30 Apr 2018


HBO Asia announced today that Korean actress, Lee Chae-Yeon  will be starring in HBO Asia’s new horror anthology Original drama series, Folklore

Production has also wrapped for the six-part hour-long series that was shot in various locations in Asia including Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and concluded with the Korean-based episode shot in South Korea. 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. 

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).

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 Folklore are Joko Anwar from Indonesia, Takumi Saitoh from Japan, Lee Sang-Woo from Korea, Ho Yuhang from Malaysia, Eric Khoo from Singapore and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang  from Thailand.

Lee Chae-Yeon stars as the lead role in the episode based in Korea and directed by Korean director, Lee Sang-Woo. Lee Chae-Yeon’s career started out as a music artist with her hit single, Two Of Us, propelling her to fame in 2005. 

Since then, she has appeared in numerous hit reality television series including Running Man and Roommate. Most recently, she landed supporting roles in popular television series including Please Find Her and Blow Breeze.

Other previously announced actors starring in Folklore include Japanese Actor Kazuki Kitamura  and Malaysian actor, Bront Palarae.

Folklore is produced in partnership with the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) as part of a two-and-a-half-year collaboration to develop the drama production capabilities of Singapore’s media industry and talent. 

Under this partnership, HBO Asia will work with local talent and companies, and train them to develop and produce compelling content for international audiences.


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