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[In Defense Of] Solomon’s Perjury: A sensitive portrayal of mental health

By @greenfields

A good measure of a drama’s popularity is the number of comments on the final episode recap here at Dramabeans. By this standard, Solomon’s Perjury, with a miserably low 61 comments for Episode 12, fails spectacularly.

But Solomon’s Perjury is incredibly good. Based on a Japanese novel of the same name, the story centers around a student-run trial at an elite high school, after a fellow student who was publicly bullied and humiliated just days earlier is found dead on the school grounds one morning. The police write it off as suicide, the school is ready to forget the case and bury it forever, but an unexpected accusation of murder compels a few conscience-stricken students to take matters into their own hands.

To be honest, the lawyer in me struggles to watch trials in dramas, just as doctors struggle to watch medical dramas, and architects to watch Just Between Lovers or an early episode of Mad Dog, both of which are concerned with collapsing buildings. Legal procedure is sacrificed at the altar of convenient drama-writing and my eyes hurt from their attempts to jump out of their sockets. Yet, I loved the trial in Solomon’s Perjury.

Similarly, I tend to avoid high school dramas. I haven’t seen School 2017 despite all the love for Tae Swoon being solid proof that it is probably a good drama with solid leads. Much as I love a good character, I’m simply too old for teenage angst, particularly when it’s fictional.

In a way, Solomon’s Perjury took the two genres that really don’t work for me—high school and legal—and gave me something I will always treasure. These are also likely reasons for the lack of love the show received, in addition to having a rookie cast, an almost negligible romance, and the fact that it’s a heavy drama. But what Solomon’s Perjury seemingly lacks in lightheartedness, it makes up for in tender and often light moments between real people, genuine heart, character growth, and—rarely seen in dramaland—a sensitive portrayal of mental health.

It is this last reason I want to highlight in this write-up. The show also touches upon the pressures of the educational system, the focus on profits and lobbying within school administration, bullying, and child abuse.

Despite its name, Solomon’s Perjury is firmly located in the real world of today and populated with a cast of real, warm people with regular families and everyday problems, who just want to live their lives without any trouble. Teachers, students, a school administration, friends, family, police, and reporters come together to build a world within the walls of my adolescence. The gray and white background of monotonous winter days and the lightly sprinkled piano soundtrack heighten the sense of the real world.

It is worthwhile to pay attention to the title. Solomon is a likely metaphor for the powers that guide our young—parents and the school system. King Solomon was once confronted with a strange problem: Two women came to him with a baby they both claimed belonged to her, and they wanted him to decide who should keep the baby. The king pondered over it and then ordered that the baby be split into two, a half for each mother. It was a test, as no mother would allow her child to be killed like that. If Solomon, the judge himself, were to lie in court, then what would become of the child? Would he survive? Lee So-woo, the deceased student played to devastating perfection by Seo Young-joo, certainly didn’t.

The show explores how the people around So-woo react to his death, whether it affects them at all and if so, how. So-woo had a history of depression, few friends, and was about to be expelled. His apparent suicide raised uncomfortable questions, but no one wanted to dwell on such things, least of all the school, for fear of being given a bad name. We see how the educational system works and that, like everything else, it is a business. The early episodes prior to the trial subtly outline how society dismisses mental health.

Once the trial starts and characters are forced to consider whether So-woo jumped off the roof, whether he fell, or whether he was pushed, the show begins to pick up steam. And this is where it truly shines as both a whodunit and a commentary on society and mental health. Everyone is a suspect, including judge and counsel, and no one can be trusted. It keeps you guessing till the end, and yet, you realize the answer was there all along. You just weren’t looking closely enough.

Most poignantly, we see others who could have been found dead in the snow on another morning, but who, through a combination of luck and active choices, found themselves on a different path. One that led them away from the precarious ledge of a rooftop on a cold, winter night.

There are many reasons for watching and cherishing Solomon’s Perjury—at 12 episodes, the plot is tight, well-written, the direction superb, and the cast absolutely wonderful. However, I chose to share the one aspect that makes it such a dear show to me. That it not only takes on a topic rarely touched on in entertainment all over the world, but that it does so with a delicate and sensitive touch. The K-drama take on Solomon’s Perjury is music to my soul.

 
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Great writing! I’ve never watched the show but you just made me really curious. 🤔 *lists down for future drama watch*

I am already loving this theme!

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Thank you! That was the goal. ^^

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I must say Japanese drama are always intelligently written, reminds me of LIAR GAME.

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Your post is rather random :p But I wanted to say I agree. Loved Liar Game (the manga), but many other J-dramas are incredibly well written. If a series is based on a popular manga or novel, I tend to think I can trust the plot.

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Thank you for this beautiful piece of writing! Finally! Someone who appreciates Solomon's Perjury like I do. We got a lot of snow where I live during the Christmas week and I had to drop keys off to the school where I work at. As I got off my car, the image of the school field covered in snow made me stop on my tracks. It made me sad for some reason that I couldn't pinpoint. It was only when I was about to leave that I remember why. It was So-woo, his death, and the reason behind it.

This drama was a surprise for me and every episode, it felt like I was peeling an onion that is So-woo. I started out knowing him as just the boy who jumped off the roof but with each episode that I watch, I started to know him more. One moment, I thought I knew who he was but then the next episode presents him as somebody else.

I don't want to spoil the ending for others because I really wish people would give this drama a chance. Still, I want to say that this ending was bittersweet. It made me sad and yet hopeful. Beautiful in every meaning of the word.

There must be a lot of So-woos out there but I hope that their story would be different than his.

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"...every episode, it felt like I was peeling an onion that is So-woo." So beautifully said. Yes, indeed it was. I sincerely thought that the dead So Woo stole the show. And Seo Young Joo is good - at times, it seemed to me that the dead So Woo had more life than those who were living.

About the ending: Han Ji Hoon's parting words to his deceased friend particularly resonated with me. They take a very clear stand, and I hope more people - the So Woos out there, as you so beautifully write - can hear it.

Alas, it doesn't snow in the tropics where I'm from. We have the fans on even though it's winter. Haha

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Yes to that! It's unusual for a character who died in the beginning to have this much impact on the whole story.

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I agree with you that the dead So Woo did seem to steal the show. There was something so compelling about the character of So Woo and Seo Young Joo's portrayal of him - it made sense why there would be a trial to find out what happened to him and I needed to know what happened to him.

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You're so right, I loved this drama particularly because of the portrayal of So Woo and how, as a viewer, you kept having to adjust your opinion of him.

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Great write-up, @greenfields! I've seen Solomon's Perjury on a lot of 2017 faves and after loving Seo Young-joo in Lingerie Girls' Generation, I really wanted to give it a try, but the heavy tone scares me. But after this, I guess I just have to be a big girl and face it head on. I love the tone of your essay too because it felt so sensitive and thus, respectful too for mental health.

*queues Solomon's Perjury on Netflix right away*

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Thank you! And if you liked GG 1979, you may like this as well. They have a similar feeling of the "real world" permeating through the fiction.

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I'm buddy watching it right now, and though rom-coms and slice-of-life are my preferred genres, Solomon's Perjury wasn't as hard to get through as I thought it'd be. Maybe it's because of the young characters whose courage and determination to learn and grow balances the heaviness with some hope.

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Oh yay! Thank you for putting this up! ^^ I really, really want more people to watch this underappreciated gem.

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Solomon’s Perjery had a lot of great things going for it- my favourite was the huge array of young talent is showcased. Seriously, those kids were amazing. I do think the plot thought it was smarter than it was though

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Ummm - I kinda have to agree that there are serious logical fallacies in the set-up, but no more so than most other dramas. And if one can ignore those, the show really delivers.

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Wow! I was imagining you in front of a jury giving your closing remarks while reading this—well done! This is on Netflix now so I hope it gets some international love. I’m a bit burnt out on legal dramas after just finishing Forest of Secrets, but as long as Netflix keeps reminding me “because you watched...” and keeps it in my que, I’m sure I’ll get to it. Thank you for some lovely writing!

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Hi @ally-le! Thank you so much for the closing remarks compliment. ^^ That was the goal - to bring it to peoples' notice.

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Congratulations @greenfields! 😁😁 It just so happens that I have Solomon's Perjury on the top of my to-watch list (after I finish Radiant Office). You sold it with the final paragraph (12-episode, tightly woven plot and amazing cast, wohoo!) while not giving away too many spoilers. If you tell me that the drama deals sensitively with mental health issues, that is a definite deal-breaker. Thanks!

Regarding the School series, I think you might like School 2013 (if you haven't seen it). It's not as heavy as Solomon's Perjury but similarly tackles challenges faced by students, teachers and parents. School 2017... was more of fluff, though taeswoonworthy fluff.

And wait - is that Dong Moon from Girls Generation 1979?? Agh, my heart is ready to break for him. 💔

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Thank you! It did fit the theme after all! Yes, please do watch it. ^^ In turn, I'll check out School 2013 - it does sound interesting (the cast!) and I've got it on my to-watch list, but because High School, it's languishing somewhere at the bottom. Haha.

Yes! That's Dong Moon from GG 1979. ^^; He's going to be big, I just know it. A very talented young actor.

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Aye, it fits the legal theme, in more ways that one. I noticed that your eloquent defense is drawing very positive responses... A very promising start to the monthly theme indeed. :)

Cool, then I'll try Solomon's Perjury and you can try School 2013, whenever the kdrama diet allows ;) There is teenage angst in School, but I enjoyed it above all because it shows a lot of the teachers' perspectives. As a former schoolteacher I found it realistic and fascinating.

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Haha yes! The diet must allow. I've modified it a bit to include my BTS obsession and schedule, but am strictly following one - as you recommeded. *fingers crossed*

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This made me go back and read recaps (unfortunately don't have enough time to rewatch) and here I am crying my eyes out an hour and a half later.

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*yikes - realised I wrote something silly in the previous comment*

LOL. I didn't cry, but yes, misty eyed and incredibly moved.

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I go back and watch the last few minutes of the last episode every so often, and it always makes me tear up, with my heart hurting...but hopeful.

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Thanks for your commentary. I found Solomon’s Perjuy to be an awesome drama. Although most of the cast were rookies or little known, their delivery was excellent.

I know the subject matter was heavy for a teenage high school drama, but I came away with the lesson that the drama makes you think, really think about social issues, depression, how to help a person who has basically just given up on everything. Heavy subject matter, but quite relevant, especially in light of recent events.

I enjoyed everything about the drama including the stark cinematography and the relationships between the students.

Solomon Perjury reminds me of White Christmas, both dramas are unforgettable to me and I highly recommend them to anyone who loves good psychological thrillers.

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Yup. I wanted to avoid linking it with recent events because mental health is a universal concern. Nevertheless, it was indeed persistent thoughts about recent events that led me to think "Solomon's Perjury" as I saw what the theme was. Tbh, writing this reminded me of Ji Hoon's words in the final episode to So Woo, and for what little it is worth, they gave me some closure.

I haven't even heard of 'White Christmas'. Thanks, will check it out. :)

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What? Come again? I must have read that wrong! You’ve not Heard if White Christmas? Your kdrama diet must make room to binge this gem of a short drama! It’s only eight episodes, so I’m sure you can splurge! It’s beautiful, suspenseful, and some of my favorites are in it! Go, now, and binge it!

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Haha this is definitely high praise. Now I MUST watch this one. 97-98 drama? Hopefully I'll find it (but if so many Beanies have seen it, the subs are out there) :D :D

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Another rec for White Christmas!! That's what drew me to Solomon's Perjury. It was a 2011 drama and it also had so many then up-and-coming actors in it: Kim Woo Bin, Sung Joon, Esom, Lee Soo Hyuk, Kim Young Kwang, Hong Jong Hyun, Esom, and Lee El.

And thank you @greenfields for this writeup of Solomon's Perjury!

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Similar to White Christmas, you say? *Puts Solomon’s Perjury at the top of her watch list!*

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Thank you for writing this. <3 I loved this show so much, for all the reasons you gave and more. I remember wondering to myself at one point while watching how it could possibly have any semblance of an uplifting ending, and yet it surprised me with one of the most hopeful conclusions I've seen in a drama. And the characters indeed felt like real people, whom I left the show feeling enormously proud of.

Also, this was the perfect thing to read on an icy, snowy day. Made me simultaneously feel warmed and also feel the beauty of the cold.

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Good point - I'd forgetten that I too had no idea how the drama could possibly end on a positive note, but it somehow did!
Thank you also for saying my words made you feel something. That's the best compliment to give an aspiring writer. ^^

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I may just watch Solomon's Prejury because of everything that was said in this article. It is on Netflix so it will be easy to pick up. The tone was what put me off initially but you made a great case for me to give it a chance. 😊

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Yay! Mission complete!

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This drama reminds me of White Christmas which dealt with a similar theme in a similar set-up, questioning what's right and what's wrong. I remember being skeptical about it when a friend gave me the series but once i began watching I was hooked. I get the same feeling for this drama and this is definitely on my "to watch" list. Also, thrillers work specially well in the cold weather with a mug of hot cocoa.

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You're tohe second to mention White Christmas. I must look this one up now.

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Absolutely, specially if you like the eccentricity that Kim Woo Bin brings to an off-kilter character.

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I haven't seen a single Kim Woo Bin drama!! >_<
(or So Ji Sub) White Christmas will be the first!

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Thank you @greenfields. Good defence! 😃

I really liked Solomon's Perjury. It kept me quite riveted. The young people were so earnest and steadfast and their struggles so real. I like that there were good parents/teachers as well as not so good adults in their lives. It was great that the kids were given as much agency (albeit reluctantly, or as a stopgap and perhaps as a mean to avoid worse troubles) as they were and were able to accomplish what they did. I liked how the unveiling of truth/lies brought up so much to think about and both the characters and I had to pause and ask questions of ourselves as well.

A great show at 12 episodes, well-paced without meandering or losing focus and yet not so narrow that it became unrelatable, and with charactres that grew warmer and gelled well together. Wish there were more shows like it. 😄

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Many thanks! :D And yes, I quite agree. In how realistic the characters were, I thought the show was quite unlike most other dramas where the characters can keep going regardless of ridiculous (in quantity and quality) set backs.

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Thank you for writing this. Solomon's Perjury is an unexpected gem of a show. I remember how I would always take some time to leave comment in the recaps just to show support and love for both the show and the recappers. (The dismal number of comments made me sad.) Hopefully more people will give this drama a chance after reading your article. ☺

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Hehehe I watched it after it had aired, and have left no comments. But now I want to, as well.

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I loved this show. All my theories on So-woo's death were so wrong!

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Ugh, me too! Hahahaha But it was so simple, and right in front of me - can't beleive I missed the obvious in this drama.

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When this show came out, I was very curious but didn't have the time to watch. So I religiously read the recaps when it was available. The storyline was good and it did keep me on my toes trying to figure out what will happen next. I thought the students were very brave to put up a trial despite the fact that the school did not want it to continue or happen at all. I'm not sure if I'll watch it now because the recaps here are always just as good as having watched it. I enjoyed reading your write up! So very good!

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+10000 about the quality of DB recaps.
And thank you! :)

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I loved this drama !

The mystery part was well managed.

The characters were really good. I really liked Han Ji Won, the actor was great. His misery was heart touching. So Woo was interesting because of the way he confronted people but helping them in the same time. Seo Yun was cute and I loved her relatioship with her family. It's rare a normal family in a drama :)

The romance was so cute ! It's just some moments and didn't have a big place in the story but it was enough.

I really prefer this drama to School 2017 that was too cheesy for me and not realistic (except for Jang Dong Yoon who was great in the both).

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Ehehe Exactly! A brilliant, concise defense, you have laid out. ^^

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beautiful writeup @greenfields. you've made me curious about this drama.and it stars dong-moon-ah. adding it to my to-watch list after SDQ and save me.

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Yay! Please do. Mission accompished! ^^

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This is one drama on my watchlist that I look forward to finishing tbh. I actually watched 2 eps but had to stop cause the japanese version still lingers in my mind. This one is good and I'm afraid that I end up comparing between the two of them. Hopefully I can pick this up this year.

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Oh that's a tough one to get over. I haven't seen the Japanese movie, so I can't comment. But the lead actress in the movie is one of my favorite Japanese actresses.

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How do I like an entire Dramabeans post

Now I feel petty for my submission but Very Well Played

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Hahaha there's no such thing as a petty submission? I hope it is published! <3

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very well written @greenfields. Thank you. I remember watching it but I stopped halfway, too heavy for me. I loved your statement on mental health and how society looks down on it. It is so sad, I wish there was more awareness on it especially depression. I hope with your post people will be motivated to watch it.

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I couldn't agree more with your words. It really is so sad, and how I wish there was more awareness on depression. *hugs* for the Truth that you said.

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*hugs* to you too.

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Solid defense of Solomon's Perjury, @greenfields! You have convinced me to watch this drama especially of your explanation of the reasons why this drama is special to you.

I have always been disturbed by Dramaland's characterization of mental illness. When dramas try to portray the process of psychological treatment, it always seems at best overly simplistic and at its worst further deepening the stigmatization and misconception of how therapy works. I am glad to hear that Solomon's Perjury is exploring the subject with sensitivity and realism and hopefully this would be the beginning of progressive changes in Dramaland!

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Hehehe thanks! Mission complete then!

Also, it doesn't directly address mental health in as many words, but the kid at the centre of the story was depressed and died in a suspected suicide. It's the way that this is handled thoughtout the drama that is sensitive. [But it IS a drama, so there's drama-like elements too] ^^

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Really appreciate your beautiful writing. I enjoyed the show when it aired, but I can never explain why to my friends. Now they can read this and be encouraged to watch it too.

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Thank you for using the word 'beautiful' to describe my writing. I hope the piece convinces your friends to watch it. ^^

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Beautiful piece, @greenfields.

This is a show I will have to check out at one point.

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Thank you! :)

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I’d watched just an episode before and liked it but for some reason, never found my way back to it but this write-up makes me want to watch it. Now, I’m a little apprehensive too simply because I have high expectations for it. Hopefully, I’m not disappointed. Off to marathon it... in a few weeks after my exams.😁😁😁

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Hahahaha it remains a heavy drama so not necessarily an easy watch. But by episode three or four when the trial kicks in, is when it becomes, in my opinion, riveting. [I kinda put it on hold after around ep 3 for a few weeks as well, but am so glad I picked it up again]

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I'm glad to see a defense of this drama. The individuals I drama binge with were not quite sold on it but I enjoyed it immensely.

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Thanks. :D

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Bae Doong-mon is in this drama??? I loved him in LGG 1979. I was going to watch School 2017 after I’m done marathoning Chief Kim but this write-up changed my mind,and will watch Solomon’s Perjury next instead.

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Yes, that is Bae Dong Moon! And for a dead character, he sure knows how to steal the show. If you liked GG 1979, you should/may/probably like this as well, I think, though it is more heavy.

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As long as he’s not a ghost in the drama then it should be okay. I actually prefer heavy/dark dramas over rom/com ones.

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Great writing! I haven't watched Salomon's Perjury, but reading what you wrote makes me want to watch it since it looks very interesting and I also love suspense dramas!!

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oh yay! Hahaha - do give it a try.

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That was so lovely, thanks, wish someone can write in defence of hi school love on.

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Thank you.
Haven't heard of that drama so now I hope someone writes about it.

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Thank you for the insightful post. I also enjoyed Solomon's Perjury and also have no interest in teenage dramas (I'm well past that period of life, thankfully). Seo Young-Joo made you hurt for his character, and I hoped that he hadn't taken his life.

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Somehow, I guess it isn't really a high school drama, in the sense that it isn't a show about teenage angst which often seems to me like kids with no responsibilities running around making each other miserable because they have nothing else to do. [OF course, drama characters hardly study for instance].

I had the same hopes while watching it. Without wanting to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it, I just wanna say that Lee So Woo had so much life and I was so sad not only because he died, but also because of how and why he died.

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What a nice surprise... because I have binge-watched Solomon's Perjury in 3 days a couple of weeks ago and loved every minute of it!It was more like a high school debate than a mock trial.
Thanks for the insightful piece of writing.

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Quite the coincidence. :) I guess thats why the trial didnt put me off. It was indeed more of a well organised death.

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My goodness. Though I love legal dramas I don't tend to watch dramas focused on high school students. However, this post you've written has definitely sold me on giving it a try. I especially appreciate the aspect of it regarding the sensitive portrayal of mental health. This is an issue that is close to me personally and I can appreciate any form of media that goes out of its way to handle the subject with a deft and caring touch.

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Yup. I don't recall it addressing the topic in words, but in its portrayal of the students, some of whom have even sought professional help. Hope you enjoy the Show! :)

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I'm glad that this gem of a kdrama got picked up, as I love the drama to bits when i was watching it. The nearly realistic portrayal of the stories, the characters really made the watching experience worth it. Like the writer, i mostly steer away from high school dramas, but this Solomon's Perjury hooked me from the 1st episode until the very last minute.

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*high five*s

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Thank you for the write-up. It really piqued my interest so I read the show'$ recap....at the end here I am trying fruitlessly to control my tears.
Too much feels and all I could say it's just beautiful and glad I gave it a chance.

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Hahahaha but you took a shortcut. DB recaps are awesome though ^^p so it counts?

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Yes more than binge-watching a show db is perfect, it feels alive to read the recaps. Bcoz the thoughts that shared are rich and helps to understand the big picture. Seeing the show after reading the recaps feels different.

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ooh - I generally prefer to watch and then read recaps, and comments after each epsiode. But clearly there's plenty of ways we Beanies approach DB. This is great! Thanks for the perspective. ^^

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This is my absolute favorite drama. I had forgotten about how deeply I connected with it, so thank you for the reminder. :)

And to think I was watching it exactly a year ago.. Time really is something.

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Time is indeed something. I wonder where 2017 went. Did I accomplish anything? Oh well..

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This is a drama that needed no defense for me, haha. I loved it to pieces and was always a little offended that it didn't get much attention. I agree that one of its strong points was its treatment of various characters' mental health issues. And actually just the array of characters shown with those issues was far more than is typical in a drama (but felt mostly true to life even if it was glossed over somewhat in some cases). It's there, and it's part of life (for the characters and us), and I liked that a lot.

I remember reading criticism of the drama's directing as too flat or dull, but looking back, I remember feeling like it felt like winter. So it was fitting and appropriate for me as a viewer, because winter kind of makes me want to die anyway (mostly kidding...mostly), in that everything really does feel flat and cold and lifeless and more than a little washed out and grey. The drama shone in its little character moments and in the atmosphere it created.

And now I really want to rewatch it. And it's coooold here so it would probably feel just right to me if I did. Thanks for the reminder of a great drama, @greenfields!

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I have to agree with you - the show felt like winter. For me who lives in the Land of the Eternal Summer (it's around 27 degrees at 12.20 pm today, winter), it gave me a rare chance to live in a cold country.

Since you wrote something that may be serious, *virtual hugs* are all the warmth I am able to send you. Hope each winter is warmer for you than the last.

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61 comments ?
What?
I feel like this drama is underrated

I terribly love this drama. I even love solomon perjury more than any hs drama of last year.

Plus the rookie actor ensembles truly hit the mark... Mostly , I dont know them before Solomon's Perjury and somehow after it ends I rooted for their next project.

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Ikr! 61 is dismal and its such a great show!
LOL so did I - and Baek Chul Min who played the bully here, has qyickly become my favorite. ^^

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Superbly argued, @greenfields. I've been looking for a shorter series to introduce my bestie to K-dramas. This looks like a perfect fit. (I'm also reneging on my promise to avoid legal dramas for a while.)

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Many thanks! Hope your bestie enjoys it. ^^

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Thank you!

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Great writing. You made me damn curious.. now, I need to watch this😊

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I am watching this drama and I enjoy it for all the reasons you expressed. The issues it addresses are ones that can be applicable to any society/school. How often do we turn on the news and hear of a teen taking his/her life because of bullying? The show also addresses the often malicious and insidious nature of social media. Joo-ri tells her mother that it doesn't matter if she moves to another town or switches schools. She is a part of the social media culture and the taunts will trail her wherever she goes.

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Good point about the social media culture. I watched it when/just after it aired and didn't quite remember this.

And yes, I also thought that the issues raised - particularly bullying and academic pressure - were applicable to any society/anywhere.

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Thank you :)

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Aw, I was away when this went up so I'm late to Solomon's Lovefest! @greenfields, thank you so much for writing such a beautiful tribute to Solomon's Perjury. I've been championing this show non-stop (yet totally futilely) through the year and I'm so, so happy that it's getting the strong shout-out it deserves.

I, too, found this show profoundly affecting. I recapped it with deep feeling, and to be honest, the low comment count didn't matter to me at any point (so don't feel bad, friends!). Everyone who showed up had something meaningful to say, and ultimately, the show was so rich and rewarding to write about that I lost myself in it. I've recapped actually bad shows with comment-counts to match, but this one is a totally different ball game. It was less popular among beanies because it was much more niche, I think: it wasn't a romance, it wasn't a youthful coming-of-age story in the expected way, and it certainly wasn't a legal drama -- it doesn't quite fit easily into the genre catalogue, so it doesn't have an immediate hook (unless you're a fan of White Christmas). But you know, I've found many of my favourites are in those spaces between genres, occupying several and none, all at once. I know it seems counter-intuitive at first, but I actually see SP as a kind of emo-twin of Sassy Go Go -- both were about disenfranchised students trying to overcome various abusive personal situations, with one student who politicked like an adult to take down a corrupt administration, of finding friends where once were enemies. Though these two shows are like light and dark to each other, they really did have a lot of parallels.

Ack it's hard to say too much without giving away big spoilers, but, just...everything you said. What's really wonderful about this show is that it's not about one person -- So-woo's death affects them all, kid or adult, and it affects all of them differently, and they all experience change because of it. I find that so true to life, and it was painfully relatable on so many levels. It's still fresh in my mind even though it aired nearly a full year ago. I'm glad that your eloquent defence has put this badly underrated show on people's radars now.

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@saya - thank you so much for commenting. I'm truly happy to hear the thoughts of the recapper. In fact, I got into the habit of reading DB comments while I was watching Solomon's Perjury. Analytical and insightful, they truly made the Show more enjoyable.

I love what you say about shows that occupy the space between well-defined genres. You're right, this is a niche Show and doesn't fall into any one particular category.

I also check out the ending every once in a while, particularly Ji Hoon's words to So Woo that you quoted in the recap. It is a clear stand on So Woo's utlimate decision, and one that gives me much strength to go on with a lot of things - not quit a difficult task, not give in to demands, stick to my chosen path. I remind myself that it's too early to quit, to tell what the room will look like once the lights are turned on.

White Christmas and now Sassy Go Go are on my to-watch list.

Thanks for your recaps, you clearly put much love and thought into them, once again.

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It's 4am and I'm dropping (post-recap haze, lols) but: WATCH SASSY GO GO RIGHT NOW. It's like the tonal opposite of SP, and everything about it is wonderful. Everythingggg, I don't care what anyone else says.

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Nae, algae sumnida! *salute*

After all the 'White Chrismtas' mentions on this page, I had to check it out. And I'm hooked. Sassy Go Go is next.

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Also, recapping is clearly a harder task than I realised. 4 am. Otsukare sama deshita.

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Hee, it's not the recapping itself - it's doing it around a full-time job while also trying to get enough sleep/food etc! But that's the choice I made, so I can't complain too much XD

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Doggone it, @greenfields! You've convinced me to watch SOLOMON'S PERJURY. I passed on it when the show was airing because my plate was too full at the time. But you've made an intriguing and compelling case for the show. Brava for an excellent and well-written essay. Many thanks! ;-)

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Hehehe I already replied on the Ep 1 recap page. And - thank you for considering the essay excellent. On a read through again, I'd like to make some changes, but it's gone. Hahaha

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You writing this makes me wanna marathon this gem of a drama again!

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(late reply! but...) Thanks ^^;

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finally solomon's perjury is appreciated. i feel like people not really give attention to this masterpiece, so thank you for writing about solomon's perjury.

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Thanks for reading. 100% agreed. ^^

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and now i want to watch it again.

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I agree entirely. This show is woefully under appreciated. I finished with tears in my eyes because of the life affirming message in the final voice over. I loved the cast and how the secondary characters had their own issues to deal with and how strong the bonds of friendship (and on a few occasions, parenthood) were.

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