Top cast, based on a true story as well as visually sophisticated and stylish: “Tokyo Vice” promises to be one of the series highlights of the year. Here comes the trailer for the crime drama starring Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe:
Tokyo Vice tells the story of American Jake Adelstein (Ansel Elgort). In the 1990s, the young journalist applied for a volunteer position at the respected daily newspaper Yomiuri Shinbun in the Japanese capital. Despite hostilities from several quarters, he gets the job and, under the guidance of his boss (Rinko Kikuchi), advances to become the first permanent foreign reporter at one of the big local newspapers.
The talented writer is particularly interested in the local underworld. With his outspoken, ruthlessly honest manner, he soon gains the trust of hardened Detective Katagiri (Ken Watanabe), one of the city’s leading police investigators into organized crime. When Adelstein begins to uncover the immense power within Tokyo society and the political ties of the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia, he not only puts his own life in danger but also the lives of everyone close to him…
“Tokyo Vice” starts in North America with the first three episodes on April 7, 2022, on the local pay channel and streaming service HBO Max. Unfortunately, it has not yet been announced when and with which station or service we can watch the series in this country.
The series is based on the real-life Jake Adelstein’s memoir, which was published in book form in 2009, titled Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter On The Police Beat In Japan. The German translation of the volume is called “Tokyo Vice: A dangerous journey through the Japanese underworld” and is available in paperback and in the Kindle version from online retailers such as Amazon:
“Tokyo Vice”: Series instead of a movie
The Warner Bros. studio announced a film adaptation back in 2013. At that time, Anthony Mandler (“Monster”) was supposed to direct and play “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe as the protagonist. However, the start of filming announced for 2015 never took place for unknown reasons.
Now, multi-award-winning playwright and playwright JT Rogers (“Oslo”) has developed Jake Adelstein’s book for series format. He also wrote the screenplays for the first and last of the eight, almost one-hour episodes of the first season. Filmed in Japan in 2020 and 2021. Michael Mann, the mastermind behind the legendary TV series “Miami Vice”, which ran from 1984 to 1989 and at that time, acted as director of the first episode and as a producer of the entire series the Cult hits of the 80s advanced. For the cinema, the Chicago native realized masterpieces such as “Heat”, “Insider” and “Collateral”.
Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe star in Tokyo Vice. Elgort can currently be seen in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake on German screens. Before that he acted in “Baby Driver”, “Destiny is a lousy traitor” and the “Destiny” series, among others. Western cinema fans know the always excellent Watanabe mainly from “Last Samurai”, “Batman Begins” and “Inception”. Most recently he was in “Godzilla 1 + 2” and the disaster thriller “Fukushima”.
Other parts include Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim 1 + 2), Rachel Keller (Fargo), and Hideaki Ito (Memoirs Of A Murderer”) occupied. Also at the start: pop star Tomohisa Yamashita (“The Head”) and the Swiss Ella Rumpf, known for the Netflix series “Freud” and the cinema works “Asphalt Gorillas”, “Gut Gegen Nordwind” and “Lindenberg! Do your thing”.
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