As smug as it may be to say, we were right on the money when we anticipated that HBO’s Tokyo Vice would set a new standard for modern crime dramas. Now, one of this generation’s most criminally underrated shows is set to return with Tokyo Vice season 2.
Based on the 2009 memoir of the same name penned by journalist Jake Adelstein, the series follows a dramatised version of the author (Ansel Elgort) who moves to Tokyo and is tasked with investigating police corruption — specifically the metropolitan vice squad.
The fish-out-of-water scenario cranks the dial to 11 when Elgort’s Jake takes it upon himself to uncover the “real” Japan and finds himself in deep with the Yakuza.
Tokyo Vice season 2 will pick up right where the season 1 finale left off, answering pressing questions regarding [Minor Spoilers] whether Sato (Show Kasamatsu) survives the stabbing — and whether he’ll continue as a gang enforcer or forge his own path — the true implications of Samantha (Rachel Keller) taking a loan from the Chihara-Kai clan, and of course, the mounting law enforcement-yakuza tensions.
“Season 2 of the series, filmed on location in Tokyo, takes us deeper into the city’s criminal underworld, as Jake Adelstein (Elgort) comes to realise that his life, and the lives of those close to him, are in terrible danger,” reads the official synopsis.
Ansel Elgort, Rachel Keller, and Show Kasamatsu are (re)joined by Ken Watanabe as Detective Hiroto Katagiri, Hideaki Ito as Detective Jin Miyamoto, Rinko Kikuchi as Jake’s editor Emi Maruyama, Ayumi Ito as Misaki, alongside Yosuke Kubozua and Miki Maya.
Tokyo Vice season 2 is scheduled to premiere on February 8th, 2024 via HBO Max (expect it to land on Australia’s Binge and Foxtel GO around the same time) — check out the trailer above.