It has been so long since I've seen a great mystery thriller, so I really hoping MAN FROM RENO, which is nominated this year for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award, delivers. If it's half as sleek as its new trailer, I'm not worried. Check out the synopsis:
In a small town south of San Francisco, Sheriff Paul Del Moral is driving home through the fog one night 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 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 traveller from Reno who is staying in the same hotel. Her new lover, Akira Suzuki, is charismatic and charming but abruptly disappears from the hotel, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions...
MAN FROM RENO is directed by Dave Boyle (WHITE ON RICE & SURROGATE VALENTINE) and stars Ayako Fujitani (TOKYO!), Pepe Serna (SCARFACE), and Kazuki Kitamura (THE RAID 2 & KILL BILL). The film is produced by Ko Mori and written by Dave Boyle, Joel Clark, and Michael Lerman.
Can I just say how elated I am to see more diverse talent across the genres? American audiences may remember Kitamura best as one of the awesome Crazy 88s in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill (though he has more than 100 credits listed on IMDB), but here he gets a chance to stand out in a role that may turn heads in mainstream Hollywood. I'm excited.
Watch the new theatrical thriller: