Misunderstanding leads to inspiration in The Liar and His Lover
More teasers for upcoming youth music rom-com The Liar and His Lover have been released including a seven-minute highlight teaser, and they definitely flesh out more detail about the story, which is based on the Japanese manga Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru. Lee Hyun-woo (Moorim School) plays the titular liar and Red Velvet’s Joy plays his not-so-secret admirer.
He’s a prickly genius music producer with family issues, and she’s a cheerful high school student who’s not too good at studying but amazing at singing. He falls for her voice, while she falls for him. Because he’s been having trouble with some creative property issues and his management label, he deceives her and tells her he’s actually just a wannabe composer.
From the get-go in the teaser below, as soon as she sees him and he anonymously gives her a yellow umbrella on a rainy day, she realizes: “What should I do? I think I’ve fallen for someone?” And when she meets him again, she follows after him with a bright smile on her face to ask: “Excuse me, do you believe in love at first sight?”
In the second teaser, the troubles with Lee Hyun-woo’s music group are more apparent. He just tells them to lip-sync and put on a good performance, and the sound techs will take care of the rest. His band, Crude Play, is incensed because he’s disregarding their own views on how they do their music.
The scene switches to Joy who is at an audition, looking nervous and afraid. She then meets Lee Hyun-woo at the river, and her voiceover says: “Every time I open my eyes, I want to see him. Every time I breathe, I think of him. Every time I sleep, I dream of him.” And she worries whether she’ll ever see him again.
The final promo video is actually a long-form trailer that’s almost a full seven minutes. It sets up the entire drama with so much information that I don’t know if there’ll be much more background to tell in the first episode. Beware of spoilers if you don’t want to know! It starts with Lee Hyun-woo, whose life passion is to make the music in his mind a part of reality. Unfortunately, focusing only on the music is a drawback when it comes to confronting real-world difficulties with his boss, played by Lee Jung-jin, who seems to have different profit-vs-art opinions when it comes to Crude Play.
Then we’re introduced to Yoon So-rim, Joy’s character, who is part of Teacher Bong’s class, the worst group of students in the entire school. But they seem happy enough, singing and laughing together. Her grandma doesn’t care about the grades, and urges her to focus on her singing. She thinks Yoon So-rim is destined to become a singer because her mom was one too. However, Joy doesn’t enjoy auditioning because she feels like she’s surrounded by cold judging faces.
We cut to a scene in a car, where a girl is telling Lee Hyun-woo she desperately wants to sing the music he makes. But moments later we see a crestfallen expression on his face because it seems that after time, her affections changed and now she’s involved with Lee Jung-jin. Perhaps it was this sadness that prompted him to go to the river, and inspired a new song. Joy, who was passing by on her bike, is stopped by Lee Hyun-woo who asks for her cell phone and records the melody ringing in his head.
Later, he’s hard at work producing this new song. He tells Lee Jung-jin he wants it to be the title track of the next Crude Play album, and he agrees after listening to it. But the bandmates are completely taken by surprise, and resist this sudden decision because they won’t have enough time to practice it until their next concert, and that’s when Lee Hyun-woo tells them to focus on the visual performance aspect, and not to worry about the actual singing. They’re outraged because they no longer believe he considers them musicians.
He’s also confronted with the problem of Yoon So-rim. When he sees her again, he tries to ask her for her cell phone so that he can erase the sound file, and asks her not to show it to anyone else because there could be copycats. But she thinks he’s just play-flirting, so she doesn’t take him seriously. Instead, she takes his song, and makes her own cover of it with her band to give it to him as a gift. However, he’s obviously upset when she presents it to him because in his mind, she just stole his song. But later when he listens to it alone, he breaks into a smile.
tvN’s Monday-Tuesday drama The Liar and His Lover will air starting March 20.
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