Folklore on HBO
HBO Asia’s very first horror anthology original series, Folklore(#FolkloreHBO), is a six-episode hour-long horror series that takes place across six Asian countries - Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand – with each episode based on each country’s deeply-rooted myths and folklore, featuring supernatural beings and occult beliefs. Helmed by different directors from various countries in Asia, each episode was filmed in the local language of the country that the episode is based in. Folklore seeks to modernize or update Asian horror, showcasing the brand of horror that each country is characteristic of and exploring societal dysfunctions in a manner that is specific to the country but possessing themes that will resonate across the continent.
Folklorepremieres on Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. exclusively on HBO. New episodes will debut at the same time every Sunday. The series will also be streaming on HBO GO.
Folkloreis an HBO Asia Original series produced and created by award-winning Singaporean film maker, Eric Khoo. The six directors involved in FOLKLORE are Joko Anwar (HBO Asia’s Halfworlds, Satan’s Slave) from Indonesia, Takumi Saitoh (Blank 13, Ramen Teh) from Japan, Lee Sang-Woo (Barbie, Fire In Hell, Dirty Romance) from Korea, Ho Yuhang (Rain Dogs, Mrs. K) from Malaysia, Eric Khoo (“Ramen Teh”, “12 Storeys”) from Singapore and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Samui Song, Last Life in the Universe) from Thailand.
Folklorealso features an ensemble cast from all over Asia. Most notably, Japanese actor, Kazuki Kitamura (Godzilla: Final Wars, Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2),Malaysian actor, Bront Palarae (HBO Asia’s Halfworlds Seasons 1 & 2, Satan’s Slave) and Korean actress, Lee Chae-Yeon (Running Man, Please Find Her, Blow Breeze) will each star as lead roles in their respective episodes.