The ‘Special Spotlight’ section will run each year to focus on special aspects of the festival, including cross-platform modes of representation. This year, LEAFF collaborate with Netflix to bring three episodes of MIDNIGHT DINER – TOKYO STORIES – to our audience. We will host a discussion with series producer Hitoshi Endo and Netflix producer Kaata Sakamoto to talk about the future of online series and digital distribution.







 Midnight Diner – Tokyo Stories – | 深夜食堂 | Joji Matsuoka, Nobuhiro Yamashita | 2016 | 72 mins | Japan

followed by a panel discussion with producers Hitoshi Endo and Kaata Sakamoto

Tuesday 25th October, 6:00pm | Curzon Soho


From its humble beginnings in its late-night time slot in Japan, Midnight Diner – Tokyo Stories – became a growing sensation with each episode and is now a big hit across Asia.

Based on the Yaro Abe manga Midnight Diner (currently serialized in Shogakukan Big Comic Original, a Japanese magazine) winner of the 55th annual Shogakukan Manga Award and the 39th annual Japan Cartoonists Association Grand Award, the bestselling manga has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

The live-action drama stars Kaoru Kobayashi as the Master and features a lineup of talented, unique actors as the diner’s regulars. On the staff are seasoned veterans in the world of film, headlined by director Joji Matsuoka of the Japanese Academy Award-winning Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad; fellow directors Nobuhiro Yamashita, Shotaro Kobayashi, Tatsushi Omori, Yasuhiro Yoshida and Fumio Nomoto; and production designer Mitsuo Harada. The upcoming season will feature a guest appearance by talented Korean actress Go Ah-sung (The Host, Snowpiercer) and, in a first for the series, shooting on location outside Japan.

The human drama that unfolds at a small diner will be portrayed with a greater sense of fulfillment than ever before.






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