Tokyo Vice, HBO Max’s new Japanese crime thriller, has secured a number of overseas buyers, with Endeavor Content securing deals with a number of stations.
Endeavor said on Thursday that the program has been sold to Canal+ in France, Crave in Canada, and Paramount+ in Australia, with Starzplay acquiring rights in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as across German-speaking Europe. The show was licensed throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa by OSN+.
Tokyo Vice was licensed for the United States by HBO Max, with the Japanese commissioning home being Wowow pay-TV channel. The series will be available on HBO Go in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, as well as HBO Max in Latin America and Europe.
Tokyo Vice stars Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) as an American journalist who moves to Tokyo in the 1990s and becomes the first foreign-born reporter on staff at a major Japanese newspaper. It is loosely based on the 2009 nonfiction book by American journalist Jake Adelstein. As he begins to explore a perilous life in the Japanese underground, a senior detective from the vice squad, portrayed by Oscar contender Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai), takes him under his wing.
J.T. Rogers, a Tony Award-winning writer who also serves as showrunner and executive producer, developed and wrote Tokyo Vice. The pilot was directed and executive produced by Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Heat). Along with Rinko Kikuchi, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu, and Tomohisa Yamashita, the film stars Rinko Kikuchi, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu, and Tomohisa Yamashita.
Tokyo Vice premieres on HBO Max in the United States and Wowow in Japan on Thursday, April 7.