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According to reports, actor Lee Min Ho will be making his comeback via Apple TV Plus’ new TV series, Pachinko

The official production start date and cast for Pachinko was recently announced, with Lee Min Ho being the first cast member to be listed. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, Pachinko is a global project that will bring together actors from Korea, Japan, and the US for a story that will be told in Korean, Japanese, and English.

Through an epic saga that involves four generations of a Korean immigrant family, Pachinko will capture individual characters’ stories that are permeated by history, in an eight-episode series. The global cast is scheduled to begin shooting in Korea on October 26, and will also be filming scenes in Canada. 

Lee Min Ho, who was the first to be mentioned among the list of actors confirmed to be cast for Pachinko, will play Hansu, a merchant who has amassed power and wealth through his ties with the Yakuza. Although Hansu is an opportunist who stays true to his ambitions, he is an enigmatic character who is pure and genuine in the face of love, and he pursues an illicit love affair. As Hansu plays an important role in the context of the story, expectations are high for Lee Min Ho’s portrayal of the character.

Apple TV Plus – which is available in every region of the US and well as in countries all over the world – picking up a story about Korean immigrants who journey to Japan and the US after the end of the Japanese colonial era, and casting top Hallyu actor Lee Min Ho for the series, show the status of Hallyu content and Hallyu stars in the global entertainment market. 

Pachinko, which chronicles war and peace, love and loss, and victory and reckoning while going between Korea, Japan, and the US, will be produced by Media Res. Soo Hugh (The Terror, The Killing) is the show’s main writer, executive producer, and showrunner. On board to direct the series are Kogonada and Justin Chon, who will each take four episodes of the series.