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SERIES: Lee Min-ho Draws Crowds While Filming PACHINKO in Vancouver at the Britannia Shipyard in Steveston


South Korean superstar Lee Min-ho has drawn huge crowds this week in Steveston.

Where he is filming Apple TV+’s international production of the four-generation-Korean saga Pachinko.

Fans gathered on both sides of the Britannia Shipyard building today to see him enter and leave set — in a white suit with a matching fedora — as wealthy fishbroker, Koh Hansu.

Is the Britannia Shipyard Heritage Park supposed to be the fishing village of  Yeongdo, a ferry ride from Busan? This is where Hansu pursues the young Sunja (Kim Min-ha) who becomes pregnant. It is only then that Hansu reveals he is already married and only wants Sunja as his mistress.

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You can hear them calling his name.

Village backgrounders on set.

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Pachinko has tight security for Lee Min-ho’s scenes.

Related: Lee Min-ho Filming Apple TV+’s 4-Generation-Korean-Saga Pachinko in Vancouver

Lee Min-ho was first sighted at Steveston’s Britannia Shipyards on Monday morning in a blue suit.

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Pachinko has tight security for Lee Min-ho’s scenes.

Pachinko is the  story of four generations of an immigrant Korean family.

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 Koh Hansu (Lee Min-ho) 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, Kim Min-ha, Jin Ha, Anna Sawai, Soji Arai, Kaho Minami.


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

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.

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.

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.

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

Showrunner: Soo Hugh.

Directors: Kogonada, Justin Chon.

Producers. Michael Ellenberg, Min Jin Lee.

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

Filming Pachinko in Busan, Korea:

Lee Min-ho emerged from quarantine in Vancouver late last week.

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