A mystery outside of San Francisco brings together small-town sheriff Paul Del Moral, Japanese author Aki Akahori, and a traveler from Reno who soon disappears, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions.
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More than a clash of cultures, this film is a clash of cinematic styles. Part Japanese social drama, part American West crime story patched together with a putty of Noir. A clever and surprisingly cohesive little synthesis.
An enjoyable low key take on the noir films with a charming cast that mostly doesn't fall prey to the genre's many traps and clichés. It is neither revolutionary nor fantastic, but a truly enjoyable and satisfying ride. Props to Ayako Fujitani for making the main character much more relatable than what was on the script.