Parents' Guide to

Pachinko

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Provocative historical drama has drinking, gambling.

TV Apple TV+ Drama 2022
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Great writing, wouldn’t recommend for sensitive readers

This book is excellent writing however I’m surprised the violence and scariness category didn’t mention that there is suicide in this book. It’s not an explicit scene but it’s the reason I stopped reading the book and consider it important to know before reading.

Is It Any Good?

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Riveting, knife-sharp, poetic, this adaptation of an acclaimed novel from Min Jin Lee holds secrets; an epic family saga that integrates meaning within meaning. In Pachinko, an ambitious young businessman from the U.S. returns to Japan, where his family lives. They are ethnic Koreans who emigrated to Japan during the Japanese occupation of Korea, and many unresolved feelings remain. His visit coincides with his great-aunt's illness; she's being cared for by his grandmother. Memories are triggered as his grandmother recalls her childhood in Korea.

Visually riveting, this is story-telling at its finest. Adults might enjoy it more than teens, but the romantic stories, the mysterious family ties, the sleek production might draw in fans of K-Dramas and family sagas.

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