The Friday Night Film Series hosted by Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy building will offer Asian Films in August. The free movies are screened every Friday at 7 p.m., open to the public and free of charge (although donations are gratefully accepted).

First up, Aug.  5, is “Shall We Dance,” a PG-rated Japanese film from 1996 that runs 119 minutes. During his daily commute, a dejected Tokyo office worker (Kôji Yakusho) sees a stunning woman (Tamiyo Kusakari) in a dance studio and begins taking lessons from her. He quickly realizes he has a gift for dance, much to the chagrin of his wife. Now he will have to step lightly to keep his new secret passion from his family and friends. This film is a crowd-pleasing comedy treat.

Upcoming in the series are: Aug. 12, “Shadow Magic” (2000, China/Germany/Taiwan/USA); Aug. 19, “Rashomon” (1950, Japan); and, Aug. 26, “Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles” (2005, Hong Kong/China/Japan). The Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1, is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or