Direk Erik Matti’s ISLAND OF DREAMS to lead HBO Asia Original’s new drama anthology series FOOD LORE – an 8-episode hour-long series that explores human conditions with narratives inspired by Asian cuisines.

The series is scheduled to premiere November 3 (Sunday) at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO. Born from the same concept of the 6-episode FOLKLORE horror anthology series created by Eric Khoo released last year also on HBO.

The first two (2) episodes, the Vietnam episode, FOOD LORE: He Serves Fish, She Eats Flower, and the Philippines episode, FOOD LORE: Island of Dreams, will also make its world debut at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) on 30 October and 31 October respectively. TIFF started in 1985 as Japan’s first major film festival and since has grown to become one of the leading film festivals in Asia.


Set and filmed in Negros, Island of Dreams tells the story of Nieves who leaves her husband and children to work as a domestic helper in Manila. Returning home for the annual fiesta, Nieves soon realises that she may have grown estranged from her beloved family as her jubilant homecoming takes an unexpected turn.

The film stars Angeli Bayani, Yul Servo Nieto and Ina Feleo.

Helmed by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo (“Ramen Teh”, “12 Storeys”), FOOD LORE is shot in eight countries across Asia – India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and directed by some of Asia’s most talented storytellers 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.

Like a favorite dish from home, each story is a flavor of love and set to tease the senses. Viewers will be taken on an emotional journey filled with passion, treasured memories and a little spice of Asia. Each episode possesses a distinct voice, tone, and narrative.

Here are the list of Episodes:

Episode 1 – FOOD LORE: Island of Dreams (Sunday, 3 November at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO) /Philippines

Episode 2 – FOOD LORE: He Serves Fish, She Eats Flower (Sunday, 10 November at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO) /Vietnam

Episode 3 – FOOD LORE: Maria’s Secret Recipe (Sunday, 17 November at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO) /Indonesia

Episode 4 – FOOD LORE: A Plate of Moon (Sunday, 24 November at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO) /Singapore

Episode 5 – FOOD LORE: The Caterer (Sunday, 1 December at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO) /Thailand.

Note: This episode shares the same main cast as the HBO Asia Original “FOLKLORE: POB”, and tells the story of what goes on behind the scenes.

Episode 6 – FOOD LORE: Tamarind (Sunday, 8 December at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO) /Singapore.

Episode 7 – FOOD LORE: Life in a Box (Sunday, 15 December at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO) /Japan.

Episode 8 – FOOD LORE: Stray Dogs (Sunday, 22 December at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO) /Malaysia.

FOOD LORE, is produced by Singapore-based company Bert Pictures and part of a two-year partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore. Through a series of workshops and collaborations with local companies and talent on HBO Asia Original productions, the partnership aims to develop the content production capabilities of Singapore’s media industry.

HBO Asia started producing Original productions in 2012 and has produced a range of Asian Original productions including series, movies and documentaries. To date, HBO Asia has produced and aired 18 Asian Original productions with more in the pipeline.


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