Loosely inspired by Jake Adelstein’s first-hand account, the crime drama series follows a young American journalist (played by Ansel Elgort) and his rapid descent into Tokyo’s neon-soaked underbelly in the late 90s.
Determined to make it in Tokyo, Jake becomes the first foreigner to be hired by Tokyo newspaper Meicho Shimbun. Assigned to the crime desk and tasked with covering a stabbing, Jake becomes convinced the case is connected to something much bigger – but he discovers that in Tokyo, journalists don’t ask too many questions – if they know what’s good for them.
After embedding himself into the Tokyo Metro PD alongside Detective Hiroto Katagiri (Ken Watanabe), Adelstein is thrust into a seedy, fast-paced world of corruption, crime, and deception where nothing is what it seems.
In English and Japanese with English subtitles.
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