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English Name: Yi San
Korean Name: 이산
Other Name: Yi San - King Jeong Jo / Lee San, Wind of the Palace / 이산-정조대왕
Genre: Historical, Period Drama
Broadcast period: 17 September 2007 To 17 June 2008
Air Time: Mondays and Tuesdays 21:55
In the late 18th century, Lee San became the 22nd kind of the Joseon Dynasty!
It was the most tumultuous times ever seen in the 500-year-old Joseon monarchy!
He was an open-minded, wise king who championed democratic values.
The stories of his glorious triumphs, ordeals, regrets, and historical achievements are shown in this TV drama.
A story about Lee San’s life
The politics of Lee San (King Jung-jo)
He was a natural leader who ended vicious partisan politics and revived the economy with his extensive knowledge of the market. He created a strong paradigm in the 18th century and ruled with the kingdom wisely!
This biopic drama covers his dramatic life and shows the achievements of the Silhak scholars and outstanding officials who rebuilt the kingdom’s power.
The high point of the arts in the late Joseon Dynasty.
Hwaseong Fortress was a remarkable architectural achievement during this period and western knowledge began to seep into the kingdom. Brilliant individuals such as Park Ji-won, Lee Ick, Jung Yak-yong, Kim Hong-do, Shin Yoon-bok, and others are introduced in this TV drama as well.
For the first time, the art workshop of the palace will be shown along with the Aekjung office and Seja Ikwiesa. There were 10 failed assassination attempts made during this period alone in the 500-year history of the Joseon Kingdom and they will be depicted as well.
Economic turning point in the 18th century
As family industries began to be replaced with a trading economy, the 18th century was a turning point for the economy-!
The commercial trade of the times will be depicted realistically and the trading organization that Song-yeon leads is where the latter Joseon Dynasty’s economy originated from. The special Joseon Dynasty products that were made under the guidance of Song-yeon were exported to the China’s Ching Dynasty.
In addition, the 30-year romance between the leading female character Song-yeon (Eubin Sung) and King Jung-jo will also be a main theme in the drama.
The reinforcement of the army and military research In the late 18th century, western technology began to seep into the kingdom and many political factions that opposed the king tried to fan the flames by starting anti-government movements. This led King Jung-jo to take a strong interest in national security and a military buildup. This is when the king reformed the army and began to beef up military research. One accomplishment in this era was the publication of the Muyedobotongji, Joseon dynasty’s first martial arts textbook to ever exist.
Lee Seo Jin as Yi San / King Jeong Jo
Han Ji Min as Seong Song Yeon
Park Eun Hye as Queen Hyo Eui
Lee Jong Soo as Park Dae Su
Lee Soon Jae as King Yeong Jo
Kyun Mi Ri as Lady Hye Kyeong
Sung Hyun Ah as Hwa Wan Ong Ju
Kim Yeo Jin as Queen Jeong Sun
Lee Ip Sae (이잎새) as Cho Bi
Ji Sang Ryul as Kim In Gwon
Song Chang Ui as Jung Yak Yong
Han Sang Jin as Hong Guk Young (Jeong Jo’s right hand man)
Jo Yeon Woo (조연우) as Jeong Hu Kyeom
Han In Soo as Chae Je Gong
Lee Hui Do as Uncle Park
Ji Sung Won as Won Bin (Guk Young’s sister)
Yoo Yun Ji as Hwa Bin
Lee Chang Hun as Prince Sado (Jeong Jo’s father)
Jo Kyung Hwan as Choi Seok Ju
Maeng Sang Hun (맹상훈)
Shin Choong Shik as Hong Bong Han
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