The Liar and His Lover

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I didn’t know walking in that this was a film starring Kubota Masataka, but it is. He plays the second male lead in this movie and he does it wonderfully. I had forgotten how much I love watching him act.

We follow Ogasawara Aki (Satou Takeru), the main songwriter for the band Crude Play. He left the band right before their debut but continues to write their songs after he was replaced by Shinhara Shinya (Kubota Masataka). He meets a 16-year-old girl who is the daughter of a local vegetable stall owner. She has a talented voice and they start seeing each other. To hide the fact that he’s Aki from Crude Play, he borrows Shinya’s name. And thus starts his cycle of lies.

This is an excellent movie. It uses music very well and plays to the actors’ strengths. Though this movie is based on a movie, it is not as awkward as most of the transition movies are. They tone down the extreme reactions, except for a few, and made it very relatable. The love story is believable, however, I would feel really weird dating someone 10 years my junior but that’s just me. Overall, the writing was fantastic, it was shot perfectly and the actors did an awesome job. I really wish it was lnger than 2 hrs.

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