His debut feature August at Akiko’s premiered at the 2018 Intl. Rotterdam Film Festival and he quickly followed this up by with his sophomore feature I Was a Simple Man – a project that he workshopped/and received support via the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs (we got to interview him), IFP Film Week, Film Independent’s Fast Track, Sundance Catalyst, and received a Jerome Foundation grant. Steve Iwamoto, Constance Wu and Tim Chiou star in a project filmed in Hawaii.
Gist: Was a Simple Man is a ghost story set in the pastoral countryside of the north shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Told 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 Asian & Hawaiian mythology, dream logic, and horror, I Was a Simple Man is a time-shifting story that takes us from the high-rises of contemporary Honolulu to the pre-WWII sugar plantations of O‘ahu and, finally, into the beyond.
Production Co./Producers: Sarah Kim.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.