Man from Reno
Directed by Dave Boyle
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…
Los Angeles Film Festival, Japan Cuts (NY), Asian Film Festival of Dallas, Fantastic Fest Austin, Tallgrass International Film Festival (KS)
Filmmaker Dave Boyle made his feature film debut in 2006 with the bilingual comedy BIG DREAMS LITTLE TOKYO, which won accolades for its deft portrayal of culture in an increasingly global world. Boyle’s second feature WHITE ON RICE premiered at the 2009 San Francisco International Asian American Festival, followed by a theatrical release across the country via Variance Films. The film subsequently won the Audience Award at the 2009 San Diego Asian Film Festival and premiered in Japan in 2010 to critical acclaim. Boyle’s next comedy SURROGATE VALENTINE had a world premiere at the prestigious 2011 South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, where it was named one of the top ten films of the festival by Film Comment magazine. SURROGATE VALENTINE won the Grand Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. The film was picked up for distribution by Warner Bros. and spawned the sequel DAYLIGHT SAVINGS. Boyle’s latest feature, the Japanese language thriller MAN FROM RENO, is currently on the festival circuit.
Writers: Dave Boyle, Joel Clark, Michael Lerman
Producer: Ko Mori
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Precedes: Man from Reno