Tokyo Vice Release Date And Image Teases Ansel Elgort In True Crime Series

HBO Max and WOWOW have revealed a new image and release date for their upcoming action thriller series Deputy Tokyo. Based on a true story, the series starring Ansel Elgort follows a young American journalist who is sent to chronicle the daily activities of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police and eventually uncovers shocking evidence of corruption within the vice squad. The series will premiere exclusively on HBO Max on April 7.

First look image reveals dark setting with Elgort’s Jake Adelstein sitting on a bus next to Ken Watanabe, who plays Hiroto Katagiri, a detective in the Organized Crime Division. They’re both surrounded by police in full armor, and Jake looks (and probably feels) in many ways like a fish out of water.


Deputy Tokyo finally hits our screens in early April after a long road to completion: the series saw production halted due to COVID restrictions in early 2020. When production resumed, however, the series found a Japanese co-production partner in WOWOW, a premium pay-TV broadcaster that bought the exhibition rights to the series throughout Japan.

When we talk about acquiring Deputy TokyoWOWOW producer Kayo Washio revealed to Deadline his love for the story and the importance of having high production values ​​to tell it:

Deputy Tokyo is a real passion project for me as I have had my eye on the material for some time and trusted business relationships with some of the key players involved for even longer. It’s the type of story that deserves and requires the pedigree of the creative talent assembled to bring it to life. WOWOW is proud to be involved in a series that touches us deeply, both literally and figuratively, and has such a talented team that brings it all together. Ultimately, we believe this will be a series of events that audiences in Japan and around the world will be hooked on.

Image via Legendary

RELATED: Netflix Reveals Huge Japanese Programming Expansion, Including ‘Alice in Borderland’ Season 2 and ‘Love is Blind: Japan’The pilot of Deputy Tokyo is directed by the acclaimed filmmaker and four-time Oscar nominee Michael Mannwho is known for fighting police corruption in several of his films, including Heat and 2006 miami vice. The upcoming series is created and written by JT Rogersa playwright who has already adapted his own play Oslo for the screen. Based in Rogers Deputy Tokyo on the memoirs of the same name of the journalist Jake Adelstein, played by Elgort on screen. Besides Elgort and Watanabe, the cast of Deputy Tokyo also features an Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Rachel Keller (FX Legion), Ella Rumpf (Raw), Hideaki Itō (lesson of evil), Sho Kasamatsu (The Naked Director), and music star Tomohisa Yamashita (The head).

The first three episodes of Deputy Tokyo premiering on HBO Max on April 7, with two episodes airing weekly thereafter. Check out the official synopsis for the series here:

Loosely based on American journalist Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the beat of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, the crime drama series, filmed on location in Tokyo, captures Adelstein’s (played by Ansel Elgort) daily descent into the neon-soaked belly of Tokyo in the late 90s, where nothing and no one is quite what it seems.

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