SINGAPORE — 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.
Khoo 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 – 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, Don’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 at a press conference announcing HBO Asia’s 2019 line-up, “We’re all very greedy people,” said Khoo. “It’s something about Asian people. Food is something that people are very passionate about.”
“What 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 – it had to be the language of the country. That’s when you really get the flavour of it,” Khoo added.
Khoo had previously made another anthology series for HBO Asia, 2018’s horror series Folklore, which featured ghouls and ghosts from around Asia.