'Pachinko' Season Two Finally Sets a Premiere Date

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Everything We Know About Pachinko Season 2Robert Falconer
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The end of Pachinko season one was heartbreaking, yet hopeful. The show's first chapter ended with Sunja's husband Isak getting arrested by Japanese authorities, and Sunja deciding to set up shop in the market to sell kimchi to provide for her family.

Thankfully, Apple TV+ renewed the show for a second season, so we'll be able to follow the story of Sunja and her family further.

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Sungkyu Kim, Eunchae Jung, and Minha Kim star in Pachinko season 2.Apple TV+

"I think where we’re going in season two, the stakes get even bigger and it’s actually even more dramatic because what happens is you see with occupation how something is coming towards everyone in Korean-based families. What happens in season two is the scale grows and the stakes get even higher. I can’t tell you more than that, but I can tell you…we always say that season one is epic. Season two it gets to an even greater place of epic-ness in scale," executive producer Theresa Kang-Lowe teased to Deadline.

Here's everything we know so far about Pachinko season two.

The plot will be "even heavier."

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The show is based on Min Jin Lee's book Pachinko, which is the multigenerational saga of a Korean family from 1910 through the late 1980s. Unlike the book, which tells the tale chronologically, the show follows Sunja (Minha Kim) growing up in Japanese-occupied Korea, and then moving to Japan, and her grandson Solomon (Jin Ha) moving back to Japan from America.

In season one, the young Sunja storyline ended in 1938, with the arrest of Isak (Noh Sang-hyun). Showrunner Soo Hugh shared that season two will go through World War II, and focus on the family's second generation: Sunja and Isak's sons, Mozasu and Noah. "It’s about the story of her, continued from Season 1… even heavier, but still, there’s joy,” Kim said of Sunja's plot. "Still, there’s joy." (Hopefully the joy of the opening credits will be part of season two.)

In a new interview with W Magazine, Kim shared, "I’m so excited for Sunja’s next journey. And it’s not only about Sunja, it’s about all of the characters. I can’t wait to hear their stories, hear their histories. I’m so happy to go back."

Solomon's storyline will depart from the book.

"I think we are seeing him question his preconceived notions of what success looked like when we meet him at the beginning of the season, and I’m rooting for him to find a healthier and less toxic idea of success," Ha told Deadline. "But I leave it to the skilled brains of the writers and Soo."

According to showrunner Hugh, season two will explore Solomon's "deal with the devil" in season one. She continued, "We also know that the story about Japan in the bubble economy in 1989, we know that bubble is bursting, we know that it’s coming, so there is definitely a darker shade to that scene, so hopefully, we’ll see her again."

The majority of the cast will return.

Season two will star:

  • Lee Minho as Hansu

  • Minha Kim as teenage Sunja

  • Anna Sawai as Naomi

  • Yuh-Jung Youn as older Sunja

  • Jin Ha as Solomon

  • Eunchae Jung as young Kyunghee

  • Soji Arai as Mozasu

  • Junwoo Han as Yoseb

  • Sungkyu Kim

Season two will premiere on August 23.

The eight-episode season two will air weekly on Fridays through October 11, which Apple announced by revealing a new title sequence (watch above) set to a different Grass Roots song. Season one's titles featured "Let's Live for Today," while season two is to "I'd Wait a Million Years."

We'll update the post as soon as we learn more—in the meantime, you can watch all of Pachinko season one on Apple TV+.

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