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'Pachinko' — air date, cast, plot, and everything we know about the international drama series

Pachinko
Pachinko is Apple's new highly anticipated drama. (Image credit: Apple TV)

Pachinko is a new series coming exclusively to Apple TV and will be told across Korean, Japanese, and English languages. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Min Jin Lee.

Series creator Soo Hugh said: "They say there are those projects that come along and change the very core of who you are as a filmmaker and a person. Undoubtedly, Pachinko is that project for me. 

"Not only is this a story of my forebears, but it's also my tribute to them — to all of the ‘Sunjas' buried deep in all of our family's history. It's been an incredible honor to bring this series to life with this dedicated and gifted cast and crew."

'Pachinko' release date

Pachinko will premiere globally on Friday, Mar. 25th, and will be exclusively available on Apple TV.

The first three episodes will arrive on March 25th, followed by new weekly installments each Friday. There will be eight episodes in total.

What is the plot of 'Pachinko'?

According to Apple TV, Pachinko is epic in scope and intimate in tone... "The story begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan, and America to tell an unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning."

Further plot details have been kept under wraps for the series, but it's expected to follow the events of the book fairly closely.

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Who's in the cast of 'Pachinko'?

The series stars Soji Arai as Mozasu, Jin Ha as Solomon, Inji Jeong as Yangjin, Minha Kim as teenage Sunja, Lee Minho as Hansu, and Kaho Minami as Etsuko.

Further cast includes Steve Sanghyun Noh as Isak, Anna Sawai as Naomi, Junwoo Han as Yoseb, Eun Chae Jung as Young Kyunghee, Jimmi Simpson as Tom Andrews, Yu-na Jeon as young Sunja and, finally, Youn Yuh Jung as older Sunja.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, a trailer for Pachinko has finally arrived and you can watch it below!

It opens with the birth of a baby with a narrator explaining that "she will thrive", and the series is billed as an "epic family saga" so we know that there's some drama and intense storytelling that moves between several countries.

Lucy Buglass
Lucy Buglass

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story and Black Mirror, but recently she's loving everything about Apple TV's Severance