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I Was a Simple Man (2021)



Critic Consensus: I Was a Simple Man tells a simple story whose deceptively straightforward approach yields richly melancholic rewards.

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I Was A Simple Man is 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 that will take us from the high-rises of contemporary Honolulu to pre-WWII pastorals of O'ahu and, finally, into the beyond.

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Steve Iwamoto
as Masao Matsuyoshi
Tim Chiou
as Adult Masao
Kanoa Goo
as Gavin
Kyle Kosaki
as Young Masao
Boonyanudh Jiyarom
as Young Grace
Alexa Bodden
as Young Kati
Kylan Nieh
as Bar Guy
Larry Schultz
as Bar Patron
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Critic Reviews for I Was a Simple Man

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

A stirring, melancholic portrait of an ailing, elderly patriarch grappling with his encroaching mortality.

December 2, 2021 | Full Review…

A 100-minute spell of beauty and melancholy, intimate and grand in equal measure.

November 19, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The film's quietly uncanny narrative wondrously depicts not only a dying man's reflection on his life, but also the very nature of Hawaii itself.

November 15, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

February 2, 2021 | Full Review…

The film is defined by its discipline and a style that might be called lushly austere. This is refined, specialist cinema that will be warmly embraced by aesthetes.

February 1, 2021 | Full Review…

There's poetry here, but there are also long sections that feel hollow.

January 30, 2021 | Full Review…

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