Tokyo Vice is a new true crime series starring Ansel Elgort based on the book of the same name. It is now broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Tokyo Vice is a true-crime dramatic series that aired on HBO Max in the US in April and is now airing in the UK. In the series, Ansel Elgort plays Jake Adelstein, an American journalist who was employed by the Tokyo Police Department in the 1990s.
Adelstein wrote the book of the same name, from which the eight-part series was adapted – it was a detailed first-hand account of the rampant corruption Adelstein encountered first-hand during his time in the Japanese capital. Filmed on location in Tokyo, the series is finally available for free in the UK, half a year after it aired in the US.
Who is in the cast of Tokyo Vice?
Ansel Elgort as Jake Adelstein
Adelstein is the series’ protagonist – a journalist attached to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, his research uncovers widespread corruption within the force. Adelstein’s 2009 memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan provided the source material from which the series was created.
Elgort is best known for his roles as Gus in the romantic drama film The Fault in Our Stars and as a baby in the action film Baby Driver. He also played Caleb in the dystopian sci-fi film Divergent and its sequels Insurgent and Allegiant.
Ken Watanabe as Hiroto Katagiri
Katagiri is a sober Tokyo cop and a mentor to Adelstein – he’s based on real-life cop Chiaki Sekiguchi, who was Adelstein’s father figure. Wantanabe starred in several Japanese-language films in the 1990s and early 2000s, including Sennen no koi – Hikaru Genji monogatari and Kizuna.
He is known in western cinema for his roles as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa in the 2014 remake of Godzilla and its sequel, General Kuribayashi in Letters From Iwo Jima, and Katsumoto in The Last Samurai.
Rachel Keller as Samantha
Samantha is the head cocktail waitress at a fancy Tokyo club and forms a close friendship with Adelstein. Keller is known for playing Simone Gerhardt in Fargo season 2, her breakout role. She also has Syd Barrett on the sci-fi drama Legion and Linda Kolkena on the crime drama series Dirty John.
A member of the Chihara-Kai crime family, one of the largest yakuza gangs, Sato hopes to climb the ladder and gain status and respect. Kasamatsu previously starred as Yusuke Kiuchi in the Japanese language romantic drama series Like Shooting Stars in the Twilight and as Hiro Todoroki in the Japanese zombie series Love You as the World Ends.
Eimi is Adelstein’s boss at the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun – she is based on several real bosses Adelstein had during his time at the newspaper. Kikuchi has a long list of credits under her belt, including the role of Ryo Katsuragi in the Japanese drama series Liar Game Hayashida Naoko in the Japanese comedy Moteki.
She also starred as a witch in 47 Ronin, as Mako Mori in Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim: Uprising, and as Akane in Westworld.
Polina is an Eastern European former model who now works as a waitress at the same club as Samantha. Rumpf starred as Alexia in the dark French-language horror film Raw and as Fleur Salomé in the German Netflix series Freud.
Who else is in the cast?
Additional cast members include: Shun Sugata as Ishida, Takaki Uda as Trendy, Kosuke Tanaka as Tin Tin, Nobushige Suematsu as Gen, Hideaki Itô as Jin Miyamoto, Masato Hagiwara as Duke, and Eugene Nomura as Kobayashi.
Is there a trailer
Yes, and you can watch it here:
Is Tokyo Vice affiliated with Miami Vice?
Miami Vice was a 1980s fictional television series that followed two undercover detectives working in Miami. Michael Mann executive produced the show and adapted it into a feature film he directed in 2006, starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell.
Adelstein, who was reportedly a fan of both the series and the film, cited his memoir Tokyo Vice as a reference to the projects, years before Mann’s involvement in the series. While there are similarities between the two shows, they are not related – Tokyo Vice is based on real events and characters, while Miami Vice was entirely fictional.
Tokyo Vice Season 2 Confirmed?
The show’s first season ended with a lot of questions that needed answering, so Adelstein’s story can certainly continue. HBO Max has given the green light for a second season of Tokyo Vice in June 2022. Production for the second season is believed to have started this month, but the second series is not expected to air in the US until late 2023 at the earliest. The second season is expected to air in the UK on the BBC around six months after it originally aired in the US.
When is the Tokyo Vice UK release date?
Tokyo Vice premiered on HBO Max in the US on April 7th and comes to Amazon Prime Video channel StarzPlay on May 15th. The series now airs weekly on BBC One – the first episode airs on Tuesday 22 November at 9:10pm and episode two airs the same day at 10:50pm. Future episodes will air weekly on Tuesday nights. All episodes are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer and will be available for six months.