PACHINKO Chapters 1-3: Where Did Minha Kim & Lee Minho Film Their Scenes in Vancouver?
Korean saga Pachinko begins with the illicit love story of teen Sunja (Minha Kim) and wealthy fish broker Koh Hansu (Korean superstar Lee Minho), partly using Steveston’s Britannia Shipyards and West Vancouver’s Whytecliff Park as a backdrop.
In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja (Minha Kim) the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger Koh Hansu (Lee Minho) 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.
Pachinko filmed in Busan, Korea, before heading to Vancouver in early 2021.
On set in Vancouver:
Busan, Korea circa 1920s.
Britannia Shipyards National Heritage Site in Steveston south of Vancouver.
Lee Minho waves to crowd of fans in Steveston.
JennaPitt (@JennaPitttt) image of the set in Steveston’s Britannia Shipyard.
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.
Mary Rose M. Vista (@18rhozevista) image.
Norman Dionisio/@oman_143 image.
Mary Tenorio/@mctenorio_1996 image.
Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver as fishing village of Yeongdo.
On Sunja and Hansu’s ferry rides you can see the Marine Drive coastline of West Vancouver with the multi-million dollar houses digitally painted out.
Minha Kim as Sunja and Lee Minho as Koh Hansu.
Showrunner: Soo Hugh.
Cast: Lee Minho, 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.
Producers. Michael Ellenberg, Min Jin Lee.
Opening title sequence with 3 generations: