Part of Movies We Missed.
A ghost story set in the pastoral countryside of the north shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Revealed in four chapters, it tells the story of an elderly man facing the end of his life, visited by the ghosts of his past. Incorporating familial 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 — taking us from the high-rises of contemporary Honolulu to pre-World War II pastorals of O‘ahu, and finally, into the beyond.
“A gentle reflection on memory and death, featuring Constance Wu as the ghost of a woman who returns to comfort her Japanese Hawaiian husband near the end of his life” ––David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter “A 100-minute spell of beauty and melancholy, intimate and grand in equal measure.” ––Roxana Hadadi, rogerebert.com “Yogi creates a cinema that is simultaneously meticulously physical and wildly metaphysical, offering passionate dramatic correlates and symbols for the unrepresentable-for the subjective experience of death.” ––Richard Brody, New Yorker