HBO’s Tokyo Vice is set to release this 2022.
Are you ready for some new action-thriller series? HBO Max and WOWOW have recently produced a new series packed with action and thrill. The series will be starred by actor Ansel Elgort who has starred in blockbuster movies including The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent Series, and Baby Driver.
Here’s what we know about Toko Vice.
What is Tokyo Vice About?
Tokyo Vice is an upcoming crime drama on HBO Max based on the 2009 book of the same name by Jake Adelstein.
The story is set in the late 1990s. American journalist Jake Adelstein relocates to Tokyo to report corruption within the Vice squad.
The series was initially set up as a movie in 2013, with Daniel Radcliffe to star as Adelstein. However, in June 2019, the project was re-purposed as a television series, and it received a 10 episode series order to stream on HBO Max.
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Ansel Elgort was set to executive produce the series, with J. T. Rogers writing and Destin Daniel Cretton directing the sequel. Michael Mann was hired to direct the series’s pilot episode and serve as an executive producer of the series.
Filming started on March 17, 2020. However, it was hailed because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It resumed on November 26, 2000.
Tokyo Vice: Official Release Date
Are you excited to see Tokyo Vice on screen? HBO has been fast-tracking the show, and luckily, we are nearing the official release date of Tokyo Vice.
Tokyo Vice is set to premiere on HBO with three episodes exclusively on Thursday, April 7. Two episodes will debut every subsequent Thursday leading up to April 28.
Tokyo Vice: Expected Plot
Tokyo Vice is based on the story of Adelstein’s nonfiction book about his experiences.
The series will be recounting Adelstein’s experiences as a journalist at the Tokyo newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun for which he covered articles on organized crime for 12 years. Adelstein was the first foreigner to work on the newspaper that reported the crime.
However, not everyone is who they say they are like any crime drama. There will be plenty of secrets for Adelstein to unearth.
While organized crime focuses on reporting, his relationship with the squad also allows him to root out any corruption within the force, and it will not be easy for him. Over time people who hold power in Tokyo will slowly reveal themselves.
HBO has also released some first-look images. The shown is darkly set where Elgort sits on a bus next to Ken Watanabe, who plays Hiroto Katagiri, a detective in the organized crime division. They are both surrounded by police officers in full-body armor, and Jake looks like a fish out of water in many ways.
Check out the official synopsis of Tokyo Vice :
“Loosely inspired by American journalist Jake Adelstein’s nonfiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, the crime drama series, filmed on location in Tokyo, captures Adelstein’s (played by Ansel Elgort) daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo in the late ’90s, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem.”
See for yourself this coming April 7!
Tokyo Vice: Cast
Tokyo Vice of HBO is star-studded with known actors.
The report says that Odessa Young joined Ansel Elgort, but she had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Rachel Keller.
Rachel will play Samantha, described as “an American ex-pat living in late 90s Tokyo,” who has regular run-ins with the Yakuza while working as a hostess at an upscale club.
Ella Rumpf will play the role of Polina. The rest of the cast are Ken Watanabe as a Tokyo police detective, Rinko Kikuchi as a Japanese journalist, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu, and Tomohisa Yamashita.
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