Kore-Ida Hirokazu: ‘Maiko House’ series for Netflix

By | October 24, 2022

Kore-Ida Hirokazu, Japan’s acclaimed auteur film director and Tokyo International Film Festival regular, has unveiled a set of images from “The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House,” the first drama series for streaming giant Netflix.

Kore-Ida (“The Broker,” “Like Father Like Son” and Palme d’Or winner “Shops”) will direct the nine episodes as the show’s producer, showrunner and co-writer.

Alongside Kore-Ida, Kawamura is producing Genki (“Confessions,” “Villain,” “Your Name,” “Mirai”). Up-and-coming directors, including Tuno Megumi (“Ten Years of Japan”), Hiroshi Okuyama (“Jesus”) and Sato Takuma (“Anywhere She Cried?”) are also helming singles. All four directors and Sunada Mami take screenwriting credits.

The series is based on the manga “Maiko-San Chi No Makanai-San” by Aiko Koyama (Weekly Shonen Sunday). Set in the geiko district of Kyoto, the main character becomes Kyo Makanai, literally a cook, in the house where the maiko (apprentice geikos) live. The story follows Kyo’s maiko, Sumire, her childhood friend from Aomori to Kyoto, through the daily life of Giko and Maiko’s polite and delicious food. The manga won the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award and is a bestseller with over 2.7 million copies sold.

Mori plays Nana Kyo. Deguchi will play Natsuki Sumire, who hails from Aomori with Kyo and is believed to be the “talent of a century” as Maiko. Makita Aju plays Ryoko, a high school girl who is the manager of Maiko House. Matsuzaka Keiko plays Chiyo, the former manager of Maiko House, who still plays a key role in the work. Hashimoto Ai, superstar and ambassador of the Tokyo Festival, plays the very popular Geiko Momoko. Matsuoka Mayu plays Yoshino, a former classmate of Momoko’s who decides to return to the path of geiko. Tokiwa Takako plays Azusa, the manager of Maiko House and Ryoko’s mother.

The show is produced by Story Inc. and Bun-Buku Inc. It’s for Netflix. The streamer will release the series worldwide on January 12, 2023.

A scene from the Netflix series ‘The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House’.

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