hbo max ordered new episodes for Tokyo Vicethe crime drama produced by Michael Mann and starring Ansel Elgort (West Side Story Y BabyDriver) Y Ken Watanabe. The title was released in April this year and tells the story of a US reporter in a strange country in the first person. Inspired by the story of Jake Adelstein (Elgort), this crime drama follows the young American journalist as he delves into the underworld of late 1990s Tokyo, where nothing and no one is what it seems.
Developed by JT Rogers for the small screen, the plot is a free inspiration from Adelstein’s autobiographical book about his journalistic experience within the struggle between the police forces and the criminal world in Japan. Set in a nineties Tokyo, this press man (Elgort) goes into an investigation into criminal organizations – known as the Yakuza – but he is not alone, because he has the help of a detective (Watanabe).
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring passionate fans of the show another season to continue this intriguing and suspenseful crime story set in one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of originals at hbo maxabout the confirmation of a second season for Tokyo Vice.
For his part, the creator added, “Writing and then doing the first season of Tokyo Vice with this extraordinary group of artists it was an incomparable experience. So I’m delighted that we can move on. I can’t wait to get back to work in Tokyo with our brilliant cast and crew. Stay tuned – there are twists and turns in the story to come!”
Michael Mann in the direction and production of Tokyo Vice
In 2019, HBO Max began development of a season of Tokyo Vicebut the series was not a reality until three years later due to delays caused by the pandemic. The pilot was directed by Michael Mannthe acclaimed American filmmaker and screenwriter who worked on major productions such as Miami Vice, Fire vs Fire, Public Enemies and others more. Currently, he also has a position as an executive producer.
By then, the cast was already completed by the actors Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe, Rachel Keller Y Rinko Kikuchi. And later, they joined Hideaki Itō, Show Kasamatsu, Ella Rumpf Y Tomohisa Yamashita. Following the industry shutdown due to COVID-19, filming that originally began in March 2020 resumed in November of the same year and concluded in June 2021.
The ten episodes were broadcast throughout April of this year through the platform streaming and, soon, it will return with a continuation of which a release date has not yet been confirmed.