Warning: This text comprises main spoilers.
“Pachinko,” the critically acclaimed Apple TV+ collection primarily based on the nationwide bestseller of the identical title by Min Jin Lee, ends its first season on April 29 with the collection finale.
The TV collection, which is advised in three completely different languages (Korean, Japanese, and English), follows 4 generations of a Korean household in Korea and Japan all through the twentieth century.
Whereas the collection created by showrunner Soo Hugh stays devoted to the e-book, there are in fact some notable exceptions.
Here is a take a look at the highest 5 variations between the e-book and the TV present, which was renewed for another season earlier than the top of the primary season.
1. There’s a non-linear timeline in this system
The primary huge distinction is the narrative construction. The e-book unfolds in chronological order, whereas the collection works in a non-linear timeline, weaving collectively previous and future occasions of the novel.
The primary technology follows the couple Hoonie and Yangjin; the second, her daughter Sunja, her ex-lover Koh Hansu and her husband Baek Isak; the third, Sunja’s kids, Noa and Mozasu; and the fourth, Mozasu’s son, Solomon.
The TV adaptation largely cycles between moments centered across the novel’s central character, Sunja, who’s portrayed by three completely different actresses at three completely different phases in her life.
Oscar-winning actor Youn Yuh-jung performs Sunja as an older girl, whereas Kim Min-ha and Jeon Yu-na play Sunja as a younger grownup and youngster, respectively.
2. Phoebe does not exist within the collection
Each the TV present and the novel discover how Solomon (Jin Ha), Sunja’s grandson, navigates his early maturity by way of america, Japan, and South Korea within the Nineteen Eighties. However the adaptation lacks his Korean-American girlfriend: Phoebe.
Solomon met Phoebe whereas attending Columbia College in New York. She later follows him to Tokyo, the place they intend to get married, however when a deal goes incorrect at his firm, Solomon is damaged up by Phoebe, quits his job, and works for his father’s (Mozasu) pachinko enterprise.
Within the TV collection, Phoebe’s character seems to get replaced by Solomon’s co-worker Naomi (Anna Sawai). Whereas nothing romantic comes out of their friendship, the 2 discover consolation in trusting one another as colleagues through the present’s first season.
3. Kyunghee’s destiny is completely different on the present
Kyunghee – Sunja’s sister-in-law – grew to become one in all Sunja’s buddies and confidants as the 2 struggled to navigate life as Korean girls in Japan.
Certainly, on the finish of the novel, after visiting her father and husband’s grave in Korea, Sunja returns to the place, as Lee writes within the final sentence of the e-book, “Kyunghee can be ready for her at dwelling”.
The collection, nonetheless, depicts Kyunghee (Jung Eun-chae) dying of an undisclosed sickness in Japan, which prompts Sunja to make a journey to go to her father’s grave.
4. Bokhee’s Destiny Is Completely different Too
As a young person, Sunja befriended two orphaned sisters, Bokhee and Dokhee, who labored as servants at her mom’s boarding home within the small fishing village of Yeongbo, South Korea.
The brothers solely made a quick look at first of the novel, however their fates remained unsure after Sunja married Baek and moved to Osaka, Japan.
Within the novel, a number of a long time after Sunja left her hometown, Sunja’s mom cries as she remembers Bokhee and Dokhee, who she assumes have been exploited by Japanese troopers whereas Korea was underneath Japanese colonial rule.
The present, nonetheless, leaves no room for interpretation. As a substitute, it features a scene revealing that Bokhee did certainly survive a few years after Sunja left Korea for Osaka.
In a stroke of luck, the 2 misplaced buddies are reunited when Sunja tries to search out her father’s grave whereas visiting Korea after Kyunghee’s dying.
Throughout their emotional reunion, Bokhee explains what occurred to her and Dokhee after Sunja bought married and left the nation, later detailing the tragedy of how her sister died.
5. Noa’s character is absent from the present
And maybe most notably absent from the present is Sunja’s firstborn: Noa.
Noa – Sunja and Koh’s son and Baek’s adopted son – grew up in Osaka, the place he excelled in class and tried to mix in with Japanese tradition as a lot as he may.
Noa was later accepted to a prestigious college in Tokyo, which Koh presents to pay underneath the guise of an older Korean man giving again to a youthful technology – all with out his son understanding his paternal father’s true id.
When he lastly finds out the reality, Noa drops out of faculty, begins a brand new life underneath a special title, and strikes away from her household for 16 years. However after Koh tracks him down and Sunja visits him, Noa takes her personal life.
The primary season of the TV collection solely options Noa rising up as a toddler, whose dying is just talked about in passing all through the present.