Apple TV+ sets the cast for Pachinko, its upcoming TV-series based on Min Jee Lee's novel. Boys over Flowers star Lee Min Ho headlines the show.
Apple TV+ has unveiled the cast for its upcoming TV-series Pachinko, and it features Korean superstar Lee Min Ho in the lead role. Pachinko is an eponymous, trilingual adaptation of Amerian-Korean author Min Jin Lee's award-winning epic-historical novel, which she published in 2017. Taking place over a course of three books, Lee's Pachinko follows a Korean family as it migrates to Japan in the early 20th century. Pachinko narrates the experiences of a large Korean ensemble as it deals with the issues of racism and stereotypes in the foreign territory. Apple Inc. purchased the screen rights for Pachinko in 2018, and it's now developing a TV adaptation of the novel, with Soo Hugh as the showrunner and Lee as an executive producer.
According to Variety, Pachinko, which is primed to begin filming Oct. 26, will feature Boys Over Flowers star Lee Min Ho as Hansu - a shady outlander and merchant who involves in a consequential, forbidden romance. Pachinko will also feature Love Life's Jin Ha, who will play Solomon - an aspiring, charismatic young man to has to face up to his family's past; Fast & Furious 9 star Anna Sawai, meanwhile, will play Naomi, a career-oriented woman aiming to take down the patriarchal domain of high finance. Minha Kim will play teenage Sunja, a courageous, independent young woman who paves her own path in a foreign land. The Apple TV+ series also includes Cobra Kai's Soji Arai, who plays Mosazu, a devoted father and businessman who often worries about his son's future. Finally, Household X actress Kaho Minami rounds out the cast as Etsuko, a cheery, self-made woman who yearns to reunite with her daughter.
Pachinko boasts a much-coveted lineup of performers. The show already possesses a rich source material, and now its main cast has also been revealed to be enormously star-studded. Pachinko is headed to depict one of the most obvious displays of racism and exclusion outside the norms of the west, and it is going to do so in a way that is accessible lingually. So if it becomes the next knockout Korean-series, it will hardly be surprising.
As per the official synopsis Pachinko chronicles, "The hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. The story begins with a forbidden love and moves into a saga that journeys between Korea, Japan, and America to tell the story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph, and reckoning. The story will be told in Korean, Japanese, and English."