Aug. 16--A festival dedicated to Asian films is a natural fit in a town that takes pride in its cultural diversity.
This weekend, the Lakewood Asian Film Fest takes over the Lakewood Playhouse at Lakewood Towne Center. It features five Asian films and live entertainment over three days. The free event is co-hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission.
"When we picked the films, we pretty much stayed in the Far East," said Phil Raschke, a member of the Lakewood Arts Commission and Playhouse board member. The films are from China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia and the Philippines. All the films are subtitled in English with the exception of the English language film "Forgotten Soldiers."
Before each film, members of the Chang Hee Sook Korean drummers or the Filipino American Youth Organization dancers will perform.
The film festival is a first for Lakewood and a joint project between the arts commission and the playhouse, Raschke said. "There isn't an Asian film festival in the area so we thought, 'Let's do it for Lakewood,'" he said.
"Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan"
7 p.m. Friday
Running time: 2:06
The epic story of young Genghis Khan and how events in his early life lead him to become a legendary conqueror. With Chang Hee Sook drum group.
"Shall We Dance?"
2 p.m. Saturday
Running time: 2:16
A successful, but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. With Chang Hee Sook drum group.
7 p.m. Saturday
2012, South Korea
Running time: 2:11
Political intrigue, betrayal, peril and forbidden romance play out in this historical drama set in the royal palace of Korea's ancient Joseon Dynasty when a lowly peasant is forced to masquerade as the tyrannical king who has fallen ill. With Chang Hee Sook drum group.
"The King of Masks"
2 p.m. Sunday
Running time: 1:31
An aging street performer known as the King of Masks finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market. When the child reveals an unexpected secret, their relationship suddenly is tested the old man's stubborn sense of tradition and the established customs of China. With the Filipino American Youth Organization dancers.
7 p.m. Sunday
Running time: 1:27
Narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips, this documentary follows 10 surviving U.S. Army Philippine Scouts during World War II through their gallant stand on Bataan, their bitter surrender, the horrors of the Bataan Death March and their ultimate triumph. With the Filipino American Youth Organization dancers.
Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541 craig.sailor@ thenewstribune.com
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