2nd Season of Tokyo Vice Live-Action Series Premieres February 8, Trailer Revealed
On Tuesday, Max (previously known as HBO Max) started showing a promotional video for the upcoming second season of the real-life drama series based on the book Tokyo Vice by American journalist Jake Adelstein. Apart from teasing the season, the trailer also reveals the premiere date of February 8th.
The sophomore season will contain a total of 10 episodes and will kick off with a back-to-back two episode premiere. Each subsequent episode of the season will be delivered weekly via streaming on the platform.
Joining the cast in the new season are Yōsuke Kubozuka, who will play Naoki Hayama, a member of the yakuza that resurfaces post-prison release, and Miki Maya who will take on the role of Shoko Nagata, a female detective from Japan’s National Police Agency teaming up with Katagiri. Recurring actors from the premier season include Ansel Elgort, who portrays the central character; reporter Jake, Ken Watanabe as seasoned policeman Katagiri, Rinko Kikuchi as Jake’s top-chart reporter Eimi Maruyama, Rachel Keller as the club hostess Samantha Porter, and Show Kasamatsu as Sato, an upcoming yakuza boss.
The second season is directed by Alan Poul, Josef Kubota Wladyka, Takeshi Fukunaga, and Eva Sørhaug. J.T. Rogers is attributed as the creator and the scriptwriter. The series is a co-production of WOWOW.
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aired for the first time on
in April 2022 and was also screened on
in the same month.
Initially, the concept was pitched as a movie, and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter franchise) was slated to play the role of Adelstein. But the project ultimately morphed into a 10-episode television series, with Michael Mann onboard as the director of the first season.
Adelstein’s work as a crime reporter for the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper led him to delve into the world of the yakuza. This brought him face to face with mob boss Tadamasa Goto, triggering a series of experiences he later penned down in his book Tokyo Vice.