FIRST IMPRESSION: Liar Game Episode 1 & 2


I’ve watched Liar Game, which is a manga adaption and I love it!!!

I didn’t watch the Japanese drama, but it is said that this adaption follows more towards the manga and not the Japanese drama. I always wanted to watch the Japanese drama, but never really started it, but maybe after finishing the Korean one, I might try watching the Japanese one.

Okay – first thing first. I never knew Lee Sang Yoon could be so charming and charismatic. He is practically overflowing with so much charisma, I am shocked, yet very happy. I’ve seen him in other dramas, but his roles never really stuck in my head for long, but THIS, I am blown away.

I’m just going to do a short summary, and those who watched the Jap drama or read the manga, no spoilers please, Thank You 🙂


vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h47m47s161vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h48m03s66Ha Woo Jin is a Seoul University professor and he starts off writing on the board, ‘Never Trust Anyone’. He goes further on explaining, that humans are made to lie. After finishing off his talk, he tell the students it’s the last lesson before he turn around, with his hands over his head and the cops started coming in.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h48m25s31vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h48m55s73Kang Do Young is a new host for the reality program, Liar Game. This show was suggested by him, himself and he wasn’t working in broadcasting. He was actually working in a financial sector before this. He mentions that everyone has a mask on, and the show is aimed for people to take off those mask.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h48m18s214Nam Da Jung is busy working part-time jobs while trying to pay off her Dad’s debt. She helps an old lady who asked for directions, and was left with the lady’s bag. When the old lady didn’t return after some time, she decided to check what is in the bag and is shocked to find a lot of money inside. When it gets dark, she decide to go home and turn in the bag the next morning at the police station.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h49m14s11vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h49m18s48Her debt collector, Jo Dal Goo chases her to the police station and ask her to just use the money to clear her debts and on herself. Nam Dong Jung argues that she won’t be able to sleep in peace, because by doing so, she is taking away another person’s opportunity. Jo Dal Goo lets go of the bag.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h49m36s227They are greeted by Kang Do Young, who welcomes Da Jung into the game as a contestant after a weird phone call.

Da Jung is hesitant about being in a show which requires her to lie, and is surprised to find out that her ex-teacher is also in the show and the person she would be up against in Round 1. Her teacher convinces her to join, telling her that they can pretend not to know each other and split the winnings 50-50. Da Jung decides to join hands with her ex-teacher, but is left disappointed when she finds out her teacher had tricked her and she had lost her money to the teacher.

Jo Dal Goo tells Da Jung to ask help from Ha Woo Jin, someone he knew inside the prison.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h50m08s37vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h50m20s150vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h50m27s227Ha Woo Jin is a psychology genius, and we also see that the police uses him at times to help make the culprit confess to crimes.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h51m18s217vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h51m18s226vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h51m27s60Da Jung trips outside the prison, and Woo Jin offers his hand to help.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h51m44s228vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h51m45s239vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h51m46s250vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h51m51s43He looks at her face and remembers her from the TV and walks away, leaving Da Jung confused. Hah.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h52m03s158vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h51m58s108vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h52m00s131Da Jung follows him to the bus-stop and asks if he just came out of prison and if he knew someone by the name of Professor Ha. Woo Jin asks if she’s not interested to know about what he was in prison for whether it was murder, or rape, or etc. Da Jung thinks that she offended him, and explains that she just needed some help from the person. Woo Jin tells her it’s better for her not to meet him, and that selling her soul to the devil is better than getting involved with him.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h52m40s17She follows him and tells him to hear her out. He says he will, after visiting the toilet.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h53m04s2Da Jung waits for him till night, even though he doesn’t return.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h53m10s58vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h53m11s73He walks by and is surprised to see her still there, waiting for him. He walks away.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h53m39s100vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h54m13s178Two drunk guys pester Da Jung and Woo Jin appears from behind telling them that he is the one she is waiting for.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h54m24s31vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h54m25s49He screams at her for not having enough sense to leave, after knowing that he probably won’t return. She asks if he lied to her earlier, and he replies obviously.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h54m50s40vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h55m04s179She asks him what is so wrong to believe in others, and that clearly bothered him.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h55m11s246vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h55m14s19He is reminded of his mother, who said the exact same thing before she died.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h56m57s31vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h56m59s44He decides to help her on a condition – that they spilt the money 50-50 and that she must quit the game after winning the first round. She agrees and asks him to do a pinky promise with her.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h57m25s49vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h57m22s22vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h57m34s143vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h57m39s193Woo Jin and Do Young meet for the first time – and Do Young is taken aback at how Woo Jin manages to ‘attack him’ back when he was asking questions about Woo Jin.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h58m57s202vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h59m00s237vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h59m09s67vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h59m32s46Woo Jin and Da Jung stalks outside her ex-teacher house and police were called in. Woo Jin pretends to be kissing Da Jung to avoid suspicion.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h00m02s88vlcsnap-2014-10-23-14h59m56s28Woo Jin looks at her and realize that she is nervous. HAH.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h00m47s20vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h00m41s219vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h00m40s206When Da Jung questions him on how he purposely didn’t tell her his plan, he held her shoulders and stare at her before telling her that she can’t act at all. AHAHAHAHA.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h01m34s234As he left, Do Young called him in the van to talk.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m03s11vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m10s89vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m14s121vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m17s156vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m25s234vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m26s245He asks if Woo Jin wants to join as a contestant, and Woo Jin refuses. Woo Jin asks if Do Young had already knew the outcome of the round 1. Do Young denies, and ask why is he helping Da Jung and if it is because she reminds him of his late mother. Woo Jin is surprised that Do Young knows a lot about his mother.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m39s124vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m41s138vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m44s172Do Young went on to ask if his revenge 1 year ago was a success, and that Woo Jin should be aware that the company was only a shell company. Do Young mention that the CEO died and asked if Woo Jin isn’t curious who was behind it? Do Young tells him to join the game, and he can find out who was behind everything. Woo Jin grabs Do Young and tells him to stop lying.

vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h03m05s125vlcsnap-2014-10-23-15h02m46s192Do Young mentions that Woo Jin should be able to tell in a glance whether he is lying or not.


A couple of things, related to the ‘game’ itself, I didn’t write out the summary because it spoils the fun. But you can find recaps at dramabeans.

I love the tension between Do Young and Woo Jin. It’s like a battle of wits, but this time it seems that Do Young has the upper hand because he knows a lot of things we don’t know.

Do Young and Woo Jin is similar in a way though, because both believe that humans are not as nice as they look. Do Young believes that everyone is wearing a mask and pretending, but in front of money, they show their true selves. As for Woo Jin, he thinks that humans will generally tell a lot of lies and you cannot trust anyone.

I still don’t know Do Young’s purpose in doing a reality show and what he aims to gain from it – and NO DON’T TELL ME IF YOU READ THE MANGA/WATCH THE J-DRAMA. 

I also love Woo Jin and Da Jung together. It’s really funny that Da Jung gets flustered easily, but we also see that Woo Jin is indifferent to physical contact. I can’t wait to see if Woo Jin would fall for Da Jung. But since this is a manga adaption, I am afraid of the possible outcomes because they don’t really have much lovelines in j-drama, or manga – or maybe I just don’t know. NO, DON’T TELL ME! 

Anyway, I am loving this a lot and finding it interesting. Let me say it again, Lee Sang Yoon is doing an amazing job and he overflows with so much charm.



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