Based on a Japanese manga about a naive college student who gets enmeshed into a mysterious game where the players lie and cheat each other for large sums of money. This manga had already been realised as Japanese TV dramas and movies.
The Korean drama keeps the structure, but significantly modifies the
settings and the background. The "Liar Game" becomes a TV reality show
rather than a secret underground happening. The heroine's guardian angel
is not an invincible swinder but a flawed ex-college professor. Secrets
in the past link the main characters, driving them towards the final
The small number of episodes (12 rather than 16 or 20 or more) keep the drama
tight and focussed and strong to the end. Many dramas start well but then just
become repetitive. The source manga provides a great series of surreal plot events,
out of the normal grind. The extra writing in the Korean version really
adds depth to the whole.
The heroine develops to be more than just someone to be rescued, her naivety
becomes a strength and something that changes others. The hero too goes
through a journey as he rediscovers trust to some extent.
|Name||라이어 게임 / Liar Game|
|Director||Kim Hong Sun|
|Writer||Ryu Yong Jae|
|Transmitted||20th October 2014 to 25th November 2014|
|Cast||Lee Sang Yoon, Kim So Eun, Shin Sung Rok|
|Themes||TV reality show, debt, trust|
|Links||Official website Asian Wiki HanCinema Korean Drama|