Sunday, October 09, 2011

Tabe Mikako replaces Toda Erika in new “LIAR GAME” movie

The popular live-action drama series “LIAR GAME” is getting another theatrical film, it has been revealed. Matsuda Shota (26) will reprise his role as the brilliant swindler Akiyama Shinichi. Although Toda Erika (23) was the star of the drama series and the previous movie, Tabe Mikako (22) will be playing the heroine of the new film.

Based on a manga by Kaitani Shinobu, the “LIAR GAME” drama series has had two seasons in 2007 and 2009. A theatrical movie was released in March 2010.

The new movie will retain the same basic concept of the series, but the lead character Kanzaki Nao (played by Toda) is being replaced with another character named Shinomiya Yu (Tabe) who does not appear in the original manga. Like Kanzaki, Shinomiya is an innocent college student who gets involved in a high-stakes game of deception. However, unlike Kanzaki, Shinomiya is described as a serious honor student type.

This time, the story is set on a deserted island where 20 players are competing for 2 billion yen in a variation of “musical chairs.” Although the previous movie seemed like the end of the Liar Game, the organization behind the game revives it with the goal of getting revenge against Akiyama, using Shinomiya to lure him back into the game.

Matsuyama Hiroaki will direct again. Filming starts on October 10, and theatrical release is scheduled for March 3, 2012.



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