The future is bright for the upcoming K-drama series of BLACKPINK member Jisoo and Jung Hae In, titled Snowdrop, after South Korea's Blue House or the Office of the President rejected a petition to stop the filming and cancel the airing of the imminent show.
Office of the President Junks Petition To Cancel Snowdrop
An online public petition against Snowdrop was filed on March 26 on the Blue House website. The round-robin claimed that the filming and airing of the imminent new K-drama should be stopped since it adopted a North Korean spy as a lead role, adding that it is trying to defend the soy agency that killed and tortured under the name of the government.
Protesters also stated that the synopsis of BLACKPINK member Jisoo and Jung Hae In's Snowdrop series mocks the victims and it cannot be approved under the name of the forthcoming South Korean television series. Ultimately, they argued that there was no North Korean involvement in the democracy movement.
The Blue House cited Article 4 of Korea's Broadcasting Act in rejecting the online petition against Snowdrop. The act about "Public Responsibility Broadcast" said direct government intervention in creative works, such as films and television shows, can infringe on freedom of expression, which means a cautious approach is required.
The Blue House said:
"The government respects the self-correction efforts and autonomous choices made by the private sector, including creators, producers, and audiences, for content that goes against public sentiment. Broadcasts that undermine the public responsibility of broadcasting, such as excessive distortion of history, or violate regulations, are subject to deliberation by the Korea Communications Standards Commission."
For starters, Snowdrop is set in Seoul in 1987, which is an important year in South Korea for it is the time when pro-democracy movements and rallies were held to criticize the killing and torture of a student activist. At the time, protesters also demanded the holding of a direct presidential election.
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The imminent new K-drama series starring BLACKPINK member Jisoo, Jung Hae In and Yoo In Na is scheduled to air on JTBC in 2021. However, the network has not announced an official release date for Snowdrop up to this writing.
The yet-to-be-released JTBC drama will center on the story of a Korean-German graduate student named Im Soo Ho (Jung Hae In), who was found covered with blood by a female college student named Eun Young Cho (BLACKPINK Jisoo) after participating in a pro-democracy protest.
The lady, who is a major in English Literature, then, hides Im Soo Ho from the government in her dormitory at the university she is attending to, Hosoo Women's University. However, she will later find out that Soo Ho is not the person he appears to be.
Eun Young Cho first met Im Soo Ho on a blind date and fell in love with him at first sight. Amid the chaos and violence, the two lead characters will develop romantic feelings for each other.
Aside from BLACKPINK member Jisoo and Jung Hae In, other personalities confirmed to appear on Snowdrop include Jang Seung Jo as Lee Kang Moo, Yoo In Na as Kang Chung Ya, Kim Hye Yoon as Kye Boon Ok, Yoon Se Ah as Pi Seung Hee and Jung Eugene as Jang Han Na.
The forthcoming South Korean television series is directed by Jo Hyun Tak and written by Yoo Hyun Mi.
To recall, JTBC announced on Nov. 24, 2020, that the filming for Snowdrop was stopped temporarily after a supporting actor came into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. The network, the following day, confirmed that filming would resume after the whole cast and crew members tested negative for the fatal virus.
Filming for Snowdrop was, reportedly, completed in July 2021.
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