After both starring in The King: Eternal Monarch in April, co-actors Jung Eun-chae and Lee Min-ho are set to reunite in the Apple TV+ original series Pachinko.
According to multiple media officials on November 20, Jung will be joining the cast of Pachinko and is already preparing for work. A representative from the actress’ agency KeyEast confirmed the casting news soon after.
The global series is based on a best-selling epic historical novel of the same title written by Lee Min-jin, a renowned Korean-American author. It was published in 2017 and was included in The New York Times’s “10 Best Books of 2017.” The story is about a Korean family who moved to Japan in the early 20th century to start a new life. However, as they arrive in the foreign land, they are consequently faced with racism and stereotypes. In 2018, Apple Inc. was able to secure screen rights for the novel. The cast ensemble consists of diverse stars hailing from different parts of the world, with Korean stars Lee Min-ho and Kim Min-ha in the main roles, along with Korean-born American actor Jin Ha (Love Life), Japanese-New Zealand actress Anna Sawai (Giri/Haji), American-based Japanese actor Soji Arai (SHE JANG), and Japanese actress Kaho Minami (Love Begins When the Money Ends).
Meanwhile, Jung Eun-chae will be taking on the role of Kyunghee, a character described as someone who owns an exotic mask and is highly proficient in English. The actress has been actively working in movies and TV dramas, portraying a variety of roles such as in OCN’s Dr. Frost (2014–2015) and The Guest (2018) and SBS’s Return (2018).
Pachinko is expected to tell a heart-wrenching story of history through the epic narrative of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. The trilingual series is written by its showrunner, Soo Hugh (The Terror), who also purchased rights to the story through the production company Media Res, and co-directed by Kogonada (Columbus), who will work on the first four episodes, including the pilot, and Justin Chon (Ms. Purple), who will direct the last four episodes.