The most anticipated crime thriller series Tokyo Vice captures Jake Adelstein's (Ansel Elgort) daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo in the late ‘90s, where nothing and no one is real. Four-time Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Michael Mann directed the pilot. He immersed Ansel into actual reporting and embedded him with crime and investigative reporters at the Los Angeles Times.
While talking about the pilot episode, Michael Mann said, “The world is a blank canvas. You have to exercise a singular directorial vision, impart a deep understanding of character and direct the actors through the story points of the pilot, visualize and realize the physical world of the Tokyo Vice and how it makes us feel. For Tokyo Vice, there was a specific palette, an evocation of wild Tokyo nightlife, intense neon graphics and an overall ambience of lighting and how it’s shot.
Talking about Jake Adelstein, Michael Mann said, “With Jake, it’s a determination to make himself into who he has decided he wants to be. That is, to be a reporter in Japan. He wants to reveal the truth of what reopened in the messy fabric of a real event. And maybe, someday, he's determined to make it happen.
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