According to the latest issue of Weekly Young Jump, a second live-action movie of Manga series Liar Game (ライアーゲーム) was announced and it will be premiered on March 3, 2012 in Japan. If you have watched the first movie of the live-action series, you probably learned that the Liar Game finally “ended” and our female protagonist Nao Kanzaki (神崎 直) goes back to her normal life. The Red Apple game in the final movie was interesting and the organization of the Liar Game was also exposed to the winners of the game. That definitely left nothing to talk about. Well, just like every predictable American movie which has an ending indicating there can be either a new movie coming or not, totally depends on the director, the audience and the box.
In this new movie coming next Spring, we learned that Shota Matsuda (松田 翔太) still plays the leading character and genius Shinichi Akiyama (秋山 深一), while the female protagonist this time, will be Shinomiya Yuu (篠宮ユウ) played by Mikako Tabe (多部 未華子). A bit pity to see that Erika Toda (戸田恵梨香), even though I much prefer her appearing in the coming SPEC movie instead. I am not an avid Japanese drama fans but I do watch these dramas from time to time, and some of the appear to be very interesting, probably even better than the original works, like Bloody Monday, Angel Bank, Dragon Zakura and lots of others. Recently we talked about the Ranma Manga which will be made a live-action show, may be that will be really a good one.
For who haven’t heard about the series, here is a brief intro: The lead protagonist, a scrupulously honest college student named Nao Kanzaki receives a package containing 100 million yen (about 1 million dollars) and a note that she is now a contestant in the Liar Game Tournament. In this fictional tournament, contestants are encouraged to cheat and lie to obtain other contestants’ money; those who lose have to bear a 100-million-yen debt. When Nao’s first opponent – a trusted friend and teacher – steals her money, she seeks assistance from a con man named Shin’ichi Akiyama. Though they manage to defeat the teacher, Nao and Akiyama decide to buy out his debt and advance through different rounds of the Liar Game Tournament against merciless contestants, while at the same time attempting to free their opponents from debt and to defeat the Liar Game organization from within. (via Wikipedia)
Liar Game is a originally a psychological thriller Manga written by Shinobu Kaitani (甲斐谷 忍) and was first serialized in 2005. I didn’t know about the series at that moment but then two years later, the series was adapted as a Japanese drama and I quickly fell in love with the series. The live-action drama a total of two seasons, and a movie title Liar Game: The Final Stage also premiered in 2010 which I somehow managed to watch only in last year. And when everyone including me think the story finally ends, we learned about a new movie is on the way. It’s a huge surprise to the fans.