From its humble beginnings in its late-night time slot in Japan, Midnight Diner (original title: Shinya shokudo in 2009) became a growing sensation with each episode and is now a big hit across Asia.
Netflix Originals has expanded the series. Midnight Diner – Tokyo Stories Season 1 will begin streaming 10 episodes on Netflix globally starting October 21, 2016.
The story takes place in a back alley of a busy district sits a small eatery called Meshiya, referred to by its patrons as the “Midnight Diner”. The little joint, which the Master runs by himself, is open only from midnight to 7:00 AM. The menu consists only of a pork miso soup set, beer, saké and shochu, but the Master’s policy is to make whatever his customers request. Tonight, like every other night, a menagerie of customers flock to the Midnight Diner, where the bonds among the Master, his food and the patrons set the stage for humorous and sometimes wistful episodes of human drama that feed both the belly and the soul.
The live-action drama stars Kaoru Kobayashi as the Master and features a lineup of talented, unique actors as the diner’s regulars. On the staff are seasoned veterans in the world of film, headlined by director Joji Matsuoka of the Japanese Academy Award-winning Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad; fellow directors Nobuhiro Yamashita, Shotaro Kobayashi, Tatsushi Omori, Yasuhiro Yoshida and Fumio Nomoto; and production designer Mitsuo Harada. The upcoming season will feature a guest appearance by talented Korean actress Go Ah-sung (The Host, Snowpiercer) and, in a first for the series, shooting on location outside Japan.
The show is based on the Yaro Abe manga Midnight Diner (currently serialized in Shogakukan Big Comic Original, a Japanese magazine). It was also the winner of the 55th annual Shogakukan Manga Award and the 39th annual Japan Cartoonists Association Grand Award, the bestselling manga has sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide.