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Ken Watanabe on Filming the ‘Tense,’ ‘Scary’ Finale to ‘Tokyo Vice’ and Plans for an ‘Exciting’ Season 2

Click here to read the full article. Welcome to My Favorite Moment! In a new week-long series IndieWire spoke to the actors behind just a few of our favorite television performances of the year about how the onscreen moment they are most proud of came together. [Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Tokyo Vice” through Season 1, Episode 8, “Yoshino.”] Before Ken Watanabe signed on for “Tokyo Vice,” he didn’t know how Season 1 would end. Even now, with the finale readily available in the United States but yet to air in his home country of Japan, the actor behind...
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Ken Watanabe Believes The Last Samurai Was A Turning Point In Asian Representation In Hollywood

How do you spot a white savior film? In many cases, the trappings are pretty obvious: a white protagonist finds himself in unfamiliar, predominantly non-white territory, immersed in a culture they either hold prejudice towards or know next to nothing about. The protagonist eventually "goes native," fully embracing whatever culture they've come to love (or respectfully appropriated) and singlehandedly saving a marginalized group from whatever injustice they face.
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‘Tokyo Vice’s Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe on Making a Series in Both Japanese and English and What Sequence They’ll Always Remember

I know you keep hearing about new series that you need to watch. I constantly hear about new shows from friends and colleagues almost every day. And while I know you are being bombarded all the time…you need to add Tokyo Vice to your list asap. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers and inspired by the 2009 memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein, the series stars Ansel Elgort as a young American journalist (based by Adelstein) who moves to Japan to work for a major newspaper in Tokyo in the late 90s. While trying to figure out how everything works before losing his job, he becomes friendly with a detective with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (Ken Watanabe), who refuses to be bought in a city where many are corrupted by money. Filmed entirely on location in Tokyo, the crime drama series will keep you guessing. Tokyo Vice also stars Rinko Kikuchi, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Sho Kasamatsu, and music star Tomohisa Yamashita. In addition, Michael Mann directed the pilot episode, and it’s his work is fantastic.

Ken Watanabe stars in the new crime show 'Tokyo Vice'

Ayesha Rascoe talks to actor Ken Watanabe about his role in the new HBO Max police drama "Tokyo Vice." The world of organized crime in Japan is center stage in "Tokyo Vice," a new HBO show in which an American reporter and transplant to the country must learn to navigate the relationship between mobsters, a corrupted police department and newspaper deadlines in order to get to the bottom of some really nasty, violent crimes. The show is set in the late 1990s against Tokyo's neon lights and nightlife, where the feared yakuza rule, and only a few people dare to stand up to them.

Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe star in Yakuza drama "Tokyo Vice"

The new series “Tokyo Vice” takes viewers back to 1990s Japan, when the Yakuza, Japan’s mob, ruled Tokyo’s red-light district. The series is inspired by the real-life experiences of American crime journalist Jake Adelstein, who worked at Japan’s largest newspaper. The American production was filmed...