International Narrative Feature CompetitionKP

I was a Simple Man

USA2021100minColorFiction

Set in a remote village in Oahu, the northern island of Hawaii, this film conveys an introspective view of death through the story of a man with terminal cancer. Throughout the four chapters, the dying man reflects on his past. As a member of a Japanese immigrant family in the U.S., he faced opposition from his parents when he fell in love with a Chinese-American woman. His wife died prematurely, and the grief subsequently caused a rift in his relationship with his children. Against the backdrop of Polynesian mythology, his dreams and fantasies become mixed with reality, and his painful family history is gradually pieced together. Through the lens of a unique culture, the film presents a contemplative description of memory, family and death. It does not rely on decisive events or dramatic moment, but captures subtle changes in weather conditions through music and image in order to make audiences consider death in a calm yet powerful way.

2021 Sundance Film Festival
2021 Melbourne International Film Festival
Christopher Makoto YOGI
Christopher Makoto Yogi is an artist and filmmaker from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. His debut feature film, the award-winning , had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2018 to critical acclaim. , his second feature film, has participated in the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, IFP Film Week, Film Independent’s Fast Track, and received a Jerome Foundation and Cinereach grant.
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