In a small town south of San Francisco, Sheriff Paul Del Moral (Pepe Serna) is driving home through the fog when he accidentally strikes a pedestrian, a lone Japanese man. However, before an investigation can take place the man disappears from the hospital without a trace. At the same time, Japanese mystery author Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) takes a trip to San Francisco in order to escape the press tour for her latest book–a potboiler in her world famous “Inspector Takabe” series. Feeling lonely and vulnerable, she begins a romantic affair with a mysterious Japanese traveler from Reno (Kazuki Kitamura). Her new lover is charismatic and charming but abruptly disappears from the hotel, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions. Director Dave Boyle joins us to talk about his beautifully crafted noir-ish, bilingual thriller.
MAN FROM RENO was a 2015 Spirit Award nominee for the John Cassavetes Award
“”Man From Reno” fascinates. It invites you to go back, decipher its clues and discern a grand design, if there is one.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“Man from Reno seems primed to become a cult hit, and fans will be justly singing its praises for many years to come.” – Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
“…A RETRO-STYLE MYSTERY…a CLASSIC crime-saga face off… — Hollywood Reporter
“This is STELLAR PULP STORYTELLING with a TWIST… a LEAN and GRIPPING thriller… — The Playlist