2014 Los Angeles Film Festival
Man From Reno
Japan, USA, 2014, 111 mins, DCP
In English and Japanese with English subtitles
Sunday, June 15 at 6:40 pm at Regal Cinema 9. $13
Wednesday, June 18 at 9:00 pm at Regal Cinema 9. $13
Directed By: Dave Boyle
Screenwriters: Dave Boyle, Joel Clark, Michael Lerman
Producer: Ko Mori
Executive Producers: Nelson Cheng, Fredric Delmais, Ron Eliot, Daryl Furr, Pepe Serna, Emily Ting, Timothy Wenhold, Wade Winningham
Cinematographer: Richard Wong
Editors: Dave Boyle, Sean Gillane, Yasu Inoue
Music: Micah Dahl Anderson
Cast: Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura
A stranger in the increasingly strange city of San Francisco, Japanese crime novelist Aki is unsure of precisely what role she has to play in a real-life murder mystery involving ambiguous MacGuffins and amorphous identities.
Unfolding in lonely places such as bookshops and hotel bars, Dave Boyle’s moody thriller uncovers exhilarating new takes on genre conventions.
Consequently, it’s an alluring l’homme fatale who supplies Aki with the breadcrumb trail of clues that entices her into a labyrinthine plot of sinister dealings.
In turn, the aging sheriff (veteran character actor Pepe Serna, fantastic in a rare leading role), who should rightfully be riding to her rescue, proves to be equally out of his depth.
The game is afoot, the chase is exhilarating and the stakes are perilously high in this inspired neo-noir.