It has been over a year since we last heard about the upcoming international drama Pachinko, which is set in not only South Korea, but also Japan and the United States. To that end, the series is also told across three languages, and while it has grand ambitions about its scale, it’s still meant to be an intimate story.
That last report we heard on the upcoming series told us all about the primary cast, and nothing has changed in that regard. The Apple TV+ series will focus primarily on the “hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations.” The family will ultimately be forced to leave their homeland, and, over the years, face new trials and tribulations.
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Filled with universal themes of family, love, triumph, fate and resilience, the series chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations as they leave their homeland in an indomitable quest to survive and thrive. Starting in South Korea in the early 1900s, the story is told through the eyes of a remarkable matriarch, Sunja, who triumphs against all odds. It juxtaposes her story with that of her grandson, Solomon, in the 1980s.
The story will start in the 1900s and go all the way up to the 1980s.
Here’s the cast:
The series stars Academy Award-winning actress Youn Yuh Jung as older Sunja; Lee Minho as Hansu; Jin Ha as Solomon; Minha Kim as teenage Sunja; Anna Sawai as Naomi; Jung Eun-chae as young Kyunghee; Inji Jeong as Yangjin; Jimmi Simpson as Tom Andrews; Junwoo Han as Yoseb; Kaho Minami as Etsuko; Steve Sanghyun Noh as Isak; Soji Arai as Mozasu; and, Yu-na Jeon as young Sunja.
Soo Hugh (The Terror, The Killing) created and wrote the series, and will also be serving as an executive producer and showrunner. Meanwhile, Kogonada will direct the pilot and a total of four episodes, while Justin Chon will be directing another four episodes. They are also serving as executive producers on the project.
The international drama is based on the bestselling novel of the same name, which was written by Min Jin Lee.
Pachinko will premiere globally on Friday, March 25, 2022. The first three episodes will be made available right out of the gate, with each subsequent episode arriving the following Friday. There will be eight episodes in total for the first season, which will see it wrap up on April 29, 2022.
Now that you’ve seen the official trailer, what do you think? Will you be checking out Pachinko when it starts streaming on Apple TV+?