Back in September I saw a trailer for a new horror anthology titled Folklore which was coming to HBO Asia. The first season consists of six episodes set in six different Asian countries—Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Korea—which tell six different stories, each inspired by the folklore of the country it’s set in. Sadly, it appeared that the show wouldn’t be available to watch here in the States when it premiered in October.
But never fear! HBO has recognized that there are people around the world who are interested in watching Folklore, and it has been revealed that the series will be coming to HBO GO, HBO NOW, HBO On Demand, and HBO’s partners’ streaming platforms next month.
You can find more info on the six episodes and watch a trailer for the anthology below.
This HBO Asia Original horror anthology series features the deeply-rooted superstitions and myths across six Asian countries, including Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Episode 1: “A Mother’s Love” — In the first of six episodes in the series from Indonesia directed by Joko Anwar, a single mother and her young son discover a group of dirty and underfed children living in a mansionâ€™s attic. Upon saving them and returning them to their families, she has unknowingly snatched these children from their adopted mother – ‘Wewe Gombel’ – and must now beware her vengeful wrath. This episode was selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Episode 2: “Tatami” — In the second of six episodes in the series from Japan directed by Takumi Saitoh about the tatami spirit, a murder scene writer returns home to attend his fatherâ€™s funeral and begins to experience constant flashbacks of his childhood. He then discovers a secret door in the house that leads to a room that hides a horrifying secret from his familyâ€™s past. This episode was selected for the SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
Episode 3: “Nobody” — In the third of six episodes in the series from Singapore directed by Eric Khoo, a Pontianak is awakened when a foreman and a construction worker attempt to bury the body of a dead girl instead of burning her. A series of unfortunate events begin to occur at the construction site. This episode was selected for the SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
Episode 4: “Pob” — In the fourth of six episodes in the series from Thailand directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, a journalist meets with ‘Pob’, a Thai ghost, who confesses to a murder. Finally finding an outlet for complaint, ‘Pob’ explains how the murder happened and requests for his story to be published. However, the journalist declines and the two make a deal of a lifetime. This episode was selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Episode 5: “Toyol” — In the fifth of six episodes in the series from Malaysia directed by Ho Yuhang, is about the ‘Toyol’, commonplace in Malay folklore. A Member of Parliament of a fishing town turns to a mysterious woman who possesses shamanistic powers in order to salvage his townâ€™s dire economic situation. She fixes all his problems and the two soon become lovers. However, the woman has a dark secret that threatens to destroy his life. This episode was selected for the international film festival, Fantastic Fest.
Episode 6: “Mongdal” — In the last of six episodes in the series from Korea directed by Lee Sang Woo, is about the ‘Mongdal’, a bachelor ghost. A mother tries to appease the moods and demands of her borderline psychopathic son. When a new girl comes to town, her son falls quickly and deeply for the new girl and is determined to win her over possibly even against her will. When things take a tragic turn, his mother will stop at nothing to make her son happy even if it means finding a bride to join him in the afterlife. This episode was selected for the international film festival, Fantastic Fest.
Folklore will be available to watch on the various streaming platforms on February 1st.