The gripping world of Tokyo Vice is calling back to deliver an adrenaline-fueled journey through the underbelly of Japan’s capital city! The time has come for the fans to brace themselves for a ride full of unexpected suspense that dives deeper into the dark secrets that Tokyo holds, especially after knowing the events of the first season, which gets many answers!
So, if you are curious to know all the updates about the release date, then don’t worry. We have compiled a summary of everything you need to know about Tokyo Vice Season 2.
Tokyo Vice Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
The series is back in action as the network has finally confirmed that the much-anticipated Tokyo Vice Season 2 is scheduled to premiere next year in February 2024. The exact release date will be announced in the coming weeks, as the creators have decided to unveil the first official looks of the season for the fans to get some insight into what American journalist Jake Adelstein has in store for him as the gritty world of Tokyo’s underworld continues to unravel more secrets.
The post shared on MAX’s official Instagram handle is captioned, “The stakes are higher than ever. A first look at Season 2 of #TokyoVice, coming in February on Max.”
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Tokyo Vice Season 2 Plot: What to expect?
The much-awaited second season of the crime drama series created by J.T. Rogers is intended to follow the basic theme, which is based on the 2009 book of the same title by Jake Adelstein, as seen in the previous episodes from the first season. In addition to this, the official logline reads:
“Loosely inspired by American journalist Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction, first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, the crime drama series, filmed on location in Tokyo, captures Adelstein’s (played by Ansel Elgort) daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo in the late 90s, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem.”
Producer Alex Boden told Variety that the first season ended on a cliffhanger, which is crucial as the next morning, Jake finds a videotape outside his door showing Polina being killed on a boat after resisting a client. He takes the tape to Katagiri, who has been alone since his family left town.
This ending will be continued as Boden confirms that Season 2 will answer all questions eventually.
“We could not be more excited to bring the 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 Original Content at HBO Max. “Stay tuned: there are twists and turns in the tale to come,” J.T. Rogers added.
Tokyo Vice Season 2 Cast: Who will reprise their roles?
The main cast members who will reprise roles are as follows: Ansel Elgort as Jake Adelstein, Ken Watanabe as Hiroto Katagiri, Rachel Keller as Samantha Porter, Hideaki Itō as Jin Miyamoto, Shun Sugata as Hitoshi Ishida, Shō Kasamatsu as Sato, Rinko Kikuchi as Emi Maruyama, Takaki Uda as “Trendy” Kurihira, Kosuke Tanaka as “Tintin” Shinohara and Ella Rumpf as Polina.
In the second season, there are some new additions as Aoi Takeya will portray the character of Jason Oki, a Japanese-American member of the US Foreign Service who gets pulled into Jake Adelstein and his colleagues’ hunt to uncover the secrets of yakuza crime lord Shinzo Tozawa. Additionally, Soji Arai has also been added in the second season as he will play Shingo, the lover and former colleague of Jake’s supervisor, Emi, at the Meicho.
A single parent with a young son, Shingo is now an editor at a prestigious Tokyo weekly. An excellent journalist, he and Emi share a passion for the work. But as the season rolls on, their work and family lives come into conflict, and Shingo and Emi are forced to make hard choices about what they value most in their lives.
On the other hand, Takayuki Suzuki has also joined the cast of Tokyo Vice Season 2 in a recurring role, as he will star in the series as Masahito Ohno. The character has been described as “a brilliant and charming architect, Ohno is a client at the hostess club at the heart of season two. Slowly he’s pulled into the underworld that lies behind the club, and finds himself faced with a terrible choice.”
The series crew members are as follows: From Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content) and Japan TV broadcaster Wowow, Tokyo Vice hails from creator and writer J.T. Rogers. Rogers executive produces the series along with Michael Mann. Additional EPs are Adelstein, Elgort, Watanabe, Alan Poul, Emily Gerson Saines, Brad Kane, Destin Daniel Cretton, Kayo Washio, and John Lesher. Fifth Season also handles global distribution for the series.
Tokyo Vice Season 2 Frequently Asked Questions
How many episodes will be in the second season?
The second season will have 10 episodes with an average runtime of 54–63 minutes. More details about the official titles and synopsis will be revealed once the release date draws nearer to avoid any further spoilers.
Will more seasons be renewed?
Producer Alex Boden has said that there are “many possibilities for future seasons,” and a decision will be made on continuing the series after Season 2 launches. “In Wowow we have a co-production partner in Japan, which is very rare, who’ve come on and supported the show through seasons 1 and 2. So there’s a real belief in the show in Japan, and certainly a hunger to keep the story continuing,” Boden says.
Where to stream?
The series is available to stream in 4K resolution on MAX, as it is an exclusive series developed for the digital streaming platform. Moreover, membership on the platform is available for both the ad-supported plan and the ad-free option. If you’re not subscribed to the Warner Bros. streaming service, you can also access the platform through Hulu with their Max add-on, YouTube TV with their Max add-on, or Amazon Prime Video with their Max add-on.
The series is also available on the sibling service HBO Go, which holds streaming rights to the series in countries where either service is available, including the United States, Latin America, and certain European and Asian markets. Wowow (co-producer) holds rights in Japan.
Elsewhere, the international distributor Endeavor Content has sold broadcast/streaming rights to the series to Crave in Canada, Canal+ in France, Paramount+ in Australia, OSN+ in the Middle East and Northern Africa region, LionsgatePlay in India, and Starzplay in select European markets, including the UK and Ireland. The BBC purchased second-window rights to the series in the UK and began to air on BBC One, with all episodes available on the BBC’s iPlayer service.
Has the official trailer for Tokyo Vice Season 2 been released?
With no release date announced, no official trailer has been released by the network, and we do not expect to see one anytime soon as there is plenty of time left for the promotions to begin. In the meantime, we urge the readers to catch up with Tokyo Vice Season 1, which received an 85% approval rating with an average rating of 7.6/10, based on 61 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “Tokyo Vice’s protagonist is its least interesting element, but the intrigue of Japan’s underworld and the verisimilitude of its setting makes for a seductive slice of neo-noir.” Metacritic assigned a score of 75 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.” For the time being, take a look at the official trailer of Tokyo Vice Season 1 to recall all the events that transpired in the show: