This week, Disney Plus finally confirmed the official streaming release date for Korean drama Snowdrop in North America and Europe.

Back in December 2021, the global conversation surrounding Korean dramas started to be dominated by one particular series, Snowdrop.

The 16-episode K-drama was built as the jewel of Disney Plus, being the flagship series for the streaming services launch in South Korea and across Asian territories.

However, fans outside Asia had to sit and wait patiently for news on the series’ international release, often blocking keywords on social media to stay away from spoilers.

Thankfully, Disney Plus recently confirmed what date Snowdrop will release in North America and Europe for OTT streaming!

Snowdrop drama PV teaser trailer

Snowdrop drama PV teaser trailer

Snowdrop’s North American release date confirmed

This week, Disney Plus confirmed via Polygon that a streaming release date for Snowdrop in North America and Europe had been set for Wednesday, February 9th.

All 16-episodes will launch at once for fans in North America and Europe, from 12 AM Pacific Time (8 AM GMT/9 AM CET) on February 9th.

The series first premiered on the South Korean television network JTBC on December 18th, 2021, running through until January 30th, 2022.

Snowdrop was available to stream through the Disney Plus platform throughout its television run, launching new episodes around one hour after the South Korean broadcast had concluded.

However, access to Snowdrop through Disney Plus was limited to Asian territories, including South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.

In Latin America, the series will be available through Star+, also from February 9th.

A tale of two reactions

Fans of Snowdrop who had followed the series over its domestic broadcast will understand that the K-drama had a controversial run in South Korea.

Following the premiere in December 2021, there was a significant uproar in South Korea concerning the main character in Snowdrop being a North Korean spy during the democratisation movement.

“Viewers criticized several aspects of the drama including the male lead Su Ho being a real spy when many activists were actually killed for being falsely accused as spies and another male character having a back story when he is a team leader at the Agency for National Security Planning (NSP), part of the authoritarian regime at the time.” – D Kim, via Soompi.

A petition calling for the series to be cancelled reached 300,000 signatures in just a matter of weeks, forcing JTBC to release a statement responding to the controversy.

Unfortunately, Snowdrop was never able to truly surpass the controversy in South Korea, with the domestic viewership being surprisingly low throughout its television broadcast on JTBC.  

Internationally, the series received critical acclaim and widespread success with fans, being the number one most-streamed show on Disney Plus in multiple Asian territories.

At the time of writing, Snowdrop is scoring an 8.7/10 on MyDramaList, 8.9/10 on IMDB and 91% on AsianWiki.

Snowdrop stars an international superstar

Before the Snowdrop series had premiered, the global conversation surrounding the K-drama was focused on one person in particular, Jisoo.

One of the four members of the popular Korean group ‘BLACKPINK’, Jisoo would be making her acting debut in Snowdrop as main character Eun Yeong-Ro.

The 27-year-old may have performed at Coachella and won countless awards with BLACKPINK, but her role in Snowdrop may be her most impressive performance to date.

Alongside Jisoo is Jung Hae-In, a popular South Korean actor from Seoul. Following his professional debut in 2013, the actor and model has gone on to star in some of the best Korean series of the past few years, including Something in the Rain, While You Were Sleeping, D.P. and Prison Playbook.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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