Travel back through time as BLACKPINK’s Jisoo and Jung Haein will star as star-crossed university students in the upcoming K-drama Snowdrop.
Snowdrop will take place in 1987 during the June Democracy Movement—a pivotal period in South Korea’s history. Elite university student Im Suho (Jung Haein) suddenly appears at a women’s university in a bloody state, as Eun Youngro (Jisoo) nurses him back to health under close surveillance.
There haven’t been many teasers about this historical romance series, but many fans are hyped to witness Jisoo and Haein’s chemistry. The first episode will premiere on Dec. 18 and here’s what we know about this K-drama so far.
Snowdrop will be Jisoo’s first lead role
Prior to playing Youngro, Jisoo has made cameo appearances in the 2015 series The Producers and the 2019 series Arthdal Chronicles. Snowdrop will be her first time to play a lead character.
The K-drama will feature an ensemble cast
Jisoo is not the only actress that fans need to watch out for. Her onscreen partner Haein is a leading man in the making after appearing in K-dramas While You Were Sleeping, Prison Playbook, and Something in the Rain.
Snowdrop will also include Yoo Inna (Goblin, Touch your Heart, and My Love from the Star), Jang Seungjo (Money Flower and Encounter), and Kim Hyeyoon (Sky Castle).
The series will feature a significant period in South Korea’s history
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Snowdrop is set against the backdrop of the 1987 June Democratic Movement in South Korea. For starters, it’s a historic period in the country’s history where mass protests forced the then-authoritarian government to hold fair elections.
The mass protest movements came into fruition as South Korea held its first democratic election, dethroning the country’s authoritarian regime.
While reports about the backstory of Jisoo and Haein’s characters haven’t been released, Suho (Jung Haein) being attacked in a protest is a sign of what to expect in the series.
The K-drama faced backlash prior to its release
Prior to Snowdrop’s release, the K-drama faced backlash after information about its plot and characters was leaked in March 2021.
The alleged synopsis and character info claimed that Haein will play the role of a North Korean spy who infiltrated South Korea’s democratic movement, as per The Korea Times. The leaked info also accused another character of being part of the authoritarian Agency for National Security Planning (NSP), which has a decades-long history of taking down pro-democracy activists and political opponents.
Several netizens then accused the K-drama of alleged historical inaccuracy and for “glamorizing” South Korea’s democratic movement. As a result, Korea’s Blue House (South Korea’s Malacañang) said the series will continue airing but it will be reviewed at a later date.