A classroom brawl breaks out in mystery drama Solomon’s Perjury
I’m pretty excited for JTBC’s high school mystery drama Solomon’s Perjury, the adaptation of a Japanese novel and film about students who take justice into their own hands when a classmate dies on Christmas Eve, and the school authorities try to cover it up. It evokes White Christmas associations for me, and I’m hoping for something similarly dark and spine-tingling. Our first peek at the drama includes stills of a fight breaking out in the school, and a teaser that’s really more of a pre-teaser.
The new youth drama stars child actress Kim Hyun-soo (Joseon Gunman, You From Another Star) as one of the top-ranking students of a prestigious, competitive high school full of wealthy classmates. She’s a model student with a strong sense of justice, and when she finds that the school administration wants to cover up the suspected murder of a student, she leads the charge in holding a student trial to get to the truth. Acting as the prosecutor in the case, she’ll work to unravel the secrets that everyone has.
Jo Jae-hyun (Master–God of Noodle) plays a former prosecutor who now works as legal counsel for the school foundation, and Jang Dong-yoon (Female Employees at a Game Company) plays his adoptive son, a student with a secret that must be kept, who ends up a central figure in the trial.
The stills feature a violent fight between two key characters in the story: Seo Young-joo (Gold Rainbow, Snowy Road), a bullied student whose presence in school is compared to that of a ghost, and Baek Chul-min (Kill Me, Heal Me), the school bully who’s described as a tyrant. Violence of this kind is so common an occurrence at their school that everyone turns a blind eye to it, but once the trial begins, bully, bullied, and onlooker are said to take on very different roles once they become plaintiff, attorney, or defendant.
The other major character is Seo Ji-hoon (Signal, Legendary Shuttle), pictured with Kim Hyun-soo as they walk in on the classroom fight. He’s described as cold and sharp-tongued, but he softens as he becomes friends with the heroine, and then as he takes on the role of attorney during the trial, he becomes crucial to solving the case.
The big star of the show’s first teaser is font, so I wouldn’t even count it as a teaser, but it says (likely from the perspective of the heroine), “A friend died. And the indictment that came flying in: ‘He was murdered.’ The school, the police, the media told us: ‘Don’t do anything. Stay still.’ So what happened? If we’re young, do we not have thoughts, or feelings, or opinions?” A quote from the original novel by Miyabe Miyuki pops up and says, “Right is always that way—if you speak it out loud, it becomes immoderate.” Then the narrator closes with: “The trial has already begun. At our hand.” I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to watch the drama unfold at this school.
Solomon’s Perjury will air on Fridays and Saturdays following This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair. It premieres December 9.