Korean dramas were already popular in multiple countries due to the spread of Korean wave since early 2000s. But now with the rise of platforms like Netflix and social media penetration across the globe, the popularity and viewership has reached new heights. Apple TV+ is the newest player to take interest in Korean entertainment and bringing its international series titled Pachinko revolving around four generations of a Korean immigrant family in Japan.
Based on the best selling novel of the same name by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, the drama is an epic tale spanning across decades and number of characters. Plot centers around Korean woman Sunja who falls in love with a wealthy merchant Hansu but later finds out that he is married. The show will then depict a dramatic saga taking place in Korea, Japan and United States starting from the 20th century.
Lee Min Ho (Boys Before Flowers, The King: Eternal Monarch) will play Hansu and rookie actress Kim Min Ah stars as Sunja. The other cast members include Jin Ah (Love Life), Anna Sawai (Fast & Furious 9), Japanese actors Soji Arai (Cobra Kai) and Kaho Minami (Hotaru).
Pachinko will be multilingual (Korean, Japanese, English) and will have a total of 8 episodes. Filming has already started for the big budgeted drama.