Tokyo Vice: Season 1

Tokyo Vice: Season 1

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Ansel Elgort (West Side Story) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) star in this HBO crime series based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction book, a first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat.

2022Rating: TV-MAUSAEndeavor Content, WOWOW
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Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

The Test

Hired as Meicho Shimbun’s first American crime reporter, Jake Adelstein... More is quickly tasked with covering two cases that initially appear unrelated, but soon stakes his career – and life – on connecting the dots.

EPISODE 1.2

Kishi Kaisei

As crime boss Tozawa dangerously toes the line between territories,... More the rival Chihara-Kai scramble to collect dues. Samantha protects another hostess, while Jake witnesses a confrontation that changes everything.

EPISODE 1.3

Read the Air

Jake’s persistence pays off when he receives an exclusive from... More Detective Katagiri – but catches the less ideal eye of someone else in the process. Meanwhile, Samantha hits it off with a new customer, as Sato chooses between words and fists.

EPISODE 1.4

I Want It That Way

As Samantha makes strides toward the future, her past catches... More up. With help from Emi, Tin-Tin, and Trendy, Jake has a breakthrough in connecting the cases - and comes face-to-face with the head of Chihari-Kai, who requires a favor.

EPISODE 1.5

Everybody Pays

When Jake helps reveal the mole in Chihara-Kai, he must... More weigh the risks of accepting a favor in return from Ishida. Samantha attempts to take care of her Matsuo problem. Sato’s recruitment ends with a devastating lesson in loyalty.

EPISODE 1.6

The Information Business

An impromptu Yakuza Peace Summit finds Tozawa at the mercy... More of his own actions. Samantha begins to settle her debts with Matsuo. A determined Jake chases down a tip from Ishida.

EPISODE 1.7

Sometimes They Disappear

Jake struggles to regain his footing after the botched raid,... More while Samantha grows increasingly desperate to find Polina. Sato feels the pressure of his elevated standing in Chihari-Kai.

EPISODE 1.8

Yoshino

While Samantha risks it all for Polina’s safe return, Sato... More is forced to mix business with pleasure. As Katagiri devises a plan to finally take down Tozawa, Jake is confronted by the crime boss’s men.

Tokyo Vice: Season 1 | Reviews

86%50 reviews

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IndieWire

IndieWire

If you can get past its white-saviour complex (and the actor embodying it), J.T. Rogers' investigative drama makes for a sharp and engrossing crime story.

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Variety

Variety

A significant new entry in the crime-drama canon.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

This is a decent show, but one that feels like it would be much better if it were willing to be more Japanese.

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Compelling crime drama with acres of strangeness...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

(This) wannabe hardboiled drama is really as cute as Ansel Elgort’s face...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

(Tokyo Vice) avoids some stranger-in-a-strange-land clichés, but suffers from a milquetoast centerpiece.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Worth the investment, at least if you’re inclined to enjoy leisurely neo-noir.

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IGN

IGN

The lush look and cultural immersion make for a gripping drama, though Ansel Elgort is more of a blank slate than a charismatic lead.

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Paste

Paste

I found it satisfying in its deliberate pacing, and the characters absorbing enough to warrant my time. But it’s easy to imagine others feeling a bit restless.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Tokyo Vice represents a modern-day apotheosis of the white saviour narrative, updating some of its tropes while subverting others.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Viewers have to care about the hero. And that’s tough when his inner life is given minimal attention.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The unwritten rules are different in this underground, and Tokyo Vice orchestrates a special thrill in trying to get them on paper.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The kind of sprawling crime drama that actually lives up to the label of ‘prestige’ TV.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Nice city, shame about the Western saviour narrative...

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Tokyo Vice: Season 1 | Release Details

Tokyo Vice: Season 1 is available to stream in Australia now on Paramount+.