Tokyo Vice Season 2: Who Is the Cast of Tokyo Vice? What Is the Plot of Tokyo Vice?
Tokyo Vice is a crime thriller developed by J.T. Rogers based on Jake Adelstein’s 2009 novel of the same name. It premiered on HBO Max on April 7, 2022. Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe feature in the key roles.
When Will the Next Episode of Tokyo Vice Air?
With the season finale airing on April 28, all eight episodes of Tokyo Vice are now available to stream on HBO Max in the United States and other countries that offer the streaming service.
UK viewers interested in Tokyo Vice will be pleased to learn that the crime drama will be available on Starzplay beginning May 15. Additionally, the BBC has acquired the series and will screen it later this year.
Who Is the Cast of Tokyo Vice?
The Tokyo Vice cast is comprised of both American and Japanese performers, headlined by Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe.
- Ansel Elgort stars in the series as Jake Adelstein. Elgort’s most recent film appearance was in the Best Picture nominee West Side Story, although he is also well-known for his parts in Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars, and the Divergent series.
- Ken Watanabe is the other lead in the series, playing a member of the Tokyo police, Hiroto Katagiri. Watanabe is an Academy Award-nominated actor (The Last Samurai) who has also been in blockbuster films like Inception, Godzilla, Batman Begins, and Memoirs of a Geisha.
- Rinko Kikuchi, another Oscar-nominated actor, is also a member of the Tokyo Vice cast. Kikuchi was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 2006’s Babel. She has since starred in films such as The Brothers Bloom, Pacific Rim, and Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, as well as television shows such as Westworld and Invasion. In Tokyo Vice, Kikuchi will portray Eimi.
- Samantha is played by Rachel Keller (Fargo, Legion), Polina is played by Ella Rumpf (Raw, Succession), Jin Miyamoto is played by Hideaki Ito (Memoirs of a Murderer), Sato is played by Shô Kasamatsu (My Girlfriend is a Serial Killer), and Akira is played by Tomohisa Yamashita (Code Blue).
What Is the Plot of Tokyo Vice?
Tokyo Vice is based on the non-fiction book Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat by American writer Jake Adelstein. HBO Max explains that the series is “loosely based on” Adelstein’s works. The official synopsis is as follows:
“The crime drama series shot on location in Tokyo chronicles Adelstein’s daily plunge into the neon-drenched underworld of late-’90s Tokyo, where nothing and no one is exactly what or who they seem.” The following are the synopses for each episode of Tokyo Vice:
Episode 1 of Tokyo Vice: “The Examination”: Hired as Meicho Shumbun’s first American crime reporter, Jake Adelstein is promptly charged with covering two unrelated cases, but soon risks his career — and even his life — by connecting the dots.
“Kishi Kaisei” is the second episode of Tokyo Vice”: While crime boss Tozawa treads dangerously close to the border, the rival Chihara-Kai scurries to collect dues. Samantha stands up for another hostess, while Jake sees an altercation that alters everything.
“Read the Air” is the third episode of Tokyo Vice: “Jake’s persistence pays off when he obtains an exclusive from Detective Katagiri — but at the expense of attracting the attention of someone else. Meanwhile, Samantha strikes up a conversation with a new customer, as Sato struggles to choose between words and fists.”
Episode 4 of Tokyo Vice: “As Samantha advances toward the future, her past catches up with her. Jake makes a breakthrough in connecting the cases with the assistance of Emi, Tin-Tin, and Trendy — and comes face to face with the chief of Chihari-Kai, who requests a favor.”
“Everyone Pays” is the fifth episode of Tokyo Vice: “When Jake assists Ishida in exposing the mole in Chihara-Kai, he must consider the hazards of taking a favor in exchange. Samantha makes an attempt to resolve her Matsuo issue. Sato’s recruitment culminates in a chilling lesson in loyalty.”
The sixth episode of Tokyo Vice: “At an impromptu Yakuza Peace Summit, Tozawa finds himself at the mercy of his own deeds. Samantha begins repaying Matsuo’s debts. Jake is determined to follow up on an Ishida tip.”
Episode 7 of Tokyo Vice: “Jake tries to regain his feet following the disastrous raid, while Samantha grows increasingly frantic to locate Polina. Sato is feeling the strain of his exalted position in Chihari-Kai.”
Episode 8 of Tokyo Vice: “While Samantha sacrifices everything to ensure Polina’s safe return, Sato is compelled to combine work and pleasure. While Katagiri devises a strategy for eventually eliminating Tozawa, Jake comes face to face with the crime boss’s men.”
Vice-directors in Tokyo
Tokyo Vice has a stellar cast of directors lined up for its run. Michael Mann will helm the pilot episode, as previously stated. Mann is perhaps best known as the director of Heat, Public Enemies, The Insider, Collateral, and The Last of the Mohicans.
Destin Daniel Cretton is also in the running to helm many episodes of Tokyo Vice. Cretton is coming off of directing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in 2021, but he also has credits on his portfolio for films like Just Mercy and Short Term 12.
What Is the Best Way to Watch Tokyo Vice?
Tokyo Vice is available only on HBO Max. This means that it will be available to HBO Max users in areas where the streaming service is offered. HBO Max is available as a stand-alone subscription or as an add-on to other services such as Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.
When the series premieres in the United Kingdom, it will be available only on Starzplay. Additionally, it is scheduled to air on BBC at an as-yet-unspecified date.