Pachinko, a high-profile historical drama based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name, is set to hit Apple TV+ on March 25.
The series stars, among others, Oscar-winning actor Youn Yuh-jung and Lee Min-ho.
Here’s everything you need to know about Pachinko.
What is it about?
The series – which is set in three languages, English, Japanese and Korean – is a large-scale historical epic with an intimate focus. It chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family spanning four generations as they move from South Korea to America.
Pachinko is the name of a game that has thematic resonance with the plot of the novel (which at one point was going to be titled “Motherland”).
Is it based on a book?
Yes, Pachinko is based on a book of the same name by Min Jin Lee, who is also the series’ executive producer.
Who is in the cast?
Youn Yuh-jung plays the current role of Sunja, the main protagonist of the series. You’re probably most likely to recognize her for her role in Minari, which won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2021, but she’s also known for her appearances in Woman of Fire and The Housemaid.
Lee Min-ho stars as Koh Hansu, a Korean living in Japan who isn’t the fishmonger he appears to be. Lee is best known for his 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 his appearance in the sci-fi drama Devs and Amazon’s anthology series Modern Love, although he has also appeared in several Hamilton Broadway series as Aaron Burr.
They are joined by Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), Anna Sawai (Ninja Assassin), and Jung Eun-chae (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon), among others.
Soo Hugh (The Terror) serves as showrunner, while filmmaker Kogonada (Columbus, After Yang) and Justin Chon (Blue Bayou) each direct four episodes of the series.
Is there a trailer?
Yes there is. You can watch it here.
How and where can I watch it?
The first three episodes of Pachinko will be released on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 25.
The next five episodes — the series has eight episodes in total — will be released weekly after that.
Why should I watch it?
Because it has already received fantastic reviews and the novel itself is hugely acclaimed.
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