Halfway Thoughts: Mondai no Aru Restaurant

With a cast that includes the likes of Yoko Maki, Masahiro Higashide, Fumi Nikaido and Masaki Suda, it was hard to ignore. From the title I thought this is going to be about cooking like the KDrama “Pasta” or “Gourmet.” But it was something else and so far I am liking it.

The series opened with a group of people looking for Tamako Tanaka (Yoko Maki) in a run down rooftop. Each one telling how they met her and why they are there. In the course of their conversation, it was revealed that one of Tamako’s friend suffered an injustice from the company she is currently working for. It was also shown that the said company was dominated by males who sees women as inferior and sex objects. Tamako, infuriated by what happened to her friend took revenge on all the men who harassed her and was arrested. Bailed out, she decided to resign from the company and open her own restaurant with the women gathered there.

The next episodes focused on each of the characters. A divorced woman seeking custody of her child, a daughter wanting to be with her mother again, a university graduate who has her share of insecurities and a lady who let men do what they like to her for fear of ruffling feathers. Each script was well written, the characters are multi-dimensional and the degree of reality is high.

Somehow, even if they live in a different part of the world, we can find common things in our society. I can name a few Yumi Nitta’s (Fumi Nikaido), Airi Kawana’s (Mitsuki Takahata) and Kyoko Morimura’s (Asami Usuda). I’ve met them, interacted with them and even tried to be a Tamako for them. This is what kept me glued to this drama.

I hope to get to know more of the rest so I am looking forward to the next episodes. =)

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