Back in May, we had the opportunity to visit the set of HBO Asia’s original period drama, GRISSE, and we walked away mightily impressed
An action-packed series that will be broken up into eight hour-long parts, it takes place in the mid 1800s, within the colonial period of the Dutch East Indies. GRISSE tells the story of a group of unlikely bedfellows who will join forces to rebel against a brutal governor and gain control of the Dutch garrison town known as Grisse.
Debuting exclusively on both HBO and HBO GO on November 4, 9 PM, the weekly series brings together an ensemble cast of regional and international talents.
The cast includes Adinia Wirasti (HBO Asia’s Halfworlds Season 1), Marthino Lio (Sayang You Can Dance), Michael Wahr (City Homocide), Edward Akbar (Air Terjun Pengantin), Jamie Aditya (Sync or Swim), Toshiji Takeshima (HBO’s True Blood), Joanne Kam (Kopitiam), Zack Lee (The Raid 2), Tom Dejong (Medisch Centrum West), Ully Triani (Stay With Me), Rick Paul Van Mulligen (A’dam E.V.A.), Alexandra Gottardo (Tanah Air), Hossan Leong (The Forbidden City) and Jimmy T (Robocop 3).
Creator and Showrunner for GRISSE is Mike Wiluan (Buffalo Boys) who directed alongside Tony Tilse (HBO Asia’s Serangoon Road, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and Ler Jiyuan (Gone Case, The Love Machine).
“With an array of diverse cultures and rich histories, Asia has proven to be a melting pot of storylines that we are excited to bring to life and captivate our audiences in the region and beyond. With five more HBO Asia Original productions being available in HBO U.S.’ and HBO Europe’s territories, we are proud and delighted to be able to share some of what Asia has to offer with the rest of the world through our global network.”
Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia
European viewers will not be left out in the lurch, as it has also been announced that select HBO Asia Original productions will be available to audiences in HBO Europe’s territories, including GRISSE; horror anthology series FOLKLORE; Japanese drama series MISS SHERLOCK; and the first two instalments of the Chinese language martial arts anthology movie series, MASTER OF THE DRUNKEN FIST: BEGGAR SO and MASTER OF THE SHADOWLESS KICK: WONG KEI-YING.
GRISSE is produced as part of a two-and-a-half-year partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). 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.