The Friday Night Film Series hosted by Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy building focuses on 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).

Next up, Aug. 19, is the seminal “Rashomon” (1950, Japan), the eloquent masterwork that introduced Japanese cinema, the director Akira Kurosawa and a commanding new star —Toshiro Mifune — to Western filmgoers. In the 88-minute nonrated film, four people give very different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife. The influential “Rashomon” is a riveting thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice.

This month’s series will conclude Aug. 26 with “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 dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.