This post-neo-noir is directed by Dave Boyle and stars Ayako Fujitani, who plays a celebrated Japanese writer, Aki Akahori, hiding from her fame in a cozy San Francisco hotel. A mysterious man enters her life, and turtles mysteriously appear in her toilet tank, and the mystery of a suitcase is deepened when it is stolen. More and more strange things happen to her and also a sheriff (Pepe Serna) investigating a murder.
The leading reason to recommend Man from Reno, an altogether solid work, is Fujitani’s performance, which is flawless. Every minute she spends on the screen is pure gold. You believe everything about her. She is a glamorous, smart, world-weary, and cosmopolitan writer who just happened to fuck the wrong man one night.