Free entertainment spanning the width of Asia comes to town this weekend for the Lakewood Asian Film Fest.
It’s the second year for the free event at Lakewood Playhouse that features both films and live performances.
Approximately 350 people attended last year’s inaugural event. “Everybody wanted to do it again,” said coordinator Phil Raschke. “I’ve already got emails from people saying, ‘I’m coming all three days.’”
Raschke chose the films after getting suggestions from an informal committee of local film aficionados. “When they see one that really impresses them, they tell me what it is,” he said.
Raschke is bullish on all three feature offerings, but he is particularly enthralled with the Indian thriller “Kahanni.”
“I had never heard of that film, but once I watched it, I fell in love with it,” he said.
Before each film, a local Asian cultural group will perform. On Friday and Saturday, the Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers will perform, and on Sunday, the Okinawa Taiko Performers take the stage. A display by the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society will be in the lobby all weekend.
All films are subtitled in English, and seating is on a first-come basis. The theater is air conditioned, the concession stand will be open and parking is free.
Film and Entertainment Schedule
7 p.m. Korean Drummers
7:30 p.m. “Kahanni” (India, 2 hours 30 minutes, PG-13, 2012) is a suspenseful murder thriller filmed in Kolkata, India. The story takes place during a colorful local festival where a pregnant woman searches for her missing husband. The film has won more than a dozen awards.
7 p.m. Korean Drummers
7:30 p.m. “To Live” (China, 2 hours 13 minutes, PG-13, 1994) is an epic film that follows a family through the Chinese civil war in the first half of the 20th century. It’s sometimes called the Chinese “Gone with the Wind” and stars Chinese actress Gong Li.
2 p.m.: Taiko Performers
2:30 p.m.: “All We Could Carry” (United States, 15 minutes, G, ) is a documentary by Academy Award winner Steven Okazaki that concerns the 1942 forced wartime internment of 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry by the U.S. government.
3 p.m.: “The Front Line” (Korea, 1 hour, 13 minutes, PG-13, 2011) is a movie about the final battle of the Korean War.