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Pachinko   Profile Drama: Pachinko Hangul: 파친코 Author: Lee Min Jin Executive Producer & Screenwriter: Soo Hugh Directors: Kogonada & Justin Chon  N

Lee Min Ho Among Six Cast in ‘Pachinko’ Series at Apple   Apple has officially announced the cast for its “Pachinko” series, with Korean superstar Lee Min Ho among those starring in the seri

Hansu believed that she’d been foolish for refusing to be his wife in Korea. What did it matter that he had a marriage in Japan?  .. }  Hansu in pachinko most not understand someone refusing h

Pachinko: Lee Min Ho to reunite with The King: Eternal Monarch co star Jung Eun Chae; Actress kicks off prep


Lee Min Ho-led Pachinko has roped in the actor's The King: Eternal Monarch co star Jung Eun Chae. The actress has reportedly begun preparing for the project.




Pachinko: Lee Min Ho to reunite with The King: Eternal Monarch co star Jung Eun Chae; Actress kicks off prep


There could be a mini The King: Eternal Monarch reunion waiting to happen in Pachinko! The international project, which stars Lee Min Ho in the lead, has reportedly roped in Jung Eun Chae. Fans of the SBS drama would remember that the actress played Koo Seo Ryeong, the youngest female Prime Minister of Kingdom of Corea. OSEN has now reported that the actress will be playing a supporting role in the Apple TV series. Jung Eun Chae will essay the role of Kyung Hee.


Jung Eun Chae's command over the English language and her exotic appearance will benefit the project. It has also been revealed that the actress has begun prep for the role. It is to see if Lee Min Ho and Jung Eun Chae would cross paths on the big screen again. We've got our fingers crossed!  


Jung Eun Chae adds as another gem to the stellar star cast. While we are already aware that Lee Min Ho is leading the project, it has also been revealed that Youn Yuh Jung plays the female lead. The project also stars Jin Ha, Anna Sawai, Minha Kim, Soji Arai and Kaho Minami. The Hollywood Reporter revealed Kogonada is set to direct four episodes, including the pilot whereas Justin Chon will helm four episodes.



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NEW SERIES: Apple’s Four-Generation-Korean Saga PACHINKO To Film in Vancouver Next Year
November 21, 2020   Apple TV+, Pachinko  




Top: Min Ho Lee, Jin Ha, Anna Sawai. Bottom: Minha Kim, Soji Arai and Kaho Minami. Composite image by Deadline.


The story of four generations of an immigrant Korean family.
Apple’s international production Pachinko plans to film in South Korea, Japan and Vancouver, with production getting underway in Vancouver next year.


Working title: Eleos.

Vancouver filming dates: February 13th – April 23rd, 2021.


In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja (Minha Kim), the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son’s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.
Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters–strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis–survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.
Pachinko will stream in Korean, Japanese and English.

Cast:  Min Ho Lee, Jin Ha, Anna Sawai, Minha Kim, Soji Arai, Kaho Minam.


Min Ho Lee is Hansu, an enigmatic outsider and merchant with ties to organized crime who embarks on an illicit romance with far-reaching consequences.




Jin Ha  is Solomon, an ambitious, charming young man who will be forced to reckon with his family’s past.


Anna Sawai is Naomi, a savvy career woman in the male-dominated world of high finance.


Minha Kim is teenage Sunja, a heroic young woman on the cusp who forges her own path in a hardened country that is not her own.
Soji Arai is Mosazu, a dedicated father and successful businessman, concerned for his son’s future.

Kaho Minami is Etsuko, a vibrant, independent woman who longs to be reunited with her estranged daughter.
Showrunner: Soo Hugh.
Directors: Kogonada, Justin Chon
Producers. Michael Ellenberg, Min Jin Lee
Adapted from Min Jin Lee’s award-winning novel.



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Lee Min Ho Revelation: Everything Fans Must Know About Apple Series 'Pachinko'


BY JOHN DAVID / NOV 22, 2020




Lee Min Ho is scheduled to make his return to the small screens just months after the successful run of his comeback series titled The King: Eternal Monarch. The former boyfriend of Suzy Bae is leading the upcoming international drama series called Pachinko.


Pachinko cast and crew


It was, previously, revealed that Lee Min Ho has started the production on multiple continents. Pachinko, which is based on the novel of the same name written by Min Jin Lee, will, also, star Minha Kim from Call, After Spring; Anna Sawai from Fast & Furious and Ninja Assassin; Jin Ha from Devs, Love Life; and Jung Eun Chae, who also starred in The King: Eternal Monarch.

Pachinko will have a total of eight episodes - four of which will be directed by Kogonada while the rest will be guided by Gook and Ms. Purple director Justin Chon. Song Hugh is the executive producer and showrunner. It will, also, be translater into Japanese, Korean and English.


Lee Min Ho to reunite with former co-star


Jung Eun Chae will reunite with Lee Min Ho to portray Kyung Hee. Reports have it that the South Korean actress' exotic beauty and fluency in the English language are, totally, an advantage for her. There are, also, claims that she has started preparing for her role, but it remains to be seen if she and Min Ho will share a scene in the imminent Pachinko series.

Pachinko production team bans fans and gifts


Meanwhile, Lee Min Ho and the rest of the cast and crew of Pachinko are strictly following the COVID-19 safety precautions. It was even revealed that sending coffee and food trucks are not allowed at the moment for everyone's safety. Even fans are prohibited from visiting the filming locations.

The operations manager of Lee Min Ho's fans club called "Minoz" revealed that even letters, flowers, or any gift are banned due to stringent safety precautions. The management, also, implemented these proscriptions for the safe and smooth filming of the artists and production staff.

Stay tuned to Korea Portal for the latest news and updates about Lee Min Ho.






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Analyzing the role of Lee Min Ho for “Pachinko”

November 22, 2020

By Honorary Reporter Eftychia from Greece




Analyzing the role of Lee Min Ho for “Pachinko”


I bought the novel by Lee Min-jin, "Pachinko," because I wanted to know what role Lee Min Ho
would play. So, I want to share some information about his role, as well as what I conclude we
will see on our screens.


First of all, I will say a few words about this. It is a big-budget American TV series of Apple TV+.
Pachinko is based on Lee Min Jin's 2017 best selling novel of the same name and says about the
hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. The characters become
subjected to issues of racism and stereotypes, among other events. The series is written and
produced by Soo Hugh (The Terror, Under the Dome), and Michael Ellenberg's Media Res is
adapting the big-budget show for Apple. The TV series is going to shoot in both Korea and USA,
and the story will be told in Korean, Japanese, and English. Pachinko was a National Book Award
Finalist and planned as an eight-episode limited series, as Apple ordered the entire series will
be filmed at once.

Lee Min Ho has so far played the student (Boys Over Flowers, The Mackerel Run, The Heirs, Get Up,
Secret Campus), the waiter (Love Hymn), the "gay" architect (Personal Taste), the conman (Legend
of the Blue Sea), the martial-arts expert (Bounty Hunters), the general (Faith), the avenger
(City Hunter), the king (The King: Eternal Monarch) and the poor entangled in the underworld
(Gangnam Blues).

In most of his roles, he was rich, as was in "Pachinko." The difference in this role is that he will play for the first time the father and the married man who has an illegal love affair. He will be a very handsome man, fair, well-dressed, and a merchant with trade between Korea and Japan and later with America. He hates laziness and being uneducated, and this can make him violent at times since he thinks that all this keeps you stagnant.


He married the daughter of the leader of the yakuza and has three daughters with her. Through this marriage involved with organized crime and falls in love with his compatriot Sunja, who is not beautiful, but attracted by her powerful spirit, the sharpness of her mind, and her hard-working nature. She is the only woman he loved, but he can not be with her and goes with prostitutes.


He thinks of her till the end and Sunja, too. He does not believe in religion and political parties, but he believes in education and that it will help you move forward in your life with honesty and pride. He is fair and good with Korean and willing to help them, but people must be careful not to provoke his anger. He takes care of his children and women, even from a distance, and respects their decisions. He does not consider the woman as a soulless object that the man decides for her. He lets her make her choice despite his disagreement or agreement, watches from a distance, and helps without offending the other person. His role is not very big since the story focuses on Sunja, but it does not go unnoticed.




As soon as I finished reading the book, I dare say that I liked the first half more, while the second
half of the book that the children grow up spoiled me a bit. In American projects, focus on the
sexual part and the prostitution that is more present in the second half of the book, didn’t impress
me. It is something that makes me hesitant since I do not like American series that have a shallow
script, focus on sex and violence.
I also noticed that Ko Hansu in the entire story looks the same with a few wrinkles and gray hair.
So, I conclude that we will see him with professional make-up to look old. I will like this. In the
book, the role of Ko Hansu often disappeared and re-appeared later, but in the series of 8 episodes,
I guess we will not be able to realize his absence since the events will have to run faster than the
Korean actress Jung Eun Chae will also star for Pachinko and has a bigger role than Ko Hansu
–at least for the book. Her addition made me feel sure about my opinion for “The King: Eternal
Monarch” that it was a huge success abroad through Netflix. It is not a coincidence that the two
stars of the American TV-series played in The King: Eternal Monarch and the rest cast are from
American series and movies.
Isn’t it a success for the King? These are the actors who confirmed in the cast.


Lee Min Ho
Korean Hallyu star will be seen essaying the role of Hansu, an enigmatic outsider and merchant who has ties to organized crime and embarks on an illicit romance that has far-reaching consequences.


Kim Minha
Korean actress Kim Minha will be seen playing the role of teenage Sunja, a heroic young woman who forges her own path in a country that is not her own.


Jung Eun Chae

Korean actress will star as Kyung Hee, the wife of Yoseb, brother of Sunja’s husband. She is a loyal relative to Sunja and a good friend. She is a creative woman and popular for her beauty.


Soji Arai
Japanese actor will star as Mosazu, a father who is a successful businessman but worries about his son's future.


Jin Ha
Korean The Devs lived in Hong Kong and USA, and will be seen portraying the role of Solomon, an ambitious and charming young man who be forced to reckon with his family's past.


Anna Sawai
Actress with a nationality from Japan and New Zealand, Anna is also a dancer and singer. She had been creating a buzz because of Fast & Furious 9 will be seen playing Naomi, a savvy career woman in the male-dominated world of high finance.


Kaho Minami
She is a Japanese actress and producer and will portray the role of Etsuko, a vibrant woman who longs to be reunited with her estranged daughter.







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News | Yoon Yoo Jung and Lee Min Ho star in AppleTV + "Pachinko"

Korean Film Promotion Committee yesterday




Yun Ruzhen (left); Lee Min Ho (right)


Actors Yoon Yoo Jung and Lee Min Ho will be appearing on AppleTV +'s OTT series 'Pachinko'. Following news of Lee Min Ho's appearance, Yoon Yoo Jung's agency also announced on the 13th, "Yoon Yoo Jung will start filming Pachinko today."

"Pachinko" consists of 8 episodes that tell the story of four generations of Korean immigrant families. Starting with forbidden love, depicting war and peace, love and separation, victory and trials in Korea, Japan and the United States.

In Pachinko, Lee Min Ho plays the role of Han Soo, a businessman with close ties to the underworld, while Yoon Yoo Jung plays the role of Sonko, the narrator.

The drama "Pachinko" is an adaptation of the bestselling book of the same name by the Korean American writer Lee Min Kim. It stars actors from Korea, Japan and the United States. It is an international project in Korean, Japanese and English.

"Pachinko" is produced by the production company Mediareds. The screenwriter for the shows "Polar Evil" and "Murder" Hugh is the main writer, main producer and producer, directed by the American Korean directors Kogonada and Quanzhitai.

"Pachinko" started in South Korea on the 26th of last month, and filming is also planned in Canada. The series' main languages are Korean, English and Japanese and will be released in 2021.


Translation from Chinese google



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Actor Noh Sang-hyun Confirmed for Apple TV+ 'Pachinko'

Actor Noh Sang-hyun casts for "Pachinko." He is going to start full-scale global activities. 


According to a report by Ex-Sports News on Thursday, Noh was cast in the Apple TV+ drama "Pachinko." 

"Pachinko" is based on a best-selling novel of the same name written by Korean-American author Lee Min-jin. It will be produced in eight episodes, covering the epic four generations of Korean immigrant families. 


Noh Sang-hyun plays Isaac in the drama. In addition to Noh Sang-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Jung Eun-chae and Yoon Yeo-jung have confirmed their appearances.


Meanwhile, Noh made his face known by appearing in web dramas "XX" and "Fight Hard, Love Harder: Season 2." He is known to have lived in the U.S. for a long time and speaks fluent English at the level of native speakers.



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16 minutes ago, syntyche said:


Actor Noh Sang-hyun Confirmed for Apple TV+ 'Pachinko'


Noh Sang-hyun plays Isaac in the drama. In addition to Noh Sang-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Jung Eun-chae and Yoon Yeo-jung have confirmed their appearances.


Sorry to cut your post @syntyche    Issac?   Is it Baek Isak

This man, Sunja's husband is so noble that he's willing to take Sunja as wife.   
An extract from the novel - Pastor Baek Isak
Of course not.  Sunja seems like a very responsible young woman; there must be some reason for this.  Ajumoni, this must feel very terrible now, but a child is a gift from God.”

And from Sunja : 
“I’m very grateful. To Pastor Baek for his painful sacrifice. I will work very hard to serve him. I will do whatever I can to make his life in Japan better.”


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Noh Steve Sang Hyun is a model and actor. He has modeled for notable magazines including GQ Korea, Marie Claire and fashion house DKNY. He has acted in two 2015 episodes of Netflix's popular sci-fi drama Sense8 as the driver to Bae Doona's character Sun Bak. He also is in the award winning film Seoul Searching as the character EO.


https://mydramalist.com/people/16415-steven-sanghyun-noh#:~:text=Noh Steve Sang Hyun is,Bae Doona's character Sun Bak.




Yes, @Min2206, he plays Isak. Apparently, he had a guest role in 'Alice' as the delinquent student in episode 1.

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In ‘Pachinko’, a Record of Forgotten Lives


Even in the most extraordinary of political times, someone must tend to the crops. Someone must weave clothes for the winter. These everyday tasks fall not to the revolutionaries who earn our tributes but to ordinary folk persevering through wars and famines without recognition. History, says Min Jin Lee in the opening line of Pachinko, has failed them. 


In a sprawling family saga spanning four generations from rural 1910s Korea during Japanese occupation to bullish Japan of the 1980s, Lee offers a corrective. The 20th century's most notable events are footnotes in Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing, 2017). The spotlight is on the people that history has forgotten.


The novel centers on Sunja, the hardworking and illiterate daughter of a Korean boarding-house owner. Just as the Japanese are tightening their grip on the Korean peninsula, two men arrive to disrupt her meagre existence. With yakuza-connections, Hansu brings starry-eyed glamour into Sunja's privations, leaving when she reveals she is with child.


Isak, a kindly pastor, then transports Sunja from the backwaters to Osaka as his wife, saving her from dishonour and making her the Baek family matriarch. In Japan, Isak's idealism and naiveté burrow the family deeper in poverty as they weather the major upheavals of the 20th century, including the atomic bombings of Japan, where at least 40,000 Koreans died.


Pachinko's ensemble of immigrant characters brings to light the plight of ethnic Koreans in Japan who migrated or were forcefully brought over between 1910 and 1950. Their descendants, known as the zainichi, continue to face discrimination and social isolation. "This place is only fit for pigs and Koreans," says Isak's older brother, Yoseb, when the couple arrives at the Osaka ghetto they will call home. For a Korean man, the choice is always RickRoll'D, Yoseb thinks to himself in another moment of reckoning.


The immigrant's ache for dignity and belonging are captured in the family's second generation, Sunja's sons Noa and Mozasu. Each takes a different route through education, wealth, and denial of Korean heritage, only to find the deck stacked impossibly high. By the novel's end, the family has been in Japan for three generations. They are yet to be recognised as Japanese. Change, the novel concedes, takes time.


Written in the tradition of the 19th century novel, Pachinko is a triumph of interiority. Lee is deft with characterisation and elegant in introducing and exiting characters seemingly at will. Her roving omniscient narrator flits between men and women, the rich and the deprived, Japanese and Korean, making every scene intimate and revealing.


The book is not without its clichés. Hansu is somewhat of a contrivance, too, carrying the two halves of the story on his back. But Lee knows how to sharpen the edges of her narrative with an observation, context, or commanding interiority, making familiar moments meaningful. Her careful pacing helps tremendously, slowing down and picking up speed as needed.


This is Lee's second novel, published a decade after her first. In this time she lived in Japan, interviewing Korean-Japanese people there, and wrote multiple drafts for what became Pachinko. Her in-depth research shines through here, giving us an intimate view of the cultural dissonance of contemporary Japan.


For a Bangladeshi reader, Pachinko's key themes of belonging, racism, cultural erasure, and resilience against the odds resonate deeply. We have had our own tormented history with refugees in this country. With a million more joining in recent years, Pachinko offers a sobering glimpse into what the future might hold.




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LMH probably will not be playing older Hansu then. For Noa he still is limited to Japan/S. Korea shooting there should be no US schedule.


Unless they do makeup prep and make LMH the old Hansu as well.

They make Hansu chase Mozasu/Solmon in US lol. too much change in storyline.

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[Exclusive] Actor Noh Sang Hyun Confirmed To Become Apple TV Pachinko
Article entry 2020.11.26 15:16






[Export News Reporter Kim Ye Eun] Actor Noh Sang Hyun plays in "Pachinko." We will seriously start global activities.

As a result of the news coverage on the 26th, Ro Sang Hyun landed a role in the Apple TV Plus drama "Pachinko."

"Pachinko" is a work based on the novel of the same name by Korean-American writer Lee Min Jin. It follows the epic stories of Korean immigrant families spanning four generations and is set to be released in eight parts.

Noh Sang Hyun played Isaac in the play and met audiences from all over the world. In addition to Ro Sang Hyun, Lee Min Ho, Jung Eun Che, and Yoon Yeo Jung have confirmed their appearance.

Meanwhile, Noh Sang Hyun made his face public by starring in the web dramas XX and Maddock Love Story 2. He lived in the United States for a long time and is known to speak fluent English at a native speaker level.


translation from korean google




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Noh Sang Hyun: "Joining Apple TV in US Patinko Lee Min Ho x Jung Eun Che and Breath (Official)
2020.11.26. 16:03
[News reporter Seo Ji Hyun]




On November 26, Eco Global Group announced on NewsN that "Roh Sang Hyun has been featured on Apple TV Pachinko."

But Sang Hyun will play the role of Isaac in Pachinko. Thanks to this, Ro Sang Hyun was able to play with the former cast members Yoon Yeo Jung, Lee Min Ho, and Jung Eun Che.

In particular, Noh Sang Hyun is known to graduate from Babson University School of Business Administration when he spent his childhood in Boston, USA. The result is adding anticipation to the performance, which Ro Sang Hyun will feature as a bar with fluent English.

Meanwhile, "Pachinko" is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Lee Min Jin, a Korean American. Featuring epic narratives of Korean immigrant families spanning four generations, the story of an individual throughout history will be presented in eight episodes with a vast scale and deep brushstroke. (Photo = Courtesy Eco Global Group)


NewsN Seo Ji-Hyun sjay0928 @


Translation from Korean google



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What does first filming mean? 

so they are done filming the first filming? 


What is the second filming?


is LMH done filming?


:wut:  What’s going on, where is our Oppa?


so will LMH go to Japan? 

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17 minutes ago, Nikaa94 said:

What does first filming mean? 

so they are done filming the first filming? 


What is the second filming?


is LMH done filming?


:wut:  What’s going on, where is our Oppa?


so will LMH go to Japan? 


According to Chinese translation, it means the first filming in Mokpo after filming in Andong.


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