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.
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...Written by
This film was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and was initially released on iTunes and later Netflix. See more »
In this interesting movie there is a weird conflation of Asian names. When a sheriff from the fictional San Marco county, NV, goes in search of a JAPANESE suspect to the San Francisco's pet store Ocean Aquarium, he sees the large sign at the top of the entrance, written in both CHINESE and English. Later, the owner of the store is described as a woman with the KOREAN name "Ming Yung Kim." While the misguided view of 'all Asians look alike' is common in many occidental movies, this conflation is very curious in a movie partly funded by Japanese executive producers. Further, a scene inside the pet store displays rather prominently an Argentine flag on a desk-- light-blue/white/light-blue (with a sun in the white horizontal bar). Although this may appear to be a clue, it is not; according to Justin, the actual owner of Ocean Aquarium, it was given to him by an Argentinean friend and he keeps it there. See more »
Indie is King
Sometimes, in order to see a good story that breaks the formula, you just have to go Indie, and these guys deserve support and they spend that extra once of energy to get it the way it should be, and not a Hollywood by number cliché film. Dave Boyle again proves he is the King of Indie film-making with a continuous run of great films. He has retained his quirky sense of humor and wrapped it into a mystery story that .. well had me guessing. I won't even suggest a spoiler here as it's worth looking up if it's coming to a theater near you, or checking it out on Netflix or whatever Service you have available to you. Props to Shiori Ideta for her stone cold delivery of my favourite line in the film, selections of credit music and a great cast that includes some fantastic Japanese actors and a script that kept me guessing. Well done to Dave and the team at Tiger. Looking forward to seeing more films in the future, you've won a fan in Australia and will continue my support for your future endeavors. Ivan Wheelwright Adelaide Australia
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