Apple TV+ has released the first set of images of multicultural love story, Pachinko, a highly-anticipated drama series based on the book of the same name by Korean American author Min Jin Lee.
Lee Min Ho, Youn Yuh Jung, Jin Ha starrer Pachinko first photos unveiled by Apple TV+
The first images tease the internationally renowned cast involved with the series, including Academy Award-winning actress Youn Yuh Jung (Minari) and South Korean actor and singer Lee Minho. The pictures showcase different scenarios, from a rural village to a busy city building, teasing how Pachinko’s love story will cross several regions of Korea, Japan, and the United States. To reflect the international nature of the limited series, Apple TV+ also confirmed the show features dialogues in Korean, Japanese, and English, making Pachinko an accurate multicultural production.
Here's your first look at #Pachinko, based on the New York Times best-selling novel. Starring Yuh-Jung Youn, Lee Minho, Jin Ha, and Minha Kim.
— Apple TV+ (@AppleTVPlus) January 26, 2022
According to Collider, the brief description of the series can be stated as“an unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph, and reckoning.” The original novel, however, gives us more clues about what to expect. Jin Lee's original book is told in three parts, each taking place in a different generation. While the novel protagonist is a woman named Sonja, the story takes its time to show how her parents came together, using Korea’s political background to reflect on the challenges each generation faces.While Pachinko is a love story at its core, the original novel was highly acclaimed for treating themes such as racism and stereotypes.
By dealing with the experiences of Koreans in Japan during World War II, the book also explores how the Japanese occupation of Korean territory had severe effects on both countries' cultures and relations. The novel’s title also references the popular game's chaotic nature, as the characters at the center of the story have their lives constantly uprooted by things that are out of their control.
Pachinko stars Soji Ara, Jin Ha, Inji Jeong, Minha Kim, Kaho Minami, Steve Sanghyun Noh, Anna Sawai, Junwoo Han, Eun Chae Jung, Jimmi Simpson, and Yu Na Jeon. Pachinko is written and executive produced by Soo Hugh, whose credits include The Terror and The Killing, created the series and serves as showrunner. Kogonada and Justin Chon are also executive producers, having directed four episodes each.
Pachinko will premiere three episodes globally on Apple TV+ on March 25. After that, new episodes will be released weekly, every Friday, through April 29.
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