This week contains one of my most anticipated series of the year, “Pachinko”. The South Korean co-production premieres its first three episodes on Apple TV today, and it looks stunning. If you aren’t watching series from other countries and in other languages, I really urge you to start – whether it’s with this or something else that catches your eye.
When I named my choices for the top 10 shows from 2021, I highlighted series from France, Japan, Turkey, and two from South Korea. If I’d done a top 11, a series from Jordan would have found its way in, too. So much of our boredom with watching the same thing every day arises from the majority of our viewing coming from the same perspectives every day. Switch up those perspectives, and film and TV become a lot more exciting and unexpected.
Pachinko (Apple TV)
showrunner Soo Hugh
“Pachinko” tracks a Korean family’s course starting from the Japanese occupation of Korea, and their lives in both countries. It stars Yuh-jung Youn, who won an Oscar last year for “Minari”, and is based on the novel by Min Jin Lee.
Showrunner Soo Hugh wrote on “The Killing” and wrote and produced on “Under the Dome”, “The Terror”, and “See”.
You can watch “Pachinko” on Apple TV. The first three episodes are available right now, with a new episode arriving every Friday for a total of eight.
You Are Not My Mother (VOD)
directed by Kate Dolan
Char’s mother goes missing near their North Dublin home, so she sets out to investigate what’s happened to her.
Writer-director Kate Nolan started out as a photographer, and later a music video director. This is her first feature film.
See where to rent “You Are Not My Mother”.
co-directed by Celine Held
A girl and her mother live as part of a community in the abandoned subway tunnels underneath New York City.
Celine Held writes and directs with Logan George, as well as starring. Held has directed on the series “Servant”.
See where to rent “Topside”.
Deep Hatred (VOD)
directed by Daniela Carvalho, Ale McHaddo
In this Brazilian horror movie, the death of her father calls Cindy home. Her boyfriend and friends join her, but they find that her father’s home holds a secret and a threat.
Ale McHaddo has directed a few Brazilian movies and series. This is the first feature film as director for Daniela Carvalho.
See where to rent “Deep Hatred”.
Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.
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