1. Pachinko, Apple TV+
cinema, television has evolved beyond the inconvenience of subtitles (what Bong Joon Ho called the 'one inch tall barrier'). This newer acceptance materialises decent production values for worldly stories like Pachinko, the best show of 2022.
The writer/creator Soo Hugh (The Terror)
seems to make every effort to further complicate the eight-part drama. She converts Min Jin Lee's chronological novel into a non-linear stream, crashing between Korea, Japan and the US during three crucial time periods in the 20th century – poring over generations of characters, whose collective memory is fading with age and death. Pachinko is an international family saga with which the medium of television loves to dance, much like its unforgettable title sequence.
chief character Sunja is played by three actors in three major stages of her
life, including Minari’s Youn Yuh-jung as a grandmother in the 1980s.
Her grandson Solomon (Jin Ha) is pressured by his American investment bank to meet their capitalistic standards, but years of generational trauma experienced by Sunja – formerly oppressed by the historic Japanese regime – start to affect those monetary concerns.
episode is shot with scenic and sympathetic grace, the last episode an
explosion of tearful humanism – bolstered by real interviews with older Koreans who lived in the times depicted. Pachinko is a poetic and poignant masterpiece of modern television.