Paying tribute to the Nisei and Sansei generations in Hawai‘i, the 13-minute film is inspired by the passing of Yogi’s own grandfathers, and essentially an entire generation of his family.
In the film, a Japanese man lives out his last days on the north shore of Hawai‘i in his countryside home. As he lies ill, time becomes malleable, the past and present converge, and audiences experience his life as a young man in 1930s Hawai‘i.
Shot on-location in Waialua, Obake made its world premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival and went on to screen at festivals all around the world including the prestigious Palm Springs International Shorts Fest and the the Raindance Film Festival in London. Obake was also a finalist for the Golden Reel award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2012 and was featured on MNET’s Short Notice Season 3.
Funded primarily through a successful Kickstarter campaign, Obake stars local talent Aly Ishikuni, Michael Tanji, James Chan, and the late Samuel Suzuki. It was produced by Christopher Yogi, Kate Dahan and Lilah Akin in conjunction with Co-Creative Studios.