Pachinko (2022)

Drama: Pachinko (파친코)
Network: Apple TV+
Episodes: 8
Release Date: March 25 – April 29, 2022
Runtime: Friday

Plot: A sweeping saga of Kim Sunja’s family — from when she was young, while also showing Kim Sunja as grandmother, and her grandson Solomon’s professional journey.

Main Cast
Youn Yuh Jung / Kim Minha – Kim Sunja
Jin Ha – Baek Solomon
Lee Min Ho – Koh Hansu
Soji Arai – Baek Mozasu
Noh Sang Hyun – Baek Isak
Jung Eun Chae – Choi Kyung Hee
Han Joon Woo – Baek Yoseob

I didn’t read the book yet, but I loved the story of Sunja’s family, from the time she was born and how she got married, had family, and struggled for a better life. At first I didn’t understand why guys were falling all over Sunja but watch the drama and you’ll find out why (and the actress is amazing). I think Sunja made the right choice of choosing Isak (he seemed like a great guy) instead of Hansu. But if Sunja lived in the present time, she probably would have chosen Hansu.

Surprisingly I find Koh Hansu interesting (not just because he is played by LMH) but because adding one episode about his life (which is not in the book) gave some perspective of who he is now. But yes, Lee Minho is so distractingly handsome and dashing in his white suits (and looks so out of place in 1920s-1930s Korea/Japan era).

I honestly prefer watching young Sunja’s journey and not really the present timeline. Mostly because I’m don’t like Solomon. I can’t imagine strong and loyal Sunja having a grandson like Solomon!!! Surprised to see him act like this considering his family’s experience. But I think that’s the point of the story and he will learn and mature because of this and appreciate his family by the end of the story.

I don’t like Hana so not sure why we had to see one episode about her.

I wanna know more about what happened to Noa and how Mozasu grows up to be who he is, and Kyunghee. I think I will read the book now coz I cant wait for 4 more seasons how the story ends.

I hope Apple will be able to film all 4 seasons!

Rating: 8.5/10