[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" 2017/03/25, "Solomon's Perjury" is an odd work. Deviating from the more popular crime genre, the series is essentially a mock-courtroom drama. It also features a main cast of characters who are predominantly in their teens, bringing their stories out of cutesy youth dramas or adult characters' flashbacks and into a more contemplative one about growth, challenges, morality and personal responsibility on the cusp of adulthood,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 12 Final 2017/01/30,
The truth is out and it is as depressing and simultaneously empowering as truth often is. "Solomon's Perjury" has tried tackling big topics in the life of teenagers, adults and humanity in general in just twelve episodes. This means that certain things feel inevitably rushed and underdeveloped. Even so, the final episode does the best it can to wrap up this long and arduous battle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 11 2017/01/30,
The penultimate episode of "Solomon's Perjury" brings a sense of deflation, because it reminds us that reality is rarely as neat and rewarding as fiction. The show's take on authority and morality is nearly fully formed and everything is ready to come to light. It will hurt many, but the truth always does. That is because it gives us control and therefore responsibility for our faults,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 10 2017/01/23,
With Woo-hyeok out of the picture and hopefully reflecting on his life, the trial is left at a standstill. The core team decide to persevere, as new evidence reveals a figure running away from the school at the time of So-woo's death. Meanwhile Kyeong-moon tries his best to block the trial and this puts pressure on Ji-hoon, whose identity and secrets are being discovered by more and more people around him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 9 2017/01/22,
Things get emotional in episode nine of "Solomon's Perjury" as we dive deeper into the relationships and pain of different characters. Woo-hyeok makes a bold decision which initiates his biggest challenge of morality yet and the truth about his own part in So-woo's death is revealed. Ji-hoon's identity is being questioned and his past with Kyeong-moon is revealed to us with unknown intent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 8 2017/01/16,
A lot of pain and abuse is revealed as the past comes closer to the surface. Violence generates more violence and Seo-yeon believes showing that is important for everyone involved. Crucial information about the last person believed to have spoken with So-woo is discovered by the prosecution while Ji-hoon and Kyeong-moon's involvement is starting to become a little clearer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 7 2017/01/15,
Episode seven of "Solomon's Perjury" is all about perspective. The truth is always observed subjectively by each of us and one person's truth might not be another's. The trial gains new and important witnesses, Ji-hoon continues to succeed in his manipulation, but Seo-yeon sadly continues letting her convictions and speculation blind her. A new, mysterious figure emerges as a presence in So-woo's life around the time of his death,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 6 2017/01/08,
It is truly a happy day when my biggest complaint about an episode is that it provides too much solid material to fit into my desired review length. Episode six of "Solomon's Perjury" is chock-full of new revelations, new suspects, rising tensions, great character development and all other manner of goodies. Seo-yeon takes her biggest step as a prosecutor yet and she will need all of her strength to handle the current chaos,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 5 2017/01/07,
Despite Jeong-guk High School's attempts to stop it, the first day of the trial has arrived. New and unpredictable players join this very serious game and there are several obstacles for the prosecution and defense to overcome. Joo-ri still refuses to join and Woo-hyeok cannot control his temper. All eyes are on the students as new truths come to light. Meanwhile, Ji-hoon's involvement becomes deeper,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 4 2016/12/26,
Things get dangerous as news of the trial shakes every party involved. The court group are racing against time and the Jeong-guk foundation's scheming, which pushes them to put more pressure on Joo-ri and Woo-hyeok. After news of the trial spreads, a mysterious figure commits a crime and complicates the situation. Seo-yeon is faced with tough decisions and an increasing amount of uncontrollable participants,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 3 2016/12/26,
It feels as if the closer we get to Ji-hoon the more confusing his motivation becomes. I have guesses, but the important thing for now is that he acts as a catalyst to get the trial going. Seo-yeon faces a great challenge, but with her faithful friends by her side and her determination intact, our heroine is not someone to be taken lightly. The Jeong-guk foundation seems aware of that as well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 2 2016/12/20,
The plot thickens in a delightfully twisted way in episode two of "Solomon's Perjury" as we discover there is more to the witness than meets the eye. The press becomes involved and now the parents are distrusting the school and the police. A mysterious online figure named the Jeong-guk Sentinel resurfaces in the school and Ji-hoon's role in all of this becomes more complicated,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Solomon's Perjury" Episode 1 2016/12/19, "Solomon's Perjury" wastes no time, as we dive right in to the death of the young student and the impact it has on everyone around him. Suspects are abundant and so are accomplices and victims. Episode one takes its time in introducing our main characters, their personalities and their families. There are a lot of nuanced roles here and the mystery is off to a very good and exciting start,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Solomon's Perjury" 2016/12/03,
Korean drama is not too big on the mystery genre or youth series, which means that "Solomon's Perjury" is a combination worth checking out. The series sports a cast of age-appropriate rookies in a story which will paint a less than cheerful holiday season and hopefully provide meaty content through it.
When a junior high student falls to his death, the authorities and school consider it a suicide. After receiving a tip off that the case is a murder, one student decides to lead a school trial and crack the case, going against the school's wishes for a clear wrap up of the incident,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Familyhood" 2016/07/02,
Joo-yeon (played by Kim Hye-soo) is a high-level actress in the Korean entertainment industry, but her star power has faded with age. Or maybe just her abrasive personality, it's kind of hard to tell. In any case, feeling very suddenly professionally unfulfilled in life, Joo-yeon has an epiphany during a visit to the home of her stylist Pyeong-goo (played by Ma Dong-seok). She likes families, and so Joo-yeon becomes determined to create a family through whatever means necessary,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Murderer" 2014/01/11,
In the film's opening shot Joo-hyeop (played by Ma Dong-seok) engages in an act of unmistakable brutality after an unexpected encounter. Granted, with a title like this, we're hardly expecting the man to give these people a big happy bear hug. But there's a sharp, vicious, sudden extremity to the man's attack that's frightening. The question is immediately begged of what makes a person perform an all out strike that cold and brutal,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/01/11, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Murderer": A killer is laying low until one day a girl who knows who he is appears in front of him and awakens his killer instinct. (01/16)
★★★★ "Marbling": A virgin professor takes advice from a nude painter on getting the man she desires. (01/16)
★★★ "Hype Nation 3D": A South Korean dance crew battle it out to prove who has what it takes to be the best. (01/16)
★★★ "Taste": A hotshot hunk loses his job and finds himself at home surrounded by four curious neighbours. (01/16),...More
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