Folklore (TV series)
|Created by||Eric Khoo|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||HBO Asia|
|Original release||October 7 –|
November 11, 2018
Created by Singaporean director Eric Khoo, the six-episode series features stories based on Asian superstitions and national folkloric myths, with each episode helmed by a director from a different country.
- Marissa Anita
- Muzakki Ramdhan
- Kazuki Kitamura
- Misuzu Kanno
- Daisuke Kuroda
- Shima Onishi
- Li Wen Qiang
- Maguire Jian
- Sivakumar Palakrishnan
- Aric Hidir
- Louis Wu
- Dayang Nurbalqis
- Nuttapon Sawasdee
- Parama Wutthikornditsakul
- Thomas Burton van Blarcom
- Bront Palarae
- Nabila Huda
- Redza Minhat
- Lee Chae Yeon
- Jung Yun-seok
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Country||Original air date|
|1||"A Mother's Love"||Joko Anwar||Joko Anwar||Indonesia||October 7, 2018|
|A single mother and her young son discover a group of dirty and underfed children living in a mansion'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.|
|2||"Tatami"||Takumi Saitoh||Tomoki Kanazawa & Masato Tanno||Japan||October 14, 2018|
|A murder scene writer returns home to attend his father'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 family's past.|
|3||"Nobody"||Eric Khoo||Amanda Lee Koe||Singapore||October 21, 2018|
|A Pontianak is awoken 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.|
|4||"Pob"||Pen-Ek Ratanaruang||Pen-Ek Ratanaruang||Thailand||October 28, 2018|
|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.|
|5||"Toyol"||Ho Yuhang||Ho Yuhang||Malaysia||November 4, 2018|
|A Member of Parliament (MP) of a fishing town turns to a mysterious woman who possesses shamanistic powers in order to salvage his town'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.|
|6||"Mongdal"||Lee Sang-Woo||Lee Sang-woo||South Korea||November 11, 2018|
|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.|
All six episodes of the series have received preview screenings at various film festivals in advance of the television premiere. Anwar's "A Mother's Love" and Ratanaruang's "Pob" received a preview screening at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival as part of its Primetime stream of selected television projects. Another two episodes, Saitoh's "Tatami" and Khoo's "Nobody", received a preview screening at the 2018 Sitges Film Festival as part of Serial Sitges section, while Ho's "Toyol" and Lee's "Mongdal" were screened at the 2018 Fantastic Fest in Austin as part of Folklore program.
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