Liar Game (2007 TV series)

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Liar Game
(ライアーゲーム)
Genre Drama, Live Action, Psychological
Directed by Hiroaki Matsuyama
Starring Erika Toda
Shota Matsuda
Country of origin JapanJapan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 11 episodes
Production
Producer(s) Shimuta Toru (志牟田徹)
Location(s) Japan
Broadcast
Original channel Japan Fuji Television
Original run 14 April 2007 – 23 June 2007
Chronology
Followed by Liar Game: Season 2
External links
Website

Liar Game is a Japanese television drama series in 2007. It was adapted from a popular manga of the same name into a live action series directed by Hiroaki Matsuyama. The drama began airing in Japan on April 14, 2007. It featured Erika Toda as Nao Kanzaki, and Shota Matsuda as Shinichi Akiyama. The first season of Liar Game has 11 episodes, with a 3 hour long finale, which is a first for a drama series.[1] It has also gained the second highest viewer satisfaction rating, for the season, in an Oricon survey.[1]

Cast[edit]

Players[edit]

Cast Role Description
Toda Erika Kanzaki Nao (18) Honest + Naive College Student.
Matsuda Shota Akiyama Shinichi (26) "Genius Swindler"
Ex-convict for bankrupting MLM Company
Kitamura Soichiro Fujisawa Kazuo Nao's former junior high school teacher (now retired)
Wada Soko Eto Koichi (leopard skin clothing)
Iwasa Mayuko Ishida Rie (black sunglasses and white pantsuit)
Sakamoto Makoto Ono Wataru Fish Store Clerk (thick black rimmed glasses)
Morishita Yoshiyuki Tsuchida Yasufumi (older, crooked teeth)
Ippongi Shingo Makita Tomoyuki (56) President of small workshop
Otaka Hiroo Kida Noriyuki (48) Business Company Clerk
Umishima Yuki Takamura Yoshimi (29) Housewife
Doi Yoshio Sajima Kenta (34) Actor
Nakagome Sachiko Aso Hiromi (29) Truck Driver
Izumi Masayuki Okano Kenya
Aoki Hajime Kinoshita Keigo
Mizuta Fumiko Kawamura Chisato (22) Model
Hatakeyama Akiko Nozoe Keiko (40) Housewife
Yukishima Naoki Sugawara Yuji (22)
Sakamoto Mitsunari Nishino Takahiko (32) Florist Shop assistant
Kobayashi Kinako Kayama Harumi (26) Restaurant Clerk
Baba Yuki Hanayama Tetsuo (29) TV Assistant Director
Yoshimura Tamao Iimura Jun (31) Housewife
Kitahara Hitomi Nakaya Kazuko (21) College Student
Suzuki Kosuke Fukunaga Yuji
Suzuki Kazuma Yokoya (white hair, clothes and shoes, green eyes); connected to MLM company that Akiyama bankrupted
Taguchi Hiroko
田口寛子
Takada Michiko Unknown

Liar Game Tournament[edit]

Cast Role Description
Kiyama Shigeo Solario (voice) Liar Game main dealer
Yuui Ryoko Dealer
Kichise Michiko Eri Liar Game coordinator
Watanabe Ikkei Tanimura Mitsuo Cop with gold front tooth from Nao Kanzaki's city

Plot[edit]

Nao Kanzaki (Toda Erika), is a college student who is known for her honesty and naivete. One day, she receives a black postcard indicating that she has been selected to participate in the "Liar Game Tournament". Along with the postcard is a box with 100 million yen (about $1,000,000). The goal of the first round of the game is to trick the other player out of their hundred million yen. At the end, the winner would get to keep the hundred million earned, and the loser owes the LGT (Liar Game Tournament office) 100 million yen, which "will be collected by any means and at all costs". Initially, she was frightened by this disturbing game, but was soon relieved when she discovered that her opponent was her second year junior high school teacher, Mr. Fujisawa. Because of her honest personality, Nao was easily tricked into giving Mr. Fujisawa her 100 million yen. She was devastated and reached out to police for help. The police could not help her and suggested that she ask help from Shinichi Akiyama (Matsuda Shota), a genius swindler who was recently released from jail for single-handedly bankrupting one of the biggest scamming companies in Japan. After learning the story from Nao, Akiyama decided to help her to win this Liar Game.

Episode List (season 1)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 "The cutthroat battle of the brains begin with a hundred million (yen) on the line.
The adrenaline-rushing, nail-biting psychological trick"
April 14, 2007 (2007-04-14)
2 "A stirring 2nd episode!! The grand struggle for an end!?
Akiyama's secret plan in obtaining a turn-around victory is what!?"
April 28, 2007 (2007-04-28)
3 "The chilling 3rd episode!! The minority voting competition for 2.2 billion (yen) starts.
A new stage is set for the battle, and you survived!?"
May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
4 "A stunning 4th episode!! X's true colors are revealed!!
The outcome of X vs Akiyama is!? Making a comeback after turning the tables!!"
May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
5 "The shocking conclusion!! Who will capture the 2.1 billion prize!?
LGT's true motive is!? Onward to the next round!!"
May 19, 2007 (2007-05-19)
6 "The terrible restructuring game of the consolation tournament begins!!
In the nadir of despair, the ensnared Nao fights alone!!"
May 26, 2007 (2007-05-26)
7 "Restructuring is inevitable under the desperate situation!!
Nao falls into despair!! Will a miracle of restoration occur!? And Akiyama is!?"
June 2, 2007 (2007-06-02)
8 "Deeply moved!! Nao gets closer to the core!!
Akiyama is amazing, conclusion of the restructuring game! Onto the next stage!!"
June 9, 2007 (2007-06-09)
9 "Earth-splitting!! Contraband game!!
Appearance of a mysterious & formidable enemy Can we win!? Nao & Akiyama's new battle begins"
June 16, 2007 (2007-06-16)
10 "Development of frenzy!! Yokoya's terrifying true colors, Akiyama cries out!!
Nao weeps bitterly!! Breathless revolt surge."
June 23, 2007 (2007-06-23)
11 "Leronira's Final Game
Saturday's Premium Special Project: 3 Hour Special"
June 23, 2007 (2007-06-23)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'LIAR GAME' drama gets 3-hour finale". May 29, 2007. Retrieved October 2, 2009.