“The Rocket” and “Wolf Totem”, two breathtaking and emotionally charged films, will be the opening showings at the Fourth Annual Lakewood Asian Film Fest set for July 30, 31 and Aug 1 at the Lakewood Elks. The film fest is sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission and according to Board member Phil Raschke, event “will feature five absolutely amazing Asian films plus special art and historical exhibits with free admission to all events.”
“The Rocket” will show at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 30th. The movie was filmed entirely in Laos and tells the gripping tale of a mischievous and cursed 10 year old Montagnard boy named Ahlo, a James Brown impersonating Uncle, an orphaned girl and leftover American bombs called “Sleeping Tigers”. Winner of “Best Feature” at Tribeca, Berlin and AFI film festivals. “If you aren’t moved by The Rocket, your heart is defective” FC. The film is directed by Kim Mordaunt, runs 97 minutes and is rated PG-17.
“Wolf Totem” will be shown Saturday evening July 30 at 7:00 p.m. Film is based on Jiang Rong’s best selling novel and takes place during the 1967 Chinese Cultural revolution. Young Beijing students are sent to teach among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. The Mongols, marauding wolves (the nomads traditional enemies) and the students all struggle to find their true place in a world dominated by political correctness. Called “Majestic” by J. Ross and a “gorgeous, must see film” by AE. Film runs 122 minutes and is rated PG-13.
Additionally, Raschke said a “short discussion session will be held following the showing of each film”.
The Asian Film Fest continues on Sunday, July 31st at 2:00 p.m. with the acclaimed Indian film “English – Vinglish”. The Sunday evening film at 7:00 p.m. is the spectacular, true life story of “Anna and the King”. The final Asian Film Fest presentation will be on Monday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m. The evening will feature the French – Vietnamese film “The Lover” which takes place in 1928 Saigon. The Lover is rated PG-18.
Raschke noted this year’s film fest will also feature a special “Saigon 67” photographic exhibit by former combat photographer Ed Kane plus an ArtsFest display and historic memorabilia presentation by the famous “Philippine Scouts Historical Society.”
The Elks is located at 6313 75th St. W. (off Bridgeport) is air conditioned and has free parking. Raschke said a “concession stand will be available plus there will be prize giveaways before each film. Seating is on a first come basis.
For more details call 253-861-1366.
Don’t Miss this Weekend of Free and Absolutely Amazing Asian Films and Special Exhibits!
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