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Soundtracks of Television: ‘Tokyo Vice’

Tokyo Vice Soundtrack - Every Song in the HBO Max Series

The Tokyo Vice soundtrack includes music by Pearl Jam, Kelly Rowland and Utada Hikaru. This info article contains spoilers for J.T. Rogers’ HBO Max series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Tokyo Vice stars Ansel Elgort as Jake Adelstein, an American journalist who works as a crime reporter in Japan. Ken Watanabe co-stars as Hiroto Katagiri, a detective who educates the protagonist about the realities of the Tokyo underworld. Composers Danny Bensi (Ozark) and Saunder Jurriaans (Ozark) scored the HBO Max series, which includes a variety of Japanese mainstream tracks. Here’s every song in Tokyo Vice, an adaptation of the real Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir.

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Tokyo Vice Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

Tokyo Vice Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “1999” by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans (00:05): The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song scores a flashback sequence. Jake navigates the streets of Tokyo in 1999. He teaches an English class.
  • “20hz” by Capricorn (00:08): Jake dances at a night club. He is a approached by a friend. Jake receives an invite to visit his pal in Austin, Texas.
  • “Release” by Pearl Jam (00:09): Jake leaves a saké shop. He enters his apartment above the establishment and looks at photos. Jake reads notes as the music fades.
  • “You Are My Lucky Star” from Singin’ in the Rain (00:37): A man sings at Onyx. Jake heads to the bathroom. He speaks with Sato (Shô Kasamatsu) as the Tokyo Vice soundtrack song continues.
  • “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Rachel Keller (00:38): Samantha (Rachel Keller) sings at Onyx. She performs the Guns N’ Roses classic as Jake watches. Samantha switches from English to Japanese.
  • “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto (00:43): Jake and Samantha chat. They talk about trading information. Miyamoto (Hideaki Itô) flirts with Polina (Ella Rumpf).
  • “Motivation” by Kelly Rowland (00:44): Miyamoto hangs out with Jake. He wants to test the American’s “debonair bullshit.” The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song plays as the characters enter a club.
  • “Aly, Walk with Me” by The Raveonettes (00:45): Miyamoto tells Jake that there aren’t any murders in Tokyo. The music plays as a hostess arrives. Miyamoto tries a pick-up line.

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Tokyo Vice Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Kishi Kaisei”

Tokyo Vice Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • Addicted to You” by Utada Hikaru (00:35): Samantha navigates a room at Onyx. A tracking shot follows her to the bar. The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song plays as Samantha looks after a colleague.
  • Song 2″ by DJ Krush (00:39): Samantha speaks with Sato. She offers to light his cigarette. Jake interrupts the conversation.
  • “Samba De Verao” by Lisa Ono (00:42): Jake chats with Sato. They talk about business. Sato makes a passive-aggressive joke; Jake processes the moment and leaves.
  • “Itsumademo Sukide Itakute” by WiNK (00:47): Samantha cleans her face. She gazes at her reflection in a mirror. The Tokyo Voice soundtrack song continues as Samantha counts money in her room.
  • “Katagiri” by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans (00:54): Jake observes Detective Katagiri. The track closes out the episode and scores the end credits.

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Tokyo Vice Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Read the Air”

Tokyo Vice Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “Automatic” by Utada Hikaru (00:33): Jake has dinner with Samantha. The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song plays as he inquires about her background. Samantha avoids giving direct answers.
  • “Blue Farouq” by Charlie Rouse (00:45): Katagiri plays a record. He tells Jake that his article was “good.” The characters discuss a recent suicide and murder.
  • “Walking with You” by ZenBercii (00:51): Jake enters a saké shop. He meets with a colleague. Jake inquires about an alleyway encounter.

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Tokyo Vice Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “I Want It That Way”

Tokyo Vice Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “Fly Me to the Moon” by Astrud Gilberto (00:03): The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song plays during the opening sequence. Samantha walks around at Onyx. She sits down and speaks with several guests.
  • “Time Goes By” by Every Little Thing (00:09): Jake rides in the back seat of Sato’s vehicle. He asks what Ishida knows about him. The music plays from the stereo system.
  • “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys (00:10): Sato sings along to the pop music. Jake grins and says, “Seriously?” Sato explains the song’s true meaning and why he appreciates the Backstreet Boys.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:36): Polina sings at Onyx. Sato speaks with Jake about Samantha.
  • “Try Me” by LOLITA (00:38): The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song accompanies a club sequence. Jake leans against a pole and smokes a cigarette. Sato tells him to “be cool.”
  • “Tearing’ Up My Heart” by *NSYNC (00:39): A new song plays during a club sequence. Jake grins and recalls a conversation with his Japanese friend. Sato gives the middle finger because he believes that *NSYNC imitates the Backstreet Boys.
  • “Feelin’ Good — It’s Paradise” by Da Pump (00:42): Polina hangs out with a famous musician named Akira (Tomohisa Yamashita). They order another round. Polina reveals that she’s been thinking about finding a new job.
  • “White Orchid” by Tony Tam (00:50): Jake eats at a high-end restaurant. He watches Sato’s rival, Shinzo Tozawa (Ayumi Tanida), arrive with business colleagues. Jake introduces himself to the Yakuza boss as the Tokyo Vice soundtrack song fades.

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Tokyo Vice Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “Everybody Pays”

Tokyo Vice Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “TBA” by TBA (00:33): Jake enters the home of a corrupt banker named Sugita. He hears classical music and looks around. Jake discovers that Sugita committed suicide after being linked to Tozawa.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:44): Samantha sings at Onyx. Jake arrives and speaks with Sato. He inquires an internal mole investigation.
  • “Orange” by Acharu (00:44): Samantha finishes a performance. She greets Jake and leaves the bar area with him. The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song continues as Sato watches the pair.
  • “Goodbye Happiness” by Utada Hikaru (00:47): Jake speaks with Samantha. He gets angry about losing her attention. Samantha agrees to “talk as friends” outside Onyx.
  • “さよならのプリズム” by Keiko Ito & Kiyori Fujii (00:49): Polina meets Jake for the first time. She says that Samantha took off. Polina invites Jake to see her favorite spot in Tokyo.

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Tokyo Vice Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “The Information Business”

Tokyo Vice Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • Tsuyoku Hakanai Mono Tachi” by Cocco (00:23): Samantha finishes a conversation with Polina. The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song plays as she head to Table 5 at Onyx. Samantha meets with Matsuo (Jundai Yamada).
  • “Maybe Next Year” by Art Pepper (00:31): Tozawa has dinner with Misaki (Ayumi Ito). The music plays in a restaurant. Tozama and Misaki talk about the future.
  • “Klang Brutt” by Modulhater (00:40): Akira hangs out at Onyx. Polina stares from afar. She watches Akira flirt with a woman.
  • “Sumbru” by Yuda (00:46): The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song plays at Onyx. Akira approaches Polina. They discuss a “magnum” gift.
  • “Gevaert” by Modulhater (00:47): Polina purchases a magnum gift for Akira. The characters drink alcohol and dance. Polina gets ripped and laughs while watching Akira with another woman.
  • “Suisai no Umi” by Kazuhito Murata (00:59): Sato smokes a cigarette at the Onyx bar. He tells Samantha that she doesn’t need to worry about Matsuo. Jake arrives at confronts Sato about a “piece of shit tip.”

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Tokyo Vice Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “Sometimes They Disappear”

Tokyo Vice Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7

  • “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer (00:02): The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song accompanies the opening sequence. Polina wears headphones and listens to music. She smokes a cigarette and watches a limo pull up.
  • “Anything You Can Do” by Ethel Merman (00:20): Jake reunites with a classmate, Dave Fisch. They catch up and sing a song from a high school Annie Get Your Gun adaptation.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:32): Tozawa adjusts his suit. A lounge singer begins a performance.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:34): The lounge singer performs again.
  • “Down at the Twist and Shout” by Mary Chapin Carpenter (00:35): Jake hangs out with Dave. They have a drink and talk about Missouri connections. The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song continues as Jake asks if Dave wants to see “the coolest place in Tokyo.”
  • “Insomnia” by Faithless (00:35): Jake and Dave arrive at a club. They agree to meet at a booth. Jake orders two beers and spots Misaki.
  • 9 Pm (Till I Come)” by ATB (00:45): The track score a club sequence. Jake navigates the dance floor. He grooves intimately with Misaki.
  • “She Grinds” by Greg Tish (00:46): Tozawa leaves a bathroom. He walks through a ballroom and sweats. The music fades as Tozawa falls down and asks for Misaki.
  • “Candy Girl” by hitomi (00:46): Misaki speaks with Jake at a night club. She discusses her past as a model. Tozawa’s crew looks for Misaki.

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Tokyo Vice Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Yoshino”

Tokyo Vice Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8

  • “Dimotane Co” by Squarepusher (00:19): Jake and Samantha smoke shabu with a Tozawa writer. The music plays during an apartment scene. Jake gets ripped and trips out.
  • Love Affair — Himitsu No Date” by Southern All Stars (00:42): Duke counts money. Samantha knocks at his office door. The Tokyo Vice soundtrack song drops as she enters and requests a favor.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.