4-Generation-Korean-Saga PACHINKO With Lee Min-ho Debuts March 25th on Apple TV+
Apple TV+’s four-generation-Korean-saga Pachinko, starring Korean superstar Lee Min-ho, will premiere March 25th with three episodes, followed by weekly episodes each Friday until the finale on April 29th.
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.
Showrunner: Soo Hugh.
Cast: Lee Min-ho, Oscar winner Youn Yuh Jung, Minha Kim, Soji Arai, Jin Ha, Inji Jeong, Kaho Minami, Steve Sanghyun Noh, Anna Sawai, Junwoo Han, Eun Chae Jung, Jimmi Simpson and Yu-na Jeon.
Lee Min-ho is Koh Hansu, a wealthy fishbroker with ties to organized crime who embarks on an illicit romance with far-reaching consequences.
Jin Ha is Solomon, an ambitious, charming young man with a career in America who will be forced to reckon with his family’s past.
Pachinko filmed in Busan, Korea, before heading to Vancouver in early 2021.
Filming in greater Vancouver.
Hansu (Lee Min-ho) in fishing village of Yeongdo, a ferry ride from Busan. Played in the series by Steveston south of Vancouver.
Yeongdo 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.
JennaPitt (@JennaPitttt) image of the set in Steveston’s Britannia Shipyard.
Mary Rose M. Vista (@18rhozevista) image.
Mary Tenorio/@mctenorio_1996 image.
Producers. Michael Ellenberg, Min Jin Lee.