Pachinko Season 2 Confirmed By Apple TV+

The multigenerational saga of Pachinko will continue at Apple TV+, It’s official Pachinko will be returning for a second season!

On April 29 local time, Apple TV+ officially announced ahead of the Season 1 finale of Pachinko that the series had been renewed for Season 2.

The series comes from creator-showrunner Soo Hugh and executive producers Theresa Kang-Lowe and Michael Ellenberg.

The renewal comes before the Season 1 finale, titled “Chapter Eight,” will be available to stream globally Friday on Apple TV+.

Pachinko, based on the 2017 bestseller by Min Jin Lee, stars Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung, Minha Kim, Lee Minho, Jin Ha and more. The drama follows four generations of a Korean immigrant family who fight to realize their dreams across Korea, Japan and America. The main protagonists are Zainichi Koreans, ethnic Koreans who came to Japan during Japanese colonial rule of Korea, and their descendants, who faced discrimination and marginalization. The freshman season focused on the early life of Sunja (Kim) as she moves from Korea to Japan, and her grandson Solomon’s (Ha) efforts to close a critical business deal.

Hugh and Kang-Lowe shared with Deadline that the upcoming second season may explore the third generation of characters including Sunja’s sons Mozasu and Noa. The story may also build on Solomon’s self-discovery and Koh Hansu’s redemption.

“Words cannot express my joy in being able to continue telling the extraordinary story of this indomitable family,” said Hugh. “I’m grateful to the amazing team at Apple and Media Res studio for believing and supporting this show and to our passionate fans who have cheered us on. It’s an honor to be able to continue working with this amazing cast and crew.”

The drama also features Soji Ara, Inji Jeong, Kaho Minami, Steve Sanghyun Noh, Anna Sawai, Junwoo Han, Eun Chae Jung, Jimmi Simpson and Yu-na Jeon.

Kogonada and Justin Chon are executive producers and directed four episodes each, with Kogonada directing the pilot. Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer executive produce for Media Res; Theresa Kang-Lowe executive produces for Blue Marble Pictures; and Media Res’ Dani Gorin co-executive produces along with Richard Middleton, David Kim and Sebastian Lee.

Pachinko Season 1 Recap

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The story revolves around Sunja, an indomitable woman who had been through the test of time as she travels from Korea to Japan and then to America. As she immigrates to an unknown land in the hope of surviving, she carries two barrels of kimchi along with her. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish that, undoubtedly, makes an appearance in every Korean Drama.

The show is set in the time, 1920 when Japan was colonizing Korea. During this time, Sunja falls in love with a handsome stranger at the dock and soon she finds herself pregnant. She, also, comes to know that Hansu is a married man and therefore decides to marry a priest by the name of Isak. She gives birth to two sons after which Isak was arrested by the government over some political allegations.

Sunja, hopeful of her husband’s return, decides to sell kimchi at the dock in order to fend for herself and her sons. This simply paves the path of the indomitable Sunja who later moves to Osake to start anew, with the hope of a better life.

Season 1, which aired on March 25, had eight episodes and was streamed on Apple TV+. This trilingual series was well received and much appreciated by most of the audience while it was dealt with silence by Japan.

Pachinko Season 2 Release Date

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Since it’s been only a few weeks since the renewal came, it’s too early to ask for a release date for Pachinko Season 2. Even though no official date has been announced, it might be 2024 for Pachinko Season 2 to see the light of the day. No worries because something is better than nothing. To add to that both Hugh and Theresa Kang-Lowe, the executive producer, had affirmed a few more seasons of Pachinko.

Pachinko Season 2 Plot: What to Expect?

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It goes without saying that Pachinko has multiple blends of timeline and personalities. Season 1 was simply the scratch of the iceberg. In an interview with Deadline, the director has promised the development of various characters. They are mostly looking forward to the intricacies of relationships, the brotherhood of Mozasu and Noa. With the ‘stakes’ getting higher, Kang Lowe has shared, in the same interview, that ‘Season two it gets to an even greater place of epic-ness in scale’. The season will see a few new faces and many old faces. Lee Min Ho will be one of them.

Speaking to Deadline, co-creator Soo Hugh said, “I’m excited about three things in season two. In season two, Kyunghee (Eun-chae Jung) I think she comes into her own as just her own person and her own being, and she’s just one of my favorite characters in this story, so I would love, love to see that. The brotherhood between Mozasu and Noa, I think because they’re so young in season one, we don’t get a capture, but in season two, that brotherhood is just magical. Then season two, we see a reunion that is my favorite reunion in the book. If I said a name, that is a spoiler.”

Are you excited for Season 2 of Pachinko? Stay tuned for updates on the next season!