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Tokyo Vice Finale Recap and Ending Explained

The ‘Tokyo Vice’ season 1 finale, named ‘Yoshino,’ has a length of one hour and four minutes and offers an impactful temporary climax while setting things up for the potential second season. After being battered by Tozawa’s (Ayumi Tanida) goons, Jake (Ansel Elgort) considers returning to the United States, maybe for the first time since arriving in Japan.

Samantha (Rachel Keller) loses all of her hard-earned money and is forced to seek a loan from Ishida (Shun Sugata). Sato (Show Kasamatsu) rescues a junior from the brutal life of the yakuza but is unable to save himself. In the meantime, Katagiri’s (Ken Watanabe) inquiry into Tozawa’s group comes to a standstill. Here’s all you need to know about the season one finale of ‘Tokyo Vice.’ WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Polina remains missing in the season one finale, and Samantha continues her search for her, this time with Jake’s assistance. When Jake finds that Tozawa’s men have kidnapped Polina, he takes her to Ukai Haruki, a writer who writes propaganda for Tozawa. He and Samantha are compelled to use meth in order to achieve what they want, and the former ends up permanently destroying that source of knowledge.

They discover that Yoshino refers to a ship (presumably a luxury boat) that Tozawa uses to entertain his business acquaintances, rather than the district of the same name in Nara Prefecture. Models, hostesses, and others are brought on to act as companions. Jake and Samantha exchange a mostly meth-induced kiss as they race out of Haruki’s flat.

Despite this, Samantha is later tricked by Polina’s boyfriend Akira, who claims that Polina’s abductors had contacted him and asked for the money she owes them — 10 million yen with interest. Samantha chooses to use all of her savings to liberate her friend, but it is revealed that Akira has been conniving her. Polina’s kidnappers did not contact him. He and his friends planned the entire event. Samantha tries to acquire a loan for her club after losing all of her money. She reaches out to Ishida in desperation after the banks close their doors to her.

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When Emi (Rinko Kikuchi) discovers Jake is high on meth, she sends him home, where he is attacked by Tozawa’s thugs. Jake fights valiantly, but eventually succumbs and is beaten. Before knocking him unconscious, the goons warn him to keep away from Tozawa, his business, and Misaki. When Jake regains consciousness, he phones his father and expresses his desire to return home. His father suggests that he get some rest. If Jake still want to return to the United States, he will purchase a plane ticket.

Katagiri approaches Miyamoto and discovers that the latter has been receiving information as well as money from Tozawa. Miyamoto persists on making amends, so Katagiri decides to give him one more chance. Miyamoto then returns to Tozawa and informs the yakuza boss that there is no evidence and that Katagiri had put things up to go after Tozawa. Tozawa believes this part because it appeals to his ego. However, when Miyamoto states that Katagiri is on Ishida’s payroll, he sees through Miyamoto’s deception. It is strongly indicated that he later murders Miyamoto. He also threatens Katagiri’s family with death.

As Jake heads to work the next day after being beaten by the Tozawa goons, he notices an envelope addressed to him outside his office doors. Inside, there is a videotape. As Jake watches it, he eventually realizes, horrified, that it is a recording of Polina’s final moments. She was slain inadvertently by a security officer on Yoshino after refusing to sleep with one of Tozawa’s buddies. Jake abandons his plans to return to the United States and instead pays a visit to Katagiri, who has relocated his family as a result of the threat. Jake apologizes, and Katagiri allows him to enter his home. Both men have endured hardships in their search of the truth, but they are far from defeated.

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The End of the Tokyo Vice Finale: Where Is Tozawa Going?

Tozawa is seen standing on the tarmac in one of the final moments of Season 1’s conclusion. A private jet is waiting for him. Misaki arrives and inquires as to where he is headed. He doesn’t respond directly to her. However, he says something to her that reveals his purpose and the fact that he is aware of Misaki’s true feelings for him. He is aware that she is hoping for his death so that she can be free of his cruelty. He informs her that he will be here for a very long time. This can only mean one thing: he’s heading somewhere for treatment of his quickly deteriorating liver problems.

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Despite the fact that series creator and Tony Award winner J. T. Rogers told The New York Times that no character in the series is explicitly based on the real-life alleged former yakuza commander Tadamasa Goto, Tozawa shares numerous shocking characteristics with the guy. The real Jake Adelstein authored an exposé about Goto in The Washington Post in 2008, stating that the FBI agreed to let the mobster into the country in 2001 so he could undergo a liver transplant at UCLA. Goto offered to share information on Yamaguchi-(one gumi’s of Japan’s most powerful Yakuza organizations) front companies and members in the United States in exchange for information on Yamaguchi-(one gumi’s of Japan’s most powerful Yakuza organizations) front companies and members in the United States.

The series begins in 2001, with a meeting between Jake and Katagiri and Tozawa underlings, during which the latter group orders Jake to halt his investigation of Tozawa. All of this appears to be a dramatization of the events leading up to the Washington Post piece. If the writers of the series have decided to follow the real Adelstein’s accounts in this case, Tozawa will most likely be going to UCLA for a liver transplant, and the FBI will be assisting him.

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Is Sato no longer alive?

Sato’s disillusionment with the yakuza lifestyle reaches a climax in the season 1 finale. He is too kind-hearted and thoughtful for the yakuza’s brutal and cruel life. Kume, the guy who took him into the Chihari-Kai, recognized this and committed suicide before Sato was obliged to do so by Ishida’s orders. Sato, on the other hand, went through that shift after he had to murder one of Tozawa’s assassins while protecting Ishida. This also contributed to his swift advancement through the ranks. Ishida advises Sato in the season finale to keep a watch on Chihari-investment Kai’s in Samantha’s club. Sato and Samantha decide to keep their connection strictly professional from now on, although it is clear that they still care for each other.

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Sato is about to get into his car to depart when Gen, a fellow Chihari-Kai member who Sato battered in episode 3, assaults him from behind, stabbing him numerous times. Sato is laying in a pool of his own blood the last time we see him. He will, however, most likely survive the ordeal. He is not just one of the show’s key protagonists, but it appears that his trip is not yet over. If Sato survives this encounter, he will most certainly lose the remaining traces of humanity he is desperately holding to and turn into a monster like his Oyabun.

TV Status: Returning Series

Duration: 57 min


TMDb: 8.4


Tokyo Vice Finale Recap and Ending Explained
Tokyo Vice Finale Recap and Ending Explained
Tokyo Vice Finale Recap and Ending Explained


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