Winner of the coveted Oscar for “Best Foreign Film” the acclaimed Japanese film “Departures” packs a tremendous emotional impact. This powerfully moving film features a young cello player who moves back to his small hometown when his orchestra suddenly disbands.
In a desperate attempt to start over, he secretly takes a job as a “Nokanshi” a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. However, while working with the families of the departed, he embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he comes to experience the joy and wonder of living.
Beside winning the American Academy Award, “Departures” also won 10 Japanese Academy Awards. Once you see this gorgeous and thought provoking film, you will not forget it. A free, symbolic “Departure” stone will be provided to each attendee.
“Departures” is the last film to be shown in the Asian Film Fest series and is set for Monday, 7 Sep (Labor Day) at 2 p.m. Other films to be shown during the three day event include the Indian film “Water”, W. Somerset Maugham’s “The Painted Veil”, the Australian film “The Sapphires” and the Chinese film “The Flowers of War”. Complete details and show times for all films are on the attached flyer.
The Asian Film Fest is sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission. All films are shown Free to the public. Entire event is being held at the Lakewood Elks, 6313 75th Street W. (off Bridgeport Way). Elks is air conditioned, offers free parking, a concession stand plus prize giveaways before each film. There will also be a display by the famous Philippine Scouts Historical Association. All seating is on a first come basis.
Don’t Miss this Labor Day Weekend of Free and Exciting Asian Films!
3rd Annual Lakewood Asian Film Fest is proudly sponsored by Casa Mia Restaurant, Historical Phil, Korean Women’s Association, Lakewood Arts Commission, Lakewood History Museum, Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood Sister Cities, Pierce County Library, RAM Restaurant, Clover Park Rotary, Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers.