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 modernise 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.
Ho Yuhang from Malaysia
The 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.
FOLKLORE’s Malaysian-based episode entitled, FOLKLORE: TOYOL, features a tale that is commonplace in Malay folklore, the Toyol. Using black magic, a Toyolmay be summoned from a dead foetus and is often used for selfish or petty gains, exacting the mischief of its owner. However, the summoning of a Toyol can extract a terrible cost and should not be trifled with.
Directed by Malaysian Ho Yuhang (“Rain Dogs”, “Mrs. K”) and starring Malaysian actors Bront Palarae (HBO Asia’s “Halfworlds”, “Satan’s Slaves”) and Nabila Huda (“Munafik”, “Tombiruo: Penunggu Rimba”), the episode tells the story of a politician desperate to revive his town’s economy. When he turns to a mysterious woman with shamanistic powers, his troubles are solved but their eventual romantic involvement soon gives way to her dark and troubling secret.
The cast of Toyol - Nabila Huda and Bront Palare together with Award Winning Singaporean Eric Khoo and Malaysian Director Ho Yuhang
On Friday MAG speaks to Ho Yuhang the Malaysian Director about his episode Toyol staring Bront Palare and Nabila Huda. Plus, tune in to find out about some strange happenings on set and more! Stay tuned to the show on the 5th Oct at 12noon.
FOLKLORE premieres on Sunday, October 7 at 10pm exclusively on HBO (Astro Ch 411 / 431 HD). New episodes will debut at the same time every Sunday. The series will also be available on HBO On Demand (via Astro Go).