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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Angelina
22 people found this review helpful
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May 10, 2017
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Story
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.

Acting/Cast
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.

Music
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.

Overall
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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Sian
15 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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- 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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Well, because of the subject of trot music in both of dramas. Joy is known that she sings trot music.
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    bubal Apr 30, 2017

    Whaaaaaaaaaat ???? Omg. Poor Chan Yeong. I don't have any second lead syndrome but he's such a cutie pie nevertheless and my heart aches for him T.T

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    Ceinwyn Apr 29, 2017

    Anybody knows where can I download the song Joy sings in a first few episodes "I am a flying Butterfly"? I found the original that YB sings, but can't find her version.

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    hyerim Apr 28, 2017
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    AmauryLindy Apr 28, 2017 - edited

    I wanna connect to this show but I just can't..

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    Elli Apr 26, 2017 - edited

    I know I'm not supposed to compare It to the manga, but I just thought Sorim is portrayed pretty weak in the drama.. It's a bit off-putting since Riko was a much "stronger" character in the manga (in my opinion), but oh well - the drama and the manga is supposed to be different - It's honestly not even the same story lol.

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      Benedict Apr 29, 2017

      All of the characters were stronger in the manga and more interesting. This drama disappointments me as a whole. Comes across as teenager angsty. Almost over though...

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      ReVelPink21 May 3, 2017 - edited

      Actually I don't think So Rim strays away from the original Riko, maybe is off-putting to see So Rim crying so often over little things but in the manga Riko is no different, unless we read a different manga.

      Also, although the drama is doing it's own thing, I can spot all the basics from the manga in there so I can't claim it isn't the same story, is just that the timing inside the story is off, it doesn't happen in the same timeline as in the manga, something I came to notice later on, of course that now in the final episodes things are looking different but it was bound to happen seeing as the manga has no ending yet.

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      Elli May 4, 2017

      I'm pretty sure the manga ended in rush a couple of months ago, as chapter 90 felt like a forced cut and the last page said "Owari". I still do think So Rim - and the other characters are pretty different from the manga though and the same goes for the story, but the base is definitely there for a lot of the events - as you said.
      Although I didn't think So rim was weak just because she cries pretty often - people aren't necessarily weak for crying a lot- I only thought that because of some other things that happened in the drama.

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      ReVelPink21 May 5, 2017 - edited

      Oh?? Well I can't find translations for the remaining chapters, but I do remember reading about Kotomi Aoki wanting it to end in March so i'm not surprised to find out it ended a couple of months ago.
      I do agree most characters are pretty different from the manga, like for example it bothers me how Chanyoung seems to be so different from Shinya, or how Hankyul seems to be lacking that flavor Aki have, they did brought some elements about him that I find pretty cute (Like DUMPLINGS!), but I don't like how they handled his moodyness from the beginning making him come off as immature rather than depressed (Which is a big part of Aki's character development), however, I feel like the writers did a great job with So Rim, to me her character is the most similar to the manga, when I look at her I get these flashbacks of ramdon Riko moments and strangely, it makes me feel so joyful (No pun intended).
      I thought you meant it like that because usually when So Rim gets called weak is usually because she cries a lot, so I thought you meant it in that sense aswell, i'm sorry for my confusion.

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    sickofme Apr 26, 2017 - edited
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      LuwangLeima May 1, 2017

      Coz he look like a wicked person to me . jealous of K. Making him pity in what way . not at all. Does he love so rim or is he just trying to snatch what K want . he know from the beginning that so rim and K have a connection and from that moment on he tried to do thing that make K regret and even make sorim promise coz he is not good in making music and will be taken away by K. Chang yeoun huhhhhh

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      sickofme May 1, 2017

      In my opinion it's easily to see that he likes Sorim - seeing his face while looking at her... there is no doubt. However, yes - he is jealous of K. But rather because he knows that K gets everything easier and that K is not ignored all the time.

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      LuwangLeima May 1, 2017

      But I have not seen . sorry that may be my bias towards K.

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      Lita May 2, 2017

      Yes, he is jealous because he doesn't want to be only the substitute bass player. He wants to get the same recognition as K, but he is not evil and has never done anything so wicked for everyone to hate him

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      LuwangLeima May 2, 2017

      I just want to drop this drama becoz of sorim and chan young but holding due to K. So rim acting soooo weak n soooo innocent I don't like . chan young is 100 % evil till now till ep 13 for me

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    ReVelPink21 Apr 26, 2017 - edited
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    Poia Apr 26, 2017

    I think you should try to put yourself in Seo Chan Yeong's place, I know they didn't meant to treat him like an outcast, but it turn out that way. At first I didn't get his attitude either, but now I feel pity for him.

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    Hani Apr 26, 2017 - edited
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      desertbanshee Apr 26, 2017

      I don't like it when he forces her to hug him. Just because he's a star doesn't mean she has to be his teddy bear. Keep those hands to thyself!

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      LuwangLeima May 1, 2017

      I totally agree with . chan young is jealous of K

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    cha Apr 26, 2017 - edited
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    Panda Apr 26, 2017 - edited

    Is it any good

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      desertbanshee Apr 26, 2017

      There's better, I recommend Man to Man, which is currently airing.

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      Panda Apr 26, 2017

      Sankyu ♡

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      Lita Apr 28, 2017

      It's not, don't lose your time (really). It's cliché and bad (my opinion).

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      crimsonskyx May 2, 2017

      If you haven't read the manga, then it's a great drama.
      This is one of the few (from the ones i've seen) Musical K-Drama's that i've rated more than 8 stars (the other two were Shut up & What's Up). If you don't like youth drama's or musicals then it's not a show for you. It's a bit slow at times but I've liked the conflicts and the characters have grown a lot during the course of the show. The romance is cute, but it could have been a bit better. I honestly like all the characters, which happens very rarely for me.

      So yeah... watch it if you like youth/music type of dramas.

      As for what desertbanshee recommended... I'm also watching Man to Man, but I haven't been able to emotionally connect with any of the characters (it's been 4 episodes). I love the cast, the show is very well shot and flashy... but there is something missing and I can't put my finger on it.

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    WowCreations Apr 25, 2017

    I just marathoned this drama.....so much crying like holy shit...he legit takes it upon himself to be the reason for her tears :P

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    Lita Apr 25, 2017

    Han Kyeol is one of the most asshole characters I've ever seen.

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    SillyIlly Apr 25, 2017 - edited

    why does everyone hate chan yeong?!?!? I think his character is so good and i feel so sorry for him :( he's just struggling to find a place to fit in, id be angry at everyone and everything if i went through that too.
    but anyway JIN WOO IS SO FUNNY he's becoming my absolute favourite xDDDD
    the whole cast for this is really well done -- even the crude play boys have such amazing on screen bromance!! and han kyeol's dad is an amazing actor.
    love itttttt ill be sad when this ends T_T

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      tamago Apr 25, 2017

      Totally agree with you. The way he acts it's simply a reaction to everything that has happened to him, and also, I don't get it why people say he's an asshole to Han Gyeol since in the movie his character is not close to any of the Crude Play members, and this is because they never really let him in

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      Benedict Apr 25, 2017

      In the Japanese source material he wasn't that close either, but that isn't the point. In the source material the character is more independent and stronger. Had a lot of depth. Wasn't a whiny, woe is me, the world is out to get me type of character. I don't like what the Kdrama has done with the character just for the sake of a cliche love triangle.

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      SillyIlly Apr 26, 2017

      Tbh I haven't read the manga or watched the Japanese movie so I have nothing to compare it too - maybe everyone who read the source material are the ones who think he doesn't live up to what he could be haha. From just the kdrama perspective though I think he's relateable!!!!

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      tamago Apr 26, 2017

      For me the way they changed Han Gyeol's personality annoys me more, all the depth and conflicts his original character had are either gone or treated superficially...
      But I knew since the beginning the characters wouldn't be the same, as any korean adaptation, so I'm not so attached to that

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    naccu Apr 25, 2017

    With every episode Chan Yeong becomes more annoying! I want to punch that guy..... jeeeez!

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    60 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 2,700 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1181
  • Popularity:

    #103

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