Arashi's Sho Sakurai Stars in Le Chef Cuisinier de L'Ambassadeur TV Special
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Arashi band member Sho Sakurai (Honey and Clover's Yuuta, Yatterman's Gan Takada) will star in a live-action television special adaptation of Mitsuru Nishimura and Hiroshi Kawasumi's Taishi Kakka no Ryōrinin (Le Chef Cuisinier de L'Ambassadeur) manga.
Sakurai will star as Kō Ōsawa, a gentle and serious chef whose speciality is French cuisine. Originally, Kou is the top chef at a first-class hotel, but he sees a brochure to become a chef-in-residence, and is resolved to become the chef for the Japanese embassy in Vietnam.
Nishimura and Kawasumi serialized the 25-volume manga in Kodansha's Morning magazine from 1998 to 2006. Nishimura and Kawasumi's original manga dealt with diplomatic issues at the time, and so the live-action adaptation will switch the situation to a more current matter — the export of Japan's famous bullet trains.
Yoshihiro Izumi (Rookies, Gokuaku Ganbo) is writing the special's scripts, and Masataka Takamaru (director, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches) is serving as the producer, and Yūichi Satō (Strawberry Night, Kazoku Game) is directing the special. Filming began on November 1.
The special will air on January 3 on Fuji TV.
Image © Mitsuru Nishimura, Hiroshi Kawasumi / Kodansha