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 in Japan and stars Ansel Elgort of “West Side Story” fame. Crime drama director Michael Mann directed the show’s pilot, and Elgort learned how to speak Japanese for the series.

“I felt totally immersed in it, like it was real,” Elgort said. “And, you know, working with Michael Mann was so cool because he really wants the audience to feel immersed. He wants his actors

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