Asian horror anthology series ‘Folklore’ to return for new season

More ghost stories to come

Asian horror anthology series Folklore has officially been renewed for a second season.

According to WarnerMedia, the series will return as a seven-episode offering in 2021, with each episode focusing on stories from a different part of Asia. This includes Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Each episode will be directed by a local filmmaker from the territory.

The second season of Folklore will be helmed once again by Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo, alongside a group of established and up-and-coming directors. Among them are Thailand’s Sittisiri Mongkolsiri (Inhuman Kiss), Taiwan’s Shih-Han Liao (The Rope Curse), Indonesia’s Billy Christian (Rumah Malaikat), Singapore’s Nicole Midori Woodford (For We Are Strangers), Malaysia’s Bradley Liew (Acacia Motel), and Erik Matti from the Philippines (Honor Thy Father).


Japanese singer-songwriter Seiko Matsuda is also set to make her directorial debut in the upcoming season of Folklore.

In a press release, the new season will examine “the human condition when exposed to supernatural powers in a mind-bending race against oneself”. Production for the series will begin early next year, with Season 2 slated for a late 2021 premiere on HBO Asia and HBO GO.

The first season of Folklore was released in 2018. It featured six hour-long episodes directed by Khoo, Joko Anwar (whose film Impetigore was recently selected as Indonesia’s submission to the 2021 Oscars’ International Feature Film category), Takumi Saitoh, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Ho Yuhang and Lee Sang-Woo.