The Tokyo Vice cast features Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe and Rachel Keller. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for J.T. Rogers’ HBO Max series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Tokyo Vice follows a crime reporter named Jake Adelstein. When the American earns a position at a Japanese newspaper, he learns about the complicated relationship between the local police and yakuza members. Jake immerses himself into the criminal underworld while receiving tips from an expat hostess and a hardened detective. Here’s every main performer and character in Tokyo Vice, an adaptation of the 2009 memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan.
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Tokyo Vice Cast: Ansel Elgort as Jake Adelstein
Character Profile: A reporter from Missouri. He becomes the first American to work at a prestigious Tokyo newspaper publication. Jake refuses to return home and vows to learn about the real Tokyo.
Elgort’s Resume: Tommy Ross in Carrie (2013), Gus in The Fault in Our Stars (2014), Caleb in Divergent (2014), Baby in Baby Driver (2017), Tony in West Side Story (2021)
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Tokyo Vice Cast: Ken Watanabe as Hiroto Katagiri
Character Profile: A Tokyo detective. He tries to maintain peace amongst various underworld organizations. Katagiri befriends Jake and becomes a crucial source of information.
Watanabe’s Resume: Gun in Tampopo (1985), Katsumoto in The Last Samurai (2003), Saito in Inception(2010), Dr. Ishiro Serizawa in Godzilla (2014), Head Surgeon in Isle of Dogs (2018)
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Tokyo Vice Cast: Rachel Keller as Samantha
Character Profile: An American expat in Tokyo. She works as a hostess and wants to start her own club. Samantha develops a relationship with Jake but doesn’t give up privileged knowledge for free.
Keller’s Resume: Simone Gerhardt in Fargo (2015), Syd Barrett in Legion (2017-19), Cassandra Pressman in The Society (2019), Jean in In the Shadow of the Moon (2019), Linda Kolkena in Dirty John (2020)
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Tokyo Vice Cast: Hideaki Itō as Jin Miyamoto
Character Profile: A Tokyo detective. He believes that “everybody is for sale.” Miyamoto lives a playboy lifestyle and learns about American culture from Jake.
Itō’s Resume: Daisuke Senzaki in Brave Hearts: Umizaru (2012), Seiji Hasumi in Lesson of the Evil (2012), Wataru Makimura in Memoirs of a Murderer (2017), Masamune Date in Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan (2021), Kappei in Kappei (2022)
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Tokyo Vice Cast: Shô Kasamatsu as Sato
Character Profile: A Tokyo gangster. He runs a high-profile night club and knows that happy female employees will lead to more money. Sato tracks Jake’s movements in Tokyo.
Kasamatsu’s Resume: Chuji Araragi in Demekin (2017), Shota Seto in Dear Patient (2020), Yûichirô Morishima in The Brightest Roof in the Universe (2020), Hiro Todoroki in Love You as the World Ends (2021-), Ogiwara in The Naked Director (2021)
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Tokyo Vice Cast: Ella Rumpf as Polina
Character Profile: Samantha’s colleague. She earns big tips at work and likes to spend money. Polina is tight with various underworld figures.
Rumpf’s Resume: Ali in War (2014), Alexia in Raw (2016), Tiger in Tiger Girl (2017), Fleur Salomé in Freud (2020), Contessa in Succession (2021)
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Tokyo Vice Cast: Rinko Kikuchi as Eimi
Character Profile: Jake’s editor. She is stern but fair in the office. Eimi educates Jake about the nuances of reporting in Tokyo.
Kikuchi’s Resume: Chieko Wataya in Babel (2006), Bang Bang in The Brothers Bloom (2008), Mako Mori in Pacific Rim (2013), Kumiko in Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (2014), Hinata in Invasion (2021)
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The Tokyo Vice cast also includes Tomohisa Yamashita (Code Blue, The Head), Shun Sugata (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, The Last Samurai), Masato Hagiwara (Cure, Kyôso tanjô), Kosuke Toyohara (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Mr. Baseball), Ayumi Tanida (Downtown Rocket, Kamen Rider Saber + Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: Super Hero Senki), Noémie Nakai (Death Note: Light Up the New World, Army of Thieves) and Koshi Uehara (TV debut).
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