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Series / Solomon's Perjury

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A few weeks after a major fight breaks out in the science lab, one of the participants was found dead at the school. Authorities concluded that the student killed himself in a fall though there has been some rumours that other participant of the fight is the culprit. A group of students decide to hold a class trial in order to uncover the truth about the incident.

Originally a novel by Miyuki Miyabe, it has 2-part movie series and 12-episode drama. Currently, the drama is available internationally on Netflix.


This series provides examples of:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: The Watchman.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Woo-hyuk's dad and Joon-young's mom both physically and verbally abuse their sons, the former taking after him while the later almost Driven to Suicide because of it.
    • Ji-hoon's biological dad caused him a lot of scars and beat his wide to death.
  • Adults Are Useless: Played with. Seo-yeon's believes the students should hold a trial because the adult parties are too motivated by self-interest. It should be noted that it is an adult (reporter Park) who points this problem out to her in the first place. The school's faculty and police do side with Woo-hyuk's dad due to his influence. When a detective tries to question Woo-hyuk, she gets reprimanded and threatened to lose her job. However, Seo-yeon's parents and their club advisor try their best to support the kids helping the kids see it through. The adults begin to take a more active role as the trial progresses. Furthermore, some actions taken by adults, which seem pointless and/or counterproductive become more understandable as underlying issues are revealed.
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  • All of the Other Reindeer: Joo-ri was ostracized by her school for her ache and smell. Cho-rang is also made fun for being fat and stupid.
  • Asshole Victim: The prosecutors taking Woo-hyuk side. Later, Woo-hyuk's house suffers an arson incident with his grandmother dying in the process. So-woo and Joo-ri are less extreme versions of this
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Seo-yeon's younger twin sisters.
  • Chick Magnet: Ji-Hoon has a large female fanbase for his appearance and his role as the cellist. He got several of his fans to sign the petition without bothering to read it.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • What the school and police are trying to prove what happened So-woo. They were right.
    • Subverted with Joon-young, who stops a few moments before Seo-yeon arrived
  • Good Parents: Seo-yeon's parents, especially her mother, really tried to discourage Seo-yeon from looking into the case out of concern for her. However, when their daughter decides to commit to it, they become supportive and even try help out with the case.
    • Jae-hyun, despite his morality, obviously cares for his adoptive son Ji-Hoon. He treats him well, despite the fact that Ji-Hoon's actions during the trial are making Jae-hyun's life increasingly difficult.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Reporter Park. He was aware Soo-woo's role as the Watchman and that that there is a new one active. It's also implied he his purposely goading Seo-yeon to take action
    • Min-suk, despite being second smartest at the school and originally being at odds with Seo-yeon's friend group, stays at school trial club even when threatened with expulsion
  • Kids Are Cruel: Woo-hyuk and his flunkies tormented several students at the high school, the comments on the anonymous student board, and many of the students had bullied Joo-ri and Cho-rong.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Woo-hyuk himself notes that very much takes after his father.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Why So-woo's brother doesn't believe its a suicide and why the attorneys do
  • Parents as People:
    • Many of the students parents, some wanting closure for the incident. Others not wanting their kids to be distracted from their studies and college exams because of the events
    • Jae-hyun who works under Woo-hyuk's dad as his right hand man and is willing to several shady things for them. However, its clear he loves and he cares for his adopted son very much.
    • Woo-hyuk's mom initially seems almost as bad as her husband. However, after repeated beatings from him to her and her son, she decides to help turn her husband in. She then tries to runaway with her son
  • Parental Substitute: Jae-hyun as Ji-hoon's foster dad.
  • Remember That You Trust Me: Ji-hoon reminds Woo-hyuk this often after he becomes his prosecutor.
  • A Shared Suffering: Ji-hoon's brings up his abusive biological father to help convince Woo-hyuk he understands where he is coming from
  • Sadist Teacher: The student advisor. She works hard against Seo-yeon and her friends, giving them school demerit points whenever she can and slapping Seo-yeon several times for talking back.
  • Scales of Justice: As part of the movie promotional art.
  • Secret Test of Character: Ji-hoon does this to Seo-yeon. Doesn't go out well.
  • Villainous BSoD: One of Ji-hoon's cross-examination forces Woo-hyuk to reflect what he had put a lot of the students through. He very remorsefully apologizes to the court audience
  • You Are Not Alone: What people around Seo-yeon try to remind her of.


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