MAD TIGER

By Jonathan YI, Michael HAERTLEIN

FILM MOVEMENT - as SALES / DISTR Theatrical, TV, DVD-video, VOD, Airline, World

Documentary - Completed 2015

Two best friends have spent the last fifteen years touring the country in their performance art punk band. When one of them decides to quit, they both face deeper challenges than expected.

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& Awards

DOC NYC 2015
Official Selection
Osaka Asian Film Festival 2015
Official Selection
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2015
Official Selection
CAAM Fest 2015
Official Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, JAPANESE
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 82 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jonathan YI, Michael HAERTLEIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Jonathan YI, Michael HAERTLEIN, Josh KOURY
    • Synopsis
    • MAD TIGER follows bandmates Yellow (Kengo Hioki) and Red (Kotaro Tsukada), who have been best friends and business partners for fifteen years as the primary creative forces behind 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, which push 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, 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, 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.
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