Hollywood, Calif.-based yU+Co takes viewers on a journey through the tattooed symbols of Japan’s mafia – the Yakuza – and then through neon-lit Tokyo in its main title sequence for HBO Max’s Tokyo Vice, executive produced by Michael Mann.

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As the viewer falls, they descend past the upper floors of money and power and into Tokyo’s seedy underbelly. That decline into darkness ultimately returns to where it started: in an animated dragon. The viewer gets the whole picture when the camera pulls back for the sequence’s final frames.

Tokyo Vice stars Ansel Elgort as a young reporter on the Tokyo crime beat and Ken Watanabe as the police detective trying to fight the Yakuza’s incursion into the city. It also stars Rinko Kikichi, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu and Tomohisa Yamashita.

J.T. Rogers created, wrote and executive produces the series, which is based on the book by Jake Adelstein, who also executive produces. Michael Mann directed the pilot and executive produces along with Alan Poul, Elgort, Emily Gerson Saines, Brad Kane, Destin Daniel Cretton, Watanabe, Kayo Washio and John Lesher.

Tokyo Vice premiered April 7 on HBO Max.


Creative Director: Garson Yu

Executive Producer: Carol Wong

Director, Editor: Adrian Yu

Designer, Art Director: James Robertson

Traditional Animator: Masanobu Hiraoka

Designer: Edwin Baker

Designer, Illustrator: Mulan Leong-Suzuki

3D Artists: Jeffrey Dietrich, Damian Stricker, Carlos Pacheco

Illustrator: Lydia Kim, Mari Carlson

Researcher: Rick Spitznass

Technical Director, Gregory Jones

Associate Producer: Johnny Ellsworth

I/O Coordinator: Latoria Ortiz

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