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Neo-noir 'Man From Reno' explores identity

Neo-noir 'Man From Reno' explores identity

The elegant, tantalizing Japanese American neo-noir "Man From Reno," set in the Bay Area and directed with sincere genre artistry by Dave Boyle, threads together a pair of narrative strands appealing to any mystery buff: the percolating thrill of amateur sleuthing and the cool, deductive logic of professional casework. Sharp-eyed Aki (Ayako Fujitani) is a Japanese crime novelist hiding out from a press tour in an atmospheric San Francisco hotel when a dalliance with a mysterious stranger (Kazuki Kitamura) with a suitcase waylays her depression and sparks her crime-solving juices. Meanwhile, a small-town sheriff (Pepe Serna) south of the city searches for the unnamed Japanese...

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