Pachinko Season 2: Release Date, Plot, Cast and News

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The finale of the first season of Pachinko had us all in tears as we witnessed the tragic endings of some of our favourite characters. The Apple TV+ drama follows the struggles and victories of a Korean family across generations and countries, and it certainly did not hold back on the emotional gut punches. One character succumbed to a terminal illness, while another was arrested for supposedly committing treason against the Japanese emperor. Several others were left with unclear destinies, leaving us yearning for more. As Pachinko just won the Critics Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Series, the question arises: will there be a Pachinko Season 2? Here’s all we know about the continuation of Apple TV+’s blockbuster hit.

Is Pachinko Season 2 Coming Out?

It’s official that Pachinko will return for a second season, continuing the multigenerational adventure at Apple TV+!

Before Pachinko’s Season 1 finale on April 29 local time, Apple TV+ formally announced that the show had been renewed for Season 2.

Theresa Kang-Lowe and Michael Ellenberg serve as executive producers in addition to creator-showrunner Soo Hugh.

The renewal occurs ahead of Friday’s global Apple TV+ simulcast of the Season 1 finale, dubbed “Chapter Eight.”

Starring Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung, Minha Kim, Lee Minho, Jin Ha, and others, Pachinko is based on Min Jin Lee’s 2017 best-seller. The story follows four generations of a Korean immigrant family struggling in Korea, Japan, and America to achieve their goals. The main characters are Zainichi Koreans, a group of ethnic Koreans who immigrated to Japan during the Japanese colonial power over Korea, and their offspring who endured prejudice and marginalization. The focus of Sunja’s (Kim) early life as she relocates from Korea to Japan and her grandson Solomon’s (Ha) attempts to seal a crucial business agreement dominated the first season.

The third generation of characters, including Sunja’s sons Mozasu and Noa, may be explored in the next second season, according to Hugh and Kang-Lowe, who spoke with Deadline. The narrative might develop around Solomon’s self-realization and Koh Hansu’s atonement.

Words are insufficient to convey Hugh’s happiness at being able to keep sharing the remarkable tale of this resilient family. “I’m appreciative of our devoted fans who have supported the incredible staff and us at Apple and Media Res studio for believing in and supporting this program. It’s a privilege to keep working with this incredible cast and team.

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

In addition to serving as executive producer and directing four episodes each, Kogonada also served as the pilot’s director. Media Res’s Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer, Blue Marble Pictures’ Theresa Kang-Lowe, and Media Res’ Dani Gorin, along with Richard Middleton, David Kim, and Sebastian Lee, co-executive, produce the film.

Pachinko Season 1: Recap

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Sunja, a strong woman who has stood the test of time, is the narrative’s focus as she journeys from Korea to Japan and then to America. She carries two barrels of kimchi as she migrates to an uncharted country in the hopes of surviving. Undoubtedly, every Korean Drama include kimchi, a traditional delicacy from Korea.

The drama takes place in 1920, when Japan was occupying Korea. Sunja meets a charming man at the dock during this time, and soon after, she learns she is pregnant. Additionally, she learns that Hansu is already married, at which point she chooses to wed Isak, a priest. After she gives birth to two kids, Isak was detained by the government on suspicion of some political activity.

To provide for herself and her sons while waiting for her husband to return, Sunja decides to sell kimchi at the pier. This merely clears the way for the unbreakable Sunja, who subsequently relocates to Osake to begin again, hoping to lead a better life.

Eight episodes made up Season 1, which debuted on March 25 and was available to stream on Apple TV+. The majority of the audience enjoyed and responded favorably to this trilingual series, while Japan remained silent.

Pachinko Season 2 Release Date: Speculation!

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While we don’t have a premiere date set yet, we do know that the production team is moving right along.

Get this, folks, the first part of filming for the series will kick off on February 1, 2023, and will take place in Toronto. It’s set to wrap up on April 21, 2023. After that, the production team will head over to Busan, Korea, for the second part of the shoot, which is scheduled to begin in late April and conclude by the end of June 2023.

To make things even more exciting, Leanne Welham, the brilliant mind behind His Dark Materials and Conversations With Friends, will be directing four episodes of the season. Can you say, “talented”?

As for what these dates mean for Season Two’s release date, we’re not quite sure yet. However, we’re crossing our fingers for a late 2023 or early 2024 release. And of course, we’ll keep you updated on any new developments.

Additionally, Theresa Kang-Lowe, the executive producer, and Hugh both agreed that Pachinko will have a few more seasons. Stay tuned!

Pachinko Season 2 Plot: What to Expect?

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There are various fusions of personalities and chronological periods in pachinko. The first season was merely the tip of the iceberg. The director vowed to build a variety of personalities in a Deadline interview. They largely anticipate the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the brotherhood between Mozasu and Noa. In the same interview, Kang Lowe stated, “Season two it comes to an even larger point of epic-ness in scale” due to the “stakes” increasing. Throughout the season, both many new and familiar faces will appear. One of them will be Lee Min Ho.

Co-creator Soo Hugh remarked, “I’m enthusiastic about three things in season two,” in a statement to Deadline. Since Kyunghee (Eun-chae Jung) is one of my favorite characters in this narrative, I would dearly love to see her develop into just her own person and being in season two. Because Mozasu and Noa are so young in season one, we don’t see much of their brotherhood, but in season two, it’s really magical. The second season brings about my favorite reunion in the entire novel. The use of a name would constitute a spoiler.

Pachinko Season 2 Trailer: Is there a Trailer?

Pachinko — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

There is not trailer for Pachinko Season 2 released yet, we will update this section when it’s released, So refresh your memory by watching the season 1 trailer.

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