Man from Reno

Synopsis: 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(s): Dave Boyle
Production: First Pond Entertainment
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Be careful driving

out there, folks.

We got fog all over

off of the bay area

clear down the peninsula,

but we're getting hit

with the worst of

it in San Marco, Cali.

So, let's stay safe out there.

This in local news:

Steven Luft will not

step down from his post

at The Luft Foundation

despite the relapse of...

Dispatch, is anybody there?

Dispatch, can you pick up?

- Hey, sheriff. Do you copy?

- Yes, I copy.

About to sleep over there?

Heh, sorry. I just...

uh, I just stepped out.

Got an abandoned car

out on Anzar Road, by...


Sheriff, do you copy?

Sheriff, I lost you there.


- How's he doing?

- Well, he's got a concussion

and some really nasty

cuts and bruises,

- but he'll be okay. What happened

out there? - Can I talk to him?

- Well, no. He's still asleep.

- Call me when he wakes up?

- Yeah. Sure, sheriff. Yeah.

- Thanks.

Checking in?

Do you have a reservation?



- Whiskey sour.

- Whiskey sour.

Cure for the common jet lag.

- Looks like you made a friend.

- What?

You'll find out in five,

our, three, two...

I saw you looking

at me or looking...


Find it?

Think so. There's some blood.

How far am I, 30 yards?

Closer to 50. Don't step on anything.

I've got to take pictures.


It's the hospital.

Who was the last person

that talked to him?

Well, nobody.

As you saw, he didn't have

any I.D. on him.

- So, is he in some kind of

trouble then? - Maybe.

- Any patients missing their clothes?

- I can check.

You know, Dad, checking out

- of the hospital is not a crime.

- Yeah, I know.

- Then what will you do if you find him?

- Ask him a couple of questions,

- find out what happened to him.

- I can tell you what happened to him.

No, no, no.

Somebody beat that guy up

and left him for dead

long before I came along.

- What are you talking about?

- You see those clothes in there,

all shredded to hell?

I didn't do that.

- Oh, so you don't feel bad about

hitting him. - Of course, I do,

but what do you want me to do,

arrest myself?

No. I just don't think

you should be the one

running the investigation.

- So, you want it?

- Sheriff?

It's your show, deputy.

- Did you find anything here?

- The drawer's empty.

- What if it was a getaway vehicle?

- The town car?

- Yeah. What do you think?

- Getaway from what?

I don't know. The running man and a buddy,

they're on their way somewhere.

There's an argument,

things get physical, boom!

- The running man is found on the

side of the road. - It doesn't work.

- Why not?

- His buddy went out on foot?

- Check on the registration?

- It belongs to The Luft Foundation.

I talked to their

security guard,

and he said the car was stolen

right off the property.

- They didn't report it? - They never

realized it was gone until I called.

- Did you show him the whatnot?

- Yeah. He has an alibi.

Sorry to keep you waiting, Paul.

- I had to make a long-distance call,

very long distance. - Oh, yeah?

Made in Japan, as it turns out.

Never sold in the U.S.

25 years old.

- Worth any money?

- Sure, 15 bucks.

As long as I've got you here,

have you seen this man?

- So?

- So, what?

So, what should I do next?

Take this and put it up

everywhere you can.

- Done. What else?

- There's nothing else to do, really.

- Wait and see what turns up.

- That's it?

That's it!

I bet you speak perfect

english, too, right?


- Yes?

- I have your dry cleaning.

Wrong room.

Is it too late

For me to say

That I love you

And wish I could stay

So I will kiss you,

and I'll miss you

And then it's time

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Dave Boyle

Dave Boyle (born 1982) is an American director, writer, editor and actor. He has written and directed several movies that utilize primarily Asian or Asian-American casts, including the feature films Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2006), White on Rice (2009), Surrogate Valentine (2011), Daylight Savings (2012), and Man from Reno (2014), several of which have won awards at film festivals around the world. more…

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