I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

Ghosts become flesh and blood, and the living learn to die in I WAS A SIMPLE MAN, the long-awaited sophomore feature from Christopher Makoto Yogi (AUGUST AT AKIKO’S, HIFF 2018). Masao (Steve Iwamoto) is an aging man with few companions other than his dog, and their life on Oahu’s North Shore initially seems tranquil and undisturbed. But when he receives news from his doctors that he’s not long for this world, his life’s regrets and the sources of his isolation begin to surface, like a slowly rising tide.

Previously distant sons and daughters trickle into Masao’s home as he becomes bed-ridden, navigating his end-of-life needs as well as their own conflicted feelings about caring for a man who was absent from their lives. Most mysteriously, Masao’s late wife, Grace (Constance Wu), appears to him, triggering flashbacks to the storied past Masao must learn to confront. I WAS A SIMPLE MAN is a languorous and haunting character study that intertwines personal and historical traumas across the sweep of Hawai‘i’s long 20th century. What does it take to come face-to-face with the past, and to reckon with it?

-Emerson Goo

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In-Person

Showtime Dates: November 10, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Consolidated Ward 16
Passholder Access: All Access, Supporter
Showtime Dates: November 21, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Palace Theater
Showtime Dates: November 18, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Waimea Theater

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Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Christopher Makoto Yogi
PRODUCER(S)Sarah S. Kim
SCREENWRITER(S)Christopher Makoto Yogi
CASTTim Chiou, Kanoa Goo, Chanel Akiki Hirai, Steve Iwamoto, Boonyanudh Jiyarom, Constance Wu
CINEMATOGRAPHEREunsoo Robin Cho

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2021
RUN TIME: 100 Minutes
LANGUAGE: English

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