Spoiler-Free Review of “Tokyo Vice” on HBO Max: A Noir Crime Drama to be Excited About!

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“I want to report on what really happens…”

Tokyo Vice is a new crime drama series inspired by the true story of journalist, Jake Adelstein. The series premiered on April 7th 2022 on HBO Max with the first three episodes available to stream now. There will be eight episodes in total. Tokyo Vice stars Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe, Rachel Keller and Shô Kasamatsu. Each episode runs for approximately 58-60 minutes.

An American journalist living in Japan attempts to find his big story when he finds himself working undercover with the Tokyo Vice squad to expose the yakuza.

Here is the trailer:

Tokyo Vice effortlessly blends a stylish crime noir with a riveting tale of self-discovery, but is it worthty of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Top notch performances!

I love Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe is perfection. I thought that all of the performances were really extraordinary. This type of slow burn crime drama can become dull, but the little moments in between and the portrayals shown to the audience make it anything but. The performances elevate the series that much more, giving us characters to root for.

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An incredible story.

I didn’t really know what to expect with this series going into it, but it surprised me in the best way possible. This is such a gripping story and it pulls you in right from the start. The pilot episode was really strong and the other episodes have been doing a decent job of keeping my attention. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

The Cons:

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Some character development needed.

I think that we will get there soon and we have seen some flickers of it already, but I want to know a lot more about some of the characters. I also want to know more about certain things but I need to wait for the events to catch up. This isn’t necessarily a con but I’m hoping that the pacing keeps up because this show is really incredible so far.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

A stylish gripping crime series that I can’t stop watching!

I highly recommend that you give this series a try even if it doesn’t seem like your cup of tea. The performances are incredible and the story is actually really interesting!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Tokyo Vice in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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