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Masks, blindfolds, and betrayal in Liar Game

Liar Game has released some more promotional shots as it heads toward its premiere (in two weeks), such as the poster above which labels the show as an “extreme psychological chase drama.” (It’s rather handy that tvN likes to attach little descriptive taglines to their shows, giving us the convenient, bite-sized nutshell up front. High School King of Savvy, for example, was a “comic office action” piece, while Let’s Eat was a “one-person-household drama” and Gap-dong was a “mysterious sensitive chase” drama.)

Liar Game’s slick official poster teases, “Endless betrayals and twists, but there is a way to victory!” It’s a safe bet that Lee Sang-yoon will play a critical role in that victory; he leads Kim So-eun through the reality show that is the Liar Game, while Shin Sung-rok looks to be playing Iago as the show’s MC, whispering into her ear. Don’t listen to him! (Especially if he asks about your health!)

Based on the Japanese drama of the same name, Liar Game joins the ever-growing crop of adaptations and remakes; dramaland has remade a number of projects in the past so this is nothing new, but there does seem to be quite a bump in their number recently, doesn’t there? Just this year alone, we had remakes like Fated To Love You, Witch’s Romance and Cantabile Tomorrow, in addition to manhwa adaptations like Gap-dong, Misaeng, and the upcoming Dr. Frost. I’m liking the cast and what I’ve seen of promos so far, so I’ll be hoping that Liar Game gets to mark itself down as one of the successful versions.

The drama will premiere on October 20, airing as a Monday-Tuesday drama following My Secret Hotel.

Via Osen, Ten Asia

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I like Shin Sung Rok (and hellooooo, biceps!) and after watching Kim So Eun in We Got Married, I'm interested in what she's like as an actress. Plus I'm intrigued by the premise of this show, so I'll definitely check it out.

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You should watch Boys Over Flowers Kim So EunxKim Bum cuts.

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Agree! They were the best thing that ever happened in BOF.

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I started watching Boys Over Flowers once, and I just couldn't stand to continue past the second episode. I'd rather watch her in a show that I actually find bearable. I'll look for some of her other work.

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Like He Who Can't Marry (2009) - the best rom-com out there IMO. Kim So Eun and Yoo Ah In are sooo adorable there. Plus, there are the awesome leads in the form of Ji Jin Hee and Uhm Jung Hwa! Watch it :)

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Ah, with Yoo Ah In and Uhm Jung Hwa? That sounds good, I'll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation, robeobi!

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AKIYAMA-SAMA!!!!!!

*coughs*

Plus Shin Sung-rok with a mask...and his throne of evulz? Oh my gosh...

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At least his mask isn't as scary as the original ones.

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That poster is beyond fantastic. I can't stop staring at it. In fact, everything about this drama - from its cast, to the promotional - is luring me in.

LSY looks sooo good with the gruff and tough feel. And SSR is forever hot. I'm really lookng forward to this, I hope it lives up to the expectations since the premise sounds so promising.

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"Don’t listen to him! (Especially if he asks about your health!)" Gives me the shivers just thinking about it, which I guess is a testament to how well Shin Sungrok played that role...

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hahaha I died laughing at the Don’t listen to him! (Especially if he asks about your health!) part!!! javabeans nailed SSR's facial expression!!!! :D

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I will actually die if they use kakaotalk in the drama.

(especially the dog icon)

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Shin Sung Rok's mascot!!!
Ahahahahaha... Love it.

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Where did they do that? In Trot Lovers?

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And also if SSR says, "you know I like you, right?" :-)

Am I the only one who noticed that SSR is wearing two rings in some of the pictures? They do not look as dark/macabre as the ring he had in YFAS though. Anyone remembers his ring in that drama? He liked to touch that ring and twist it around his finger, when he was thinking.

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The ring that looked like a long, wrapped black nail? Eric was wearing a similar wrapped-nail bracelet in ep. 15 of DoR. Now I'm thinking if they're made by the same company.

That aside, Shin Sung Rok, with his golden mask and dark throne, is perfection. :D

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@ Raitei044,
Yes, that ring! Didn't know Eric sported something similar in DoR. Yeah, they could be made by the same company.

And I agree with this, "That aside, Shin Sung Rok, with his golden mask and dark throne, is perfection" :-)

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Forget about everything else!! Lee Sang Yoon and Shing Sung Rok in the same drama????? Oh Lord have mercy on our totally sane and innocent minds!!!!

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from the poster I get this feeling that SSR' s character has a slight ...strong interest in the girl.
man, but that throne. is that like some reference to that Thrones whatever series?

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mhm maybe?? I mean not really if you meant the Game of Thrones series. That throne is way too creepy!!!

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I'm so glad to see Kim So-eun in a lead role! She's always struck me as a very natural and charming actress even back in her Boys Over Flowers/Empress Chun-chu days, it's good to see her back.

I remember having a few moments of worry when she looked rather....different last year, she is a natural beauty and her face does not need any tweaks!

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totally agree with you. Kim So Eun is not my favorite actress but I do see potential in her. she's way better than a bunch of idols that seem to be cast in leading roles all the time a la Suzy, Sully, etc...

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im pretty sure she got something done but i cant pinpoint what... eyes? she looks slightly different in the eyes area which is just a shame because she had a natural face (rare case in the korean entertainment world today)... sigh.

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I couldn't pinpoint it too at first. But after comparing photos from her BOF days to more recent ones, I noticed that she did get her nose done. So very unnecessary but oh well...

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I had absolutely no clue who she was until they showed her BOF parts during We Got Married. That's the last time I saw her and I couldn't believe it was her! The changes are somewhat subtle (as in I couldn't pinpoint what was different, maybe her nose, or her skin being lighter) but it makes her look like a completely different person.

I agree with Tia, she was a natural beauty but it seems like actresses have to look "perfect" these days. Maybe it's just her growing up that makes her look different but I doubt it's just that.

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Well,i read article some time ago that actually someone said in this blog that she got her nose fixed when she made comeback. She looks more beautiful but i always love natural beauty more to b honest.

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Well the original was also an adaptation from a manga so this is like a copy of a copy! Not necessarily a bad thing as the drama version was very good.

One area I am worried about is that the music in the original version was such a huge part of the show. The OST by Nakata Yasutaka was frankly amazing.

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Yep. The Music really compliment the mood of the show. It was one of the key factor in making it a success.

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I'm also interested in the cinematography, some of it Jdrama visuals may look a little dated now but I liked the crazy colours and settings. So far the Korean version seems to be going for a more slick feel (which makes me a little sad about the lack of weird colours), but hopefully it will work well in the end.

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When news of this remake came out I was kind of meeeeeeeeeeeeeh. But since it's tvN my hopes are up.

So far all the promo material is really good. I think they might actually make a good drama.

I'm curious to check it out.

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Wait who's the person KSY is putting makeup on? O_o Just curious

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Does anyone know where I can watch the jdrama Liar Game with eng subs? Thanks!

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Youtube. I watched all Season 1, Season 2, and the final movie on Youtube w/ Eng Subs.

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Thank you so much!

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It's also on crunchyroll

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Crunchyroll has too much ads if you don't have a paid subscriptions. YT is better. No ads to interrupt the show. Man, I used to love Crunchyroll b4 they became legal. Lots of good old Kdramas and Cdramas that are super hard to find now and watch w/ eng sub. :(

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I was interested before and am now watching the original er the drama that is. I'm enjoying it so far and am looking forward to the updated cinematography. Hoping for lots of meta with SSK. Anyone know who the extended cast is yet?

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This might help:

1-http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Liar_Game_%28tvN%29

2-http://asianwiki.com/Liar_Game_%28Korean_Drama%29

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Sorry, you might have to copy and paste the addresses. I thought they would come out in red (as a link) or orange, and underlined.

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Now that i know who So-Eun is, (yep, We got Married) it's just another good reason to see this. Now am wondering if SJR will make a cameo...

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After hong jin young visited her hubby on tVN's Secret Hotel to cameo one can hope that song jae rim can make a cameo too.
His charisma is enough to keep you glued to the screen.

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OMG PLEASE LET THIS HAPPEN!!!!

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I'm so surprised by SJR's real life persona, like I heard he's a dork but he's so much more than that. He's such an amusing, interesting weirdo and I'd love to just hang out with him.

He's slick though and I love how So-Eun melts when he suddenly turns Rico Suave out of nowhere.

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*giggling* I knew someone would talk about Rim here.

*plants butt and listens to people talking about Rim*

:DDDDDD

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One concern I have: did Mr. Dimples (a.k.a. Lee Sang Yoon) purposely NOT sleep just to get them bags under his eyes for the look of his character???

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Well, he did just got out of prison...I mean, in the drama....

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I love kim so eun, she is really Totally perfect actres, natural face :)

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Thanks Javabeans for the headsup. waiting for this premiere. i hope it will be a successful remake too w its own twists. FTLY remake was a better version than the original SSR has grown from a genteel badass and i like to watch him.

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I can already tell Shin Sung Rok is going to be my favorite character, which is the opposite intention of the manga. Akiyama is supposed to be the (at least is my) sole favorite character whom no one can hold a candle to. But Shin Sung Rok has established himself to be such a character actor that I look forward to his role more than I ever would to Lee Sang Yoon's lead role.

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GOOOOOD....

I Love you Shin Sung Rok, for being an almost dad (Three Dads, One Mom) and a dad (Thank You), a baddie (You from Another Star) and a quirky (Trot Lovers) and I don't know what you're gonna be [in this drama]...

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Why do I have a feeling that Fukunaga is not included in the remake? He was such an important part of the series... (crying)

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Let's hope he/she will be in this version 'cuz I wanna see if a male or female will play him/her! I mean, if you look at the posters for original Liar Game doramas, they usually just show Erika Toda and Shota Matsuda anyways. I guess it would be similar for the Korean version but I guess the director just can't leave Shin Sung Rok out of the photoshoot cuz he's so damn hot.

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In the original version the game master (the one with the mask) played no active role in the game but here Shin Sung Rok's version of the game master looks like he will be actively manipulating the game (at least from the posters it looks like that) which probably means that its compensating for the lack of Fukunaga's shady backstabbing antics.... although I hope I'm wrong because his self serving character was a very interesting part of the series.

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I'm quite excited as to see how the Korean version will turn out. Watching for Shin Sung Rok anyways!

(lol @ "watch out if he asks about your health")

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im not used to seeing Lee Sang Yoon this dark and gruff hahaha im used to seeing him as the nice guy chaebol hahaha i really love him in My Daughter Seoyoung and he was sort of ok in Angel Eyes too! i havent watched the original but i just hope this drama can make its own mark.

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