Man from Reno

March 27th, 2015


Man from Reno

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A mystery outside of San Francisco brings together small-town sheriff Paul Del Moral, Japanese author Aki Akahori, and a traveler from Reno who soon disappears, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.4/10 (164 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Dave Boyle

Stars: Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura

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...

Writers: Dave Boyle, Joel Clark

Ayako Fujitani - Aki
Pepe Serna - Paul Del Moral
Kazuki Kitamura - Akira
Yasuyo Shiba - Junko
Hiroshi Watanabe - Hitoshi
Tetsuo Kuramochi - Shinsuke
Yuki Matsuzaki - Tsubasa
Shiori Ideta - Chika
Elisha Skorman - Teresa Del Moral
Masami Kosaka - Tatsuji
Rome Kanda - Kageyama
Ross Turner - Doctor
Thomas Cokenias - Bald Man
Geo Epsilanty - The Porter
Ron Eliot - Desk clerk

Taglines: The greatest mystery she's ever written. And it could be her last.

Country: USA

Language: English, Japanese

Release Date: 15 June 2014

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Rating: 9/10

Director Dave Boyle is largely known for two things: character-driven comedies and an interest in (and understanding of) Japanese culture. While work such as "Big Dreams Little Tokyo" and "White on Rice" used the former to good effect, his latest film "Man From Reno" capitalizes on the latter in the context of a modern-day noir. In two separate narratives that inform one another, veteran character actor Pepe Serna and Japanese actors Auako Fujitani and Kazuki Kitamura all give career-best performances in parts that afford them time and space to do more than what's usually asked of them. Serna grounds his small-town sheriff with a matter-of-factness and dedication that hints at a great understanding of the character; Fujitani crackles with intellect as a mystery novelist a little too eager to live out an adventure similar to those about which she writes, and Kazuki Kitamura is finally given a role that acknowledges and maximizes his mischievous charm. Set and shot in the Bay Area of California, "Man From Reno" is a clever, noirish mystery that plays as part procedural, part character drama. Director Dave Boyle takes a major step out of his comfort zone with the film and the payoff is immediate. If you're a fan of snappy, believable dialogue and plot twists, this one's for you.


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