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Folklore is a six-part horror anthology from HBO Asia. Directed by six of the continent’s up-and-coming directors, the unnerving series is an exploration of deep-seated superstitions that have permeated Asian cultures for generations. In this episode, a man who writes about crime scenes for a living discovers a dark family secret when he returns home for his father’s funeral. The lore: This episode features a zashiki-warashi, a ghost that haunts rooms in older homes, especially those covered with traditional Japanese tatami mats. These mischievous beings typically resemble young children and bring good fortune — if they are properly cared for. Some say these ghosts can be more sinister: If a zashiki-warashi decides to leave, hardship will befall the home. (Source: HBO Asia) Edit Translation

  • English
  • 日本語
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Special
  • Episodes: 1
  • Aired: Oct 7, 2018
  • Duration: 46 min.
  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 46 users)
  • Ranked: #87447
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Folklore: Tatami (2018) photo
Folklore: Tatami (2018) photo


The Butterfly
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Jul 10, 2020
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Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.5
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This one hour entry in the HBO Asia Folklore anthology was gripping. A family’s story and murderous secrets erupt when a son returns home for his father’s funeral.

Kitamura Kazuki gives a stellar performance as a deaf crime scene writer. He conveys a myriad of emotions without ever saying a word as his character is forced to finally confront the horror hidden in his past and the horror facing him in the present. Kanno Misuzu plays the mother who becomes unhinged as those memories arise. The third main character in this episode is the tatami mat in a deserted room that has secrets to reveal, memories to revive and vengeance to repay.

“Tatami” was the most polished of the anthology episodes I’ve watched. Far from perfect but definitely worth watching Kitamura and Kanno play off of each other. The story is tight using every minute to develop the characters and tell the story in the present and through flashbacks. The scariest elements to this story are not ghosts or the supernatural but the human greed and depravity buried within the layers of the tatami mat.

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  • Special: Folklore: Tatami
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 1
  • Aired: Oct 7, 2018
  • Duration: 46 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 46 users)
  • Ranked: #87447
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 90

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