One of the most anticipated K-dramas of the year, ‘Snowdrop’ now has a release schedule and that’s enough of a Christmas present for the Blinks to have! The drama marks the debut of BLACKPINK’s Ji Soo as the main actress after being featured in a handful of musical shows and documentaries as a guest character. Now that everyone is aware of her singing and dancing skills, it’s the right thing to showcase her talent as an actress too, of which the fans have been waiting for a long time.
We are as excited as you are for this drama to start airing but sadly, there’s almost a month time. The show has been scheduled to air the first episode on December 18, 2021. However, before the show officially premieres, we have come up with a list of the top dramas and movies for you to watch in which Ji Soo has played a part.
The Producers (2015)
Screenwriter: Park Ji Eun
Director: Pyo Min Soo, Seo Soo Min, Yoon Sung Ho
Starring: Cha Tae Hyun, Gong Hyo Jin, Kim Soo Hyun, IU, Kim Jong Kook, Na Young Hee
Total Number of Episodes: 12
Where to Watch: Viki, We TV, Netflix
‘The Producers’ navigates through the dynamic life and work of the people working in the entertainment sector of the broadcasting industry. The protagonist of the story is an experienced PD of various shows named Ra Jun Mo, who, despite having the credit of a lot of variety shows, doesn’t have a notable program of his own. On the other hand, Tak Ye Jin is a music show PD who had begun her career as an innocent and smart rookie but has been forced to change her personality into a sharp-tongued woman amidst the harsh competitive environment. While Baek Sung Chan has entered the broadcast industry as a rookie variety show PD, after letting go of his bright future as a prosecutor, the top celebrity singer Cindy has become an ice princess who doesn’t let herself fall deeply for anyone after experiencing a lot of betrayal in her past.
The show has a star-embedded cast as well as a unique plotline, giving lessons on family and friendship. It also tackles subjects like fame, betrayal and bullying in the broadcast industry. Ji Soo makes a cameo appearance in the show while she was still a trainee under YG Entertainment, playing the role of a new star competing against Cindy in a variety program. Although her appearance in the drama is short, she definitely becomes a show-stealer.
Part-Time Idol (2017)
Director: Nam Tae Jin
Starring: Kim Min Kyo, Viini, Hwang Seung Eon, Kim Hee Jung, Lee Soo Hyun, Kwon Young Deuk
Total Number of Episodes: 5
Where to Watch: Netflix
The story is about the producer of an entertainment agency, who has launched several famous K-pop idols in his life. However, he suddenly begins to question the entire system of creating a star and decides to go on a hiatus for a few years. When he comes back to the company, he forms a new co-ed idol group with some talented trainees whose potential haven’t been discovered yet and tries to launch them. However, the trainees have their own issues to deal with because of which they have been left on the back burner all this time. The producer takes the help of a handful of ridiculous ways for their special training in order to get them to overcome it.
Another mini-drama by YG Entertainment, ‘Part-Time Idol’ is fun and enjoyable as it lets the idols showcase talents besides singing and expand their wings. Ji Soo appears as a presenter in the drama for the weekly music show, Inkigayo.
YG Future Strategy Office (2018)
Director: Park Joon Soo
Starring: Seungri, Yoo Byung Jae, Lee Jae Jin, Son Se Bin, Baek Young Kwang, Kim Ga Eun
Total Number of Episodes: 8
Where to Watch: Netflix
The show is absolutely humour-based and you should definitely watch it if you are into K-pop and want a good piece of entertainment. Starring Seungri, the youngest member of the popular boyband, BIGBANG, as himself, ‘YG Future Strategy Office’ is a mockumentary sitcom that showcases Seungri trying to lead the bumbling staff team. The show has tried to hit on almost every scandal that the YG company has ever faced without holding back at all. With a good range of slapstick, bizarre scenarios and a bucket full of humourous jokes, the comedy is all over the place and certainly in a good way. Various artists from YG Entertainment made special appearances in between the series including BLACKPINK, Nam Tae-hyun, One, Sunmi and iKon.
Arthdal Chronicles Part 2: The Sky Turning Inside Out, Rising Land (2019)
Director: Kim Won Suk
Screenwriter: Kim Young Hyun, Park Sang Yeon
Starring: Song Joong Ki, Kim Ji Won, Jang Dong Gun, Kim Ok Bin, Jo Sung Ha, Park Hae Joon
Total Number of Episodes: 6
Where to Watch: Netflix
The story has its setting in ancient Korea, in the mythical city of Arthdal, during the Bronze Age, loosely inspired by the founder of the kingdom of Gojoseon named Dangun. The story revolves around Eun Seom, who has to leave his land with his mother after knowing that he will bring disaster to the city. However, his fate remains the same and he ends up facing various hurdles while bringing his tribe back to life. In the process, he encounters love and learns about the true origins of his life.
Ji Soo’s appearance in Arthdal Chronicles Part 2 as the love interest of the character, Sa Ya, was for a short duration, but it did not fail to stand out the most. With just a few seconds’ appearances, she topped Twitter’s worldwide trends, with the #JisooOnArthdalChronicles which ended up becoming the highest-trending topic on the platform.
BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (2020)
Starring: Kim Jennie, Rose, Kim Ji Soo, Lisa, Teddy Park
Where to Watch: Netflix
Every Blink should have already watched this music documentary of BLACKPINK but in case you have missed it, it’s never too late for anything. The documentary covers almost all the important events that took place in their lives ever since BLACKPINK debuted in 2016. From the time they were trainees, their life in the hostel, their behind the stage stories, till the era when they rule the music charts— ‘BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky’ contains all of it.
BLACKPINK: The Movie (2021)
Writers: Chung Justine, Lee Mizi
Directors: Su Yee Jung, Oh Yoon-Dong
Starring: Kim Ji Soo, Lisa, Kim Jennie, Rose
A new documentary has been released this year as a present to the Blinks on the occasion of BLACKPINK’s fifth anniversary. The group had been tagged as the ‘monster rookie’ soon after its debut owing to the amazing response it achieved, topping all music charts in Korea. And…even after five years, BLACKPINK is still unstoppable, evolving as something more than a girl group and making music beyond K-pop. The documentary celebrates the fifth anniversary of the group’s debut which is still giving off infinite charm without losing the strength of its base.
‘Snowdrop’ is going to be the latest project of writer Yoo Hyun Mi and director Jo Hyun Tak who have previously worked together on the 2019 K-drama, ‘SKY Castle’. The show casts one of the most famous actors of recent times, Jung Hae In, whose latest series, D.P. received a lot of appreciation, in the lead role opposite Kim Ji Soo. Jang Seung Jo, Yoo In Na, Kim Hye Yoon and Yoon Se Ah are also a part of the show in notable roles.
The upcoming show has been set during the 1987 Democracy Movement when a mass protest is taking place in the country in order to force the authoritarian government of Korea during that time, to hold fair elections to end the authoritarian rule completely and establish democratic rule. Actor Jung Hae-in plays the role of a graduate student who is found blood-stained by Eun Young-ro, a university student played by Ji Soo. He was injured after participating in such a pro-democracy protest. Young-ro gives him shelter in her own dorm at the women’s university, tending to his wounds and helping him hide from the government. Amidst the political upheaval, the two begins to develop a romantic relationship with each other. However, Soo-ho’s identity is not what he appears on the surface.