A Japanese crime novelist and a small town sheriff are lured into the same strange murder mystery in this idiosyncratic and engrossing neo-noir. Unfolding on the backstreets and outskirts of San Francisco, Man from Reno is sinister and seductive by turns. 

The Story

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...

...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

The game is afoot, the chase is exhilarating and the stakes are perilously high in this inspired neo-noir
— LA FilmFest Program Guide

Official Selection

  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Japan Cuts (NY)
  • Fantastic Fest
  • Asian Film Festival of Dallas
  • Tallgrass International Film Festival
  • American Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
  • San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • Naples International Film Festival
  • Vancouver Asian Film Festival
  • Starz Denver Film Festival
  • Glasgow International Film Festival