The 8-part television series is based on the memoirs of American journalist Jake Adelstein and follows his first time in the Tokyo Police force.
The series was shot on location in Tokyo and explores the corruption that Adelstein exposed within the force in the 1990s.
Who are the members of Tokyo Vice?
Ansel Elgort as Jake Adelstein
Adelstein is the main character of the series – a journalist attached to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, seeking to uncover corruption in the ranks.
Adelstein’s 2009 memoir, Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on Police Beat in Japan, was the basis for the series.
Elgort is best known for playing Gus in the romantic television series The Fault in Our Stars and as Baby in the action film Baby Driver.
He also played Caleb in the sci-fi thriller Divergent and its sequels Insurgent and Allegiant.
Ken Watanabe as Hiroto Katagiri
Katagiri is a no-nonsense Tokyo cop and Adelstein’s mentor – he’s based on real-life cop Chiaki Sekiguchi, who is Adelstein’s father.
Wantanabe starred in several Japanese language films during 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 Godzilla remake and its sequel, General Kuribayashi in Letters From Iwo Jima, and Katsumoto in The Last Samurai.
Rachel Keller as Samantha
Samantha works as a cocktail waitress at a posh club in Tokyo and has a close friendship with Adelstein.
Keller is known for playing Simone Gerhardt in season two of Fargo, her breakout role. She also has Syd Barrett in the science fiction film Legion and Linda Kolkena in the crime drama series Dirty John.
Sato is a member of the Chihara-Kai crime family, one of the major Yakuza gangs, and hopes to climb the ladder and earn status and respect.
Kasamatsu previously played Yusuke Kiuchi in the Japanese 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’s based on some of the real-life bosses Adelstein had during his time at the publishing house.
Kikuchi has a long list of credits, including his role as Ryo Katsuragi in the Japanese television series Liar Game Hayashida Naoko in the Japanese comedy Moteki.
She has also played witch in 47 Ronin, Mako Mori in Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim: Uprising, and Akane in Westworld.
Polina is a former Eastern European model who now works as a waitress at the same club as Samantha.
Rumpf played Alexia in the gritty French horror film Raw, and as Fleur Salomé in the Netflix series Freud.
Who else is in the cast?
Other members of the cast include: Shun Sugata as Ishida, Takaki Uda as Trendy, Kosuke Tanaka as Tin Tin, Nobushige Suematsu as Gen, Hideaki Ito as Jin Miyamoto, Masato Hagiwara as Duke and Eugene Nomura as Kobayashi.
Got a trailer?
Yes, and you can watch it here:
Is Tokyo Vice connected to Miami Vice?
Miami Vice is a fictional 1980s police procedural television series about two undercover detectives working in Miami.
Michael Mann is the show’s executive producer and adapted it into a 2006 feature film, which he directed, starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell.
Adelstein, who is said to be a fan of both the series and the film, named his memoir Tokyo Vice to refer to the projects, years before Mann joined the series.
Despite the similarities between the two shows, they are not connected – Tokyo Vice is based on real events and characters, while Miami Vice is purely fictional.
Is Tokyo Vice season 2 confirmed yet?
HBO Max has yet to confirm whether Tokyo Vice will air a second season.
The show’s first season ended with many questions to be answered, so there’s certainly room for Adelstein’s story to continue.
An announcement about the show’s second season is expected to be made this summer, so stay tuned this space.
When is the Tokyo Vice UK release date?
Tokyo Vice premieres April 7 on HBO Max in the US and will come to the Amazon Prime Video StarzPlay channel on May 15.
StarzPlay is available on Prime Video as an add-on subscription, though Prime members can get a seven-day free trial.
The BBC has acquired the rights to Toyko Vice and it will air on BBC later this year.
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