Drama: Liar Game

8 Dec


Liar Game was the first not romantic Asian drama I saw. I wonder now why I decided to watch it because I usually think that if there is not romance, there will be something missing. The plot probably intrigued me too much and I’m glad it did because this drama is addictive from the beginning. If you are looking for mind challenging games, this is your drama.




General Information:

  • Genre: psychological, suspense, mystery
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2007
  • Episodes: 11
  • Sequels: Liar Game 2 (2009)
  • Movies: Liar Game: the Final Stage (2010) and Liar Game: Reborn (2012)
  • Specials: Alice in Liar Game (2012) and Liar Game Reborn Special: Fukunaka vs. Yokoya (2012)
  • Manga: 
  • Main casting: Matsuda Shota and Toda Erika
  • Watch online on: youtube


Nao Kanzaki is a very honest and naive college student. One day she finds a letter in front of her door saying that she has been chosen to take part in The Liar Game Tournament. Along with the letter, there is a box with 100 million yens. The first task is to steal the money from the other player using all sort of tricks. The winner keeps the money and the loser is left with a 100 million yen debt to be paid to the Liar Game Secretariat at any cost.

Nao is in shock and doesn’t know what to do at first, but there is no going back. Once the box is open, the invitation is automatically accepted and giving up would mean she has a debt. Her first opponent turns out to be her high school teacher, so she calms down thinking he will help her. However, due to her personality, she is easily tricked into giving him the money.

When she realizes she has been stolen, she goes to the police in vain since they can’t help her. Instead she receives an advice: to ask for Shinichi Akiyama’s help, an amazing swindler who has just been released from jail.

Nao decides to follow the advice and finds Akiyama, who agrees to help her reluctantly at first. Will they be able to pass all the tasks together and win The Liar Game?

The best:

  • The tasks. They are very well thought, difficult and intriguing. Trying to figure out how to pass them is great, but the really surprising outcomes are even better.
  • Some eccentric characters are interesting to watch.

The worst:

  • The main characters. They are very plain and don’t grow up much through the episodes. Akiyama is just the cool and very smart guy who saves overly honest and naive Nao all the time. But Akiyama’s not annoying; he is just wasted since he could have been a more interesting character. What makes me angry is that Nao remains as stupid as ever most of the time when she should have learnt more. I’m not saying she should have become as smart as Akiyama and a very good liar. Just intelligent enough to not fall for the same trick like 100 times.


9 out of 10. It’s a high mark considering characters are very important for me, but I think the game is the real protagonist in this drama and the game was really good. I want to watch it again. I’ve seen also Liar Game 2 and the movies and my opinion about them is more or less the same.

One Response to “Drama: Liar Game”


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