I Was a Simple Man

I Was a Simple Man

Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • 2021 • United States
Starring Steve Iwamoto, Constance Wu, Tim Chiou

Christopher Makoto Yogi’s spellbinding cinematic reverie is a ghost story set in the lush countryside of the north shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Unfolding in four chapters, it tells the story of an elderly man (Steve Iwamoto) facing the end of his life, visited by the ghosts of his past. Incorporating history and mythology, dream logic and surrealism, I WAS A SIMPLE MAN is a time-shifting, kaleidoscopic story of a fractured family facing the death of their patriarch that takes viewers from the high-rises of contemporary Honolulu to the pre-WWII pastorals of O‘ahu and, finally, into the beyond.

I Was a Simple Man
  • I Was a Simple Man

    Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • 2021 • United States
    Starring Steve Iwamoto, Constance Wu, Tim Chiou

    Christopher Makoto Yogi’s spellbinding cinematic reverie is a ghost story set in the lush countryside of the north shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Unfolding in four chapters, it tells the story of...

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  • Layover, on the Shore

    Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • 2009 • United States

    An aimless young filmmaker reconnects with an old friend over the course of one night in Honolulu in this contemplative study of rootlessness, human (dis)connection, and the changing landscape of Hawai‘i.

  • Obake

    Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • 2012 • United States
    Starring James Chan, Aly Ishikuni, Samuel Suzuki

    Living out his last days on the north shore of Hawai‘i, an elderly Japanese man is visited by the ghosts of his past.

  • Makoto: Or, Honesty

    Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • 2013 • United States

    Christopher Makoto Yogi reflects on the death of his father and the landscapes of Hawai‘i in this elegiac exploration of loss and healing.

  • Suddenly, Honolulu

    Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • 2015 • United States

    A child’s ghost story is set to a meditation on the changing, construction-scarred skyline of O‘ahu.

  • Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i

    Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • 2016 • United States

    This experimental video essay looks at one hundred years of Hawai‘i as it has been depicted in film and television.

  • Suddenly, Honolulu

    Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • 2016 • United States

    Christopher Makoto Yogi records impressions of places from his youth in O‘ahu: his childhood home, theaters, malls, skate parks, nighttime beach parties, the state mental hospital, and summer bon dances.

  • a still place

    Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • 2020 • United States

    Produced during the making of Christopher Makoto Yogi’s feature AUGUST AT AKIKO’S, A STILL PLACE is a filmed meditation in Akiko Masuda’s zendo on Hawai‘i Island that listens to the island awaken as the sun rises.

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