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Midnight Diner 2 (2016) (VCD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

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Midnight Diner 2 (2016) (VCD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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The Midnight Diner is open for business again in the acclaimed franchise's second feature film. Based on Abe Yaro's manga Shinya Shokudo, the slice-of-life series Midnight Diner revolves around a late-night Shinjuku alleyway restaurant run by the wise and enigmatic Master (Kobayashi Kaoru). Every day from midnight to 7 a.m., the diner becomes the watering hole for regulars of all walks, from stoic gangsters to chatty office ladies. There's only one item on the menu, but as long as he can, Master will make anything asked and provide a sympathetic ear and sage advice to all the night owls who come through his door in search of food and conversation.

Alongside the airing of the fourth season Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories in 2016, the series also released its second silver-screen feature, again directed by Matsuoka Joji. Keeping with the heartwarming episodic formula of small human stories, Midnight Diner 2 welcomes back regulars like Odagiri Joe, Matsushige Yutaka, Mitsuishi Ken and Yo Kimiko, and adds new diners with stories to share. Tabe Mikako, reprising her role from the first film, takes in an elderly woman (Watanabe Misako) who was conned into coming to Tokyo and is looking for her estranged son. Kawai Aoba plays a stressed editor who falls for a man (Sato Koichi) she meets at a funeral, but he may not be what he seems. Ikematsu Sosuke plays a soba shop owner's son whose aimless personality and relationship with an older woman (Kojima Hijiri) greatly worry his mother.

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Product Title: Midnight Diner 2 (2016) (VCD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 深夜食堂2 (2016) (VCD) (香港版) 深夜食堂2 (2016) (VCD) (香港版) 映画 続・深夜食堂 Midnight Diner 2 (2016) (VCD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kobayashi Kaoru | Sato Koichi | Odagiri Joe | Tabe Mikako | Sudo Risa | Kojima Hijiri | Watanabe Misako | Igawa Hisashi | Fuwa Mansaku | Matsushige Yutaka | Mitsuishi Ken | Yo Kimiko | Kimura Midoriko | Kawai Aoba | Tanimura Mitsuki | Ikematsu Sosuke | Abe Yaro 小林薰 | 佐藤浩市 | 小田切讓 | 多部未華子 | 須藤理彩 | 小島聖 | 渡邊美佐子 | Igawa Hisashi | 不破萬作 | 松重豐 | 光石研 | 余貴美子 | Kimura Midoriko | Kawai Aoba | 谷村美月 | 池松壯亮 | 安倍夜郎 小林薰 | 佐藤浩市 | 小田切让 | Tabe Mikako | 须藤理彩 | 小岛圣 | 渡边美佐子 | Igawa Hisashi | 不破万作 | 松重庆 | 光石研 | 余贵美子 | Kimura Midoriko | Kawai Aoba | 谷村美月 | 池松壮亮 | 安倍夜郎 小林薫 | 佐藤浩市 | オダギリジョー | 多部未華子 | 須藤理彩 | 小島聖 | 渡辺美佐子 | 井川比佐志 | 不破万作 | 松重豊 | 光石研 | 余貴美子 | キムラ緑子 | 河井青葉 | 谷村美月 | 池松壮亮 | 安倍夜郎/著 Kobayashi Kaoru | Sato Koichi | 오다기리 죠 | Tabe Mikako | Sudo Risa | Kojima Hijiri | Watanabe Misako | Igawa Hisashi | Fuwa Mansaku | Matsushige Yutaka | Mitsuishi Ken | Yo Kimiko | Kimura Midoriko | Kawai Aoba | Tanimura Mitsuki | Ikematsu Sosuke | Abe Yaro
Director: Matsuoka Joji 松岡錠司 松冈锭司 松岡錠司 Matsuoka Joji
Release Date: 2017-08-02
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: I
Duration: 108 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1061008528

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‘Meshiya’ is a small one-man, counter-only operation, where Master (Kaoru Kobayashi) serves up good food in a comfortably informal atmosphere. Several of the regulars tonight, having alerted funerals, are in black clothing, and now Setsuko (Aoba Kawai) comes in, also in black. She has not been to a funeral, however, she simply goes out dressed in black as a way of striking up conversations in bars to relieve work-related stress. Some days later, however, she goes to a real funeral, meets an attractive middle-aged man (Koichi Sato), and falls in love. The man, however, turns out to be less than what he had seemed.

Meanwhile, the widow Seiko (Midoriko Kimura) runs a nearby soba noodle shop. She is a somewhat controlling mother to her son Seita (Sousuke Ikematsu), who she does not know is involved with Saori (Hijiri Kojima), older than he is, also a regular at Meshiya, and a friend of Seiko. Seita, to make matters worse, prefers the Master’s thicker upon noodles to the soba his mother makes. Tricked into believing her son is in desperate need of money, Takiko (Misako Watanabe) flies to Tokyo from distant Kyushu. Sympathetic to her plight, the regulars take her under their wing, and team up to help after her brother-in-law (Hisashi Igawa) reveals why she seems so hesitant to contact her son.

Everyone has a story, all through the year they come to taste Master’s down-home cooking, and to leave the Midnight Diner refreshed and full.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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July 29, 2021

This customer review refers to Midnight Diner 2 (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Another visit to our favorite diner Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
'Midnight Diner 2', like the earlier movie and like the TV series of the same name, is video comfort food. As always, the stories told are thoughtfully conceived and written and lovingly performed by a brilliant cast. All the regulars are here again, and the newcomers around which this film's primary stories revolve all are welcome additions.

This second film in the series seems darker in tone than the first; most of its tales involve death and loss. But it never becomes morose and it concludes in a wonderfully heartwarming fashion, which seems natural and honest. Odagiri Joe fans will be happy to see that their favorite police officer has a bigger role in this film. Kudos to the writers: May they serve up many more of these tasty dishes. My appetite for them is boundless!
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