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Erik Matti set to direct an HBO Asia episode on Asian cuisine

Erik Matti set to direct an HBO Asia episode on Asian cuisine


Erik Matti, the director of award-winning socially and politically critical films like On The Job (2013), Honor Thy Father (2015), and Buy Bust (2018), is about to direct an episode of HBO Asia’s upcoming food anthology series Food Lore.

With Singaporean director Eric Khoo at the helm, Food Lore is an eight-episode hour-long series that surveys the various tastes of Asian food and the narratives behind them. Khoo is also the man behind HBO Asia’s first horror anthology series Folklore, which focuses on the different myths and superstitions of six Asian countries.

Like what Khoo did with Folklore, each Food Lore episode will be directed by a filmmaker from the country in focus: Don Aravind for Singapore, Billy Christian for Indonesia, Takumi Saitoh for Japan, Ho Yuhang for Malaysia, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang for Thailand, Phan Dang Di for Vietnam, and, of course, Matti for the Philippines.

Judging from this roster of respected directors (and also having watched most of Matti’s films), the episodes will give us more than just a look into the food. And this is confirmed by an HBO statement that says Food Lore will also be “weaving tales of the tastes and aromas that have filled the Asian souls.”

Khoo revealed in a recent interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Matti’s episode will compose of something that is “very emotional” and “something important.”

Set to air this November, Food Lore is part of the channel’s three new and thrilling original shows for 2019. The others are Dream Raider, a science fiction and crime series, and The World Between Us, a Taiwanese drama that follows the aftermath of a mass shooting.


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