Tokyo Vice: Fond farewell after two seasons

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Tokyo vice cancelled. Image: HBO MAX

The curtain has officially closed on the Max series Tokyo Vice, as confirmed during a revealing panel at Fox Studios.

I’m not going to lie, this is a real bummer. Tokyo Vice was one of those rare, gritty crime dramas, with just the right amount of drama and suspense to make it worthwhile.

Having recently finished the second season, I’m a bit heartbroken. It didn’t end on a cliffhanger. I think the writers knew it might be cancelled so they tried to wrap up nicely. Still. It hurts.

Tokyo Vice cancelled

In a heartfelt statement, a spokesperson for Max highlighted the series’ meticulous craftsmanship, from its rich narrative layers to the beautifully executed cinematography, praising the cast and crew’s dedication:

“From ‘Tokyo Vice’s richly written material to the gorgeously composed shots to the lived-in performances, the care and creativity of this enormously talented cast and crew shines in every frame of the show.”

The creators expressed deep gratitude towards HBO Max for its unwavering support, allowing them the creative freedom to conclude the series in line with their vision. They thanked Max for making sure they “got to tell” their story.

“They have supported us through thick and thin. Not only did they give us these two seasons, they said yes when we asked to end season one with a series of cliffhangers, and they said yes when we asked for two extra episodes so we could land the plane in the way J.T. had always envisioned.”

Tokyo Vice’s global success

Despite the series’ conclusion, the team behind Tokyo Vice remains hopeful about the future, buoyed by the show’s international success and strong viewer engagement, especially with the second season:

“The response from both the press and from fans, in particular to Season 2, has been overwhelming. It’s been thrilling to find out how deeply viewers have engaged with our characters, and to hear how they are clamoring for more.”

Tokyo Vice, which stars Ansel Elgort as an American journalist tackling crime in Tokyo, first premiered in 2022 amid challenging COVID-related production delays.

The series, inspired by the real-life experiences of journalist Jake Adelstein, offers a gritty exploration of the Japanese underworld, particularly the Yakuza.

Cheryl Kahla has dedicated her career to exploring the intersections of tech and society. With contributions to numerous international outlets, she provides insights into emerging tech trends, AI, science, and the impact of digital innovations. Outside of writing, Cheryl indulges in gaming, martial arts, and debating the merits of AI with her cat, Gotham. He’s indifferent to the subject.

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