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The Top Korean Dramas To Watch In 2021


Can’t get enough of Korean dramas? Here’s a list of shows to look out for in 2021, from period dramas to fantasy-mystery storylines


2021 has shaped up to be brilliant year for a slew of exciting new Korean dramas. From those that are currently airing new episodes to ones slated to be broadcasted later this year, here are the ones you don’t want to miss.




What it’s about: Apple’s international drama series Pachinko stars Lee Min Ho of Boys Over Flower fame as well as American actor Jin Ha, and is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee.

Set in the 20th century, the family saga follows four generations of a Korean family as they move to Japan, amid the country’s colonisation of Korea and other seismic political and cultural shifts.

Lee Min Ho plays Hansu, an enigmatic outsider and merchant with ties to organised crime, while Jin Ha portrays Solomon, an ambitious, charming young man who is forced to deal with his family’s past.

Pachinko is slated to be released on Apple TV+ in 2021.






Apple TV+ expands into Russian-language content with new first look deal


Apple is continuing to grow its international content ambitions. Today, Variety announced a first-look deal between Apple and AR Content, the production company led by Academy Award nominated producer and directory Alexander Rodynansky.

AR Content will produce Russian-language and multilingual shows for Apple TV+. Rodnyansky says Apple is the first global streaming platform to form a strategic partnership with a Russian production company.


The Apple TV+ slate is currently dominated by US and Canadian content, almost exclusively in English. The Apple original content catalog currently features two non-English-language titles, Losing Alice and Tehran.


However, the company is aggressively expanding around the world. Apple is currently developing several British productions, a French series, multiple Spanish series, and is set to premiere two high-profile Korean titles later this year, including a miniseries adaptation of web comic ‘Dr. Brain’ and a big-budget adaptation of best-selling international novel ‘Pachinko’.


All the leading streaming platforms are investing heavily in international content production as they look to entice a wider base of subscribers. Some regions are also enforcing production quotas which will require a minimum amount of investment from streamers in domestic output in order to comply. For instance, Europe is currently advancing laws that would necessitate at least 30% of Apple TV+’s content catalog originate from within Europe.


In terms of service availability, Apple TV+ is already available in more than 100 countries. Clearly, the company is clearly keen to mix in regionally-targeted content as soon as possible.



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Pachinko, a story of love, self-sacrifice, ambition and loyalty
If the name Pachinko sounds familiar to you, it may be for two reasons: first, because of the Japanese slot machines; the other is for Lee Min Ho's new TV series, the actor who will bring the story created by Min Jin Lee to life.


“To see the history of a nation through the heartbreaking life of a family: it sounds simple, but it is not. You suffer with the characters, you become part of their family, and you hope to develop with them. Hope for something better brings your reading to life and makes each character come alive in your inner heart, celebrating you, changing you, inevitably. "


Manuela Ceretti
Patchinko was published in 2007, and although it has been in the literary industry for several years now, it has given rise to a lot of talk lately due to the adaptation of a television series starring popular Korean actor Lee Min Ho.


Actor Lee Min Ho, protagonist of the film adaptation of Pachinko
In the early 1900s, a teenage Sunja, the beloved daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls in love with a wealthy stranger on the seashore near his home in Korea. He promises her peace, but when he discovers that she is pregnant and that her lover is married, he refuses to let them buy her. Instead, she accepts a marriage proposal from a gentle and sickly priest heading to Japan. But her decision to leave home and reject her son's powerful father spawns a dramatic saga that will echo through generations.


A hard, realistic story where war, eradication and discrimination lie on the surface. Pachinko introduces us to different generations of the same family, marked by love, self-sacrifice, ambition and dedication ...


“A novel that tells about the aftermath of war in four generations of an immigrant family. The silent side of the story that we all thought we knew and that seems to have seen the light for the first time. "

Sofia Mir.

Pachinko has about 500 pages, but don't let that scare you, it's a very fluid reading. Chapters are slipping out of your hands. As you read, you become so immersed in history that you stop thinking about how extensive it can be.


“While there are many historical aspects that are mentioned during the narrative (colonization of Korea, World War II, nuclear attack on Japan, Korean War, etc.), he does not go too deep into this, it makes Pachinko an enjoyable reading for those who are looking for a book that is not a history textbook. "


Matthias Cherisola
Without a doubt, a story that will hook you and you will not be able to let go of it when you start it. Believe me, Pachinko is already a classic of Korean literature.


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Following 'Minari', Korean-American directors of a movie which shed light on immigrant life also received favorable reviews from the Cannes Film Festival




Korean-American director Justin Chon's 'Blue Bayou,' was invited to the 74th Cannes Film Festival, and was praised by the U.S. media as a timely work that reflects the reality of immigrants.


Justin also co-directed the Apple TV+ drama "Pachinko," starring actors Yoon Yeo-jung and Lee Min-ho. "Pachinko" is a story of four generations of Korean immigrant families, based on a novel of the same name by Korean-American Lee Min-jin. The drama will air in three languages, Korean, Japanese and English, and will cover the historical chronicles of the three countries together. The release date has yet to be confirmed.



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Lee Min Ho, who is loved not only in Korea but also abroad, expects more in anticipation of the release of "Pachinko".

[Celebrities from My Area (Nonhyung-dong, Gangnam-gu)] - Actor Lee Min Ho






Lee Min Ho [Photo courtesy of MYM Entertainment]

Lee Min Ho starred in the 2009 KBS drama Boys Over Flowers. This drama sparked "Goo Jung-pyo Syndrome" and rose to the ranks of leading stars overseas as well as in Korea. However, his life in the entertainment industry has not been smooth from the start.

He appeared in small roles on the KBS2 drama "Rounding" in 2003, the MBC sitcom "Nonstop 5" in 2004 and the MBC drama "Hymn to Love" in 2005.

However, in a car accident that same year, Lee Min Ho sustained serious injuries to his right thigh and ankle within six months. As a result, his appearances on MBC sitcom "High Kick Without Hesitation" and MBC drama "End of 9, 2 Out" were canceled and he returned from rehab, but the amusement park advertisement failed due to awkward dance moves.

After repeated rehab training and much effort, Lee Min Ho played his first lead role in the 2007 SBS youth drama Run the Mackerel. The following year, he made his screen debut in Kang Chol-chung: Public Enemy 1-1. In the same year, he starred in films such as "Our School E.T." and Gangnam 1970 in 2014, showcasing his fame as a film actor.

The work that Lee Min Ho has garnered public attention as an actor is the 2009 KBS2 drama Boys Over Flowers. Based on pure Japanese manga, this work has been turned into drama in several Asian countries such as Japan, Taiwan and China, but the Korean version of Boys Over Flowers has been the most popular.

Lee Min Ho landed the role of Goo Jun Pyo in a 200: 1 competition, and with the success of that drama, he quickly became a blue chip in the advertising industry. In the same year, he received the Best New Actor and Best Couple awards at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards, the Rookie TV Category Award, and the KBS Acting Awards. In addition, it triggered a Korean wave in foreign countries, including China.

After that, he rose to the highest rank of actor, starring in the MBC drama "Personal Taste", the SBS drama "City Hunter", "Faith", "Heirs", "The Legend of the Blue Sea" and "The King: Eternal." Monarch ".

In particular, his performance in City Hunter was well received, with some praising it as "This drama belongs to Lee Min Ho, Lee Min Ho and Lee Min Ho." For his role in City Hunter, he won the Best Actor Award in the SBS Drama Series Acting Awards later that year. He played General Choi Young in the film Faith, which aired the following year, and won the Best Actor in the Miniseries category and the Teen Star Award at the 2012 SBS Acting Awards. Since then, he has also won awards in The Heirs and The Legend of the Blue Sea.

After completing military service in April 2019, Lee Min Ho returned to the small screen last year with the drama "The King: Eternal Monarch." In this drama, he won the Best Actor in the Fantasy Romance Miniseries category at the 2020 SBS Drama Awards.

Lee Min Ho is currently preparing to release the American Apple TV Plus drama series Pachinko. This drama is an 8-part series based on the bestselling book of the same name by Korean-American writer Lee Min Jin. In an epic tale of a Korean immigrant family spanning four generations, the story of a man who made history is captured on a massive scale and detailed with brush strokes. Lee Min Ho plays Han Soo, who builds wealth and power through his relationship with the yakuza.

Hansu is an opportunist, true to his desires, but a mysterious man who keeps secrets and pursues forbidden love. As he plays an important role in the context of the story, fans' expectations for Lee Min Ho's performance are growing day by day.

[Reporter Lee Dong Won / Deep Judgment Newspaper ⓒ Sky Daily]

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by Leticia


Published in 2021 by Editora Intrínseca, Pachink was the first to reach Intrinsecos subscribers, and a few months later, all of the publisher's readers. Written by bestselling author Min Jin Lee, Pachinko is about family, resilience, courage, and prejudice against immigrants.

In this story, we will follow many years of the same family and how a decision made in early adolescence influenced moving to a new country. The daughter of a fisherman, Sunzha falls in love with a mysterious man. The same thing gives him a thousand promises, and his charm conquers her. Sunzha discovers that she is pregnant, and the man is actually married. Refusing to be his mistress, Sunja marries a minister who is passing through Korea on his way to Japan, so the girl goes with him as his wife, and the baby in her belly becomes their children.

Pachinko is not easy to read and everyone will not like it. His slow pace and acceptability of characters can and will bother you at times. However, a completely new culture and the author's ability to empathize with the situations we go through make reading worthwhile. Min Jin Lee's writing reminded me of another book by a Korean author that I had the pleasure of reading, Our Happy Hour (Gong Ji Young), which has a completely different theme, but the same poetic and slow story.






This book tells about the life of four generations of the same family, so there are many transitions between them. Sometimes it even gets a little confused. Before you see Sunzu and her immigration, you will get to know your parents' parents, how their marriage turned out, and their comfortable but painful life. We then see Sunja and the other characters. Thus, the author introduces us to each, until we get to know all the family members and characters.

It can be a little scary at this first moment, because besides time, there are still many people who need to assimilate. However, if you read slowly, receive information, “know” the places of each family member, it becomes very pleasant to follow everything.

I am suspicious of the conversation because I loved this book. After I started watching dramas, Asian culture - mostly Korean - introduced me to points of view so different from those we are used to that I fell in love with their vision of life.




There is so much history in Pachinko, so much culture in its pages, mainly about Japanese colonization in Korea, that with each new page I became very curious. With a focus on detail: This work will be adapted for a film drama later this year.

But don't think that this book romanticizes colonization. On the contrary, he showed all the prejudices, injustices and difficulties that the Korean had to endure at that time. Mostly those who were forced to immigrate to someone else's new land, which did not accept them.

The injustices experienced by his characters make the heart squeeze and sink into deep sadness, but the resilience of these four generations shows us a unique and amazing strength. And I sincerely hope that Kdrama, which will be of the same name, will be able to reflect as well as the audience.




By Min Jin Lee
Translator: Marina Vargas
Year: 2020
Pages: 528
Language: Portuguese
Publisher: Intrínseca
Genres: Romance, Drama, Immigration

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"Pachinko" co-director Justin enters first Cannes Film Festival




Former Korean-American Justin attended a photo call for the film "Blue Bayou," which was invited to the 74th Cannes Film Festival's Noteworthy Eyes on July 13, 2021 (local time) in Cannes, France.


"Blue Bayou" is a movie about the reality of a local adoptee who was adopted to the U.S. 30 years ago but is being deported for failing to obtain citizenship, drawing attention as it is compared to "Minari," a Korean-American director.


Justin, who made his face known by appearing as Eric, a school friend of the heroine Bella in the movie "Twilight," won the audience award at the 33rd Sundance Film Festival for his debut film "Kook." Justin, who directed, did the screenplay and played main character Antonio in the film, was also co-director of the Apple drama "Pachinko," starring actors Lee Min-ho and Yoon Yeo-jung.






Hi @jentayue, no official release date yet.

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Han Jun Woo Joins Lee Min Ho and Yoon Yeo Jeong in Upcoming Global Drama ‘Pachinko’


On July 23, 'Be Melodramatic' actor Han Jun Woo was cast in the new upcoming global drama project 'Pachinko.'


Han Jun Woo in Upcoming Global Drama 'Pachinko'

The global drama series 'Pachinko' is based on a novel of the same name written by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee.

'Pachinko' tells the story of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fighting to control their destiny in Japan. It is a masterpiece that tackles themes such as power, racism, stereotyping, and discrimination, which are still relevant up to this day in the 21st century.


The 38-year-old actor will be playing the role of 'Joseph', a hard-working factory worker who lives in Ikaino, Osaka where most Koreans in Osaka live. He is the sole provider of his family.


Han Jun Woo in His Previous Projects and His First Step Into The United States

Han Jun Woo made his small screen debut with JTBC's 2019 romantic comedy-drama series 'Be Melodramatic' with Cheon Woo Hee, Jeon Yeo Bin, Han Ji Eun, and Gong Myung. He left a strong impression as he played the role of Hong Dae, Eun Jung's (Jeon Yeo Bin) deceased boyfriend who usually appears in her dreams.




He also gained praise and attention for his acting prowess as a villain with two different sides in SBS' 2020 legal drama 'Hyena' and acting as a young Jung Jinyoung in tvN's 'My Unfamiliar Family'.


Afterward, actor Han Jun Woo showed a different side of him in KBS2's political romantic comedy-drama series 'Into The Ring' and MBC's romance drama 'Love Scene Number.'


Han Jun Woo is expected to broaden his acting spectrum as an actor with his first challenge with 'Pachinko' in the United States.


Han Jun Woo With Lee Min Ho, Yoon Yeo Jeong, and More in 'Pachinko'

Han Jun Woo works for the first time with experienced and seasoned actors Yoon Yeo Jeong who starred in 'Sense8' and Jung Woong In, who appeared in several hit dramas 'I Can Hear Your Voice' 'Pinocchio,' and 'Prison Playbook.'




He will also collaborate with South Korea' top Hallyu star Lee Min Ho who took on main roles in numerous top-rating television series 'Boys Over Flowers', 'City Hunter', 'The Heirs', and 'Legend of the Blue Sea'.

The global drama project is produced by world-class cast members from Korea, Japan, and the United States. 'Pachinko' also features Japanese-New Zealand actress Anna Sawai and Korean-Japanese actress Kaho Minami.




Being around these sterling, fresh, and international actors, Han Jun Woo will surely improve his acting skills and widen his acting range in the film industry.


'Pachinko' and What We Know For Now

The global drama project 'Pachinko' will be conducted in three languages: Korean, Japanese, and English.


It is a global masterpiece containing a total of eight episodes and is produced by Media Res and Blue Marble Pictures. 'Pachinko' is helmed by filmmakers Kogonada, Justin Chon, and Soo Hugh.


Filming began in 2020 in Korea, Japan, and America. On Feb. 6, 2021, filming began in Canada that lasted until April. Its released date is yet to be announced.


'Pachinko' is scheduled to air in AppleTV+ this 2021.



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I looked this actor up on Wikipedia and he was in Gangnam Blues

as a character called Tom. He went to uni in America and is 37!


I love the description “global masterpiece” 

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Be Melodramatic actor Han Joon Woo confirmed to join Lee Min Ho starrer 'Pachinko'


Han Joon Woo will play the role of 'Joseph' in the Apple TV+ series 'Pachinko'. Read on to find out.

Written By Anwaya Mane  Mumbai  Published: July 23, 2021




Be Melodramatic actor Han Joon Woo confirmed to join Lee Min Ho starrer 'Pachinko'


Lee Min Ho starrer 'Pachinko' seems like an elusive bird to us! The Apple TV+series adapted from author Min Jin Lee's epic-historical fictional novel of the same, is an eight-episode short drama series, which is expected to air sometime end of this year or next year. We call 'Pachinko' elusive for everything about it has remained so hush-hush and confidential, that we are curious to unearth more details about the upcoming drama.

However, we have a fresh update on the casting. Actor Han Joon Woo, known for his work in dramas like 'Be Melodramatic', 'My Unfamiliar Family' and 'Into the Ring' will be joining Pachinko. He has been roped in to play the role of Joseph, a hard-working factory worker who lives in Ikaino, Osaka where most Koreans live. He is the sole earning member of his family. This will mark his second collaboration with actor Lee Min Ho, with whom he worked on the film 'Gangnam Blues' or 'Gangnam 1970'; Lee Min Ho's big-screen outing! We are really excited!


Meanwhile, Pachinko is an eight-episode Apple TV+ series that began filming last October. It tells the story of ethnic Koreans in Japan, known as Zainichi Koreans, who face severe discrimination. The star-studded cast includes Jin Ha, Anna Sawai, Minha Kim, Soji Arai, Kaho Minami, Jung Eun-Chae and Oscar-winning actress, Youn Yuh Jung. There is no official release date yet, but fans can watch the series on Apple TV+ once it airs.



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Four Korean novelists


Reading a novel by a Korean-American writer abroad does not simply mean the creation of an excellent novel beyond borders. It is proof that those that clearly exist but unnoticed lives, such as Asian Americans, immigrant families, Asian teenagers and marginalized outsiders, can have universality as the main character. A time like a whirlpool with corona, a chaotic time when there was even a sense of helplessness due to the increase in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crime. It was the novels of Min Jin Lee, Mary H.K. Choi, Francis Cha and Jenny Han that gave artist and lawyer Lee So-eun comfort and courage. The moment empathy was comforting and the scars flashed. Lee So-eun met four novelists who walked their way shining light on their bumpy lives.


Minjin Lee: The affirmation of mediocrity




Former President Barack Obama has a tradition of releasing recommendation lists, including books, music, movies, and dramas at the end of the year. I trust his perspective, so I always wait for his list. I saw a Korean name in the 2019 recommended book list. Min Jin Lee, the title of the book is "Pachinko." It was enough to draw attention, but I missed the timing under the pretext of various events at the end of the year, and I only picked up the book when I felt like I was risking my life to go out to Corona a year later. I needed to sleep when the baby was sleeping after giving birth, but I gave up sleeping and read a book. No, I had no choice but to see it. I fell in love with the world of elegant sentences and a wide range of characters. That's how I first met the work of Minjin Lee.


"Pachinko" is being produced as a drama on Apple TV+ with several Asian actors as cast including Yoon Yeo-jung and Lee Min-ho.





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Minari, glory once again! "Pachinko" starring Yoon Yeo-jung is about to be released.




Actress Yoon Yo-jung is poised to continue the glory of the movie "Minari" with the Korean-American director and production crew. In particular, the directors are especially eye-catching as they have received favorable reviews at the Cannes Film Festival for their work on immigrants and the socially disadvantaged.


Yoon Yeo-jung is the main character of the drama "Pachinko," which is produced by Apple TV+, a global OTT (online video streaming service). She worked with Korean-American Justin Chon and Kogonada. "Pachinko" is a masterpiece about four generations of Korean immigrant families since the Japanese colonial era, starring Yoon Yo-jung along with Lee Min-ho and Jung Eun-chae.


"Pachinko" is based on a best-selling novel by Korean-American writer Lee Min-jin. Korean-American producer Sue Hugh from Universal Studio Group, a leading Hollywood production company, participated in writing the script.


Attention is focusing on how the synergy between Yoon Yo-jung and the Korean-American production team, who won the first U.S. Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for "Minari," will be displayed.



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Directors Kogonada and Justin Chon, who are famous for their sensuous production, produce four copies each. Lee Min Ho: Ko Hans, a merchant, Noah's father. Opportunists who are faithful to their desires and mysterious people who pursue forbidden love with the secret of trying to be pure in front of love



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20 historical fiction books that will whisk you to a different world


Some of the best historical fiction books of all time include "The Vanishing Half," "Pachinko," "The Nightingale," "Where the Crawdads Sing," and "The Underground Railroad." 


For many readers (myself included), learning about history can be a daunting task. But while many history books are crammed with dense details, historical fiction novels transport readers into riveting stories set in the past. Using real or fictional characters to capture the magnitude and atmosphere of a momentous time, historical fiction offers readers the chance to learn more about true events in an exciting way.


The best historical fiction books are well-researched and accurately reflect the cultural norms of the time, allowing the author to create a plot and characters that could have very well been real. Some books take major historical events such as World War II to offer emotional stories that dive far deeper than a textbook, while others examine events that have been forgotten by many over time. 


Whether you're interested in learning more about unsung wartime heroes or the devastating effects of slavery, historical fiction books can offer readers a gripping gateway to the past. 




"Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.99 

This National Book Award finalist takes place in the early 1900s Korea where readers meet Sunja, a teenage girl who falls in love with a wealthy stranger who promises her the world. When she discovers that he's married and she's pregnant, Sunja must instead accept a proposal from a minister on his way to Japan, rejecting the powerful father of her son in the process. This read contains a lot of fascinating history and follows four generations of a Korean family through Japanese colonization, war, and the divide of North and South Korea.



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Korean films aired in the second half of this year: Lee Min Ho, Song Hye Kyo 're-emerged', Ji Soo's film still has no 'movement' after a series of controversies


10 films are about to air on Korean screens in the second half of 2021, converging "hot" stars like Lee Min Ho, Song Hye Kyo, Shin Min Ah...




However, there are many TV series of all kinds that are about to be released to the audience, converging many famous stars of the entertainment industry such as Lee Min Ho, Song Hye Kyo, Im Soo Jung, Shin Min Ah, Lee Do Hyun, Kim Yoo Jung,... Let's review the showtimes of 10 works that will be "released" in the second half of this year.




Showtime: expected at the end of the year

Actors: Youn Yuh Jung, Lee Min Ho, Jung Eun Chae, Jin Ha,...

Broadcast channel: Apple TV+

Genre: Epic, Fantasy


Plot: Adapted from the novel, it follows four generations of a Korean immigrant family who own a Pachinko bakery. This family story takes place across Korea, Japan, and the United States, and these people face issues of racism and prejudice.


Lee Min Ho will play the role of Koh Hansu, a Korean man who is adopted into a wealthy, famous family in Japan. He uses his connections to constantly make money and control anything in his power. Koh Hansu is a mysterious figure harboring a dangerous secret and pursuing a forbidden romance. Hansu meets young Sunja (Minha Kim) in Korea and falls in love with her even though he is already married in Japan.





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