In episode 4 of ‘Pachinko,’ an epic period drama encompassing multiple generations of a Korean Japanese family, the Korean landowner Han Geumja and her children come to sign the contract with Shiffley Bank in Tokyo in 1989, but things don’t go according to the plans. Sunja (Yu-na Jeon as the child, Minha Kim as the teen, and Youn Yuh-jung as the adult) sets out for South Korea With her son Mozasu (Soji Arai). In Busan in 1931, Teen Sunja marries Isak (Steve Sanghyun Noh) and sets out for Osaka and will not return to her homeland for over 50 years. Here is everything you need to know about the ending of ‘Pachinko’ episode 4. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Pachinko Episodes 4 Recap
The episode begins in a tailor’s shop with the first-ever meeting between Isak and Koh Hansu (Lee Min-Ho) in 1931. The latter evidently knows who the former is and constantly belittles him, commenting on his hand-me-down suit from his brother as well as his illness. Isak deals with the situation calmly, tells the tailor that he will need a new suit for his upcoming wedding, and asks him to rehem his brother’s suit so that his son can wear it someday. Apparently, Isak knows who Koh Hansu is as well. The son he is referring to here is not Mozasu. He hasn’t been conceived it. He is speaking about the child that Sunja is pregnant with. He has no way of knowing that it would be a boy, but this is the 1930s’ Korea. Even a generous and kind man like Isak has limitations to his progressiveness. In the book, Sunja ends up having a boy, and they name him Noa, who is likely to appear in the upcoming episodes. After their wedding, Sunja bids farewell to her mother, her friends, and her country and boards a passenger ship bound for Osaka.
In 1989, Han Geumja arrives with her children for the meeting. Right from the beginning, she seems quite reluctant to go forward with the deal. The reluctance grows as the meeting progresses and manifests as righteous anger toward decades of discrimination, ill-treatment, and racism. Meanwhile, Sunja arrives in Korea amidst heavy rain. She reaches the shores of her childhood and starts crying.
Pachinko Episodes 4 Ending: Does Han Geumja Sign the Contract with Shiffley Bank?
No, Han Geumja doesn’t sign the contract with Shiffley Bank. Her children clearly wanted her to do it. One billion Japanese Yen is an impressive amount of money. Although they must have grown up experiencing the same discrimination and ill-treatment as their mother, it likely became much more subtle, so they probably learned to ignore it. But Han Geumja didn’t place that kind of proverbial blindfold on her eyes, so she continues to experience it all. She speaks in Korean in a room filled with Japanese people. Han Geumja is talking to none of them but only to Solomon and her children. She reminds them of what their ancestors have faced since coming to Japan in harrowing detail. Han Geumja’s father came first, probably on a similar ship as Sunja, and later brought the rest of the family. Together, they struggled in a largely antagonistic country and persevered.
This is Han Geumja’s moment of resistance. Her words find their way into Solomon’s heart, especially after she brings up his grandmother, and he tells her not to sign. And that’s what she does and leaves. Afterward, feeling free as Han Geumja’s moment of resistance has become his as well, Solomon runs out into the street, comes across a group of street performers, and starts dancing uninhibitedly in the rain to their tune, just as his grandmother sheds her tears onto the sea.
Is the Korean Soprano Dead?
Sunja meets a Korean soprano, who seems quite popular among the Japanese, right before boarding the ship. The soprano accidentally drops her scarf, and Sunja returns it to her. The two women talk in Sunja’s mother’s presence, and the singer seems to realize Sunja’s circumstances and why she is traveling across the sea when she is due in two months. The singer tells Sunja that she will sing for their people. That evening, while Sunja is violently seasick, the singer stops midway into her performance and suddenly starts singing a Korean song. Her people, who are below deck, hear her song and respond with cheers, claps, and thumps against the ship’s walls and floor. The narrative shifts back and forth between the ship and the meeting room. Just as Solomon tells Han Geumja not to sign the papers, the singer draws out a knife and kills herself, making it her moment of resistance.
Historically, Korean soprano Yun Sim-deok took her life while traveling on a passenger ship. But that happened in 1926 and under different circumstances. She and her lover, playwright Kim U-jin, leaped off the ship while traveling to Busan from Simonoseki, Japan, and subsequently perished.
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Who Is Hannah in Night Sky? Why Does Cornelius Call Her an Apostate?
Portrayed by Sonya Walger, Hannah is one of the most important supporting characters in Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Night Sky,’ Even though she is introduced in episode 7, titled ‘Lake Diving,’ she becomes a crucial part of the plot by the time the first season concludes. After escaping from the most secretive and dangerous cult in the world, Jude comes to Farnsworth, Illinois, in search of his father, Gabriel. He later discovers that a truck driver dropped Gabriel off at a location in Enfield, Michigan. Jude travels there with Irene and Denise and discovers that it’s a bed and breakfast establishment. Its owner is Hannah. Here is everything you need to know about her. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Who Is Hannah?
Hannah introduces herself as the owner of the bed and breakfast establishment. She informs Jude and the others that Gabriel came there 15 years earlier. He worked as a handyman, and they had a relationship, but ultimately, he moved on. She seems to be still bitter about it. However, it soon becomes apparent that she is not exactly what she claims to be. Hidden somewhere in the hotel, a man named Paul is keeping surveillance on all the guests.
Hannah later has a long conversation with Jude about Gabriel and lets him stay in the same room his father once occupied. There, Jude finds the codes to his father’s possible location in a copy of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo.’ The following morning, when Jude and the others depart, Paul follows them.
The season finale reveals that Hannah used to be part of the cult just like Jude and Gabriel. And now, she heads an organization that fights the cult. They don’t interfere when Cornelius threatens the Yorks and Jude. However, after he is subdued and placed in the van that Stella and Toni took from Nick, Hannah and her people intercept them on the road. Stella tells Hannah that she is no longer a guardian of the cult before she and Toni are taken away. When Hannah speaks to Cornelius, it becomes apparent that they know each other. Cornelius is fanatically devoted to the cult. Even after being captured by the enemy, he is outwardly defiant. However, his eyes give away that he is terrified.
Why Does Cornelius Call Hannah an Apostate?
From the interaction between Hannah and Cornelius and the fact that Gabriel sought her out, we can glean that Hannah left the cult before Gabriel. In the following years, she presumably set up a resistance against the most powerful shadowy organization in the world. She likely knew that Gabriel had left the codes to his location in his room and ensured that Jude would find it. She and Gabriel did probably have a relationship, and she just might be bitter that it ended. But she likely omitted its context. It’s possible that Gabriel was part of her organization before his departure and played a pivotal role in the fight against the cult. However, he has since moved on. For Hannah, the fight continues.
As mentioned above, Cornelius is fanatically devoted to the cult. The phrase “apostate” refers to a person who has renounced their religion. In Hannah’s case, she has left the cult. This is why Hannah — along with Jude, Gabriel, and now Stella — is an apostate to Cornelius and all other active cult members.
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Where is Keith Laborde Now?
Vincent Simmons was just 25 when he was sentenced to 100 years in prison after being accused of violently raping Karen and Sharon Sanders — a set of 14-year-old twins — a crime he maintains he never committed. However, as explored in ’48 Hours: Please Don’t Tell,’ Karen and Sharon Sanders insist he’s guilty despite recently agreeing to drop the charges against him and the supposed odd involvement of Keith Laborde. So now, if you wish to find out more about the latter, especially the details of his relationship with the sisters as well as his possible current whereabouts, here’s all that we know.
Who is Keith Laborde?
At the time of the alleged incident on the evening of May 9, 1977, an 18-year-old reported Marine Corps officer Keith Laborde was with Karen and Sharon Sanders, who are his first cousins. He was driving them back home from his place when he picked up a hitchhiker from 7-11, as per their accounts, only for it to end up with him forced into the trunk of his vehicle at knifepoint. Like the girls, once they went to the authorities with this ordeal two weeks later, Keith insisted their assailant was a Black man, whom they all individually later identified as Vincent Simmons from a lineup.
With that said, though, one of their other cousins has since claimed that the trio lied at every step of the way, which is something Keith personally told her at a bar long after Vincent’s conviction. “He told me that he had consensual sex with one of the girls and locked the other in the trunk,” Dana Brouillette stated in a sworn affidavit. She later explained, “He had gone down Little California Road, and he locked Sharon in the trunk, and he said the sex between him and Karen was consensual. He said, but the other one was a little hellcat… [She] put the scratches on his neck.”
Dana actually believes Keith, Karen, and Sharon concocted the story of a Black man attacking them to justify the noticeable scratches, along with the state of their overall appearance that night. But Karen clarified the entire situation in an interview with CBS by stating that although she did engage in consensual sex with Keith, it was way before the summer of 1977. She was reportedly just a child back then, whereas he was a teenager, and they “experimented. But that has nothing to do with what Vincent did. That’s two separate incidents. That’s two separate things,” she said.
Where is Keith Laborde Now?
Despite the (seemingly unsupported) accusations against him, Keith Laborde has outrightly denied ever having sex with Karen, according to ’48 Hours.’ He told the production that they only “played around like children,” nothing less and nothing more, but yes, every part of it was consensual. Coming to his current standing, in his 60s, it appears as if the Louisiana native prefers to keep well away from the limelight these days because he purportedly has a family of his own.
Keith wholeheartedly maintains that Vincent is guilty, which is why when CNN approached him for an interview in 2020, he reportedly let his anger out in the form of profanities, threats, and racial slurs directed toward him. Keith concluded with, “This sh*t happened. It’s real. It happened. And I’m not dealing with this no more I’m not looking over my shoulder anymore… I had enough of this sh*t.”
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