Lakewood Asian Film Fest Returns For Second Year

The inaugural Lakewood Asian Film Fest drew hundreds of cultural film-watchers in 2013.

This year, fans can’t wait to see what the second-annual Lakewood Asian Film Fest – set for Aug. 1-3 at the Lakewood Playhouse – will do for an encore.

The cultural film festival is a joint production of the Lakewood Playhouse and the Lakewood Arts Commission.

The film festival will feature four exciting, award-winning films and is free to the public. The Lakewood Playhouse is located at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. It can be reached via phone, (253) 588-0042, or online at www.lakewoodplayhouse.org .

Prior to each film, fans will be treated to colorful entertainment featuring the Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers and the acclaimed Okinawa Taiko Performers, plus a special lobby display by the famous Philippine Scouts Heritage Society.

Don’t miss this wonderful weekend of great entertainment, cultural diversity and community pride.

A complete listing of films and entertainment is below. For more information, contact the Lakewood Playhouse at (253) 588-0042 or Coordinator Phil Raschke, (253) 861-1366. All films are subtitled, and seating is based on a first-come basis. The Playhouse is air-conditioned, the concession stand will be open and parking is free.

The 2014 Asian Film Fest is proudly sponsored by: AM-PAC Tour and Travel, CARR’s Restaurant, Casa Mia Restaurant, Clover Park Rotary, GEICO Insurance, Historical Phil, Kim’s Accounting Firm, Korean Women’s Association, Lakewood Arts Commission, Lakewood Ford, Lakewood Sister Cities Association, Marie Barth/Allen Realtors, Pierce County Crime Stoppers, Pierce County Republican Party, RAM Restaurants and Villa Realty.


Film and Entertainment Schedule

  • Friday, August 1: 7 p.m. “Kahanni”, India, 150 min., (PG-13), a hold onto your seat murder thriller and international box office hit beautifully filmed in Kolkata, India. “Best Actress”, “Best Director” awards. Korean Drummers, 7:00 p.m., Film at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 2: 7 p.m. “To Live”, 133 min., (PG-13), emotional and spellbinding film considered the Chinese “Gone With the Wind” and Clint Eastwood’s favorite film at the Cannes Film Festival. Stars Gong Li. Korean Drummers, 7:00 p.m., Film 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 3: 2 p.m. “All We Could Carry”, 15 min., (G), “Powerful” documentary on WW II Japanese American interment at Heart Mountain, WY. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Okazaki. Taiko Performers, 2:00 p.m., Film at 2:30.
  • Sunday, August 3: 3 p.m., “The Front Line”, 133 min., (PG-13), sensational Korean war movie involving a ceasefire, friendship and murder. Winner, 2011 Critics Choice “Best Foreign Film”, “Best Director” and “Best Cinematography”. “Best war film ever.” Taiko Performers, 2:00 p.m., “All We Could Carry” 2:30 p.m., Main feature 3:00 p.m.