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‘Pachinko’ author Min Jin Lee credits success to hallyu, rise in global popularity of Korean culture

  • “Pachinko” author Min Jin Lee has credited some of her success to the global popularity of Korean culture during Monday’s press conference for the release of a new Korean edition of her bestselling novel.
  • When Lee was first promoting “Pachinko” five years ago, she noted that there was an absence of Asian readers in the audiences she would come across.
  • Now, with the rapid rise of attention on Korean culture, she has noticed an increasing amount of Asian American readers and authors.
  • “A synergy is when you have things that are happening at once and you have a sort of magic that happens because you have different forces — and the synergy is you have the Hallyu,” Lee said.

Min Jin Lee, the author behind the bestselling historical novel “Pachinko,” has credited some of her success to the global popularity of Korean culture, otherwise known as hallyu. 

Lee’s “Pachinko” was over 30 years in the making as the author paid meticulous attention to the story’s accuracy and authenticity — even scrapping an earlier draft titled “Motherland” that was nearly completed in 2007 — until it was finally published in 2017. The novel has since been adapted into a critically acclaimed show on Apple TV Plus. 

‘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.

Apple TV Plus releases first look at ‘Pachinko,’ starring Youn Yuh Jung and based on Min Jin Lee novel

Pachinko Adaptation First Look
  • Apple TV Plus has shared first-look images and announced the premiere date for its highly anticipated drama interpretation of the New York Times bestseller “Pachinko.”
  • The first three episodes of the eight-part miniseries are scheduled to debut in March.
  • “Pachinko” follows the story of a multigenerational family displaced during the Japanese occupation of Korea.

Apple TV Plus announced the global premiere date for its highly anticipated drama series adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko,” which is set to premiere on March 25.

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