An adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel Pachinko is now scheduled to premiere on Apple TV+ in March. The international drama series will take place across three countries and star an internationally renowned cast.
The first images from the upcoming eight-episode season were revealed Wednesday.
Pachinko is a passion project
Epic in scope and intimate in tone, Pachinko begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America to tell an unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning.
The series will be told in three languages — Korean, Japanese and English — as the story moves between countries.
It’s an adaptation of the novel by the same name penned by Min Jin Lee. The Apple TV+ series is by Soo Hugh (The Terror, The Killing), who also serves as showrunner.
“They say there are those projects that come along and change the very core of who you are as a filmmaker and a person. Undoubtedly, Pachinko is that project for me,” said Soo Hugh. “Not only is this a story of my forebears, it’s my tribute to them — to all of the Sunjas buried deep in all of our family’s history.”
The series is multi-generational, with Yu-na Jeon as young Sunja, Minha Kim portraying teenage Sunja and Academy Award-winning actress Youn Yuh Jung as older Sunja.
Also staring in the series are Soji Arai as Mozasu, Jin Ha as Solomon, Inji Jeong as Yangjin, Lee Minho as Hansu, Kaho Minami as Etsuko, Steve Sanghyun Noh as Isak, Anna Sawai as Naomi, Junwoo Han as Yoseb, Jung Eun-chae as Young Kyunghee and Jimmi Simpson as Tom Andrews.
Apple shared images from the series on Twitter.
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
The first three episodes of Pachinko will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on March 25, 2022. These will be followed by new weekly installments each Friday during its eight-episode season through April 29, 2022.
Watching will come with a $4.99-per-month subscription to Apple’s streaming service. This can be accessed from a wide variety of devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire and smart TVs. Or any Apple computer, of course.
Source: Apple TV+