HBO Asia has announced that Japanese actor, Kazuki Kitamura (Godzilla: Final Wars, Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2) and Malaysian actor, Bront Palarae (HBO Asia’s Halfworlds, Satan’s Slave) will be starring in HBO Asia’s new horror anthology Original drama series, Folklore.
Principal photography has also begun for the six-part hour-long series in various locations in Asia. The series is scheduled to premiere later this year on HBO Asia’s on-air, online and on-demand platforms.
Developed by HBO Asia and created by award-winning Singaporean film maker, Eric Khoo, all six episodes of Folklore will take place across multiple Asian countries including Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and each episode will be based on each country’s deeply-rooted superstitions and myths.
Helmed by different directors from various countries in Asia, each episode will seek to modernise or update Asian horror, exploring societal dysfunctions in a manner that is specific to the country but possessing themes that will resonate across the continent.
The six directors involved in Folkloreare Joko Anwar (Indonesia), Takumi Saitoh (Japan), Lee Sang-Woo (Korea), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia), Eric Khoo (Singapore) and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Thailand).
Folklore will be filmed in the local language of the country that the episode is based in, with English and local language subtitles (where available).