Pachinko, a sweeping trilingual historical drama based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name, is set to arrive on Apple TV+ on March 25.
The series stars Oscar-winner Youn Yuh-jung and Lee Min-ho amongst others. Min Jin Lee, who wrote the novel Pachinko, serves as an executive producer on the series.
Here’s everything you need to know about Pachinko.
What is it about?
The series – which unfolds in three languages, English, Japanese, and Korean – is a sweeping historical epic with an intimate focus. It chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations, as they move from South Korea to America.
Pachinko is the name of a game that has a thematic resonance to the plot of the novel (which was at one point going to be tited “Motherland”).
Is it based on a book?
Yes, Pachinko is based on a book of the same name by Min Jin Lee, who also serves as an executive producer on the series.
Who is in the cast?
Youn Yuh-jung stars as present day Sunja, the series’ main protagonist. You’re probably most likely to recognise her from her role in Minari, which won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2021, but she’s also well-known for appearing in Woman of Fire and The Housemaid.
Lee Min-ho stars as Koh Hansu, a Korean man living in Japan who isn’t fishmonger he appears to be. Lee is best-known for roles in The Heirs, The Legend of the Blue Sea, and The King: Eternal Monarch.
Jin Ha plays Solomon Baek, Sunja’s grandson. Jin is best-known for appearing in the sci-fi drama Devs and Amazon’s Modern Love anthology series, though he’s also appeared in several Broadway runs of Hamilton as Aaron Burr.
They’re joined by Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), Anna Sawai (Ninja Assassin), and Jung Eun-chae (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon) amongst others.
Soo Hugh (The Terror) acts as showrunner, while filmmaker Kogonada (Colombus, After Yang) and Justin Chon (Blue Bayou) direct four episodes of the series each.
Is there a trailer?
Yes, there is. You can watch it right here.
How and where can I watch it?
The first three episodes of Pachinko will be released on Apple TV+ on Friday 25 March.
The next five episodes – the series is eight episodes in total – will release weekly after that.
Why should I watch it?
Because it’s already been getting some fantastic reviews, and the novel itself is hugely acclaimed.
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