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Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (2016)

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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.

Cast

Kaoru Kobayashi
as The Master
Mamiko Ito
as Shigemi Suzuki
B-Saku Sato
as Serao Que-Será
Hirofumi Arai
as Hajime Moriwaki
Toru Kazama
as Electo Oki
Mansaku Fuwa
as Regular
Yûma Yamoto
as Toru Shirano
Tamae Ando
as Regular
Kaoru Hirata
as Regular
Shôhei Uno
as Regular
Mikako Tabe
as Regular
Kimiko Yo
as Regular
Joe Odagiri
as Regular
Reiko Kataoka
as Harumi Kiuchi
Koen Kondo
as Kazuhiko Shimada
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Finding the joy and personal happiness through duty and expectation is what makes Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories both a cultural phenomenon and as easily palatable as those New Year's soba noodles.

November 16, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

What I'm saying: come for the decent-enough narratives. But stay for that steaming hot bowl of delicious-looking miso.

January 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Why is it so special? Even with English subtitles, the answer will be obvious to anyone peeking through this window into Japanese culture. One of the keys is the powerful bond that the Master forges between himself, his food and his patrons.

January 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories is just as woozy and narcoleptic as you would imagine.

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Like Japanese food itself it's easy to digest, but contains substantive depth.

January 3, 2017 | Full Review…

While not exactly haute cinematic cuisine, Matsuoka's film offers a plain and fulfilling supper.

January 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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