Tokyo Vice (TV series)

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Tokyo Vice
GenreCrime drama
Based onTokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
by Jake Adelstein
Written byJ.T. Rogers
Original languages
  • English
  • Japanese
Executive producers
Production locationsTokyo, Japan
Production companyEndeavor Content
Original networkHBO Max

Tokyo Vice is an upcoming crime drama television series based on the 2009 book of the same name by Jake Adelstein.


Set in the late 1990s, American journalist Jake Adelstein relocates to Tokyo to report on corruption within the Vice squad.



  • Ansel Elgort as Jake Adelstein, an American journalist from Missouri who moves to Tokyo. The longer he stays, the more he delves into the corruption of Tokyo's seedy underworld, where no one is as they seem.
  • Ken Watanabe as Hiroto Katagiri, a detective in the organized crime division. He's a father figure to Adelstein who helps guide him through the thin and often precarious line between the law and organized crime.
  • Rachel Keller as Samantha, an American expat living in Tokyo who makes her living as a hostess of the Kabukicho district. She guides many individuals from salarymen, to high end clients, and yakuza.
  • Ella Rumpf as Polina, an Eastern European expat, and a struggling new hostess at the club with Samantha. She came to Tokyo to work as a model, and got pulled into the seedy underbelly of Kabukicho.
  • Rinko Kikuchi as Adelstein's supervisor, a composite of the various colleagues and supervisors who worked with the real life Adelstein during his career.
  • Hideaki Itō
  • Show Kasamatsu
  • Tomohisa Yamashita



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1TBAMichael Mann[1]J.T. Rogers[2]TBA (TBA)



Tokyo Vice was initially set up as a movie in 2013, with Daniel Radcliffe attached to star as Adelstein. Anthony Mandler was set to direct, and development was advanced enough to where a production start of mid-2014 was set.[3] In June 2019, the project was re-purposed as a television series, receiving a 10 episode straight to series order by WarnerMedia to stream on their streaming service HBO Max. Ansel Elgort was set to executive produce the series, with J. T. Rogers writing and Destin Daniel Cretton directing the series.[2] In October 2019, Michael Mann was hired to direct the pilot episode for the series and also serve as an executive producer of the series.[1]


In addition to his executive producing announcement, Ansel Elgort was also set to star.[2] In September 2019, Ken Watanabe was added to the cast.[4] In February 2020, Odessa Young and Ella Rumpf were added to the cast.[5] In March 2020, it was announced that Rinko Kikuchi joined the cast, and that shooting began the previous month in Tokyo.[6] In October 2020, Rachel Keller was cast to replace Young.[7] In September 2021, Hideaki Itō, Show Kasamatsu and Tomohisa Yamashita were announced as series regulars, with Shun Sugata, Masato Hagiwara, Ayumi Tanida and Kosuke Toyohara joining as recurring.[8]


Principal photography on the series began on March 5, 2020. On March 17, 2020 it was announced that production had halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Tokyo.[9][10] Production resumed on November 26, 2020 and concluded on June 8, 2021.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Fleming, Mike Jr. (October 22, 2019). "Michael Mann To Direct Ansel Elgort & Ken Watanabe In Pilot Episode Of HBO Max Series 'Tokyo Vice'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (June 6, 2019). "WarnerMedia Streamer Orders 'Tokyo Vice' Drama Series Starring Ansel Elgort From Endeavor Content". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  3. ^ McClintock, Pamela (November 5, 2013). "AFM: Daniel Radcliffe to Star in Japanese Underworld Thriller 'Tokyo Vice'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (September 12, 2019). "'Tokyo Vice': Ken Watanabe To Star In HBO Max Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  5. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (February 19, 2020). "Odessa Young & Ella Rumpf Join 'Tokyo Vice' At HBO Max". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  6. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (March 4, 2020). "Rinko Kikuchi to Star in Michael Mann's HBO Max Series 'Tokyo Vice' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 30, 2020). "Rachel Keller Joins 'Tokyo Vice', Replacing Odessa Young, As HBO Max Series Eyes Return To Production". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Grater, Tom (September 15, 2021). "HBO Max's 'Tokyo Vice Adds Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu & Tomohisa Yamashita As Series Regulars". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  9. ^ Brzeki, Patrick (March 17, 2020). "Coronavirus: Michael Mann's HBO Max Series 'Tokyo Vice' Halts Production in Japan". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 15, 2020). "Reopening Hollywood: Michael Mann On Resuming Ansel Elgort-Ken Watanabe HBO Max Drama 'Tokyo Vice'; And What About That 'Heat' Prequel?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Tokyo Vice". Variety Insight. Archived from the original on June 10, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  12. ^ "Japan's Wowow Boards Michael Mann's 'Tokyo Vice' As Co-Producer As Production Resumes This Week". 23 November 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2021.

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