Another remake! I’m throwing confetti in the air and have my fingers crossed – I hope this is good! The Liar and His Lover is a remake of the Japanese manga, Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru and there’s already a Japanese film adaption which was released in 2013. So it makes me wonder, exactly how popular is this series? I’m not really a huge fan of music as the central theme for dramas, but what the heck. I’ll give this a try.
There isn’t very much detail as to how the Korean adaption will be similar or different other than the casting difference in terms of age – the two leads have quite the age gap in the manga, the male protagonist firmly settled within the music industry with a good amount of experience. And being someone who has lived her life under a rock and never even checked out the original, I have a lot of catching up to do! I think this is a great opportunity for those who loved the original story, since it’ll give them something else to compare, with possible alternative endings or plot over all, who knows?
The drama is set out to be a youthful romantic comedy about music. It tells the story of Kang Han Kyeol (Lee Hyun Woo), a composer who hides his identity and emotions. His musical abilities shine when inspired by the voices of others so it’s no surprise that the heroine of the story, Yoon So Rim (Red Velvet’s Joy) happens to be a musician with a “great voice.” Of course, her optimistic and bubbly personality help balance the repressed Han Kyeol who’s had to hide and they’ll eventually learn to fall in love. Han Kyeol is an adult while So Rim is a high school student so I’m assuming his ‘worldly’ knowledge of life and her innocence will be exactly what the other needs in order to survive a cutthroat industry. She’ll be his inspiration while letting him believe in human trust and compassion – that’s what a muse does right?
TvN has made some great adaptions, from Japanese (Liar Game) to American (The Good wife) the network has established itself as being more than capable of producing quality remakes which makes me even more excited for this. It might be risky letting an idol like Joy play a lead as her first role, but if she delivers then I can see more promising roles in the future. She gives off an innocent and naïve presence in teasers and stills so personally, I think she’s convincing enough.
Release Date: March 20, 2017 (Eng Sub available on Dramafever)
Rate your favorite Korean dramas in 2017.