Solomon's Perjury

Solomon's Perjury (2016)

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A male student's body has been found at the school in Christmas morning. After the police have determined it as suicide, an anonymous note citing it was actually a murder, suddenly spreads widely. To prevent further chaos and witch-hunt, Go Seo Yun, one of the students who first found the body, decides to take the matter into her hands by conducting an independent trial.

  • Native title:

    솔로몬의 위증
  • Also Known as:

    Solromonui Wijeung; The Trial of Solomon;

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Jan 31, 2017
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I started Solomon Perjury with the intention of probably dropping it; school dramas usually bore me. Yet, i was hooked 5 minutes in.

I loved this drama in the sense that it was very well written. There weren't many plot holes (that i could remember lol) and the writer stayed true to the previous episodes/overall plot rather than trying to manipulate and fool everyone at the end by introducing a whole different read more reason to why Sowoo died just to create an "illusion" of a major plot twist. Instead, the reason why Sowoo died kept you second guessing until the last episode but when the truth was revealed, it doesn't really take you by surprise either.

More than anything, I also loved the characters. For me in particular, even though Bae Joonyoung acts more of a side character, I believe he was very important to the story. In a way (not completely...but in a way) his story sort of mirrors that of Jihoon's and Sowoo's but with a more positive outcome. [SPOILER]: His almost suicide attempt, his crippling family and their mediation, and at one point his outlook on life. [END SPOILER] His character fighting through all that while the trial was still ongoing made me feel even more sympathetic towards the other two characters; it made it more real. That's just me though. Oh and the subtle romance between him and Seoyeon was a very nice addition!! It was the perfect relief to the bleakness of the drama. There wasn't much but it was cute.

I have more to say about the other characters but I'm lazy and this would turn into a 10 page review so I'll stop here.

Anyways, overall I give this drama a 9/10. I don't really have anything bad to say. Though one thing that got me a bit ????? is WHY is it so easy to gain entry into the school at like 11pm lol??? You have kids going up the roof top and into classrooms when it's pitch black. One way to decrease the number of student suicides on school grounds? Lock the school gates mayb. Also, I'll say this; although the reason for Sowoo's death didn't surprise me, I'm mad that he died that way. No, I'm not talking about the school. As much as I wanna rant about it, it's a major spoiler so I can't lol.
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Jan 29, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I consider high school to be the worst part of my life; the pressure, the stu-dying, the loneliness, the bullying, the unnecessary competition among students, continuous never-ending exams, the physical and mental weariness ect. More or less we can all relate, therefore you can imagine my excitement starting a drama that depicts exactly that.

Solomon’s perjury is a dark, gritty drama, taking a realistic spin on the awful, inhumane educational system, the read more gloomy side of teenagers -bullying as one of the main topics-, the lack of compassion of grown-ups and the general selfishness of people caring only about their lives and nothing more. The drama illustrates a very clear and vivid picture of school system and teenage life not only in Korea per-se but on a world-wide spectrum.

The drama is centered in a high school where a student presumably commits suicide, or did he? The students take things to their own hands and try to find what exactly happened after the disinterest of the adults. Solomon’s perjury primarily focuses on two elements; firstly the unfairness of the educational system and secondly the rough life of adolescents.

We get very close insight on how the educational system works, teachers and professors caring much less than expected about the education of their students, but mostly want to secure their jobs and reputation of their school. Furthermore, not only we understand how private schools work, where equity is sacrificed in the name of money –as everything else-, but also how no adult really cares about justice but essentially for their own profit and well-being.

Furthermore, we see first-hand how the students cope with their cruel reality. Talking about barbaric situations, bullying in school as well as domestic violence take the first wheel here presenting the severe repercussions they have on teenagers. The drama focuses heavily on the brutal reality of students having to take on numerous exams, unceasing pressure to succeed and be perfect as well as endure heartless teachers, problematic classmates and merciless parents. Several strong messages sent here as well targeting domestic violence and bullying most significantly: “violence only breeds violence, but in the end it’s also a choice!”

It was inspiring to see a bunch of 18 year olds caring much more about justice and fairness than people who get paid to do so, showing that kids even in the midst of their beefs are way more lawful than adults.

The drama is quite short and I’d say fast paced. It focuses on 3-4 specific characters trying to solve this case and their personal lives at home. I’d describe Solomon’s Perjury as an ambitious mystery thriller. It had its fair share of twists and it was interesting from start to finish and strong but I can’t say most of it wasn’t predictable. Still very entertaining though.

Having said all that, I can’t deny for a drama wanting to depict something real and significant it went on an increasingly unrealistic route to stay original. While I do appreciate where the writers were coming from and all the serious and important issues they addressed, I can’t deny I raised my eyebrow in front of the way the plot was developed.

The students decide to start their own school trial to solve this case and find the truth. What type of authority this school trial has? Considering students were barely interested in signing the petition to start the trial in the first place the auditorium was awfully packed when the trials started. Suddenly the students cared? We get a bunch of 18 year olds playing court, acting like proper prosecutors and attorneys and actually starting talking like ones. How? Did they stop studying for their high school final exams and picked up some legal books or they’ve watched too many legal dramas?

On top of that they started calling themselves prosecutors, attorneys and judges. You are students accept it! And to top it all off, when this little joke started getting out of hand, attacking teachers ect, the teachers barely did anything as well as the parents. The “judge” who was supposed to be a suppressed kid who only studied was yelling at his mother “take her out of the auditorium” and she just walked out? My mother would have come up to me, slapped me and dragged me out by the ear… I didn’t know if this was a bunch of kids playing court or a legal drama set in a high school somehow. This was all just too much to go with and accept.

What’s more, the seemingly normal, ordinary students started feeling increasingly difficult to relate to, acting like brats with psychological problems or one-dimensional wannabe “prosecutors” who couldn’t keep their emotions at place. At some point I felt the need to scream, y’all need serious psychological support before trying to solve anything. There’s only so much I can blame to troubled characters and abusive parents. 80% of the parents happened to be awful people somehow; just too convenient, a tad too much if you ask me.

In all its questionable nature Solomon’s perjury did leave a strong and memorable impression which is enough for me to recommend to everyone who wants to watch something more serious than usual and is into school dramas and crime mysteries.

Since this is a habitual question I’ll mention it. The drama offers only limited and subtle comic relief, while it has little to no romance, so you’re informed about what you’re getting into.

The acting was pretty satisfying considering I’d never seen any of the actors before this and all of them are very young. However, I can’t say any of the performances was memorable. Still, I’d love to see each of them again in the future nonetheless, especially Jang Dong Yoon who left the strongest impression.

Even in its far-fetched nature Solomon’s Perjury sent a lot of meaningful messages like the fact that we barely know the people around us, but it’s in our hand to acknowledge and appreciate them; the significance of friendship, forgiving ourselves firstly and those who wronged us, the unlimited potential of life and most importantly an extremely strong message of never giving up. No matter how difficult it might be today, there is always a brighter day coming tomorrow. If it’s winter today, just remember spring is coming!
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Make a Recommendation More recs (2)Recommendations

both about school and both has jang dong yoon, but both of them are really great, though solomon's penjury has darker tone
Recommended by Vanesha888
- both don't sugarcoat real issues (e.g. self harm, corruption, suicide)
- both in a school setting
- the female lead's mum is the same in both (same supportive mum character XD)
- clubs that the school/ someone wants to get rid of really badly
- i really love both dramas <3
- sassy go go has more romance though
- honestly i just find the feel of it kinda similar (to me at least)

seonam girls' high school investigators is also really similar to these two dramas:
- real issues as well
- club facing rejection from the school
- school setting too
- tiny bit of romance?

this is real messy I'm sorry TT
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    lolles 2 days ago

    I'm?? Crying?? This was beautiful and just i need more kdramas like this. All of the charas were so perfect, with so much layer I loved it

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    rheabiel Aug 23, 2017 - edited

    I liked it. And I liked the characters and actors here than in School 2017. I also liked the subtle crush/relationship of KoSooYeon & BaeJoonYoung. Wish there were more cute scenes of them togethere :)

    BTW, am I the only one who thinks that LeeSooWoo liked KoSooYeon?

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      KatySarang_TGeyes 17 days ago

      I also preferred these characters! Seo Ji Hoon has waaaay more of a story, and I liked how Dong Yoon's character here makes zero excuses for himself.

      And you are definitely not the only one. That boy def had a crush on her haha, probs why he was so hurt when she didn't defend him.

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    Fumi Aug 1, 2017

    Beautiful drama, beautiful ending. I thought it will be boring but it turned out to be really interesting. You don't have to like school dramas, it's for everyone in every age.. I'm really impressed. Also fighting for these actors, they're young and so talented!

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    KatySarang_TGeyes Jul 7, 2017

    So I just rewatched the first episode, and it is a 1000X more depressing watching it the second time around, with the ending in mind.

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    HannahWest Jun 30, 2017 - edited

    is this worth the watch??

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Jul 7, 2017

      Oh yes, this is an amazing drama! This drama is something everyone, young and old, needs to see in my opinion. It talks about serious issues and handles it beautifully. Great story, great acting, and very impactful. In my top 5.

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    KatySarang_TGeyes Jun 28, 2017

    I sorta wanna rewatch this.

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    SmileHoney Jun 4, 2017

    For me, I was able to get hooked by episode 5. Even though, the court scenes were unbelievable they were so good!

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    Kimberly Madubeko May 11, 2017 - edited

    Guys i really cant find the button to click when i want to watch this drama, please help

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      KatySarang_TGeyes May 24, 2017

      Is this serious...cuz honestly you just press the play button. I watched it on viki.

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    msa May 8, 2017 - edited

    Can someone recommend me something like this? Like its so thrilling, mysterioud and the setting is held in school? Waaaah this is just amazing,

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      DENlSSE May 11, 2017

      Watch 'Angry Mom', the teaser made it looks like it was going to be some comedy drama but heeeeeeell no, It's ssosososo good!

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      msa May 17, 2017

      Okok i"ll give it a try, thanks!

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Jun 28, 2017

      Angry Mom and Circle. Angry mom is closer, as in it is about trying to solve a murder/suicide but the trial is held by adults. Circle isn't set in a school setting...but it has the same "what the hell is going on" feel, and both make you theorize and question everybody so much.

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    Dia Apr 19, 2017

    Well, it can't be compared to White Christmas. White Christmas remains in my heart as #1. But it was nice to watch. I like this genre.

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    Belmani Mar 22, 2017

    Pretty nice drama i enjoyed a lot and didnt got bored ;o; prefect OST and writing too~

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    NihonFan Mar 21, 2017

    I want to download the OST but I can't find it anywhere ! can someone help me please ?

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    Lisa Kim Mar 11, 2017 - edited

    Should I give it a try??

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Mar 12, 2017

      YESSSS!!!! It's soooo amazing! Dude, I finished this drama like what a month ago? And I am STILL thinking about it. I have never had after drama fever so bad before. This is an amazing drama and will definitely stick with you. Also joonyeong is super adorable, so you should at least watch it for him. His story was really good and I loooved his character. Anyway you should totally watch it!!!

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      Narco Apr 6, 2017

      Idk, im thinking about too. I mean, i liked the movies, but somehow i dont want to watch 12 hours of melodrama and shit. Its probably extended version of the movies where they show all their backstories. So, it will be a lot of social shit. Let me know what you think when you finish it.

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Apr 6, 2017

      Well there's school corruption in it and it goes waaaay deeper into the rabbit boys story. Personally I think it's better than the movie. But I prefer deeper backstories and love social commentaries. Anyway I think the drama is a lot deeper and more meaningful.

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      Narco Apr 6, 2017

      Ill probably hit it sooner or later. But knowing Korean-Japanese remakes its probably same/similar as the movies. Same story, same characters, same ending. This is more in details, but its the same in general. ps. i hope im wrong.

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Apr 6, 2017

      Oh it really isn't. I've seen both and while they're somewhat similar they're not the same at all. For example jihoon has a completely different back story and so woos character (kashiwagi in the film) is totally different too. And the way they portray ju ri is also different. Plus the drama is more focused on the males (jihoon, joon yeong, woo hyuk, and so woo) than it is for the female. The drama is truly about the males journey. And when I say males I hope you know I mean the main guy, the bully, the kid that dies, and rabbit boy. I mean don't get me wrong it focuses on the main girl too but all the developement is in the boys. I didn't think the movie was that good but the drama was truly spetacular and is one of the few dramas that has impacted my life.

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    Beautiful_Bloom Mar 3, 2017 - edited
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      KatySarang_TGeyes Mar 10, 2017
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    KatySarang_TGeyes Feb 26, 2017

    It's been a month....still think about this drama all the time...


  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Dec 16, 2016 to Jan 28, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 1,119 users)
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