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NEW SERIES: Apple’s Four-Generation-Korean Saga PACHINKO Is About To Start Filming in Vancouver


Top: Lee Min-ho, Jin Ha, Anna Sawai. Bottom: Minha Kim, Soji Arai and Kaho Minami. Composite image with cast photos via Deadline.

The story of four generations of an immigrant Korean family.

Apple TV+’s international production Pachinko is about to start filming in Vancouver.

Pachinko was shooting in Busan, Korea, and Japan last Fall.

Working title: Eleos.

Vancouver filming dates: February 6th – April 9th, 2021.

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja (Kim Min-ha), the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son’s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters–strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis–survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

Pachinko will stream in Korean, Japanese and English.

Cast:  Lee Min-ho, Jin Ha, Anna Sawai, Kim Min-ha, Soji Arai, Kaho Minami.


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Lee Min-ho is Hansu, an enigmatic outsider and merchant with ties to organized crime who embarks on an illicit romance with far-reaching consequences.

Jin Ha is Solomon, an ambitious, charming young man who will be forced to reckon with his family’s past.

Anna Sawai is Naomi, a savvy career woman in the male-dominated world of high finance.

Kim Min-ha is teenage Sunja, a heroic young woman on the cusp who forges her own path in a hardened country that is not her own.

Soji Arai is Mosazu, a dedicated father and successful businessman, concerned for his son’s future.

Kaho Minami is Etsuko, a vibrant, independent woman who longs to be reunited with her estranged daughter.

Kerry Knuppe is Mrs. Holmes.

Filming Pachinko in Busan, Korea:

Showrunner: Soo Hugh.

Directors: Kogonada, Justin Chon

Producers. Michael Ellenberg, Min Jin Lee

Adapted from Min Jin Lee’s award-winning novel.

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