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316 Ratings

August at Akiko's

United States, 2018
  • English
  • English, Italian


Armed with just his suitcase and a sax, musician Alex Zhang Hungtai returns home to Hawaii after nearly a decade, taking refuge in a Buddhist B&B with a woman named Akiko. As the two grow familiar, they embark on a journey of musical discovery.

Our take

Christopher Makoto Yogi’s debut feature is a wonderful tribute to a place, pushing against Hollywood’s erasure of Hawaii with affection and contemplation. Starring Alex Zhang Hungtai from the band Dirty Beaches, the film is a musical dream that feels both immensely personal and culturally expansive.

August at Akiko's Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi

Critics reviews

In his lyrical specificity, Yogi pursues a mighty idea: the very essence of artistic inspiration.
May 08, 2018
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A soul-deep love letter to a state that Hollywood tends to more glibly romanticize.
February 12, 2018
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