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Screenshot: Tokyo Vice/HBO Max April is nostalgia month at HBO Max, with the streamer premiering two new crime dramas that seem to be striving to recapture the grit, style, and cultural relevance of…a pair of old crime dramas. First up is Tokyo Vice (April 7), which has a title and a trailer that made me think of the iconic 1980s police drama Miami Vice even before I knew that vintage show’s creator, Michael Mann, had been brought onboard to direct the pilot (his first time behind the camera since his ill-fated 2015 flop Blackhat ) and serve as executive producer. Based on the memoir of the same name by Jake Adelstein, the show follows an American reporter in Japan who gets in too deep when researching a story about the yakuza. The cast includes Oscar nominees Ken Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi, making up somewhat for the fact that it stars Ansel Elgort’s punchable face. It’s a Michael Mann production, so it looks slick and stylish as hell. The other throwback is We Own This City (April 25), also based on a nonfiction book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, who delved into the dark saga of corruption within the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force., which ended with eight officers being convicted of graft and fraud in 2017. If this seems more than a little familiar, it’s because it isn’t wholly unlike the subject matter covered by The Wire , and whaddaya know: Both shows share a creator […]