fulfilling drama.

In the Korean drama Yi San, Yi San is a king who believes in social justice. He made reforms in the government that do not only favor the wealthy few and continued to seek justice for his father who was framed by the people who just wanted to gain power.

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