Posted by: asiandramareviewer | February 9, 2011

LIAR GAME

I like the Season 2 pic better.

Cast:

  • Toda Erika as Kanzaki Nao
  • Matsuda Shota as Akiyama Shinichi
  • A whole bunch of other people .. Too many to count. Too many to type. Being lazy is the way to go. ūüôā

Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Thriller

Episodes: 11

Broadcast Period: April 14th, 2007 – June 23rd, 2007

Synopsis:

Kanzaki Nao is an honest college student who receives a hundred million yen one day, along with a card saying she has been chosen to take part in the “Liar Game”. The aim of the game is to trick the other players out of their hundred million dollars. At the end, the winner gets the hundred million and the loser is a hundred million yen in debt. The next day, she receives notification that her opponent is her former teacher, Fujisawa Kazuo. She goes to him, seeking help, but ends up getting tricked into handing her money over. Desperate, she approaches the police for help, but they are unable to do anything. However, she is told of a mastermind swindler, Akiyama Shinichi, who is to be released from jail the next day. Desperate, she goes to him for help.

Review:

What is liar? It can be when your pants catch on fire. It can be lying. Or, it can be a game.                                                           What is game? It can be Scrabble. It can be prey. But it can also contain lies.

Isn’t my quote definition above so cheesy?? *sign*

I am SO SORRY for not posting a drama review for such a long time.. Worry too much about Fog Bars (TEE HEE) and that’s basically it. Obviously, 8th graders don’t have much homework, besides the fact that I’m taking Algebra II.

Well, Liar Game is probably the best mystery/thriller and legit (Maybe not..) drama you can find. Well, I think so.

Yes, it’s about a gullible and honest college student Kanzaki Nao (Toda Erika, Code Blue) asking Akiyama Shinichi (Matsuda Shota, Hana Yori Dango), a genius swindler to help her with the “Liar Game”.

Liar Game is a game (Duh.) where you swindle your opponents 100 million yen by lying, but the real point to this game is to get rid of human greed. If you lose, you’ll be 100 million in debt, if you win, you get to keep the 100 million yen.

Liar Game 1st Round:

Rules: If you lose, you’ll be 100 million in debt, if you win, you get to keep the 100 million yen. You’ll receive your opponent in the envelope and you get a month to trick your opponent.

Scenario:

Kanzaki Nao verses his former middle school teacher,¬†Fujisawa Kazuo (Kitamura Soichiro). They both get 100 million yen and Nao got tricked into giving her 100 million to her opponent. By the time she realizes that she’s being tricked, she breaks down and goes to Akiyama Shinichi, who just got out of jail. He agrees to help if she gives half of the 100 million yen to him. She’s¬†desperate, so she accepts. They end up renting a house next door to her Kazuo’s house to watch him 24/7. The trick to this is that he’ll think that if he came out of his house, they’ll end up stealing his money in his house, so Kazuo stays in his house to protect his money. On the last day of the 1st round, he ends up being confident that he’ll win the 100 million yen, but Akiyama tells him that Nao will win. Definitely. Kazuo doesn’t believe it, but he starts getting nervous, so he locks his 100 million yen into a safe and wraps dozens of chains around it. He finally gets the nerve to get his mail and the Liar Game envelope arrives, saying that someone will come on the day the Liar Game ends at 5 o’clock. The next day, Nao gets nervous because they still haven’t gotten the money yet, so she goes to Kazuo’s house and begs him to give her 100 million yen back, but Kazuo laughs at her and yells no. 30 minutes later, at five, someone arrives saying that they are part of the Liar Game Organization and they have come to retrieve the money. Kazuo starts getting all happy because the game ended. At that time, the doorbell rang and he opened the door looking at 3 women that say that they are part of the Liar Game Organization. He¬†mistaken them for the extra people because 200 million is a lot to count. The 3 women say that there are just them, Kazuo gets confused and finally realized that Akiyama is in his living room.¬†He runs to his living room finding Akiyama sitting in a chair behind the 2 suitcases holding the 200 million yen. Kazuo says that it’s the people from the Liar Game’s fault because they were suppose to come at 5, not at 6, but that was a trick. Akiyama made a fake one to put in his mailbox since Kazuo didn’t even bother to come out of his house. The Liar Game Organization confirms that there is 200 million yen and¬†congratulates Nao on winning. Kazuo starts to yell to relieve his anger. Nao felt bad for him, so she gave her share of 50 million yen to Kazuo, on 1 condition: Never say people cannot be trusted. Akiyama gives in and hands his 50 million yen to Kazuo as well.

Liar Game 2nd Round:

Rules: Nao, Akiyama, and 20 other people who won their first rounds plays the 2nd round, where someone asks a yes or no question. If you answer in the group where the votes are majority, you leave the round and return the 100 million yen you won in the first round to clean your debt. If you win the 2nd round, the maximum you can win can be 2.1 billion yen.

Scenario:

Nao realizes that the Liar Game Organization is a lot bigger then she thought it was and thus she enters the 2nd round with no choice, because she doesn’t have that 100 million yen anyways. She is surprised when Akiyama replaces someone also as a player. Basically, the person Akiyama is replacing lost her 100 million to this person hypothetically called “X” and she broke down outside of the mansion, so Akiyama agreed to take her place. Everyone will live there until the round is over, and there are a total of 22 people. The game of the 2nd round is minority rule. Basically, the Liar Game staff pick a player, and that player has to come up with a yes or no question. For each question, each player gets a yes and a no card. After the player says his/her question, you have 6 hours to come up with your answer and you put it in a box. After the 6 hours is up, the Liar Game staff will count the yes and no cards to see which one is the majority and which one is the minority. The majority leaves and the minority stays. That’s how simple this game is, but it’s actually not. In the practice round, the question is: “Are you a woman?”, but it ended up that yes won even though there were more guys. That’s why this round is so complicated. Nao gets scared, so she asks Akiyama what they should do. He replies that this is a certain way to win this game: to form a team. There will be 8 members on the team. For each question, half vote yes, half vote no, which means for the first question, 4 vote yes and 4 vote no. Whoever is the majority will go home and there will only be 4 members of the team left. Basically, that happens until the round ends, and they will split the total money, which is 2.1 billion yen, into 8 even amounts.

And I’m gonna stop right there. That’s all the spoilers I’m gonna give. If you wanna know what happens, WATCH IT. Go. Right now. This post is about to end anyways. So it’s okay if you don’t read rest of the post.

Overall, LIAR GAME pwns (Who uses this word anymore… I do. (: ) every thriller out there. It has the perfect amount of thriller-ness and psychological-ness and awesome-ness. Who doesn’t wanna watch a drama like that? Oh yeah. Go watch the movie too.



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