Midnight Diner opens with voiceover letting us
know that there are midnight diners in many cities. Anyone familiar with the
original manga series the film is based on should be aware of this fact, as
there are versions of film and TV adaptations available in Japan, Korea, and China.
This latest film adaptation takes place in Shanghai, though the premise remains
much the same as it has in every adaptation of Yarō Abe’s internationally
popular series. The narrative is highly adaptable because of the episodic structure.
While the format allows includes a diner open from midnight to morning, the
vignettes are made up in the variety of patrons.