The Liar and His Lover

The Liar and His Lover (2017)

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A love story about a depressed genius music composer Kang Han Gyeol who meets the high school student Yoon So Rim when he’s living under a hidden identity. With her courageous honesty and beautiful singing, So Rim draws Han Gyeol back to her again and again. They meet love obstacles along the way as So Rim found out that Han Gyeol was actually Crude Play's producer K and others.
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  • Native title:

    그녀는 거짓말을 너무 사랑해
  • Also Known as:

    Geunyeoneun Geojitmaleul Neomoo Saranghae; She Loves Lie So Much; 그녀는 거짓말을; She Loves Lies; Lovely Love Lie;

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May 10, 2017
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
The story was slow paced & really boring. It did progress, but it progressed quite slowly which was a drop for me. There wasn't even much of a story. I usually do love music genre dramas but this one didn't intrigue or interest me in any way which was disappointing. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn't find myself to sadly.

As many know, Joy is from read more Red Velvet and this was her first drama. I didn't really have any high expectations because I do know some Kpop idols aren't really experienced in acting. Joy, however, she was quite decent/average in her role. I don't get the hate that was being thrown at her for her "rubbish" acting - It wasn't that bad. Lee Hyun Woo was also adorable in his role. The problem was the chemistry between the two main leads. I didn't find the bond exciting or anything, it was merely boring and unrealistic.

The OSTs for this drama are really sweet to listen to. I just finished the drama & I will definitely download them. I guess for me, this was the only good thing about the drama itself.

Rewatch Value
I hardly rewatch dramas unless they were exceptionally excellent. So in this case, I definitely won't.

If you are struggling whether to watch this drama or not, I'll say give 1 or 2 episodes a try. If you don't like it, I suggest dropping it because it doesn't get better. But if you do like it, keep going! Don't let my review discourage some of you because everyone has different tastes :)

Hope my review helped! x
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16 people found this review helpful
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May 10, 2017
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Go in with low expectations and you will be pleasantly surprised. This drama is a relatively light watch that is easy on the eyes and ears.

As someone who hasn’t read the source material I can’t really comment on how this drama lines up. It did well to get so far with a limited amount of plot. At times the writing feels a little awkward but not enough to stop watching.

I read more liked that compared to the Japanese movie the main couple were closer in age and by the end So Rim was an adult.

The cast were very attractive and did surprisingly well with the script they were given.
I didn’t feel that there was much chemistry between the two leads, fortunately the friendships within the bands and the secondary couple make up for this.

The most enjoyable part of this drama is the music and the relationships between the characters. I found the songs would get stuck in my head for a few days after watching.

All in all a reasonably enjoyable show to watch with catchy tunes.
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Both dramas ais about a music producers who meets a girl with a beautiful voice and their journey into making it in the music industry.
Recommended by TaterTot
- Similar plot with MJ and Crude Play
- Main lead is a song writer
- I like the romance in both but TLHL has more sweet romance scenes
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    tala May 24, 2017 - edited

    omg am i the only one who liked it lmao i see so many comments/reviews that thought it was bad
    in the past like year or so its become increasingly difficult for me to sit through romcoms unless its exceptionally good (usually i lean towards noir/dark dramas), but i enjoyed this one a lot

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      Mindy May 26, 2017

      I don't know why the MDL community is so negative about it... the people on this site puzzle me sometimes lol. But it was quite popular on Dramabeans and both Javabeans and Girlfriday really enjoyed it!!

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    MrBanana May 23, 2017 - edited

    This drama was a sleeping pill, I can't understand how some of you got through it.

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    that second romance between shi hyun and soo yeon omg so cute, really want to see soo yeon in more dramas in the future! <3

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    LukasQ May 20, 2017

    Someone knows why Viki doesn't have tvn dramas anymore?

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    XIIVX May 18, 2017 - edited

    Just finished this drama and all I can say is: WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. From start to finish, this drama was like a hard pill that I couldn't swallow. This drama is the kind of drama that should've stayed a movie and left it at that but tried be something that it failed miserably at.

    Let me start by saying that:
    1. The characters were so unlikeable in the beginning of this drama. Everyone seemed to whine about how they weren't good enough or how HG was the root of their problems instead of trying to fix it on their own. It was annoying to watch YN play victim every time a relationship or situation blew up in her face. The fact that HG had to shoulder all the blame upon himself just made me want to throw in my towel. The characters have little to no development at all. The only character that I seemed to somewhat like that at least shined like a diamond in the rough was CEO Choi. He was like a somewhat realistic character out of the whole cast.

    2. The plot. This drama didn't really have a story. There was really no conflict to begin with beside the fact that Crude Play doesn't play live and CY didn't feel like he fit into the group. That was it. After ep 9ish, the drama really fell flat with it's story, pacing, and progression. It didn't help that this drama was like 50% predictable.

    3. Our MC's relationship. Words cannot express how bad Joy and Lee Hyun Woo fit as a couple in this drama. It was like seeing someone stick two pieces of a puzzle that just didn't fit. From the awkward and bland kiss scenes to the loud devotions of love, watching their love on screen made me cringe each time. They were much better as friends who supported each other rather than a couple who were scripted to be. Also joy didn't look comfortable with the affection. It was sad that SH and SY had more chemistry than our MC's.

    4. The OST. It was okay but repetitive. I was bumping my head towards the beginning but by the end I wanted to be done with it. It felt like a record being played on repeat with no end.

    5. The Acting. It wasn't the best but it wasn't horrible either. It was okay In terms of being watchable. I will have to point out how cringey LHW was acting as HG for me. Like the scene where HG goes to comfort IH's mother in the hospital and she tells him something along the lines of cheering up (I don't remember) and he does this thing where he crosses his eyes and does a silly face. I had to honestly pause and just hold in my laughter from how cringey the scene was. Lol.

    One thing I will mention is that i liked how the drama didn't use constant flashbacks. It was nice to watch a drama without a flashback being inserted into each scene every 30 seconds. And also. Crude Play's and MUSH&Co's friendships were also nice to see. +1 for that.

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    Red May 16, 2017

    not one of my favorite but was a good chill

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    hvnlyslayerangel May 15, 2017 - edited

    Shi Hyun and Soo Yeon had a better romance than the main couple. I don't know why people loved this drama so much. It was okay, but not anything to write home about. I'm just glad the drama is over and I can move on to something else.

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      JoyceC May 16, 2017

      I totally agree. Feels more natural and mature.

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    TeenMaleModel Faces May 15, 2017

    Thıs was orıgınally a movıe ıc you producer try to strecth ıt to 16 ep it breaks apart. İnstead of stretchıng make ıt fast paced and add some preceedıng folloeeıng. If you try to ripp off lazy your ass shıt happens ıt was unbearably borıng . Stoppec at 7 lazy as. MOtha fockas. Instead of rıppıng of translate a novel . I feared that ı am the only one bored. But not audıance ıs not fool.

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    Benedict May 15, 2017

    This is definitely one of those series you will either love or hate. And like the reviewer, Angelina, wrote, if you don't like the series in the first couple episodes it won't ever get any better.

    I gave it a chance because I enjoyed the manga and Japanese movie adaptation, but found myself not wanting to watch it at all. I essentially dropped it twice and didn't watch episodes for multiple weeks. Skipped through the last 5 episodes.

    The acting was solid. And Joy wasn't bad in her role, but I didn't like her role that much. It was written that way though. The music was good.

    I simply hated most of the characters in the show, except for K's dad and the actor portraying him. That was the only saving grace for me. Poorly written and boring from my perspective. I honestly think they should have kept the adaptation closer to the source. Then again the source manga's author is known for teenage angst mangas. If you have read any of her other material you might find yourself pulling your hair out. But her best work was Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu, which was also adapted into a Japanese movie.

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    ShannonKFleming May 15, 2017 - edited

    I wasn't expecting much but found myself sucked in and overall enjoying the experience. I loved Choi Min Soo's character as K's father. Lee Hyun Woo did an excellent job as the lead.
    Joy has potential but still needs time to develop as an actress. Lee Seo Won role was a bit pitifully written for several episodes, I was happy to see he was redeemed however in the end. . I loved the relationship between all Crude Play and Mush and Company,...Shi Hyun and Seo Yeon wow as a couple...they could have had more air time. Of course...The music made the show....The end felt a smig rushed to me but still satisfying ....I would give it 8-8.5 out of 10.

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    jesy May 14, 2017

    I thought at first, the lead male actor was park bo gum..LOL. Anyway, for me, the story and characters were awesome. it was slow-paced but the characters have drawn me to something that i couldnt stop to watch...they act as cool as they were. the story was very heart warming, it intrigues me as to what will happens next.

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    Ineta May 14, 2017

    This drama came as such a pleasant surprise itself. Hearing that Joy is the lead female -- and it's her first drama ever and then realizing that a genre of the drama is music -- and it's somehow not one of my favorite genres for dramas..

    But I think this is a little gem of its own. It's got this light atmosphere around it, and you will find yourself suddenly smiling a lot while watching this.

    Yes, this drama has a lot of new, inexperienced actors and actresses, however, I found that they all did a very good job. Joy was surprisingly good as well!

    My most favorite part of this whole drama were the friendships and relationships between Crude Play, Mush & Co and Sooyeon. And I think that's the main thing that made this drama so precious.

    I would definitely recommend this; this is a great choice if you are looking for something quite light and sweet and / or are a fan of k-pop, because this drama gives a great look into what goes on "behind the curtains" in the industry. :)

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    LonesomeMultiAngel May 13, 2017 - edited

    Personal opinion, for me the Shi Hyun and Soo Yeon characters stole the show.
    Their story was way more interesting than most of the things that were going on and they just seemed genuine, whereas I couldn't feel the main couple at all.
    I am glad I watched it though, as it made me discover Kim Sung Joo, I will definitely keep my eye out for his future projects as well as UNIQ's future songs.

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      CaliGirl712 May 15, 2017

      ShiHyun & Seo Yeon had so much chemistry! And their kiss was hot!

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    flarofl May 12, 2017

    was interesting.. but then dropped in the middle


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    South Korea
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    Mar 20, 2017 to May 9, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 3,109 users)
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