Liar x Liar (ライアーxライアー) , dir. Saiji Yakumo, Japan 2021, 117 min., Japanese with English subtitles, PG
Lies are never a good basis for the start of a romantic relationship, and a big whopper is exactly what kickstarts the proceedings in this unusual love story.
Minato (Nana Mori) is an uptight wallflower who attaches very little importance to her appearance or dating. She lives with and attends the same university as Toru (Hokuto Matsumura), her stepbrother from her mother’s second marriage, who is a shameless womaniser. Minato outwardly despises him, yet one day, when she goes out into the city after getting a complete makeover at the behest of her best friend, she runs into Toru and inexplicably introduces herself as ‘Mina’. For Toru, it’s love at first sight. How long will Minato be able to keep up the ruse?
Saiji Yakumo (The Dark Maidens), who enjoys a reputation as a masterful director of films about the tribulations of teenage life, adapts this quirky story of surreal relationships from a highly popular manga series with excellent results.
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