Kogonada and Justin Chon are directing and producing Pachinko, an upcoming American drama television series (4 episodes each). The series stars Youn Yuh-Jung, Lee Min-ho, Jin Ha, and Anna Sawai and is based on Min Jin Lee’s novel of the same name. It will premiere on Apple TV+ on March 25, 2022.
What Pachinko exactly is it about?
The story begins with forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan, and America to tell an unforgettable storey of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning, according to Apple’s synopsis.
While the streamer is keeping facts under wraps, we can get additional information in the book.
Lee’s Pachinko follows a single Korean family over four generations in 20th-century Japan as they “battle for their destiny.” It starts in the early 1900s, against the backdrop of Japan’s annexation of Korea, and centres on Sunja, a beloved daughter. Her partner abandons her, leaving her with an unanticipated pregnancy that could jeopardise her family’s reputation.
A young pastor, on the other hand, promises to marry her and bring her to Japan, which helps her get out of her predicament. The book synopsis reads, “So starts a vast epic of an outstanding family in isolation from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history.”
Cast of Pachinko
Youn Yuh Jung, a South Korean film superstar who won an Oscar for her work in Minari, will play protagonist Sunja in her later years. She told the Los Angeles Times, “I read the storey and I was deeply touched: ‘It’s me, and I can play this role well.”
Lee Minho, a Korean superstar, is also in the cast. “I wanted to be loyal to the character,” he said of his portrayal as Hansu to Esquire Korea, according to NME. “As a result, I attempted to concentrate on how desperate they were to survive at the moment.
Here’s a full list of the star cast of Pachinko :
- Youn Yuh-jung as Sunja
- Kim Min-ha as teenage Sunja
- Jeon Yu-na as childhood Sunja
- Lee Min-ho as Koh Hansu
- Jin Ha as Solomon Baek
- Yoon Seo-ho as teenage Solomon
- Anna Sawai as Naomi
- Soji Arai as Baek Mozasu
- Kaho Minami as Etsuko
- Steve Sanghyun Noh as Baek Isak
- Jung Eun-chae as Kyunghee
- Felice Choi as older Kyunghee
- Jeong In-ji as Yangjin
- Mari Yamamoto as Hana
- Ian H.W. Kim as Pastor Rhee
- Jimmi Simpson as Tom Andrews
- Yeji Yeon as Bokhee
- Jung Woong-in
- Han Joon-woo as Baek Yoseb
When will Pachinko make its debut?
The series consisting of 8 episodes, produced in three languages, Korean, Japanese, and English will premiere on March 25, 2022, on Apple TV+ with 3 episodes. Then one episode will be released every Friday until April 29, 2022.
The movie trailer of pachinko