The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won (2021) Review


 KBS 1TV’s new historical drama “The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won” is about a leader who took the lead in the founding of Joseon more than anyone in the period of ‘Yeomal Seoncho’, when the old order of Goryeo was destroyed and a new order of Joseon was created. It is a work that sheds new light on the appearance of Kim Young-Chul is the first king of Joseon in the play, Lee Seong-gye, raising expectations for the disassembled drama. Lee Seong-gye, the founder of Joseon, was a person who knew how to embrace people and could see through the world. However, after he ascended to the throne, he left the throne and became the antagonist with his son Lee Bang-won, drawing a troubled family history.

In the still picture released on the 11th, Kim Young-chul, wearing an official uniform and armor, exuding different charisma, is contained. The aura of a seasoned politician who overpowers opponents with just his eyes, and the aura of strong longevity that lowers the morale of enemies just by being there, catches the eye at once.

Actor Kim Young-cheol, who gives strong trust to the public with his irreplaceable acting skills, is curious what kind of Lee Seong-gye he will show in “The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won”.

In addition, Kim Young-cheol and Joo Sang-wook’s father-son breathing is a fresh combination in the historical drama genre, and watching the acting synergy of the two sharply opposing people is expected to be one of the fun elements of the drama.

The production team of “The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won” said, “It’s an honor to work with Kim Young-cheol, who is unique in the historical drama genre. The production team is also looking forward to what Lee Seong-gye will look like in “The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won” and what the acting synergy will be like with actor Joo Sang-wook. I hope the viewers will also watch this.”

With “The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won”, KBS is drawing attention as it revives the historical drama of Daeha for the first time in 5 years. Amid the flood of historical dramas, reactions are continuing, saying, “I have seen a real historical drama.”

In particular, “The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won” is an orthodox historical drama based on true history, which is being presented in KBS 5 years after ‘Jang Young-sil’. It is not a drama that simply reproduces the records of the annals, but rather the meanings between the lines that lie beyond the records of the annals to show the viewers an interesting story. This is in line with the demands of viewers for the revival of historical dramas and is more welcomed.

In the meantime, other historical dramas set in the beginning of the end of the year have always portrayed the character Lee Bang-won only through the eyes of other protagonists, so the figure we see of Lee Bang-won has always been cross-sectional. On the other hand, ‘Taejong Lee Bang-won’ looks at Lee Bang-won, a historical figure, from a new perspective, and deals with the story of Lee Bang-won and his family in depth.

In addition, trusted and trusted actors Joo Sang-wook, Kim Young-cheol, Park Jin-hee, and Ye Ji-won play the roles of Lee Bang-won, Lee Seong-gye, Queen Wongyeong Min, and Queen Shindeok Kang, respectively, making “The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won” richer. The breathing of Kim Young-cheol and Joo Sang-wook’s father and son, Joo Sang-wook and Park Jin-hee, and Kim Young-cheol and Ye Ji-won’s married couple breathing is also one of the points to watch.

The production team of ‘Taejong Lee Bang-won’ said, “We want to pursue a novel visual beauty that meets the needs of viewers who are increasing day by day, and on the other hand, responds to the changing times in order to meet expectations for a historical drama that is reviving after a long time. We are planning to boldly abandon the shooting method and implement a luxurious visual beauty that reveals the psychology of the characters and the arrangement of powers, so please give us a lot of interest and love.”


  • Drama: The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won
  • Native Title: 태종 이방원
  • Also Known As: The Great King Yi Bang Won , The Great King Lee Bang Won , Taejong Lee Bang Won ,Taejong Yi Bang Won , Taejong Ibangwon
  • Screenwriter: Lee Jung Woo
  • Director: Kim Hyung Il
  • Genres: Historical, Drama
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 32
  • Airs: Dec 11, 2021 – Mar 27, 2022
  • Airs On: Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: KBS1
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ – Teens 15 or older