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Kore-eda Hirokazu Opens the Shutters of His ’Maiko House’ Series for Netflix


Kore-eda Hirokazu, Japan’s finest identified auteur movie director and a Tokyo Worldwide Movie Pageant common, has unveiled a collection of photographs from “The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko Home,” his debut drama collection for streaming big Netflix.

Kore-eda (“Dealer,” “Like Father Like Son,” and Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters”) acts as producer, showrunner and co-writer of the present and directs a number of the 9 episodes.

Alongside Kore-eda, Kawamura Genki (“Confessions,” “Villain,” “Your Identify,” “Mirai”) is producing. Up-and-coming administrators together with Tsuno Megumi (“Ten Years Japan”), Okuyama Hiroshi (“Jesus”), and Sato Takuma (“Any Crybabies Round?”) are additionally directing particular person episodes. All 4 administrators and Sunada Mami take screenwriting credit.

The collection relies on the manga “Maiko-San Chi No Makanai-San” by Aiko Koyama (Weekly Shonen Sunday). Set within the Geiko district of Kyoto, the protagonist Kiyo turns into a Makanai, actually an individual who cooks meals, at a home the place Maiko (apprentice Geikos) reside collectively. The story depicts the on a regular basis lifetime of Kiyo Maiko, Sumire, her childhood good friend who got here together with her from Aomori to Kyoto, amid a vibrant world of Geiko and Maiko courtesans and scrumptious meals. The manga gained the sixty fifth Shogakukan Manga Award and is a best-seller with over 2.7 million copies offered.

Mori Nana performs Kiyo. Deguchi Natsuki performs Sumire, who comes from Aomori with Kiyo and is believed to be a “once-a-century expertise” as a Maiko. Makita Aju performs Ryoko, the highschool daughter of the supervisor of the Maiko Home. Matsuzaka Keiko performs Chiyo, the earlier supervisor of the Maiko Home who nonetheless performs a key position in its operation. Hashimoto Ai, high star and Tokyo pageant ambassador, performs Momoko, the most well-liked Geiko. Matsuoka Mayu performs Yoshino, a former peer of Momoko who decides to return again to the trail of the Geiko. Tokiwa Takako performs Azusa, the supervisor of the Maiko Home and Ryoko’s mom.

The present is produced by way of Story Inc. and Bun-Buku Inc. for Netflix. The streamer will launch the collection worldwide on Jan. 12, 2023.

Scene from Netflix’s ‘The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko Home’ collection.


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