I am a few episodes into Tokyo Vice already, and think this is a smart decision by the BBC.
Mainly in Japanese with English subtitles, there is some English spoken in the show.
Endeavor Content has sold the critically acclaimed series Tokyo Vice to the BBC.
The 8-episode criminal drama series is based on American writer Jake Adelstein's non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, which was co-produced by HBO Max, Endeavor Content, and Japanese broadcaster WOWOW.
The series, which was shot on location in Tokyo and stars Golden Globe nominee Ansel Elgort as Adelstein, Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu, and Tomohisa Yamashita as well as Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu, and Tomohisa Yamashita, depicts the daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo in the 1990s
Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC, says: "The BBC are delighted to be the exclusive Free TV home of Tokyo Vice. With the first episode superbly orchestrated by Michael Mann, the series is a fascinating and immersive dive into the neon-lit underbelly of 1990's Tokyo and a crime world dominated by the yakuza."
The BBC has the second window in the UK with the free to air premiere and it will air later this year.
The series recently premiered on HBO Max in the US.