The Liar and His Lover

The Liar and His Lover (2013)

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Set within music field, "Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru" depicts a love story between a 25-year-old sound engineer and 16-year-old high school student Riko, who posessess a gifted voice.
25-year-old sound engineer Aki (Takeru Sato) is a member of popular band "Crude Play," but right after the band decides to make their major record debut Aki quits the band. But, Aki provides his music to Crude Play under the name of producer read moreSoichiro. Aki begins to date Riko (Sakurako Ohara), whose father runs a fruit and vegetable shop. Riko doesn't know about Aki's background, but she likes to listen to him hum. Riko is in a band herself, with childhood friend Yuichi and Sota. One day she is scouted by producer Soichiro.

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sternchen
53 people found this review helpful
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Jul 27, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I can't believe noone wrote a review yet!
This was the best Japanese romance production I have seen to date.

The acting was stunning. The fine skills exhibited by all the cast (also the support roles) was just brilliant.
Japanese productions tend to be either overly melodramatic or greatly exaggerated acting-wise. But this was neither.
It was just beautful from start till the end (and by that I mean the very end. read more The part after the credits...)

Story: Aki is the genius songwriter of CrudePlay, a band of highschool friends in which he formerly used to play. When he meets Riko, he wants her to like him as himself, not as the famous composer he is. So he lies. This is revealed when Riko is scouted by the same label. Will they overcome the obstacles of the industry and the rival from his own band?

Characters: I loved every single character in this drama. Aki, the tormented genious whos heart is slowly opening to the young and sweet Riko. Riko, the gentle singer who admires Aki as a composer and has a passion for singing. The chemistry between the leads was very real. I liked the way they interacted when the were on screen together.
Shou, the cool best friend. He's singer of CrudePlay and I think just as cool as Aki. His acting was very sophisticated, very detailed and perfectly portrayed the friendship between him and Aki. I think he is also my favourite character. And I am not (just) saying that out of 2nd lead bias. I just think he acting was so mesmerising.
And all the other loveable side characters.

Music: Well this is a music-themed film, so this only could be good, right? It's very light pop based. Not really catching, but definitely easy to listen to. I appreaciate that it is not one or 2 main songs that get repeated over and over like in many other dramas.

Rewatch Value: I don't rewatch much. But I may just rewatch this some time. You can probably pick up more details and emotions in this movie during a rewatch. You can look at the beautiful characters more closely and find new expressions that will make you like them even more.

Overall: I can highly recommend this drama to everyone who likes music-themed stories, a sublime romance, fantastic acting, loveable characters, and a magnificent story.
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Tiffa
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Oct 7, 2014
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Story: I don't think it's a very novel storyline, but it's cute so it's worth going along with. I have a stronger disdain for cliches than most people, and I thought this was okay. It does jump around a lot and doesn't have much time for development (unfortunately), but in the two hours they had, they got enough in for the story to be full enough to be enjoyable.

Acting/Cast: Satou Takeru read more has already blown my mind multiple times--and he carried the team well in this film. Apparently this is the lead actress's first work ever, having beaten out 4,999 other applicants. I think she beat them with good reason. Her singing voice and acting didn't leave me asking for someone with better skills in either arena. With manga adaptations it's quite common to see good-looking but subpar actors and actresses cast in the lead roles just for higher viewership, so I'm extremely glad that didn't happen here. I'm the type that will avoid a work if it has an actor/actress in it I don't think acts well (since it'll also detract from the drama/movie itself), so I'm, again, extremely happy with the cast and the acting.

Music: As a movie about music, if the music was bad there'd be no point watching it, right? Right! The music and lyrics were great--and most importantly, fit the story and the atmosphere. Maybe not something I'd listen to on my iPod forever, but quality enough to keep the movie believable.

Rewatch Value: I don't like rewatching, but maybe I'll rewatch the cute and sweet parts. ><!

Overall, a must-watch for even a cynic like me. Manga adaptations or high school romances are usually quite...silly? Shallow? And I'm quite skeptical of them as a genre, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one, despite the fact that overall development was lacking due to their movie-length time constraint.
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One simple aspect music and musician and student. In the Hippie is a student too, but hey. There is great music in both and the lead actor in both composed the music and wrote the songs and sung them and performed them. So it's just fitting that it's here. However, Hippie is far from a liar. He's ridiculously raw and straightforward. This is on the superficial level of just music and rock.
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    IssunHime 22 days ago

    am i the only one who's obsessed with this movie!!? i watched it like hundred times and every time i enjoy it the same and even more, i cry ,smile , laugh ,get shocked,fall for takeu and the music <3 .this movie is so cute it's my favorite Japanese movie the story is beautiful loved the flow and the lines between Aki and Riko! <3 their love story is the CUTEST i really recommend it

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    neptagen404 27 days ago

    This movie is really beautiful. At first, i think the story its so cliche (Yeah, i mean love at the first sight, a liar man, and a innocent gurl). But, when i start to watch it, i really fall in love with this movie (I dont know why, but its seems like they make the movie with pure love with a bit of magic), and the original soundtrack.... ah, i have no words :)

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    Senpai May 11, 2017

    Obviously it's a musical film, portraying a love story between Aki, a 25-year-old songwriter from a popular band, "Crude Play" and Riko, a 16-year-old high school student who has a talented voice. Aki starts dating Riko, whose father owns a fruit and vegetable store. Riko does not know about Aki's past, but she likes to hear it, nothing more, just another romantic kawaii movie.

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    LPA Apr 23, 2017

    This movie had a pretty good storyline. The actors were cute and went well together. The acting needed a lot of help although some of it wasn't too bad. It seemed like it was a B rated movie. Low production cost. I kind of liked it, but probably wouldn't watch it again. Not memorable to me. Very predictable. Unique ending--you must watch all the way to the very end of the credits to see the real ending! Take care.

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    HwangEunByul Apr 19, 2017

    its a cliche kinda story... romance .. music... boy and girl...evil CEO ... what not to love more?? its 8/10 rewatchable.... i like it and recommend it

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    UltimateFangirl Apr 17, 2017

    I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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    Maze Apr 7, 2017

    Second time watching this movie and here I am again bragging how perfect the OST is.

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    101Rubellite Apr 5, 2017

    I get it....i totally get it why this is so popular!! y didnt i watch this sooner. Fantastic cast and music!!

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    cjjapz Feb 25, 2017
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    Sam Feb 8, 2017 - edited

    this is amazing bUT THAT ENDING

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      NanaChin Feb 22, 2017

      Did you watch until after the credits? :)

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      hvnlyslayerangel Mar 9, 2017

      The ending is not until after all of the credits, like NanaChin said. :D

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      Maze Apr 7, 2017 - edited

      Whatch it until the very end second of the movie :)

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    yogaga Feb 5, 2017 - edited

    I don't know why but I don't get hooked up while watching the entire movie.. The song is great tho~~

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      MasakiMika Mar 21, 2017

      Maybe you're just not used to watching lots of jdrama or just not your liking about dark concept

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      yogaga Apr 1, 2017

      Maybe you're right~~ So far I only finished 6 J-drama~~ and the other are still stuck because it's really hard to watch~~ even though I watch a lot of J-Movie~~ and mostly high school themed~~

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    zuojenn Feb 4, 2017

    sweet romance story about growth and evolving.
    Yeah it's a typical romance story so some themes are cliche like but otherwise nice movie 7,5/10

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    ica Jan 27, 2017

    This is so c u t e!!

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    Reader Dec 7, 2016

    the songs too good and they're so cute together. how does the lyrics perfectly describe the scene. <3

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    Light Nov 2, 2016

    I mostly came away loving that girl's voice lol

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

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  • Release Date:

    Dec 14, 2013
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 57 min.

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