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Apple has set the cast and directors for its multilingual international drama Pachinko, based on the novel by Min Jin Lee.
The big-budget series is set to begin production next week and will film across multiple continents. The eight episodes, told in Korean, Japanese and English, chronicle the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family.
The cast for Pachinko includes Lee Min-ho (Boys Over Flowers, The Heirs), Jin Ha (Devs, Love Life), Anna Sawai (Fast & Furious 9, Giri/Haji), Minha Kim (Call, After Spring), Soji Arai (Cobra Kai, Legacies) and Kaho Minami (Angel Dust, Household X). Kogonada (Columbus) will direct four episodes, including the pilot, and serve as an executive producer of the series. Justin Chon (Ms. Purple) will also direct four episodes, exec producing the ones he helms.
Soo Hugh (The Terror, Apple’s See) is adapting the novel, which was a National Book Award finalist in 2017, and will serve as showrunner. The story begins with a forbidden love and moves into a sweeping saga that journeys from Korea to Japan and America to tell the unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning.
Media Res (Apple’s Morning Show and Brie Larson CIA drama) is producing Pachinko. Hugh will executive produce with Kogonada; Michael Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer for Media Res; Theresa Kang-Lowe for Blue Marble Pictures; and Richard Middleton. Media Res’ Dani Gorin will co-exec produce along with David Kim and Sebastian Lee.
Character descriptions are below.
Lee Min-ho plays Hansu, an enigmatic outsider and merchant with organized crime ties who begins an illicit romance with far-reaching consequences. He’s repped by Artist International Group, MYM and attorney John Maatta.
Jin Ha plays Solomon, an ambitious, charming young man who will be forced to reckon with his family’s past. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Suskin Management.
Anna Sawai plays Naomi, a savvy career woman in the male-dominated field of high finance. She’s repped by WME, Zero Gravity Management, United Agents and Felker Toczek.
Minha Kim plays teenage Sunja, a heroic young woman who forges her own path in a country that’s not her own. She is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and attorney Ashley Silver.
Soji Arai plays Mosazu, a dedicated father and successful businessman who is concerned about his son’s future. He is repped by SMS Talent and Energy Talent.
Kaho Minami plays Etsuko, a vibrant, independent woman longing to be reunited with her estranged daughter. She’s repped by Sheer Talent Management LLC.
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