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The Emperor's Cook 

Ten'nô no Ryôriban (original title)
A young man named Akiyama Tokuzo cannot find his passion for living. One day he tasted meat cutlet for the first time and have been absorbed to learn about Western style cuisine. He set out... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Takeru Satoh ...  Tokuzo Akiyama 13 episodes, 2015
Haru Kuroki ...  Toshiko Takahama 13 episodes, 2015
Sei Ashina ...  Kayano 13 episodes, 2015
Ryû Morioka Ryû Morioka ...  Kayano / ... 13 episodes, 2015
Kaoru Kobayashi ...  Kamaichi Usami 12 episodes, 2015
Kenta Kiritani ...  Shintaro Matsui 12 episodes, 2015
Tasuku Emoto ...  Tatsukichi Yamagami 12 episodes, 2015
Ryôhei Suzuki ...  Shutaro Akiyama 12 episodes, 2015
Tetsuya Takeda Tetsuya Takeda ...  Professor Shogo Kirizuka 12 episodes, 2015
Hideaki Itô ...  Sergeant Yukichi Tanabe 12 episodes, 2015
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ...  Shuzo Akiyama 12 episodes, 2015
Saki Takaoka ...  Ume Morita 12 episodes, 2015
Gajirô Satô Gajirô Satô ...  Sennosuke Morita 12 episodes, 2015
Anna Ishibashi ...  Mitsuko Takahama 12 episodes, 2015
Yumi Asô ...  Okichi 12 episodes, 2015
Masaya Katô ...  Takeshiro Iogi 12 episodes, 2015
Yôjin Hino Yôjin Hino ...  Kinnosuke Takahama 12 episodes, 2015
Satoko Ôshima Satoko Ôshima ...  Harue Takahama 12 episodes, 2015
Jun Miho Jun Miho ...  Fuki Akiyama 12 episodes, 2015
Yoshiyuki Tsubokura Yoshiyuki Tsubokura ...  Okumura 12 episodes, 2015
Jinta Nishizawa Jinta Nishizawa ...  Sasaki 12 episodes, 2015
Daisuke Kuroda Daisuke Kuroda ...  Araki 12 episodes, 2015
Takeshi Ohnishi Takeshi Ohnishi ...  Sekiguchi 12 episodes, 2015
Mamoru Watanabe Mamoru Watanabe ...  Sugiyama 12 episodes, 2015
Hirotaka Ohkuma Hirotaka Ohkuma ...  Fujita 12 episodes, 2015
Yûji Kido Yûji Kido ...  Suzuki 12 episodes, 2015
Emi Wakui Emi Wakui ...  Empress Teimei 12 episodes, 2015
Kazue Itô Kazue Itô ...  Takigawa 12 episodes, 2015
Zen Kajihara Zen Kajihara ...  Emperor Showa 12 episodes, 2015
Hiromi Gô Hiromi Gô ...  Japanese Ambassador to France Shin'ichiro Awano 12 episodes, 2015
Akira Ôtaka Akira Ôtaka 11 episodes, 2015
Kazuyuki Asano 11 episodes, 2015
Yoshihisa Amano Yoshihisa Amano 11 episodes, 2015
Katsumi Kiba Katsumi Kiba ...  Tatsunosuke Miyamae 11 episodes, 2015
Yasufumi Hayashi Yasufumi Hayashi ...  Kurokawa 11 episodes, 2015
Tetsuya Morita Tetsuya Morita 11 episodes, 2015
Yoshitaka Higashiguchi Yoshitaka Higashiguchi ...  Machiyama 11 episodes, 2015
Rina Ohtsuka Rina Ohtsuka 11 episodes, 2015
Toshiki Seto Toshiki Seto 11 episodes, 2015
Mei Tanaka Mei Tanaka 11 episodes, 2015
Saya Yamada Saya Yamada 11 episodes, 2015
Kaito Ohyagi Kaito Ohyagi ...  Ichitaro Akiyama 11 episodes, 2015
Shôgo Ihara Shôgo Ihara ...  Shujirô Akiyama 11 episodes, 2015
Ryô Katayama Ryô Katayama 11 episodes, 2015
Loic Garnier Loic Garnier 11 episodes, 2015
Sapphira Van Doorn Sapphira Van Doorn ...  Françoise 11 episodes, 2015


A young man named Akiyama Tokuzo cannot find his passion for living. One day he tasted meat cutlet for the first time and have been absorbed to learn about Western style cuisine. He set out on a journey to Tokyo and sworn to be the greatest cook in the empire of Japan. Written by Solanin

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A fascinating and moving historical drama
4 February 2016 | by olihistSee all my reviews

When most Westerners think of Japanese historical dramas, they usually think of samurai tales like "47 Ronin" or Akira Kurosawa's films. "The Emperor's Cook" (or "Tenno No Ryoban") is therefore not your typical period piece. Instead of samurai, the main character is a chef named Tokuzo Akiyama. Akiyama is famous in Japanese culinary history for his innovative cooking style and strong French culinary background (he spent over five years in Paris studying under the renowned chef Auguste Escoffier). He was then appointed to be the Master chef for the Japanese Imperial household at the age of 26, where he would go on to have a long and distinguished career.

Akiyama's life is beautifully portrayed in "Emperor's Chef." While the storyline itself contains family themes that are common in other Japanese dramas (especially the NHK Taiga dramas), what makes "Emperor's Chef" memorable is the emotional journey of its main character. In the course of the series, Akiyama slowly transforms from a listless juvenile into a devoted servant of "Okami" (the Emperor). While often stumbling - and at times failing - through turbulent periods in his life, Akiyama never gives up his dream to be the best chef in Japan. And at critical times in his life, Akiyama's friends and family provide him with important love and support - and a little bit of humor.

In addiction to its powerful story and acting, "The Emperor's Chef" also benefits from fine costuming, location settings (scenes were filmed in Paris as well as in Japan), and music. The end credit theme song may sound a little bit karaoke-ish at first, but the translated lyrics reveal an eloquent and touching reflection on love and the power of dreams.

In sum, "The Emperor's Chef" is a fascinating and equally moving historical drama. It is unfortunate therefore that many Western viewers will not be able to view this drama without doing a considerable amount of digging around the Internet. But those who are fortunate enough to view this drama online or wherever will be treated to a poignant and memorable story.

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