Tokyo Vice Review

Tokyo Vice Review

Today, Paramount+ gives Australians the chance to sink their teeth into Tokyo Vice.

Tokyo Vice begins with reporter Jake Adelstein (Ansel Elgort) being warned by a man in a knife-sharp suit that writing up the story he’s working on will bring death.

Flashing back two years, we meet Jake as he teaches English by day and studies Organised Crime by night in his apartment.

Jake is hired as prestigious newspaper Meicho Shimnun’s first American crime reporter, and he soon finds himself uncovering seemingly unrelated cases, quickly growing suspicious that more nefarious forces are at play. After embedding himself into the Tokyo Metro PD, alongside Detective Hiroto Katagiri (Ken Watanabe), Jake is thrust into a seedy, fast-paced world of corruption, crime and deception, where nothing and no one is what they seem.

There is also hostess Samantha (Rachel Keller), another American in Tokyo who has her own dreams and soon finds herself in Jake’s orbit.

J.T. Rogers created and wrote a pilot that certainly hooks with its opening sequence. It’s a slow burn journalistic thriller that will pull you into the underworld of Tokyo.

Elgort is compelling as Jake, and Wantabe is a perfect choice for the no-nonsense cop.

Buckle up because Tokyo Vice is a compelling and thrilling drama not to be missed.

4 Stars

Tokyo Vice premieres today on Paramount+.