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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Organized crime as it relates to Japan and Japanese culture is a major theme, as is taking it down. Trying to fit in to a different culture is also central. Family, friendship, other themes also present.
Positive Role Models
Detective Katagiri becomes a mentor to Jake Adelstein. Members of the yakuza mentor others, but also haze and punish them.
Lead cast members are White, but most of the cast is Japanese. Highlights some nuances associated with Japanese culture and cultural practices.
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Violence & Scariness
Gangster violence is a major theme. Corpses are shown with bloody stab wounds, an individual is shown self-immolating, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Japanese "hostess culture" and sex work industry is featured. Sexy dancing, nudity, and simulated sex acts are visible.
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Curses like "f--k" are sometimes audible. Occasional crude language and insults.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking (beer, hard liquor, champagne, sake). Cigarette smoking is constant.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tokyo Vice is a crime series set in Japan adapted from the memoirs of journalist Jake Adelstein. The Japanese yakuza, an organized crime syndicate, is often very violent, with violence ranging from fights and stabbings to a man publicly setting himself on fire. Suicide is also a major issue addressed in the show, and corpses are shown with bloody injuries. It also contains strong sexual content, ranging from sex work and nudity to simulated sex acts. Cursing is audible, including "f--k." Drinking is shown, and cigarette smoking is constant.
Is It Any Good?
This suspense-filled, gritty crime noir adaptation tells the story of a Western journalist who is committed to writing about Japanese organized crime during its heyday. Offered in part as a flashback, the story follows Jake Adelstein at the start of his newspaper career in Tokyo, and follows him as he continues to research and work a story that few want to tell. It also reveals, through Detective Katagiri, the complicated dynamic between Tokyo law enforcement and the yakuza, who were largely tolerated by police during that time. But Tokyo Vice is also a "fish out of water" story, and parallels Adelstein, Sato, and Samantha's very different lives to highlight their personal struggles when trying to fit into their own respective circles. Unfortunately, other strong characters aren't as well fleshed out, leaving you wanting to know much more. Nonetheless, the series is excellent overall, and offers an entertaining viewing experience for folks looking for a new hard-boiled detective series to sink their teeth into.
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