Folklore (TV series)

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Created byEric Khoo
Directed by
Country of origin
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
Original language(s)
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Thai
  • Malay
  • Korean
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Original networkHBO Asia
Original releaseOctober 7 (2018-10-07) –
November 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)
External links

Folklore is a television horror anthology series that premiered on HBO Asia on October 7, 2018.[1]


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.[2]


  • 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.TitleDirected byWritten byCountryOriginal air date
1"A Mother's Love"Joko AnwarJoko AnwarIndonesiaOctober 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)
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 SaitohTomoki Kanazawa & Masato TannoJapanOctober 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)
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 KhooAmanda Lee KoeSingaporeOctober 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)
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 RatanaruangPen-Ek RatanaruangThailandOctober 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)
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 YuhangHo YuhangMalaysiaNovember 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)
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-WooLee Sang-wooSouth KoreaNovember 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)
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.


Episodes were directed by Khoo, Joko Anwar,[3] Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Takumi Saitoh,[4] Lee Sang-Woo and Ho Yuhang.[5]


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.[5] 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,[6][7] while Ho's "Toyol" and Lee's "Mongdal" were screened at the 2018 Fantastic Fest in Austin as part of Folklore program.[8][9]


  1. ^ Widianto, Stanley (September 21, 2018). "'Folklore': Finding the origins of fear". The Jakarta Post.
  2. ^ Tseng, Douglas (September 6, 2018). "First Look: Eric Khoo And HBO Asia Team Up On Horror Series 'Folklore'". Today.
  3. ^ Wira, Ni Nyoman (September 22, 2018). "Joko Anwar explores emotional layers of Indonesian ghost in 'Folklore: A Mother's Love'". The Jakarta Post.
  4. ^ "2018/10/10 [CREATE] HBOアジア ドラマ「Folklore」情報". Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Frater, Patrick (September 6, 2018). "Toronto: 'Folklore' Gives Primetime Festival Slot to Asian Horror". Variety.
  6. ^ "Folklore: Tatami". Sitges Film Festival.
  7. ^ "Folklore: Nobody". Sitges Film Festival.
  8. ^ "Folklore at Fantastic Fest". Fantastic Fest.
  9. ^ "Folklore Episode 1: A Mother's Love". 2018 San Diego Asian Film Festival. Retrieved 2018-11-14.

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