The world’s leading over-the-top content platform, Netflix, has confirmed the production of an upcoming Korean original series titled Juvenile Judgement and has already found the female lead in actress Kim Hye-soo.
Juvenile Judgement is a legal drama that will depict various realistic situations faced by underaged grave offenders. It aims to convey how the adults around them, as well as the society they belong to, can greatly influence their actions. In a world that protects rather than punishes young criminals, a cynical judge uses her power to deliver the fairest of judgments possible. As once a victim of juvenile crime herself, she sets out to challenge serious loopholes in existing laws concerning youth crimes.
Kim Hye-soo has been pulled in to play Shim Eun-seok, an elite judge with a tough personality and inherent intelligence. After getting assigned to a district court that is known for having the highest rate on juvenile crimes, Judge Shim decides to break down usual customs by questioning not only child offenders but also the people around them for she believes that adults surrounding children’s lives are partly responsible for their illegal acts.
Kim previously impressed viewers with her portrayals in the TV series Home Sweet Home (2010) and The Queen of Office (2013). In 2016, she earned a Best Actress distinction at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards for her outstanding performance in the hit police procedural Signal. She is on to make back-to-back appearances in legal dramas as she recently headlined the similarly themed series Hyena this year.
In addition to this exciting development, the production team behind the series had reportedly consulted real-life juvenile court judges so that they could offer an accurate adaptation of how children enter and survive in the world of crimes. With that, attention is now focused on whether or not actor Kim Mu-yeol (Bad Guys 2) will also accept the lead-role offer that was sent to him earlier.
Juvenile Judgement will be directed by Hong Jong-chan of the drama Her Private Life (2019) and penned by screenwriter Kim Min-seok. Co-produced by Gill Pictures and GT:st, the production companies behind Hot Stove League (2020) and Hotel del Luna (2019), respectively, the Korean original series is slated to get released exclusively on Netflix.