Where is the streaming series?
Behind the ambitious adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s novel “Pachinko”, 20 historical consultants from the United States, Korea and Japan, numerous translators, four executive producers, two directors, two cinematographers and 637 members of the cast, 95% of whom are Asian, worked to bring the epic novel to life.
Directors Kogonada and Justin Chon split the first season into two, making four episodes each. Showrunner Soo Hugh and co-executive producers Michael Ellenberg and Theresa Kang-Lowe went to great lengths to pitch the series, and now the eight-episode first season rolls around. Filmed in seven Korean cities, Japan and Vancouver, British Columbia, “”Pachinko” follows the generational journey of a family from Korea to Japan to the United States.
Avid readers of Lee’s novel as well as those with Korean and Japanese film backgrounds, or anyone looking for a beautiful and heartbreaking story may wonder how to watch “Pachinko.” Full details, including the stacked ensemble cast, are below:
When is “Pachinko” created?
“Pachinko” debuted its first three episodes on Friday, March 25, 2022.
Where is the “Pachinko” stream?
“Pachinko” is streaming exclusively on Apple TV+. New episodes air weekly on Fridays until the season finale on April 29.
What is “Pachinko” about?
At the heart of the story is Sunja, a young girl raised by two loving parents who run a boarding house in Yeongdo, a seaside neighborhood in Busan, South Korea. Growing up, Sunja learns the ins and outs of life from her hard-working mother. When Sunja is older and shopping at the market she frequented as a child, she catches the eye of the new manager, Koh Hansu, who takes care of the fish market and keeps business running smoothly.
Hansu and Sunja grow closer and soon after they become more than friends – Sunja becomes pregnant with Hansu’s child. Hansu then tells her that he already has a wife in Osaka, Japan, so he cannot marry Sunja, but he still wants to take care of her and her child. Sunja refuses his offer and goes to tell her mother, very scared and ashamed, but as she is about to grow up Yangjin, Isak, a young religious student, shows up at the boarding school barely alive because he has contracted tuberculosis. during his long journeys. via South Korea to Japan.
Isak overhears the exchange between Sunja and her mother about what to do now that Sunja is pregnant and the father does not want to marry her. He considers everything Sunja and Yangjin have done for him, and he offers to marry Sunja because he feels they saved his life.
The series takes place in different timelines, telling this epic story across multiple generations.
Who is in the cast of “Pachinko”?
The series stars Soji Arai, Jin Ha, Inji Jeong, Minha Kim, Lee Minho, Kaho Minami, Steve Sanghyun Noh, Anna Sawai, Jimmi Simpson, and Youn Yuh Jung.
Youn Yuh Jung, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Minari” (2020), plays the older version of Sunja.
The child version of Sunja is played by young actress Yu-Na Jeon.
Minha plays teenage and young adult Sunja.
Popular Korean actor Lee Minho stars as Koh Hansu, a businessman who falls in love with Sunja, but complicates her life.
Jin Ha, the “Hamilton” breakout, plays Sunja’s grandson, Solomon, who works at an American bank.
Anna Sawai plays Naomi, a colleague of Solomon.
Soji Arai plays Mozasu, Sunja’s second son and Solomon’s father.
Steve Sanghyun Noh plays Isak, Sunja’s second love and husband, and Mozasu’s father.
Jimmi Simpson plays Solomon’s bank boss, Tom.
Inji Jeong plays Sunja’s mother, Yangjin.
Kaho Minami plays Mozasu’s second girlfriend, Etsuko, whose daughter Hana (Mari Yamamoto) had a close relationship with Solomon when they were younger.