'Kahaani' Kicks Off Lakewood Asian Film Fest

By Phil Raschke

The opening film at the upcoming Lakewood Asian Film Fest, which begins Friday, August 1, is the international box office hit "Kahaani " from India. Hold on to your seats, because this action thriller starts off with a poison gas attack at a Metro Rail station.

The film then jumps forward two years when an attractive and pregnant software engineer arrives in Kolkata, India from London in search of her missing businessman husband. However, no one has ever heard of her husband. Suddenly, the India CIA gets involved along with a mysterious office worker named "Bob".

This non-stop action thriller is beautifully filmed in Kolkata (formally Calcutta), India during the colorful festival of Durga Puja. This festival chronicles the victory of a Female Goddess over Evil Men (see a connection here?). The film stars the sensational Vidya Balan who won the "Best Actress Award" for her fantastic portrayal of the determined pregnant wife who quickly learns "every truth is a lie". This award winning international hit is a "must see" and rated PG-13 for action scenes.

Prior to the showing of "Kahaani", there will be live, pre-show entertainment by the fabulous Chang Hee Sook Korean Women Drummer plus a lobby display by the famous Philippine Scouts Historical Society.

The entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m., with "Kahanni" showing at 7:30 p.m. Both the entertainment and the film are free to the public. Tasty popcorn and concession stand items will be available for purchase. The Playhouse is located 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW. It is air-conditioned and parking is also free.

The Film Fest continues on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. Saturday's film is the spellbinding Chinese classic "To Live". The Chang Hee Suk drummers start things off at 7 p.m. and “To Live” is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Sunday's pre-show features the Okinawa Taiko Drummer starting at 2 p.m. The moving Japanese - American Internment documentary "All We Could Carry" shows at 2:30 p.m. and the "Best Foreign Film" award winner from Korea titled "The Front Line" shows at 3 p.m.

All seating is on a first-come basis. All films are sub-titled except “All We Could Carry”. For additional details call the Lakewood Playhouse Box Office at (253) 588-0144 or go to www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

The 2014 Asian Film Fest is proudly sponsored by:

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