Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (2016)

Tokyo Stories
Midnight Diner

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Air date: Oct 21, 2016
Air date: Oct 21, 2016
Air date: Oct 21, 2016
Air date: Oct 21, 2016
Air date: Oct 21, 2016
Air date: Oct 21, 2016
Air date: Oct 21, 2016
Air date: Oct 21, 2016
Air date: Oct 21, 2016
Air date: Oct 21, 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.

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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.

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

Midnight Diner is almost meditative in its languid narrative and it might not be something you'd like to binge all night but savour one bite at a time.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jan 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.

Jan 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jan 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Jan 3, 2017 | Full Review…

The show instills a sense of peace that you won't likely find anywhere else on television.

Dec 9, 2016 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

  • Dec 14, 2018
    In a current world of "hard and edgy" western series I'm glad i came across this healing and warm hearted series, just with a right amount of cliché
  • Jul 10, 2018
    What a surprise this series turned out to be! Every episode was an absolute gem! Please, another season, I beg of you!
  • Jun 25, 2018
    Midnight dinEr delivers SoMe of the most heartwarming food for SOUL i ever haD.
  • Apr 12, 2018
    A delightful suprise. A calming show for a relaxing night.
  • Feb 18, 2018
    Oh this is a beautiful series. Have seen season 1 & 2 and I just loved it, but it was all way too short. How I so wish that further seasons will be screened.
  • Dec 21, 2017
    This is a quiet but wonderful show with lovely messages and delicious food every episode. I look forward to more seasons on netflix.
  • Nov 10, 2017
    What really sets this series apart is how authentic and genuine it feels when we explore the characters in depth during each self contained episode. In any other show the writing would quickly fall back to painful and tired stereotypes to mock and humiliate the characters for cheap laughs and drama. However, every single character in the series is treated with the utmost respect regardless of their gender, sexuality, personalities, professions or issues they face. You aren't asked to understand and agree with the way they live their lives, and some characters you even feel disgust for at times, but rather are given an unbiased and nonjudgmental glimpse into their lives for a short while. I was especially impressed with the portrayal of sex workers and queer folks and how they saw them as people living their lives who just so happened to be those things. If you enjoy slice of life works that focus on realistic drama with resolutions, for better or for worse, you definitely should check it out. IMO, the first episode is probably the strongest with the second being the weakest, so don't let that put you off from at least continuing through the third one. Season 1 is available on Netflix with episodes running for about 20 minutes. The episodes are subtitled with original japanese audio.
  • Jan 31, 2017
    Fan-F^$king-Tastic show. I seriously feel go relaxed watching this. I seriously wish I was born Japanese.. They are such great people with such a great culture
  • Jan 07, 2017
    So... If you've not seen this show or aren't currently watching it... You should maybe stop what you're doing and watch it. For real. No kidding. Stop reading this and go watch it right fracking now. What are you doing still reading this?! Go!! Watch!!
  • Dec 28, 2016
    Fun show. And makes me hungry! But the stories are decent, some better than others.

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