Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in Tokyo Vice

Daniel Radcliffe

Although I commend him for making strides on his quest to break free from Harry Potter, I can’t say that I’ve been too excited about Daniel Radcliffe‘s projects so far.  He has KILL YOUR DARLINGS, THE F WORD and HORNS all on the way and none of them strike me as anything I’d want to see.  He did have the brief series ‘The Young Doctor’s Notebook’ with Jon Hamm that looked interesting, but got bad reviews and my interest has since waned.  But now Daniel Radcliffe has signed on for something different; TOKYO VICE.  In the film, Daniel Radcliffe will play a reporter in Tokyo that gets caught up in the crime underbelly of the city.  It’s actually based on a true story and if it’s successful, I imagine it could spawn a series of Daniel Radliffe.  Anthony Mandler will be making his feature film debut with the project from a script by J.T. Rodgers.

The Amazon.com synopsis: From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up. At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime . . . crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan’s most infamous yakuza boss—and the threat of death for him and his family—Adelstein decided to step down . . . momentarily. Then, he fought back.

In Tokyo Vice, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter—who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor—to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, Tokyo Vice is a fascination, and an education, from first to last.


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