August at Akiko's
US Indies • 1h 15m
Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi • Drama • With Alex Zhang Hungtai, Akiko Masuda • 2019 • 75 minutes
Armed with just his suitcase and a sax, cosmopolitan musician Alex Zhang Hungtai (from the band Dirty Beaches) returns home to the Big Island of Hawaii having been away for nearly a decade. Hungtai, playing a fictional version of himself, takes refuge in a Buddhist B&B with a woman named Akiko (Akiko Matsuda, playing herself). Alex’s experimental free jazz music at first collides with the bell sounds of Akiko’s meditation, but as the film evolves and a friendship develops, the two harmonize.
"Transcendently inventive" —Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"A soul-deep love letter to a state that Hollywood tends to more glibly romanticize" —Guy Lodge, Variety
Up Next in US Indies
Directed by Mike Ott • Documentary • With Cory Zacharia, Kevin Giller, Patrick Llaguno, Carolan J. Pinto, Neil Harley • 2017 • 83 minutes
CALIFORNIA DREAMS presents five unique individuals in pursuit of a big life dream. Through auditions set up in small towns across Southern California, the fil...
Directed by Mike Ott • Drama • With Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Zacharia, Rintaro Sawamoto, Roberto 'Sanz' Sanchez • 2010 • 83 minutes
Vacationing Japanese siblings (Atsuko Okatsuka, Rintaro Sawamoto) become stranded in a California desert town, but soon warm up to life in the dusty burg.
Sun Don't Shine
Directed by Amy Seimetz • Drama • With Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley • 2013 • 80 minutes
Written and directed by Amy Seimetz, Sun Don't Shine follows Crystal and her boyfriend Leo on a tense and mysterious road trip through hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. The purpose of the...