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School violence and mystery galore in new JTBC drama Solomon’s Perjury

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Remakes have been a hit or miss lately (The Good Wife was well-received, but others like Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo have more mixed reception), so I don’t know how this will go, but JTBC has announced their latest project, and it’s another remake. They’ll be adapting the Japanese school mystery film Solomon’s Perjury, which was based on a bestselling Miyabe Miyuki novel, into a Korean drama. When a homicide occurs on school grounds, the entire student body goes into an uproar to find the perpetrator.

In the original two-part movie that was released last year, a dead schoolboy is found on Christmas day. Anonymous notes say that the murderer is a student within the middle school. The faculty and administrators try to cover it up, and the media only seeks to sensationalize the news. And so, the students realize they cannot depend on the grown-ups to mete out justice. They decide to open up a trial by peers to get to the bottom of this mystery.

This Solomon’s Perjury adaptation could be a great opportunity for a class of underutilized actors to showcase their range, especially since there are so many talented young actors in that weird in-between age where they aren’t quite children but not yet adults (Kim So-hyun, Lee Hyun-woo, and Park Gun-tae come to mind). The synopsis also made me think of White Christmas, which was also a mystery-psychological drama that took place in a school setting, which also launched careers of a whole host of no-name rookies (see: Lee Soo-hyuk, Sung Joon, Kim Woo-bin).

Currently, the Solomon’s Perjury drama adaptation is in the middle of casting, but the production team has revealed its hope to find a fresh face, instead of a well-known celebrity, to be the main lead. I appreciate their intentions, although with My Sassy Girl fresh on our minds, I can only hope they’ll handle their auditions less clumsily. JTBC plans to broadcast this adaptation before the end of the year.

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I love mysteries (especially non-procedural mysteries), and I absolutely loved White Christmas, so this is great news!

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Absolutely still love and am haunted by this drama thooo. I would say it definitely also launched Esom's career too. She's in movies now! haha

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So JTBC is looking to Japan for its inspirations now, huh? First it was My Wife is Having an Affair and now this. As long as they are well made, I guess.

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Secret Love Affair was itself essentially a long-delayed remake of Tokyo Tower and it turned out well.

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Korean dramas get a lot of their inspiration aka copy-paste from japanese content.

Its my subjective view but i Prefer JTBC over TVN.

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Sounds really interesting. I'll probably give it a try. I'll see if I can find the Japanese version too, so I can watch that first.

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Waaah! bringing another White Christmas is totally yeeesss for me..

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Wow... They should get the WC and AOY writer for this. And I slightly trust them more to keep their word about not casting for popularity. I discovered a lot of non-hyped actors while watching their shows.

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Yes for this!

I think I should check the original as well.

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after reading the story, Park Yeon Seon's name suddenly popped up on my mind as well. It'd be great to have her pen this adaptation.

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Oooh the story sounds pretty interesting.

I liked White Christmas so I hope this drama will have a similar vibe.

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Better not be the Sassy Girl mess.... -fingers crossed, legs crossed, arms crossed, eyes crossed!!- >.<

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Hm, a fresh face... do underrated young actors with tons of experience as a child actor count? 'cause Korea has plenty of those, and I'd rather see them be cast, like op suggested(I personally nominate seo young joo, yeon joon seok) if fresh face means people like, say, im ji yeon(lead role upon debut with bad acting).

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I nominate Kim Sae Ron in it..
Girl deserves getting better drama than MOTW.. I adore MOTW but yeah the ending kinda lame and she's age appropriate to be high schooler.

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A thousand times yes. Kim Sae-ron's familiar with the mystery and thriller genres from all her movie work, so she'd be a perfect fit!

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wow JTBC is on fire these days

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As long as it is producing by cable tv... Yasss I'm on it ? *fingers crossed*

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I am currently watching School 2013 (yes late by 3 years) and I absolutely loved it! I was just thinking the other day, is there any other drama like this? Would be so awesome if this remake would have the same dark tone.

I really want to see Park Bo Gum as student and we know he is so good in mystery drama but I am not sure if he will be back to cable soon.

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I like the idea opf remake but I have a little worry on the audition. I hope they keep words.

Buy why don't give chances to underrated and underutilized existing actors first? We have many on the line.

I love that jTBC is on fire these days, Hope they give more chances for underrated actors in 20s to grow and shine. We can only have a faith for jTBC and cables these days to see more of them, as public stations keep chasing the idols or actors who cannot act.

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This whole year JTBC has fired 1 missile after another. They have the habit to go for controversial topics and mature storylines and so far they have done far better than TVN.

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I nominate SEO SHIN AE !!!

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And kim sae ron tooo.

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YES been waiting for JTBC to produce meaty dramas again

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Jisoo. Kim Yoojung. Kim Sohyun. Do Kyungsoo plays psychopath well if the need one.

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I guess it will be difficult to cast so hyun and yoo jung together

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That will be like casting jun ji hyun and song hye kyo in one drama which will never happen.

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So true. But it must be Jun ji hyun and son ye jin... Lol

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I don't get a jun ji hyun vibe from kim yoo jung tho,she is not sassy like jun ji hyun,she is more like song hye kyo to me while I got the sassy jun ji hyun vibe from Jung da bin when I saw her play hwang jung eun's little sister in she was pretty.

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If they cast Do Kyungsoo in a thriller/mystery show, it will be a dead giveaway. Hehe~

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Is there a need for a psychopath in this drama? I don't remember seeing a character like this in the movie. All of them were a sane high schoolers who got stuck into an unfortunate situation.
But I do agree that DO maybe suitable for the dead school boy although I hope they will cast younger unknown faces for this adaption.
Jisoo has done schoolboy roles so much that he got stuck with them, I think he better find something different.

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I love the original movie. I think they actually did Street casting for that show.

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I've seen the original movies, it's a pretty interesting story that could work well as a drama if handled well. The lead girl in the movies was also a complete unknown so it seems they're going to be faithful to this approach. Actually as far as I remember most of the cast consisted of rookies. I'm most curious who they'll cast for the resident school bully Ooide, Hiroya Shimizu was great and did a complete turnaround from his role as a bullied teenager in the Word of Kanako. But I'm digressing. Ji Soo is too much of an obvious choice, it would be nice to see someone unexpected tackle the role, similar to the original.

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Where i can download this movie with eng sub

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I'm actually excited about this. Well, I am generally more excited about non-romance-based k-dramas lol.
I do hope that the scriptwriting and directing will be good. IMO, it may work if they can take the inspiration from the novel and the movie as another reference to make it work into drama platform. Also I hope they can cast actors and actresses who can fit into the character. Since it's jtbc, maybe this adaptation/remake may work.

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Hope they cast that guy from signal, the one who acted as park hae young's hyung

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I believe you're thinking of Kang Chanhee! He did a great job in that and I agree that he'd be a decent fit for this. We already know he can handle the necessary angst.

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Oooh, good one!

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This seems like an extremely interesting premise. I was hooked as soon as I read Miyabe Miyuki, because I've read translations of a few of her novels (but not the one this is based on.) Beyond that, the trial by peers aspect sounds delightfully wicked and I'm actually reminded a bit of Lord of the Flies.

My main reservation is that I don't really see how they are going to extend this mystery over an entire 16 episode run (at least I'm assuming it's a standard drama as opposed to a special or something.) I would have thought that they could just consult the novel for inspiration and details, but if they are strictly remaking the movie, I hope they have enough new content to stretch over the additional hours.

The most exciting thing is probably the focus on casting unknowns. Dramaland is a weirdly tightknit world and it sometimes feels like you can catch familiar faces in anything that you watch so a show full of unknowns will be fascinating (though I'm certain they'll attempt to draw in an audience with at least one well-known.) Fingers crossed that it doesn't end up an idolpalooza, though. Although, in complete contradiction to that, I'd like to see Park Jinyoung in this.

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do kyungsoo or hong bin!!
i know they"re idols but they are good at acting!!

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I'd like either Yeo Jin Goo (97) or Yoo Seung Ho (93) Ji Soo (93) Lee Hyun Woo (93) for this drama.

But I also want to see these impressive young actors viewers might not be familiar.

Nam Da Reum! ('02) this talented child actor impressive i Six Flying Dragons, Memory

Baek Seung-Hwan (98) - he played the young Lee Young Oh in Beautiful Mind. Impressive too.

JR/Park Jinyoung (94) impressive in My Love Eundong has upcoming movie about school bullies.

For female lead...

Kim Sae Ron. Perfect for her.

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i hope we'll have a new batch of fresh brilliant actors after this show. i would love to see kim sohyun in this tho ^^, but new faces and i wish decent acting skill sounds more interesting. They should remake another japanese movie Battle Royale too. That would be awesome with dozens of teen actors that not only goes for a simple drama ?

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Oooh, looks promising! Well, I really hope they cast a bunch of unknown but talented actors for this!

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I agree with other comments the recent idol-actor that really caught me off guard is park jinyoung in got7 he was so great in my love eundong, that boy is so pretty too... for a girls, i want park eun bin to get back again since she pulled off song jiwon in age of youth perfectly gawd i love that girl since Operation Proposal. one more is kim sae ron, since i watched this movie the character ryoko does really have the same aura of kim sae ron's character in Queen's classroom soo yeah.. :)

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