Liar Game: Round 3

This is where the dramas decide to diverge completely. So far each round has been the exact same game with a few minor differences. Now that we are embarking on the third round of the game, they have introduced a new game completely. I was going to defer doing a comparison, but I suppose what better way to show the main differences, ne?

I should warn you first that you probably don’t want to read on if you don’t want plot points spoiled. Sure, the Korean drama is going a different route and has been from the beginning, but you will begin to see why I say that Kang Do Young really is an amalgamation of characters from the Japanese drama. So…if they keep the plot points similar, reading about the Contraband Game could potentially spoil big reveals in the Korean drama…or maybe not. Hard to say at this point. But the Contraband Game, aka Smuggling game will be Round 4 of the Korean drama, so be forewarned before continuing. If you just want to jump to the Korean drama version of round 3 without peaking at the jdrama version of Contraband, clicky here: The President Game.

Japanese Drama Round 3: Contraband Game

Suzuki Kazuma

Suzuki Kazuma as Yokoya

You may recall our surviving players are immediately dragged to round three upon completion of the Restructuring Game that was played during the resurrection round. Our players arrive at a new location—what appears to be a very small airfield. Once inside a new player is introduced—Yokoya. He’s dressed in white from head to toe and even his hair is white. One game had too many players, so he was brought over to join our current group.

They are all ushered inside and are greeted by the Dealer. He announces the new game and explains that the group will be split into two teams—Fire Country and Water Country. The goal is to smuggle your team’s money out of a bank located in the opposing country. Each round will have a smuggler from one team and an inspector from the opposing team. There will be 30 rounds en toto. You an smuggle as much as 100 million yen per round. You have to either trick the inspector into passing you when you have money in your suitcase or trick him into calling doubt. By calling doubt, the inspector must also claim how much he thinks you are trying to smuggle. If your suitcase contains the exact amount or less, you lose all of your money to the other team. If your suitcase is empty, the inspector loses half the amount he doubted you on. Also, if  there is more money in the case than called, it counts as a failure on the inspector’s part. I can’t remember if you keep all the money or just the amount over…but I think it’s all the money.

A practice round is held and Akiyama and Nao are the guinea pigs. Nao is the smuggler and Akiyama the inspector. He immediately calls doubt and guesses the correct amount, shocking everyone (Nao only took one tiny bundle from the bank). The group is then split into teams. Hitomi, Ono, Fukunaga, Akiyama, and Nao are all on one team. Nao’s strategy is to not smuggle anything. Unfortunately, this does not go over well. She pretends, with very bad acting, that her case is super full, but the opposing inspector sees through her obvious farce and quickly calls Pass. Her strategy was making them call doubt and thus handing over consolation money. Failed. Fukunaga then goes in as the next inspector and believing that the Fire Team would be employing the strategy, he calls Pass only to find out the man did smuggle 100 million. They be in trouble now. Round after round they fail to smuggle anything (too afraid to carry money and lose it) and they fail to stop any smuggling as well.

With things going badly, Akiyama steps in to be the inspector at long last. He then calls doubt for the first time and successfully stops the Fire Country’s smuggling. By doing this, the opposing team starts becoming afraid since doubt was called. The Water Country team then finally tries to smuggle their money. Nao goes in and is greeted by the eerie Yokoya who claims he is a psychic and can see into her case. He gets the amount exactly right, shocking her. Fukunaga tries to smuggle money as well with the same results. This terrifies the team and they stop smuggling. Then, all of a sudden, Ono gets on an inspecting kick. He successfully stops all smuggling attempts. He claims himself as king of the Water Country and demands his teammates refer to him honorifically as Ono-sama. Hitomi and Fukunaga are kick to acquiesce, but Nao keeps calling him Ono-san and wants him to share his knowledge equally and Akiyama calls him without using any honorifics whatsoever—he stresses his name Ono.

During the 12th round, Ono has a sudden stomachache and Hitomi goes to inspect and fails miserably. Akiyama has been pretty suspicious—especially after seeing the partial results and we all know that sudden stomachache after looking across at Fire Country is definitely suspicious. When Ono comes back, he tells Hitomi to go ahead and smuggle 99.9 million yen. Aikyama steps in with a piece of paper telling her it’s the secret to defeating their enemies. Yokoya is again the inspector and says he sees it all. He calls doubt for 99.9 million yen. He opens the case and wouldn’t you know there’s actually the full amount the case can carry! Thus he failed. Hitomi rushes out and asks what is up with that piece of paper telling her to carry the full amount. Akiyama then looks at Ono and reveals his duplicity. He’d been working in conjunction with Yokoya.

The game continues on with Yokoya and Nao as inspector and smuggler. Yokoya then reveals his true identity. He is playing the Liar Game as punishment. For what? He was the one who was really in charged of the pyramid scheme that led to Mrs. Akiyama’s suicide! Since Akiyama brought down the whole scheme, Yokoya is being forced to play by those he works for (who run the Liar Game). He didn’t think that was fair so he used Nao as bait to bring Akiyama into the game and play with him because there is no way that Akiyama could let someone so like his mother be. Yokoya then tells Nao nothing is inside the case and she calls Pass. Turns out he was lying—it was full. He walks off laughing and gloating while Akiyama goes ballistic.

So what does Akiyama do? He takes his team’s bank cards and plays both inspector and smuggler, losing every single round while screaming at Yokoya to come out. And this is technically where season 1 ends on this cliffhanger. Well…the true cliffhanger comes when the results are shown and Yokoya gets a startling surprise. His team isn’t all that far ahead!!! But they took all of Akiyama’s money and successfully smuggled their own. How come their lead is so little?

It’s here in the midst of this game that the first season ends and we get an SP. The SP recaps everything that has happened to date and actually gives us the whole story behind the Liar Game and how players got brought into it. It’s not like Nao was brought in strictly because of Yokoya. No, a dying man who has lived his whole life doubting, mistrusting, and scamming people is responsible for bringing her in. He wants to see such a pure person soiled—he wants to see her become just like everyone else—greedy and only interested in saving herself. He gloats when she brings Akiyama in to win round 1, but is disappointed when Eri reveals that Akiyama and Nao gave up all their winnings to the loser. He then devises a way to bring in the icon of betrayal Fukunaga to round 2 to crush Nao. We also learn more and more about Eri. It turns out she’s that man’s daughter and she also wanted Nao brought into the Liar Game in order to show the dying man something as her own little revenge and her way of saving him all at the same time. Ah, and our betrayer police officer was once a promising detective. He tried to go against the organization that destroyed Akiyama’s mother and he lost his job and was demoted to that tiny little outpost. He doesn’t like Nao winning because it reminds him too much of himself when he had something to believe in.

After all of this recap and new plot points introduced, we are returned to the game where Akiyama shows that he was merely acting like he had completely lost control. He then made a deal with all of Yokoya’s teammates and he has their cash cards. All the money they took from Akiyama was really their own money, thus why the balances never really changed. This throws Yokoya under the bus, doesn’t it? Sure, he’s close to reaching his goal to be out of debt and free from the game, but Akiyama won’t let him have it easily. Akiyama tells Yokoya that he’s not smuggling anything, but Yokoya calls doubt and loses 50 million since the case really was empty.

But don’t count Yokoya down and out yet. Nao doesn’t like it that their team and Yokoya’s team will be safe, but Yokoya will be left to bear debt all by himself. She then threatens to make her team lose if they don’t try to save everyone. She deliberately passes when she was supposed to call doubt. She then demands Yokoya come in next. She then makes Yokoya apologize to Akiyama and the two exchange their cards in good faith. Yokoya wants to help Nao bring about a draw so everyone wins. Once the exchange is made, Yokoya reveals he really is rotten to the core and he transferred all of his money to a player’s card that had run away (Yokoya promised to bear the other member’s debt so the man fled), thus the card he gave Nao was useless. Know that Akiyama cannot bear to see Nao destroyed, Yokoya proposes trading her card for the three Fire Team members cards that were given to Akiyama when he started acting on his own.

Yokoya does make the right call. Akiyama comes with the three cards and an exchange is made. Yokoya is gleefully gloating, but stops when Akiyama starts laughing. What’s so funny? Akiyama then holds up three cards. He wrecked the magnetic strips on the three he gave Yokoya and called in for replacement cards. Yokoya then gets the bad news that his card in Nao’s hands now has all of his money back on it since the runaway has returned to play the game. But, again, don’t count Yokoya out. Fukunaga is very unhappy with the idea of a draw. Nao and everyone else (minus Yokoya and Akiayama) work so hard together to create a complete draw. Fukunaga then steals Yokoya’s card from Nao and gives it back to him. Yokoya smuggles the 100 million he’s down and something he says to Nao really hits Fukunaga hard.

Yokoya throws words that Fukunaga had thrown at Nao in round two. There is no happy ending for everyone, etc. This has Fukunaga think back on everything that has happened and how Nao explained the game can be won without hurting anyone. Meanwhile, both teams are in shock and Akiyama is angry at himself for letting his guard down and not seeing that Fukunaga and Yokoya had brokered a deal from even before Yokoya brokered one with Ono. Then Fukunaga does something surprising. He does NOT call Pass, but Doubt for the full amount. Yep. There’s only one round to go and Yokoya is officially screwed now.

So it all comes down to this. Nao tells Akiyama to take her card and decide to either save Yokoya or send him to hell. It’s his choice…however…Nao believes Akiyama will do the right thing. Akiyama goes and once inside the inspection room tells Yokoya to go to hell while Yokoya is honestly pleading to be saved—can’t Akiyama forgive him? Akiyama then does show that he’s a bigger person. Oh, don’t think he’s forgiven Yokoya, because I don’t think he really has, he just doesn’t want to make Nao sad. By having his revenge, he’s only hurting Yokoya as well as himself. He then tells Yokoya that the case is full—enough to cover Yokoya’s debts and pass him to round four. For the first time ever, the cocky and confident Yokoya is shaking and so very unconfident as he calls out Doubt. He hesitatingly opens the suitcase and there is his 100 million yen. Akiyama goes outside and both the Fire Team and Water Team are beaming happily while his face remains ambivalent.

One month passes by and Akiyama is greeted by Eri as he visits his mother’s grave. She takes him to meet with her father who is in the hospital. The man reveals that he is the mastermind behind the Liar Game as well as the man who is the head of the organization  that led ultimately to Mrs. Akiyama’s death. Akiyama does ask why the Liar Game exists and the man says it’s all because of the pure Nao. The game was a setup to either make her crack and do bad things like everyone else or get stomped into oblivion by huge debt, etc. after being betrayed by those she trusted. Such a simple reason as that? The man then confesses he was saved by Nao—wasn’t Akiyama as well. Akiyama asks when the fourth round will start, but the man doesn’t confirm when or not. In the end, revenge or salvation…whatever reason the game was created, whatever reason Nao and Akiyama were both brought into the game—it’s all changed. Eri looks forward to seeing Nao grow and bring her light to everyone else. The man who wanted to tarnish her purity has now been saved by it.

Anywho, Akiyama goes to leave the hospital and runs into Nao and her ill father. Nao and Akiyama take a walk outside where a child comes up to Nao and tells her he’ll be hospitalized again. He then says it’s a joke and he’s completely cured. Nao scolds him for telling such a horrible lie and the kid says he cannot help it since she’s so gullible. Akiyama cannot believe that even children take to fooling Nao. He walks away and she again asks if being stupidly honest is a bad thing. Akiyama tells her over his shoulder that not so much and walks away with a big smile on his face. We end the SP with seeing a new person fall into the Liar Game trap. Round four will be intense! Just wait for it as Nao, Akiyama, and Fukunaga continue playing Liar Game!

Ah…I have to say that I do get confused with the plot and who brought in whom and if the man who said he is the one behind the game really is…because he doesn’t seem to be making the rules and even got a warning from the dealer when Eri got him to do a resurrection round in hopes of pulling Nao back into the game. And we also have Yokoya’s claims that he made sure Nao and Akiyama were brought in so he could have his one revenge against Akiyama. So…doesn’t this feel a bit awkward and like it’s a bit of a large plot hole?

Korean Drama Round Three: President Game

This game disappoints. It, in a way, is a bit too much like the resurrection game for my tastes. The only real reason that this game was even done was to find a way to inject Do Young into the game itself instead of just standing on the sidelines as the puppet master extraordinaire. It’s also a way to show that Woo Jin isn’t the unbeatable opponent everyone thought he was.

The premise behind the game is this—the Liar Game contestants need to go out into the real world and find a presidential candidate for the mock elections of Round Three. Not everyone needs to bring in a candidate mind you. The candidates who win get a slice of the money and get to choose which players are ejected from the game and must pay their prize money back en toto. We all know this is a problem since the majority of players have NOT saved their prize monies. Anywho. Once the election campaigns start, candidates must make three campaign promises—one per election round. One promise is allowed to be false, but the other must be true or you’re in deep doo doo. Candidates are allowed one hour to campaign. However, they can only talk freely with people who are part of their party otherwise they must pay 10,000 to talk to unaffiliated and other party members. Group campaigns cost 50,000.

Congressional Assistant Kim does NOT deign to rejoin the group as a whole and quickly rushes off to his boss who will be a real presidential candidate in the upcoming elections in South Korea. Jamie goes her own way as usual and the rest gather at Da Jung’s part-time job to discuss who they should all nominate. During this discussion they all agree they need to find someone to do it Da Jung’s way—splitting the prize money evenly between all players. They then get a call that Dal Goo is in his ex-boss’s hands and must give up his organs if Da Jung doesn’t repay her debt in full. Kang Do Young is well aware of this situation, but he lets it slide to see what’s going to happen next. At first he looked annoyed, but after he hung up his phone, he smirked. Yes, we all know master manipulator has been pulling a bajillion different strings. He’s been planning this for awhile now since it’s ultimately someone affiliated with Do Young who got Dal Goo the job which landed him at Da Jung’s doorstep which landed Ha Woo Jin on Da Jung’s radar once she was pulled into the game.

Anywho, to save Dal Goo, Jin Woo and Da Jung bring him into the Liar Game effectively stopping the gangster from stealing his organs. The rest of the players agree to the nomination, but you know it was very reluctantly. Jamie’s plan? Bring Kang Do Young into the game and reap the rewards. He’ll put an end to Ha Jin Woo and Jang will get a thorn out of his side. Only…in a later clip we see Kang Do Young has already brought Jamie fully on board and she’s now got Jang dancing like the puppet he really is.

So the day of the nominations comes about and Jamie nominates Do Young. Jang and PD-nim kick up a fuss. Jang for it and PD-nim against it. Do Young bows to a majority vote of the players. Do Young needs  votes in order to participate. Most of the players on Da Jung vote against it. They are counting on Jin Woo to be the final vote against it, but nope, he strangely agrees to this plan. Woo Jin explains to Da Jung and Dal Goo it’s all a strategy to bring the puppet master onto the playing field since Do Young ultimately was in complete control of the game. Regardless, the rest of the team feel betrayed by Woo Jin doing this and while they do trust Da Jung—they cannot bring themselves to blindly trust in Woo Jin.

Once the rules have been explain, our trio work on their election strategy. Dal Goo wants to not lie for every round. Woo Jin explains that won’t work since every one will be suspicious that every promise is a lie. The best way to gain the most votes is to tell a whopper at the end which will draw everyone in, but that is also too risky if others have employed that strategy. Thus, the best bet is to tell a very bold and obvious lie at the beginning round (presidential candidates aren’t allowed to be voted out until the final election, so Dal Goo is safe until then) since the other players will then know you have to keep your next promises.

Dal Goo’s first promise is to give everyone 900k, which is impossible given how much money is available in this game. Do Young promises to collect tax money and share it among those who support him (read elected him). I can’t quite recall Kim’s candidate’s promise, but it was a sharing of some sum of money. Do Young’s promise looks very appealing, but it also throws people into greater debt as well. Should they take up the double-edged sword? Dal Goo wants to campaign, but Woo Jin refuses as there is no point since they are deliberately throwing this round of the election.

Pippi and Kim side with his candidate and who do Woo Jin and Da Jung side with? Do Young! Thus Do Young wins with the majority vote of 7 to 2 and Kim and Pippi are up for elimination. Do Young shocks everyone by ejecting Pippi from the game since she’s too stupid to deserve to be able to vote (really, he said that). She is dragged screaming from the game saying she really did see Do Young’s fortune. He has a traitor’s fortune and in the end he will have a dog’s fortune and be destroyed. I have a feeling that Pippi is a lot closer to being on the money than when she was betting on Kim’s candidate.

For the next election promises, Dal Goo promises to share the money between his supporters, Do Young promises to share the full winnings with the first three unaffiliated people who push the button in the affiliation poll. This leaves partner Jamie out cold since she has already aligned herself with Do Young’s party in the previous round. Our lawyer, actor, and Bulldog jump at the bait while young Sung Joon hesitates and eventually just goes with unaffiliated again. By the end of the polling, Jamie has washed her hands of Do Young who has his three new party members relay the news that she will pay if she betrays. Jamie then convinces the other three to form a team so they can control the game.

They then go to Kim’s candidate and agree to vote for him based on his third election promise. From round 1 of the election, we already know that Kim has used 1 true. We don’t know what he pushed for round 2, but I’m willing to bet his last promise will be the false one and he’d screw everyone over. Just a feeling I have. Anywho, Woo Jin knows Jamie is technically in control since she unaffiliated herself. They don’t plead with Jamie to join their party, but Dal Goo goes over to make some noise knowing that Bulldog will be riled and the two are sent to time out until the second round of voting begins. Kim’s candidate assures everyone they are fine even with four people (as he believes Bulldog will change teams while in solitary with Dal Goo).

So what is this sure-fire method of winning? His four team members vote first and then block the entrance of the voting booth. Bulldog and Dal Goo can’t step in to physically remove the human barrier as they’ll get thrown out for their second offense. He tells everyone to start pleading with him, although he does announce his goal is to eject Woo Jin from the game permanently. Woo Jin doesn’t break a sweat. He smirks. He can definitely open the door to the voting booth.

So before going further, I have to say that this scene somewhat reminds me of a scene from the Contraband Game where mini-mushroom Ono tells people he’s in control of the game so they’d better pay homage to him. I wonder if we’ll get Jamie betraying the team only to turn on her partner in betrayal after thinking back on all the good Da Jung has done? Nah. It won’t happen. At least not in this game.

Anywho, Woo Jin refuses to grovel and tells his team members to vote. How can they? Woo Jin with his usual blank expression says he has a way to open the door. He raises his hand and In Gi gives him a high five. Turns out it was he who was approached for betrayal and not Bulldog. Thus everyone gets their chance to vote and Dal Goo wins. The only problem is that when he goes to fulfill his promise, the vault is empty! I will stop here. This counts as a lie for him if he can’t deliver the goods…that’s what the players are saying, but that isn’t true. He promised to equally split up what is in the vault. If nothing is in the vault, then zero split equally is still zero, lol. But Dal Goo is safe from elimination because he pressed truth in the first round since they knew no one would believe he’d give each supporter 900k apiece. But anyways, this ticks off the other players who voted for him and doubts begin to rise and Woo Jin loses his temper a bit. He then says the only answer is a slush fund. This means Do Young’s promise was indeed true. He never agreed to equally share the money, did he? So that means the existence of a slush fund. The other members open their vaults and nothing. That can mean it’s only Jamie or Lawyer Go.

The time is nearing for elimination so Go and Jamie are awaiting their fates in their booths. Woo Jin makes a note about the slush fund and goes to Jamie first. She bends down to write on the floor that she isn’t the one. Go only sees her bend down so he gets nervous thinking she opened her safe. Woo Jin then goes over to him with a note saying they verified Jamie’s safe was empty. Go immediately panics and gets down on his knees begging to be saved. Only he isn’t saved, Jamie is. This is the only way to return the money to the vault successfully.

The final round then starts. Kim’s candidate drops out leaving him high and dry and that royally ticks Kim off. His candidate tells him to buddy up with Do Young, but vote for Dal Goo. Kim is in complete disbelief at this plan. Jamie rejoins Do Young’s campaign while most of the remaining members remain neutral. Jamie is still worried about how Do Young can turn the tides on Dal Goo. Woo Jin asserts that Do Young’s final promise has to be the lie since it was discovered the first promise was true. Do Young then makes his manipulative moves saying Woo Jin was the one behind the slush fund, etc. Jamie goes to In Gi to tell him to lie about voting for Do Young in order to increase the equal reward.

Woo Jin isn’t worried about the movements of players at first, but he knows something is going terribly wrong the more Bulldog, Kim, and In Gi talk. He goes to call for a group campaign to reveal the contents of his and Da Jung’s safes to make certain they all know that Do Young is lying, but Do Young beats him to the punch. Do Young wonders why it matters of the campaign promises are truth or lies. Whatever they believe in becomes truth, doesn’t it? Blah, blah, blah. Woo Jin tries to interfere and get their vaults open to show they are telling the truth, but Do Young doesn’t want to do this. He’ll give Da Jung a chance to make a plea if Woo Jin can win a coin toss game. One player attacks by flipping the coin and lying or telling the truth about what landed face up—heads or tails. The person being attacked has to guess if it’s a lie or truth. First one to 7 wins. Da Jung doesn’t want Woo Jin to do it since something feels way off, but Woo Jin is cocky.

During the first few rounds of the game Do Young wins nothing and Woo Jin gets six in a row. Do Young finally wins the right to attack again and says he was only going easy on Woo Jin. Yeah, right. Yeah…that was right. The next 7 tosses as Woo Jin failing epically. Woo Jin cannot believe someone would be able to control their expressions to the point to fake symptoms of lying and telling the truth. What will he do when their scores are tied? He closes his eyes and calls True when this time it really was a lie. Thus he loses and they lose their chance to prove themselves innocent. Voting commences. It’s a three to four vote in Do Young’s favor. It turns out his final promise was in fact a lie.kd-liargame-doyoung

And here we get grandstanding. Do Young gives Kim the money to exit the game and get started in politics. Kim promises to go against his ejected former boss and run in the same district. Payback’s a bitch, isn’t it? The rest of the money is divided equally with Bulldog and In Gi. When Jamie comes up, she gets nothing. The remaining money all goes to repaying Lawyer Go’s debt. Gag me. He was “inspired” by Da Jung in the last round and decided to do what she did. Do Young has definitely proved himself to be quite the master manipulator.

Anywho, Da Jung and Woo Jin and Dal Goo are safe to continue on the game. Dal Goo gets drunk and blames himself for being a bad candidate before blaming Woo Jin for everything. Woo Jin shuts Dal Goo up before he can talk about Do Young and says he’ll take the drunk man home. Da Jung does tell him once again not to think it’s all his fault because no one can win all of the time. True. Woo Jin only tells her not to trust him so much. Dal Goo then talks about how he went to jail for his swindler girlfriend who dumped his butt once he was in and he vowed to never trust again and became a loan shark upon leaving prison. But the first client he met was Da Jung and he can only think of letting her live happily in her world of trust and innocence. That’s why he’s royally ticked at Woo Jin for not saving her and for possibly using her to help get his revenge for his mother’s suicide. Dal Goo then starts gagging. Woo Jin pats his back and Dal Goo finally recalls what Boss Bae said…Do Young isn’t human—he’s a monster who is empty inside. This really strikes a cord with Woo Jin.

He meets his reporter friend and the woman hands over Do Young’s file and explains that Go was just scouted to a prestigious law firm and Pippi sold her store for well above the going rate and retired to the mountains. Doesn’t this smell really fishy? Yep. Woo Jin then sees something he missed earlier and he’s kicking himself. On Do Young’s file is a fake address in the US for Walden Two. Apparently this was a very sick and dangerous psychological experiment or something like that and in it Do Young would have been well versed in maintaining his micro expressions which should be impossible to do. Well, a very unexpected twist here that you won’t find in the original. We then get to witness Do Young practicing this very technique. It’s downright creepy. Which side is the real him? Laughing Psycho or Stoic Man? Willing to bet on Laughing Psycho since Woo Jin said that Do Young wears his mask very naturally, which would be stoic MC. Jang, btw, was a horrible MC for this last round. Meh. Oh…and our PD-nim. She’s ticked off at Jang, Jamie, and Do Young. She’s had enough and will take control of the game away. Here’s hoping she can help Da Jung and Woo Jin sock it to Do Young in the next rounds.

Overall, this last game in the Korean drama really was just awful. I guess it really does drive home the point of what it means to really trust someone and to further show the degeneration of human nature. But, like I said, the sole purpose of this game was to set up the grand finale match that will come between Do Young and Woo Jin. If I’m right and  Do Young is an amalgamation of characters, he’s definitely got some of Yokoya’s character in him. His motivations behind the game will not be what Yokoya’s was, but that’s beside the point. Since I know the basics of the Contraband Game, I really do wonder what the Korean version will do with their version of the game. Hopefully it will be better than the President Game, which really was rather lacking and uninspiring. I think Round 4 of the Japanese drama is an Outbreak Game type thing…only they used angels and demons and not an actual fake virus. I could be wrong. This means I need to start watching Season 2 of LIAR GAME. Matsuda Shota, yes, please.


  • I have not read your post yet but I just wanted to say how thankful I am that you have decided to continue discussing the differences and similarities between both version. I was actually considering asking (ok begging for you to continue) because even if the two shows differ it’s still interesting to read about how they differ. As someone who is watching the kversion it gives me an additional layer to think about and take in. Big thanks!!!

    • And after doing this write up…I was like should I have done it since Round 4 will be the smuggling game after all…but I’ll keep doing the rounds now. Game 4 will be interesting. I’m finishing round 4 of the Japanese drama this week in preparation of round 4 of the Korean drama next week.

      • I look forward to read them. Thank you! As we near the end I wonder what kind of ending we will get. If they will try to wrap everything up or if we will get an open ending?

  • I’ve said it before but I MUST watch the Japanese version, especially after reading about Round 3.

  • I enjoyed both seasons of the Japanese Liar Game, and Matsuda Shota was awesome throughout as Akiyama.

    The SP you mentioned is actually episode 11 of the first season – it was a nearly 3-hour finale. After season 2, there’s the first film, two specials and the second film.

    • I couldn’t remember if the 3-hour ending was considered an episode of the series or an SP. I loved the first two seasons and the first movie. Haven’t watched the two SPs or final movie. I was a little sad to learn Toda Erika wasn’t reprising her role as Nao in that. And Matsuda Shota as Akiyama…was indeed solidly awesome throughout.

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