SINGAPORE â€” Food Lore, a HBO Asia anthology drama series helmed by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo (Ramen Teh, 12 Storeys), will premiere on 3 November at 10pm. The eight-episode hour-long series explores human conditions with narratives inspired by Asian cuisines.
The stories in Food Lore will span the genres of comedy and drama. Each episode possesses a distinct voice, tone, and narrative.
KhooÂ directed one of the episodes, which is a romance between a French chef and a Malay mee siam hawker.
The series was shot in eight countries across Asia â€“ Singapore, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, and directed by various storytellers from across the region, including Erik Matti (BuyBust, Honor Thy Father) from the Philippines, Phan Dang Di (Bi, Donâ€™t Be Afraid, Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories) from Vietnam, Billy Christian (Tuyul: Part 1, The Sacred Riana: Beginning) from Indonesia, Don Aravind (Angel, Drive) from Singapore, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Headshot, Last Life in the Universe) from Thailand, Takumi Saitoh (Blank 13, Hannbun no Sekai) from Japan and Ho Yuhang (Trespassed, Mrs. K) from Malaysia.
HBO has released a new trailer for Food Lore:
In March this year, Khoo said atÂ a press conference announcing HBO Asiaâ€™s 2019 line-up,Â â€œWeâ€™re all very greedy people,â€ said Khoo. â€œItâ€™s something about Asian people. Food is something that people are very passionate about.â€
â€œWhat I really felt was important for the series was the diversity of Asian food and different cultures. From day one I had to have all the episodes to have mother tongue â€“ it had to be the language of the country. Thatâ€™s when you really get the flavour of it,â€ Khoo added.
Khoo had previously made another anthology series for HBO Asia, 2018â€™s horror series Folklore, which featured ghouls and ghosts from around Asia.