Ken Watanabe on Filming the ‘Tense,’ ‘Scary’ Finale to ‘Tokyo Vice’ and Plans for an ‘Exciting’ Season 2

Welcome to My Favorite Moment! In a new week-long series IndieWire spoke to the actors behind just a few of our favorite television performances of the year about how the onscreen moment they are most proud of came together.[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Tokyo Vice” through Season 1, Episode 8, “Yoshino.”]Before Ken Watanabe signed on for “Tokyo Vice,” he didn’t know how Season 1 would end.

Even now, with the finale readily available in the United States but yet to air in his home country of Japan, the actor behind “incorruptible” detective Hiroto Katagiri hasn’t seen the climactic episode, including his shattering warehouse showdown.Still, he loves that scene, and he feels the pain of viewers left hanging by its life-or-death cliffhanger.“I read the script just before shooting, and [I said] ‘Is this the end? Is this the end of the episode?’” Watanabe said in a recent Zoom interview.

“It’s like a trap laid by J.T.


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