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Pachinko

A sprawling, cinematic, and heartbreaking tale of intergenerational love and loss

Drama, Family, History

best
THE VERY BEST

8.5

show

Japan, Korea

English, Japanese, Korean

Character-driven, Dramatic, Emotional

2022

Anna Sawai, Eun-chae Jung, Han Jun-woo

55 min

Synopsis

Follow the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family beginning with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America to tell the unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning.

Our Take

8.5
Renee Cuisia

Both poetic and epic in scale, Pachinko (adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name) tells the story of a family spanning four generations, three nations, and one dream: to ensure a better life for their children, and their children, and so on. Because the story is rooted both in the unique experience of immigrant life and in the universal values of family life, it can seem painfully striking and relatable all at once. 

Despite the many places and eras it traverses, Pachinko also feels less nostalgic and more real-time, deeply immersed in whatever setting it’s in, taking us breathlessly for the ride. 

Sensitively directed by Kogonada (Columbus, After Yang) and movingly acted by veteran Youn Yuh-jung and breakout star Minha Kim, Pachinko is certainly one for the books: an arresting adaptation through and through.

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