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HBO Asia Finalizes Multi-Platform Launch for ‘Grace’

Horror mini is second original series for regional pay-TV platform

HBO Asia mini series "Grace"
Courtesy of HBO Asia

HONG KONG – HBO Asia will next month air “Grace,” its second original series made in the region.

The four-part horror mini-series stars Russell Wong (“Romeo Must Die,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”) and Pamelyn Chee (“Serangoon Road”) in a contemporary tale of a man who is an unfaithful but loving husband, and whose dirty secret threatens all around him.

HBO says the series, directed by Australia’s Tony Tilse, relies on the psychology of fear, and “takes a western approach towards the horror conventions of Asia, blending aspects of Asian supernatural mythology and traditions in the context of modern real-life scenarios.”

First broadcasts will be on Friday Oct. 17, with the two-part finale finishing on Halloween (Oct. 31). Episodes will also play on HBO GO one hour after broadcast and on HBO On Demand the Monday after.

Non-HBO subscribers in eight territories will be able to watch the first episode for free vie HBO’s website and on YouTube for a limited period of two weeks.

“Grace” will be broadcast in its original English, with Mandarin, with subtitles in selected territories. Local language audio options will also be available in Malaysia (Bahasa Malaysia), Indonesia (Bahasa Indonesia), Hong Kong (Cantonese) and Singapore (Mandarin).

“We’re seeing more Asian productions and there’s never been a better time to tap on our regional talent to produce material that will resonate with the audience. Horror is a hugely popular genre in this part of the world,” said Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia.

 The cast also includes Taiwanese starlet Teresa Daley (“Transformers: Age Of Extinction”), George Young (“The Pupil”) and Nora Samosir (“Masters Of The Sea”); New Zealand-based Yoson An (“Ghost Bride”) and Singaporean actors Constance Song, Jean Toh, Vivienne Tseng, Shane Mardjuki, Lim Kay Tong (“Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story”) and Lim Yu Beng (“Anna And The King”).

The series is produced by HBO Asia with Infocus Asia (IFA), and the support of the Media Development Authority of Singapore. It was filmed at Singapore’s Infinite Studios, and local exteriors.

HBO Asia is relatively new to original production activity. It previously produced the “Dead Mine” horror movie and the “Serangoon Road” 10-part detective series.