‘Modern Love Tokyo’ premieres October 21 on Prime Video

Prime Video’s Japanese edition of the ‘Modern Love’ franchise, titled ‘Modern Love Tokyo’, will premiere on the streaming service on October 21.

The cast for the seven-episode series includes Naomi Scott, Asami Mizukawa, Nana Eikura, Ran Itô, Ryô Narita, Hiromi Nagasaku, and Haru Kuroki.

The official synopsis for all episodes read:

Episode One: ‘Nursing My Son, and Some Grievances’

“Mari is a woman who aspires to be successful in business and to be a great mother for her 3-month-old son. Mari insists on breastfeeding her child, as she thinks it is one of the most important shows of love. However, when the chance to attend an important conference in Singapore comes up, her intention to exclusively breastfeed her child is put to the test.”

Cast: Asami Mizukawa and Atsuko Maeda

Writer: Atsuko Hirayanagi

Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi

Episode Two: ‘What I’ve Learned From Sleeping With Married Men’

“Kana teaches biology at a university. She and Keisuke, a freelance writer, have been divorced for six months. She spends her days on a dating app, where she dares to choose married men and has a series of amorous affairs with no regrets. Do you become sexless because your heart leaves you? Is it because of sexlessness that the heart leaves the body? What did Kana learn by seeing various married men and having sex with them?”

Cast: Nana Eikura and Tasuku Emoto

Writer: Hisako Kurowasa

Director: Ryûichi Hiroki

Episode Three: ‘How My Worst Date Ever Became My Best’

“Natsuko, who works as a curator, has been divorced for several years. On the recommendation of her friend, she goes on a date with a man on a dating app. Natsuko is not very enthusiastic about the meeting, but she gradually gets into a lively conversation with him. Meanwhile, at the next table, a young man and woman are having their first date and she is tired of his self-important talk. It reminds Natsuko of another date 30 years ago, and tells him that it was the ‘worst date ever’.”

Cast: Ran Itô and Ryo Ishibashi

Writer: Yukari Tatsui

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita

Episode Four: ‘My Hibernating Wife’

“Kengo and Mai have been married for three years. Mai used to work as a designer, but she got depressed because of her relationships in the workplace, and is unable to go to work. Kengo keeps giving her love and attention to bring her smile back. Eventually Mai is changed by his dedicated love. The story depicts the growth of a cute couple, centered on depression, a modern-day illness.”

Cast: Ryô Narita and Kaho

Writer: Naoko Ogigami

Director: Naoko Ogigami

Episode Five: ‘For 13 Days, I Believed Him’

“Momoko, a 50-year-old single woman, has dedicated her life to her career as a TV reporter, and feels that life has passed her by. She meets a man named Yoji through a dating service. Since then, they have been camping and enjoy their days together. Momoko is gradually drawn to Yoji’s warm personality, but then, she finds out his severe secret.”

Cast: Hiromi Nagasaku and Yûsuke Santamaria

Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Episode Six: ‘He Saved His Last Lesson For Me’

“UK-born Emma is living in LA to temporarily save money to continue her long trip, and teaching English online to foreigners. It is a question from Mamoru, a Japanese student, that shakes her to the core: “What is love?” Mamoru leaves such a strong impression on Emma that she can’t shake it off. Emma eagerly awaits Mamoru’s return to her online class. Just when Emma is about to give up, Mamoru shows up at her online class. They are attracted to each other, but at the end of the session, Mamoru tells Emma that this is the last session for him.”

Cast: Naomi Scott and Sôsuke Ikematsu

Writer: Atsuko Hirayanagi

Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi

Episode Seven (animated): ‘He’s Playing Our Song’

“One day, Tamami hears a rock song she used to listen to in her youth at her favorite bar. Her mind goes back 15 years. Tamami, who has been shy since high school, meets Rin, who plays the piano alone at the gym. Tamami is attracted to him, and through their shared love of music, the loner Tamami and Rin soon become friends. But one day, their relationship breaks down, and eventually becomes a fleeting memory. In her thirties, Tamami discovers that Rin has become a musician.”

Voice acting cast: Haru Kuroki and Masataka Kubota

Writer: Naoko Ogigami

Director: Naoko Yamada

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