Internationally esteemed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda has unveiled a primary take a look at his debut drama sequence for Netflix, The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko Home. The sneak-peek pictures give followers a glimpse at Kore-eda’s authentic tackle the rarefied world of the Japanese geisha.
Primarily based on a best-selling manga by Aiko Koyama, the nine-episode sequence is about within the conventional Geiko district of Kyoto, depicting the interior sanctum of aspiring Maiko courtesans. The story follows a protagonist named Kiyo (performed by Mori Nana) who strikes to Kyoto from rural Aomori to change into a Makanai (a standard cook dinner) at a home the place a gaggle of Maiko (apprentice Geikos, or geishas) stay collectively.
Kore-eda, who received Cannes’ Palme d’Or in 2018 along with his household drama Shoplifters, acts because the present’s producer, showrunner and co-writer. He additionally directs a number of the episodes, whereas overseeing a gaggle of different aspiring Japanese administrators who will helm further particular person episodes. Kore-eda has been outspoken about his need to leverage his trade affect to creator alternatives for a brand new technology of Japanese filmmaking expertise. The sequence is produced by Japanese multitalent Genki Kawamura.
Different characters and stars of The Makanai embody Sumire (Deguchi Natsuki) who arrives 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, whereas Matsuzaka Keiko performs Chiyo, the previous supervisor of the Maiko Home who nonetheless performs a key function in its operations. A-list Japanese star Hashimoto Ai, this 12 months’s ambassador of the Tokyo Worldwide Movie Pageant, performs Momoko, the most well-liked Geiko of the home. Matsuoka Mayu performs Yoshino, a former peer of Momoko who’s drawn again into the lifetime of the Geiko. Azusa, the supervisor of the Maiko Home and Ryoko’s mom, is performed by veteran Japanese actress Tokiwa Takako.
The opposite filmmakers Kore-eda has enlisted to co-direct the sequence embody Tsuno Megumi (Ten Years Japan), Okuyama Hiroshi (Jesus), and Sato Takuma (Any Crybabies Round?). All of them share screenwriting credit alongside Kore-eda and writer-director Sunada Mami.
The Makanai is produced by Tokyo-based Story Inc. and Kore-eda’s Bun-Buku Inc. for Netflix.
The present will launch worldwide on Netflix on Jan. 12, 2023.
Hirokazu Kore-eda Reveals First Have a look at His Netflix Sequence ‘The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko Home’