Mad Tiger • Documentary, Music
For decades, Japanese ex-pats and best friends Kengo Hioki and Kotaro Tsukada have wowed audiences with their singular band Peelander-Z. Based in New York City and described as a "Japanese Action Comic Punk Band," Peelander-Z combines performance-art and audience participation in their shows, pushing the boundaries of madcap acrobatic stage antics.
As part of the band, each member must adopt a different, anime-like "Crayola rock" persona and fully embrace this assigned identity in every aspect of life. Seeking his own personal fulfillment, Kotaro (aka Peelander Red) announces that he will do one final tour with Peelander-Z before quitting the band. In stark contrast to his character’s super-positive facade, Kengo (Peelander Yellow) tries his best to keep it together, while dealing with emotions of shock, betrayal and abandonment. Channeling universal stories of friendship and pursuit of happiness, MAD TIGER builds to an unexpectedly moving crescendo, appropriately befitting of Peelander-Z’s cacophonous melody-making.
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN YI AND MICHAEL HAERTLEIN
UNITED STATES AND JAPAN | 2015 | ENGLISH