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Mad Tiger (2015/Film Movement 2-Disc DVD Set)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: B Film: B

Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein's Mad Tiger is an interesting 2015 Rockumentary that chronicles some of the insane escapades of a New York based Japanese Cult Club Act called Peelander-Z, whose alter egos stem from a planet known as Peelander - which was led by the wild and yellow haired Asian musician/performer known as Kengo Hioki. The film also features Kotaro Tsukada, Yumiko Hioki, Akiteru Ito, and Akihiko Naruse.

Sporting over the top and colorful costumes, insane interactions with the crowd, and stunts that endlessly entertained, Peelander-Z was a truly unique force to behold. Starting out bright and cheery, the doc takes a darker turn when a member of the band, Peelander Red, steps down after fifteen years when he decides to open his own bar, leaving brain child Kengo in a state of disarray and darkness as he contemplates his musical career going forward.

Mad Tiger is expertly shot and edited, with a cinematic feel throughout and smart storytelling tropes that make the viewing experience an enjoyable one. This DVD set is definitely the way to get the full experience of the piece as it has an excellent second disc with the complete concert of Red's last show that lets you experience what the band was like live.

There are a few things that seem a little out of place, however, including a few scenes where Kengo and others express that they won't want certain bits left in and to cut around them but they were obviously left in anyway. Was this added dialogue to make the drama seem more real or were the filmmakers using things the performers honestly didn't want left in? At any rate, the film has a cohesive storyline and is pretty easy to follow even if at times things seem obviously staged for the film's benefit.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a Dolby Digital 5.1 lossy mix, the film looks and sounds fine for the DVD format but could benefit from a high definition upgrade.

Extras include...

Commentary from the filmmakers

Several Music Videos including So Many Mike directed by Jonathan Yi and Ninja High Schooool directed by Rand Borden.

Red's Last Show (Complete episode)

Deleted Scenes

A wildly entertaining tale, I would suggest Mad Tiger to anyone who ever played in a band or to those who love Rockumentaries and musical oddities.

- James Lockhart



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