Apple TV+ has revealed the premiere date and first-look images for ‘Pachinko, the highly anticipated international drama series based on The New York Times best-selling acclaimed novel by Min Jin Lee. The ambitious drama series will consist of eight chapters, with the first three premiering globally on Apple TV+ on Friday March 25th and new episodes making their debut each subsequent Friday.
Written and executive produced by Soo Hugh (‘The Terror’) alongside Kogonada and Justin Chon, 'Pachinko' chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family, beginning in 1910 with forbidden love and crescendoing into an epic saga that travels between Korea, Japan and America to tell a timeless story of love lost, triumph and reckoning.
The series which will be told in three languages - Korean, Japanese and English - stars Soji Arai as Mozasu, Jin Ha as Solomon, Inji Jeong as Yangjin, Minha Kim as teenage Sunja, Lee Minho as Hansu, Kaho Minami as Etsuko, Steve Sanghyun Noh as Isak, Anna Sawai as Naomi, Junwoo Han as Yoseb, Jung Eun-chae as Young Kyunghee, Jimmi Simpson as Tom Andrews, Yu-na Jeon as young Sunja, and Academy Award-winning actress Youn Yuh Jung as older Sunja.
“They say there are those projects that come along and change the very core of who you are as a filmmaker and a person. Undoubtedly, ‘Pachinko’ is that project for me,” said Soo Hugh. “Not only is this a story of my forebears, it’s my tribute to them — to all of the Sunjas buried deep in all of our family’s history. It’s been an incredible honor to bring this series to life with this dedicated and gifted cast and crew.”
Up Next: In preparation, check out Youn Yuh-jung's Oscar winning performance in 'Minari,' a beautiful tale that follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream.
Pachinko can now be pre-added to your Up Next queue.
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