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English Title: Snowdrop

Director: Jo Hyun Tak

Writer: Yoo Hyun Mi

Episodes: 16

Genre: Period drama, melo

Broadcast station: JTBC

Online Streaming Site: Disney+, TVING

Production Company: Drama House and JTBC Studios
Schedule: 18th December 2021 - 6th February 2022

Websites: Official Website | Naver | NamuWiki |


Plot Summary

Set in 1987, when South Korea was governed by a dictatorial government.


Graduate student Im Soo-Ho (Jung Hae-In) is covered in blood and he jumps into the female dormitory at Hosoo Women’s University. Eun Young-Cho (Kim Ji-Soo) finds him and helps to hide him. They develop a romantic relationship.


Im Soo-Ho is graduate student at a prestigious university. He is Korean-German. He has charisma and he is also mysterious.


Eun Young-Cho is in the first grade of Hosoo Women’s University. She is a major in English literature. She first met Im Soo-Ho on a blind date and fell in love with him at first sight.


Kye Boon-Ok (Kim Hye-Yoon) gave up entering university due to her poor family background. She now works as a telephone operator at a women’s dormitory. Pretending to be a university student, she attends a blind date with Eun Young-Cho. Kye Boon-Ok later gets involved in a case.


Lee Kang-Moo (Jang Seung-Jo) is the leader of team 1 at NSP (National Security Planning). He is a man of principle, who doesn't compromise in any situation. (source: AsianWiki)


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Main Cast



  • Jung Hae-In - Im Soo-Ho, a college student who was raised in Germany and hides a secret.
  • Kim Ji-Soo - Eun Young-Cho, a college student who falls in love with Soo-ho at first sight.
  • Jang Seung-Jo - Lee Kang-Moo, the chief of NIS's team one who always follows the rules.
  • Yoo In-Na - Kang Chung-Ya, a charismatic and skilled surgeon who works at a state-run hospital.
  • Kim Hye-Yoon - Kye Boon-Ok, a phone operator who could not go to college due to financial issues.
  • Yoon Se-Ah - Pi Seung-Hee, the housemother of Hosoo Women's University Dormitory.
  • Jung Yoo-jin - Jang Han-Na, an impulsive but passionate NIS agent.


Special Appearances


  • Yum Jung Ah

Character Chart



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3 hours ago, mademoiselle said:

Jang Seung Jo is your Oppa, right? @abs-oluteM

Lol, Hae In is charismatic Korean German 🤣 @SilverMoonTea

Yesssss....I am here for JSJ :pandahappy: and also Yoo In Na.  :wow:. Maybe they can have their own love line!

Not a fan of the hair!




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JTBC Releases Statement About Upcoming Drama “Snowdrop” Denying Suspicions Of Historical Distortion



Although “Snowdrop” (literal title) has not yet premiered, the drama is coming under suspicions of historical distortion given the drama’s subject matter.


“Snowdrop,” which is scheduled to premiere in the second half of 2021, takes place in Seoul in 1987. It stars Jung Hae In as Soo Ho, a student at a prestigious university who rushes into a female dorm one day covered in blood. BLACKPINK’s Jisoo plays Young Cho, the university student who hides him and takes care of his wounds despite facing danger and close surveillance.


After SBS’s “Joseon Exorcist” came under fire for using Chinese props in a drama set in the Joseon period, netizens have begun to criticize other dramas for historical distortion and/or receiving product placement from Chinese companies. This criticism is also connected to the recent political and cultural friction between Korea and China over elements of traditional Korean culture.


Netizens began criticizing “Snowdrop” after parts of the synopsis began to circulate online. According to these online sources, the male lead is a spy who has infiltrated the activist movement, while another male character is a team leader at the Agency for National Security Planning (NSP) but is described as being straightforward and just.


1987 was a key year in South Korea’s popular democratic movement that led to the establishment of the present-day republic. The Agency for National Security Planning would have been part of the authoritarian regime at the time.

On March 26, JTBC released an official statement about the issue.

This is JTBC’s statement on the controversy surrounding the drama “Snowdrop.”


“Snowdrop” is not a drama that disparages the pro-democracy movement or glamorizes being a spy or working for the NSP.


“Snowdrop” is a black comedy that satirizes the presidential elections taking place in the 1980s under a military regime during the North-South tension on the Korean peninsula. It is also a melodrama about the young men and women who were victims of that situation.


We received all sorts of criticism after certain sentences were taken out of context from parts of an incomplete synopsis that were leaked online, but all of this was based on mere speculation.


In particular, accusations like “the drama will show a North Korean spy leading the pro-democracy movement” and “the drama made a real student activist into a character” and “the drama glamorizes the Agency of National Security Planning” are not only different from the drama’s actual content but also far from the production staff’s intention.


We firmly reiterate that the accusations going around about “Snowdrop” are unrelated to the drama’s actual content or the production’s staff’s intentions. We ask that you refrain from reckless speculation about a drama that has not even been revealed.

“Snowdrop” is being directed and written by the creators of JTBC’s “SKY Castle,” and stars Kim Hye Yoon, Jang Seung Jo, Yoon Se Ah, Jung Yoo Jin, and Yoo In Na in addition to Jung Hae In and Jisoo.


Source (1) via soompi


Additional reading with a grain of salt:

*NOTE: Koreaboo should do some homework - that is NOT official poster of Snowdrop (but fan-made).

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6 hours ago, Tofu said:

I know JTBC released a statement about it already but it seems like people are not letting go. Any new development on this? 

They are petitioning to the Blue House to cancel it. Last reported (translated), it was over 100k.


They also demanded JTBC to be clear & promise to change 3 things after the initial statement.


1. Change FL's name

2. Clarify ML is not a spy

3. Change second ML's character so that he doesn't work for the National Security Agency


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@mademoiselle from that article , it is referring to JHI and JSJ's characters right? The supposed spy will be JHI and the NSP agent is JSJ ? Good that JTBC is fighting back. 


3. In this setting, a North Korean spy and an agent of the NSP who is chasing the spy appear as the main characters. They are not characters who represent their respective government and organization. They are characters who highlight a critical viewpoint on the NSP, which actively supports a corrupt desire for power to become the ruling party. Therefore, the concern that the drama glamorizes being a spy or working for the NSP is not relevant to “Snowdrop.”

4. The reason we described the NSP agent as “straightforward and just” is because he is a secret agent who turns down the chance to be appointed to a powerful position in his country and instead works overseas after he is disheartened to see his colleagues “creating” spies instead of “catching” them. He is also portrayed as a man of principle who turns his back on the corrupt organization and does what he thinks is right.

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Just now, mademoiselle said:

Knet literally forced JTBC to reveal the plot but they still don't believe after this statement was issued.

Honestly , too much. Urgghhh...please JTBC just continue to hold your ground.

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57 minutes ago, mademoiselle said:

WTH did I just read here, LOL! It's like got head but no tail. Such a political way of addressing something but not addressing anything at all. @abs-oluteM

What were they even saying? That whole statement was completely spineless...the govt just don't want to upset the netizens. 

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2 minutes ago, abs-oluteM said:

What were they even saying? That whole statement was completely spineless...the govt just don't want to upset the netizens. 

LOL, it's like one of the reports I soon will be writing to our customer... xD

"We acknowledge there is an issue. However we cannot give you any definite promise it won't happen again. We are looking into a solution to resolve this issue".


... except this statement is much better crafted in bullshitting than mine. :lmao2:

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They change the female character's name?




Set in 1987 Seoul, the upcoming JTBC drama tells the emotional love story of university students Su Ho and Young Ro. Jung Hae In plays elite university student Su Ho, who suddenly appears at a women’s university dorm in a bloody state one day, while BLACKPINK’s Jisoo is Young Ro, a student at the women’s university who hides him and takes care of his wounds while facing danger under close surveillance.


The teaser poster shows the young lovers gazing at each other as they dance together under a spotlight at a party. The text on the poster reads, “The blooming of radiant first love.”


“Snowdrop” is created by writer Yoo Hyun Mi and director Jo Hyun Tak, who previously worked together on the hit drama “SKY Castle.” Other cast members include Yoo In Na, Jang Seung Jo, Yoon Se Ah, Kim Hye Yoon, and Jung Yoo Jin. The drama is scheduled to premiere in December.

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