Tokyo Vice: Release date, cast, synopsis, trailer & more

Tokyo Vice is a crime drama based on a book of the same name which covers the story of an American journalist in Japan exploring the dangerous world of the yakuza.

Release date

Tokyo Vice’s first three episodes will release on April 7, with two episodes releasing every Thursday, until the season finale on April 28. The series will stream on HBO Max.

Cast and creators

  • Ansel Elgort
  • Ken Watanabe
  • Rachel Keller
  • Tomohisa Yamashita
  • Ella Rumpf
  • Kosuke Toyohara

Created by J. T. Rogers


“Based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, the drama captures Adelstein’s daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem.”

Other details

Tokyo Vice is a 2009 book by Jake Adelstein who was the first non-Japanese staff writer at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper. The book was initially set to be adapted as a movie with Daniel Radcliffe starring as Adelstein.

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American journalist Jake Adelstein (Ansel Elgort) moves to Tokyo to join a Japanese news agency. Aspiring to be a good reporter, he accompanies Detective Hiroto Katagiri (Ken Watanabe) of the organized crime division.

Soon, he finds himself exploring the underbelly of Tokyo, the criminal world of yakuza, where knowing secrets comes with its own dangers.

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