January 24, 2018, 1:30 am
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‘Halfworlds’ returns on HBO

The second season of “Halfworlds” makes its debut across Asia on HBO on Sunday, January 22,. The eight-part, hour-long dark action fantasy drama – the network’s first returnable series – will premiere with double back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. on HBO. A new episode will premiere on subsequent Sundays at the same time, culminating with two back-to-back episodes on February 26. 

“Halfworlds” widens the universe established in the first season, transiting from the alleys of Jakarta, to the neon light-bathed streets of Bangkok. Directed by renowned Thai filmmaker Ekachai Uekrongtham, this season features a stellar cast of leading Asian actors, including Filipino Jake Macapagal.

Macapagal plays Kaprey, the terrifying kingpin who rules The Citadel; the only area of Bangkok that is not under Warin’s control. The cigar-smoking Spanish-Filipino Peesaj has an artefact of great power in his keep. His headquarters is located in a labyrinth of streets and alleys, in the most nefarious part of town known as The Citadel. Unwelcome visitors or enemies are disoriented when they arrive and no one makes it out alive without his blessing. 

Jake Macapagal has a certificate from Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts and has been acting professionally since he was 16. He was nominated at The British Independent Film Awards as the Most Promising Newcomer in 2013 for the BAFTA nominated film “Metro Manila.” His other credits include “The Touch of a Butterfly”, “Aswang”, “Shackled”, “Kid Kulafu” and “Showdown in Manila.” 

“Halfworlds” is the first HBO Asia Original to premiere in 2017. Other Asian Originals set to premiere this year include “The Teenage Psychic” as well as “Sent,” directed by Singaporean comedian Alaric Tay.
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