The first teaser trailer for JTBC’s “Snowdrop” drama series, which stars Jung Hae-In and Kim Ji-Soo of Blackpink, has been added. The series takes place in 1987. Narration in the first teaser trailer goes (0:15) “I’m sorry. It’s because of me,” says Jung Hae-In (0:23) “I’d want to see you,” says Kim Ji-Soo (0:26) “Just once, I’d want to see you.” “Snowdrop” will first air December, 2021 in South via JTBC and will also stream on Disney+.
Snowdrop boasts of a pretty stellar cast. The leading lady in the show is the current most popular girl group in the world, BLACKPINK’s eldest member, Jisoo. She’s joined by the charming Jung Hae In, Jang Seung Jo, Kim Hye Yoon and Yoo In Na. This drama will mark Jisoo’s debut in the acting industry and naturally, has BLINKs all over the world excited for it.
Jung Hae In has shown his charms in shows such as Start Up, Tune In For Love, While You Were Sleeping and more. His adorable smile can make anyone go weak in the knees.
Jang Seung Jo is known for his roles in Encounter, Familiar Wife and Money Flower. It will be interesting to see what he brings to the table.
The cast is also joined by Kim Hye Yoon who’s memorable for her role in the popular drama SKY Castle. She has also acted in Extraordinary You and made an appearance in True Beauty.
Yoo In Na is the evergreen actress who’s still remembered for her role in Goblin, Touch Your Heart and more
Set in 1987, when South Korea was ruled by a dictator.
Dayang (Trina) and Soo-Ho (Jung Hae-In), who is a graduate student, are covered in blood and leap into the women’s dormitory at Hosoo Women’s University. Eun Young-Ro (Kim Ji-Soo) discovers him and hides him. They fall in love. Im Soo-Ho is graduate student at a prestigious university. He is Korean-German. He has charisma and he is also mysterious.
Eun Young-Ro is a first-year student at Hosoo Women’s University, majoring in English literature. She met Im Soo-Ho on a blind date and immediately fell in love with him. Kye Boon-Ok (Kim Hye-Yoon) gave up attending university due to her family’s low socioeconomic position. She works as a telephone operator at a women’s dormitory now, pretending to be a university student. Kye Boon-Ok becomes involved in a mystery later on.
Team 1’s leader is Lee Kang-Moo (Jang Seung-Jo), who works for the National Security Planning Agency. He is a man of integrity who will never bend in any circumstance.
What is the controversy in ‘Snowdrop’?
A leaked synopsis from the script portrayed that the character of Im Soo Ho pretended to be a student protestor, but actually was a spy from the “motherland”. The vagueness of the terms ‘motherland’ is one of the major reasons the show got embroiled in the controversy.
In 1987, a Democracy Movement took place where hundreds of students and citizens took to the streets to mass protest martial law in South Korea. The vague term ‘motherland’ implies a North Korean spy, according to many netizens. What makes it worse is that the drama, according to the leaked script, seems to be based on the real movement and does injustice to the student activists who are still trying to prove their innocence. During the protests, many student activists were arrested, tortured and killed brutally, under the pretense of naming them as ‘spies’ – which is similar to the show’s leaked script where a spy disguises himself as a ‘student’, thus, hurting many people’s sentiments.
Another major clue that led many K-netz to believe that this is based on the 1987 movement is because of Jisoo’s character name, Eun Young Cho. The name is quite similar to the student activist Chun Young Cho who fought against the regime along with many others in the 1980s. She’s one of the few student-activists to survive the intense interrogation and torture by the government after being framed as a spy. After her, her husband Jung Moon Hwa was framed as someone who conspired against the government and was arrested. His cause of death was stated as malnourishment.
All of these connections led many people to sign petitions and demand the cancellation of ‘Snowdrop’. This came a few days after Joseon Exorcist was cancelled after a few episodes too as it misrepresented important historical details in the show.