I think we can officially call another drama trend in the last two years – the year of the remakes. This year K-dramas remade the popular TW-dramas My Queen into Witch’s Romance as well as Fated to Love You doesn’t quite make a trend. Add to it remakes of Japan doramas starting from last year with Haken no Hinkaku into Queen of the Office, Jyoou no Kyoushitsu freshened up as Queen of the Classroom, and Kaisefu no Mita becoming The Suspicious Housekeeper, and of course Nodame morphing into Cantabile Romance. Cable network tvN will now attempt to devise its own Liar Game adapted from the shonen manga, which itself has spawned the J-dorama of the same name starting Toda Erika and Matsuda Shota. The K-version of Liar Game will follow My Secret Hotel on Mon-Tues at the end of October and currently in talks to star are Kim So Eun, Shin Sung Rok, and Lee Sang Yoon. Those folks who have bemoaning Kim So Eun for never breaking out can get ready for her first leading lady gig here.
Kim So Eun plays the central character of the Liar Game, a naive college student in debt who suddenly is handed one billion won (about one million US dollars) and told she can keep the money if she wins the Liar Game. The goal is to swindle the money from the other contestants but beware of being swindled because once the money is lost that player must bear the debt for the full amount. Lee Sang Yoon’s role is a former psychology professor and ex-convicted conman who Kim So Eun turns to for help to win the Liar Game. Shin Sung Rok will be playing the diabolical mastermind behind the Liar Game. Directing will be the PD behind OCN‘s Hero as well as Warrior Baek Dong Soo while the writer adapting the source manga co-wrote Time Between Dog and Wolf. It’s been reported to be a 10-episode drama which makes it as nice and tight as the original J-version, and one of the shortest running lengths at just five weeks total. I couldn’t stand Toda Erika back when the original first aired so skipped the show but now I’m in no rush to finally watch it and would rather have the opportunity to watch the K-version with unspoiled eyes.