‘Pachinko’: Youn Yuh-Jung and Lee Minho bring Min Jin Lee’s novel to life in epic new trailer

  • Apple TV Plus gives us a first look at its upcoming series “Pachinko,” due to debut on Friday, March 25, 2022.
  • The highly anticipated series is based on the 2017 New York Times bestselling novel by the same name, written by Korean American author Min Jin Lee,
  • The cast includes Academy Award winner Youn Yuh-Jung (“Minari”) and Korean drama veteran Lee Minho (“The King: Eternal Monarch”).
  • “Pachinko” tells the story of one multi-generational Korean family’s journey to Japan during its occupation of Korea during the 20th century as they face poverty, discrimination and life-changing decisions.
  • Focused mainly on the family’s matriarch, Sunja, the work explores themes of race, family and power.

Apple TV Plus has released the first trailer for its highly anticipated upcoming series “Pachinko.” 

The show is based on the highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling novel by the same name, authored by Korean American author Min Jin Lee. The series comes with a fully star-studded cast, including Academy Award winner Youn Yuh-Jung (“Minari”) and Korean drama veteran Lee Minho (“The King: Eternal Monarch”). Korean American filmmakers Kogonada and Justin Chon direct the series.

Youn Yuh-Jung

Tracing four generations, “Pachinko” is told from the viewpoints of several characters, each narrator navigating an aspect of 20th century Korean experience under Japanese occupation and later, war. 

As seen in the trailer, the story begins with Sunja’s birth, who the voiceover prophesies will grow up to “thrive” and allow her family to “endure” what comes. We see shots switch between young Sunja, living out her childhood in a pre war-torn Korea, and older Sunja, who now lives in a modern day house with her family. Dress, from simple hanboks to white Western suits, will play a key role in showing the historical context of the story. 

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The work explores themes of love, racism and power as the characters face some of life’s most difficult choices.  

“Pachinko” is set to make its worldwide debut on Friday, March 25, 2022, beginning with the first three episodes. A new episode will premiere each Friday through April 29, 2022, wrapping up the eight-episode season.

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