The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House Review 2023 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew
Set in the geisha district of Kyoto, this series follows Sumire, a maiko (apprentice geisha) and Kiyo, a cook at the maiko house where they live, and tells a story of their daily lives through delicious food. Showrunner Hirokazu Kore-eda, producer Genki Kawamura and a star-studded cast including Nana Mori and Natsuki Deguchi team up for this drama adaptation of the mega-hit comic that has sold over 2.7 million copies!
“The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House” is to be a joint production between Netflix, Story Inc., and the Bun-Buku company in which Kore-eda is involved. It is set for global release on Netflix later in 2022. Kore-eda will serve as showrunner, co-director, and writer for the nine-episode adaptation.
The series is based on “Maiko in Kyoto: From the Maiko House,” a popular graphic novel by Koyama Aiko, first serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 2016. Set in the geisha district of Kyoto, the protagonist Kiyo becomes a Makanai (person who cooks meals) at a house where apprentice geishas live together. The story depicts the everyday life of Kiyo maiko Sumire, her childhood friend who came with her from Aomori to Kyoto, amid a vibrant world of geisha and maiko courtesans and delicious food.
We are mere weeks away from the US release of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s newest film, “Broker.” But we won’t have to wait long after that before we see the next project from the acclaimed filmmaker. He’s also the showrunner behind a new Netflix series, “The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House.”
As seen in the trailer for the series, “The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House” tells the story of two young women who are attempting to make it as maikos. However, when one of the two isn’t well-suited for the maiko work, she transitions into cooking where she excels and becomes an artist in her own right.
In addition to his duties as showrunner, Kore-eda also directs part of the series alongside folks such as Megumi Tsuno, Hiroshi Okuyama, and Takuma Sato. The ensemble cast for the series is led by Nana Mori and Natsuki Deguchi. They’re joined by Aju Makita, Kairi Jyo, Momoko Fukuchi, Kotoko Wakayanagi, Kotona Minami, Lily Franky, Yukiya Kitamura, Toshinori Omi, Kanji Furutachi, Keiko Toda, Kayoko Shiraishi, Keiko Matsuzaka, Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Arata Iura, and Takako Tokiwa.