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Man From Reno

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Dave Boyle

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Man From Reno" fascinates. It invites you to go back, decipher its clues and discern a grand design, if there is one. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Mar 26, 2015

Fresh: Boyle's mystery is both maddening in how much it withholds from the viewer trying to play along, and impressive for how little you end up caring about being kept in the dark. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 25, 2015

Fresh: Man From Reno is hardly the equal of its inspirations, but it nonetheless makes for a pleasantly mellow, well-structured concoction. – Andrew Barker, Variety, Sep 26, 2014

Fresh: Like any good purveyor of noir, Boyle, who wrote the film with Joel Clark and Michael Lerman, understands that identifying someone is only one endgame while the mystery of identity is naggingly, tragically endless. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Mar 26, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Man from Reno

One of the best film-noir/mystery films in recent years. Gripping story, great acting, great filmmaking, Man from Reno is a definite must see.

Man from Reno deserves your full attention

Don’t read too much of any of the reviews. Some spoil a few twists that could impact your first viewing. You don’t really need to know anything other than that you’ll be rewarded by being attentive. If you’re checking your phone for messages during just about any scene, you’re going to miss something and be confused later. Man from Reno is a rare film where having seen it once, additional viewings make you aware of how clever the film really is.

If you like mysteries at all, whether it be classic Hitchcock films, or TV mysteries and crime shows, you’re bound to enjoy it.


On a Friday night last spring, I was looking for a film to see and I happened upon MAN FROM RENO. I had no idea who the director was? For a moment there, I thought it was Danny Boyle(SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE). I walked to the theatre and saw several posters of the film. I thought it was interesting there was a poster in front of Hotel Majestic. Well, to make a long story short- to my surprise, the director and two of the stars were doing Q&As after each screening that Friday. And the Hotel Majestic played a prominent role in the film. I liked the film so much, I went again on Saturday night and director Dave Boyle, stars-Ayako Fujitani and Pepe Serna were there again to do Q&As.

Great film! I highly recommend. It showcases the City where I live- Hotel Majestic, Green Apple Books and Vesuvio Cafe.

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  • Released: 2015

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