JA­PANESE FOLKTALE TO SCARE HBO VIEW­ERS

Watch HBO Asia’s six-part orig­i­nal an­thol­ogy se­ries on Asian hor­ror ti­tled “Folk­lore”, which draws on the lo­cal myths from Ja­pan, Korea, In­done­sia, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, and Thai­land

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An in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist re­turns to his home­town to at­tend his fa­ther’s fu­neral and un­cov­ers a truth about his fam­ily’s hor­ri­fy­ing past in the Ja­panese fea­ture, “Tatami,” the sec­ond of HBO Asia’s six-part orig­i­nal an­thol­ogy se­ries on Asian hor­ror ti­tled “Folk­lore”.

The tatami is a mat used as floor­ing in Ja­panese homes. It is also be­lieved to carry all of the pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive emo­tions – in­clud­ing grudges – of all who have stepped on it.

Kazuki Ki­ta­mura, who plays the mute Makoto Kishi, ex­pe­ri­ences vi­sions from his past. He then finds a se­cret door that leads him to a room in the house where he will find out about his fam­ily’s his­tory of greed and treach­ery, a dis­cov­ery that will change the world he has come to know.

Direc­tor Takumi Saitoh uses sus­pense to de­pict the hor­ror es­ca­lat­ing in si­lence un­til the movie’s cli­mac­tic rev­e­la­tions.

HBO Asia’s “Folk­lore” draws on the lo­cal myths from Ja­pan, Korea, In­done­sia, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, and Thai­land. It ini­tially aired the In­done­sian movie, “A Mother’s Love. Fol­low­ing “Tata- mi” are tales from Sin­ga­pore (“No­body”), Thai­land (“Pob”), Malaysia (“Toyol”), and Korea (“Mong­dal”).

Episodes are helmed by dif­fer­ent di­rec­tors from var­i­ous Asian coun­tries, and are filmed in the lo­cal lan­guage of the coun­try that the episode is based in.

Watch Folk­lore this Oc­to­ber 14, 10 p.m. on HBO Chan­nel 402 (SD) Chan­nel 710 (HD).

SKYdi­rect sub­scribers can watch on Ch. 22 HD. It is also avail­able for stream­ing on HBO GO.

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SCENES FROM THE MOVIE “TATAMI”

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