Apple TV + has unveiled the first images of Pachinko, the drama series based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name, arriving March 25 on the streaming platform.
The series, consisting of eight episodes and told in three languages, Korean, Japanese and English, will debut with the first three episodes, followed by a new weekly episode, every Friday until April 29.
The series begins with a forbidden love with an intimate tone to become a saga of epic scope that travels between Korea, Japan and America telling an unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and showdown.
Pachinko is written and produced by Soo Hugh ( The TerrorThe Killing ), who conceived the series for which he is also showrunner. Kogonada and Justin Chon are executive producers and have directed four episodes each, with Kogonada directing the pilot. Michael Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer are executive producers of Media Res; Theresa Kang-Lowe is executive producer for Blue Marble Pictures; Media Res’s Dani Gorin is co-executive producer, along with Richard Middleton, David Kim and Sebastian Lee .
Soo Hugh’s statements
They say there are those projects that come and change you radically, both as a director and as a person. Undoubtedly, ‘Pachinko’ is that project for me. Not only is this the story of my ancestors, it is my tribute to them, to all the Sunja buried deep in the history of our family. It has been an incredible honor to bring this series to life with a cast and crew of gifted and passionate people.
The series stars Soji Arai in the role of Mozasu; Jin Ha plays Solomon, Inji Jeong is Yangjin, while Minha Kim plays the teenager Sunja and Lee Minho plays Hansu; Kaho Minami is Etsuko, Steve Sanghyun Noh is Isak and Anna Sawai is Naomi; Junwoo Han plays Yoseb, Eun Chae Jung is the young Kyunghee. They are joined by Jimmi Simpson as Tom Andrews, Yu-na Jeon as the young Sunja and Oscar-winning actress Youn Yuh Jung as the old Sunja.