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Japanese actor Kazuki Kitamura and Malaysia's Bront Palarae are to star in Folklore, a new original horror anthology for HBO Asia.

Folklure Kitamura 29Mar2018The six-part hour long series, created by Singaporean film maker Eric Khoo, is set to premiere later this year across the network's TV, online and on-demand platforms.

Principal photography has now begun on Folklore, which will be shot in Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand by different directors. Each episode will centre on a country's superstitions and myths, and be made in the local language (with English subtitles), in what HBO calls a modern take or update on the Asian horror genre.

The Japanese episode, directed by Takumi Saitoh (Blank 13, Ramen Teh) will feature Kazuki Kitamura (pictured) in the lead role. Well known internationally for his rolls in Hollywood's Godzilla: Final Wars, and both volumes of Kill Bill, Kitamura has also won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Yokohama Film Festival for roles in the films Kyohansha, Minazuki and Kanzen-naru Shiiku.

The other Folklore directors are Joko Anwar (Indonesia), Lee Sang-Woo (Korea), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia), Eric Khoo (Singapore) and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Thailand).
Malaysian actor Bront Palarae will take the lead in the Malaysian episode. He is known for roles in Malaysian comedy series Sejoli, HBO Asia's Original fantasy drama series Halfworlds and Indonesia's hit horror movie Satan's Slave.

Folklore is produced in collaboration with Singapore's Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).