A ghost story set in the pastoral countryside of the north shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, I Was A Simple Man tells the story of an elderly man who—facing the end of his life—is visited by the ghosts of his past.
Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi
Producted by Sarah S. Kim and Matthew Petock
Written by Christopher Makoto Yogi
About the filmmaker: Christopher Makoto Yogi is from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. His debut feature film, August at Akiko’s, had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2018 to critical acclaim. His next feature film, I Was a Simple Man, premiered in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Chris is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. In 2019, Chris participated in New York Film Festival’s Artists Academy and Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2013, he participated in Visual Communications’ Armed with a Camera Fellowship. In 2009, he was a fellow in the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, sponsored by Toei and Shochiku Studios and the Museum of Kyoto.
This film is preceded by the short film “Purea”.
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