The Pachinko cast features Youn Yuh-Jung, Kim Min-Ha and Jin Ha. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Soo Hugh’s Apple TV+ series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Pachinko follows the lives of Korean immigrants across several timelines. The narrative centers on Sunja, a teenager from a fishing village near Busan who becomes pregnant during the 1910s. She avoids a public scandal by marrying a minister and moving to Osaka. The Apple TV+ series explores Sunja’s legacy and the experiences of Koreans while living in Japan and elsewhere. Here’s every main performer and character in Pachinko, an adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s 2017 novel.
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Pachinko Cast: Youn Yuh-Jung as Sunja
Character Profile: The matriarch of a Korean family. She raises two sons who have different fathers. Sunja lives in Japan and helps her family members and friends better understand themselves.
Youn’s Resume: Byung-sik in The Housemaid (2010), Min-Jung in Sense8 (2015-17), So-young in The Bacchus Lady (2016), Grandmother in Lucky Chan-sil (2019), Soonja in Minari (2020)
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Pachinko Cast: Kim Min-Ha as Teenage Sunja
Character Profile: Sunja as a 16-year-old. She lives in a fishing village and gets impregnated by a yakuza member. Sunja marries a minister and moves to Japan, where she learns about the realities of being a Korean immigrant.
Kim’s Resume: Gayoung in Main Street (2022), TV Debut in Pachinko
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Pachinko Cast: Jin Ha as Solomon Baek
Character Profile: Sunja’s grandson. He attends college in New York City and later lands a high-profile job in Japan. Solomon strays from the values learned from his mother.
Ha’s Resume: Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018), Wendel in Hot Air (2018), Jamie in Devs (2020), Augie Jeong in Love Life (2020), Elliot Park in The Same Storm (2021)
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Pachinko Cast: Soji Arai as Mozasu Baek
Character Profile: Sunja’s son. He grows up in Japan and experiences racism. Mozasu later becomes a pachinko industry mogul.
Arai’s Resume: Toshi Iwamoto in The Ramen Girl (2008), Victor Saito in Dead of Night (2019-20), Kurutta in Legacies (2019), Kaito in S.W.A.T. (2019), Toshi Iwamoto in Cobra Kai (2021)
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Pachinko Cast: Jeong In-ji as Yangjin
Character Profile: Sunja’s mother. She speaks about her family in the opening scene. Yangjin takes care of a sick minister who eventually marries Sunja (who is pregnant with another man’s child).
Jeong’s Resume: TV Debut in Pachinko
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Pachinko Cast: Lee Min-Ho as Koh Hansu
Character Profile: A Japanese yakuza member. He impregnates Sunja while working as a fish broker in Busan. Koh uses his influence to help his son.
Lee’s Resume: Goo Joon Pyo in Boys Over Flowers (2009), Lee Yun-seong/John Lee in City Hunter (2011), Kim Tan in Heirs (2013), Jong-dae in Gangnam 1970 (2015), Lee Gon in The King: Eternal Monarch (2020)
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Pachinko Cast: Steve Sanghyun Noh as Baek Isak
Character Profile: A Korean minister. He meets Sunja in Busan and then agrees to marry her. Isak brings his fiancee to Osaka, where they both experience heartbreak and racism.
Noh’s Resume: Sun’s Driver in Sense8 (2015), EO in Seoul Searching (2015), Jeon Kang Woon in 300 Year-Old Class of 2020 (2020)
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Pachinko Cast: Anna Sawai as Naomi
Character Profile: Solomon’s business colleague. She’s a career-oriented woman who hopes to climb the corporate ladder in Japan. Naomi collaborates with Solomon as they attempt to acquire valuable property.
Sawai’s Resume: Natsu in Ai no uta! (2007), Teenage Kiriko in Ninja Assassin (2009), Eiko in Giri/Haji (2019), Elle in F9: The Fast Saga (2021)
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Pachinko Cast: Jimmi Simpson as Tom
Character Profile: Solomon’s boss. He’s a passive-aggressive man and a career opportunist. Tom works in Japan and tries to acquire land from elderly people.
Simpson’s Resume: Liam McPoyle in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-13), Gavin Orsay in House of Cards (2014-15), William in Westworld (2016-20), Walter in Black Mirror “USS Callister” (2017), Spencer Clay in The Man Who Fell to Earth (2022)
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The Pachinko cast also includes Kaho Minami (And Live, Love Begins When the Money Ends), Jung Eun-chae (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, L.U.C.A.: The Beginning), Yu-na Jeon (TV debut), Junwoo Han (Sense8) and Mari Yamamoto (Surfer’s Paradise, Kate).
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