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directed by Michael Haertlein, Jonathan Yi
USA 2015

 

New York-based Japanese "crayola rock" band Peelander-Z trade on the idea of Japanese pop culture as bizarre to foreigners and consider being called "stupid" to be a compliment. For twelve years, lead singer Peelander-Yellow (Kengo Hioki) and bassist Peelander-Red (Kotaro Tsukada) have been the center of the group - which at the time also included drummer Green (Akihiko "Cherry" Naruse) and keyboardist Pink (Yumiko Kanazaki) - with such hits as "Mad Tiger" and "Ninja High School" when Red suddenly announced that the upcoming tour and its New York venue would be his last. Although Yellow sends Red off with a bang, donning Red's wardrobe and hair color for a final performance in which Red left his persona behind to return to Kotaro Tsukada, Yellow finds in the ensuing months just how much Red was not just in-sync with him and playing his grounded counterpart, but just how hard it was to replace Red as a performer and as a friend. In the ensuing months, Yellow and the remaining band search for a replacement and work hard to help Purple (Akiteru Ito) adapt not only to their playing style but their brand of theater while Red and his wife attempt to get their New York bar and music venue off the ground. Yellow's sense of loss turns to resentment as Red is slow to return his calls and becomes bullying, unintentionally revealing to the audience just how oppressed soft-spoken Red must have felt and still does in Yellow's presence. When Green announces his plans to leave - presumably with Pink who has become his wife - Yellow is thrown for a loop and wonders if it is even worth trying to rebuild the band so extensively. At first, a seeming vanity project for a niche band, MAD TIGER is often unflattering to its protagonist but reveals a very relatable tale of friendship in its highs and lows as unspoken resentments come to the fore and loss brings out the worst in the closest of people.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 6 May 2016 (USA)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:21:15
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English/Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1; English/Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� The Film
� Audio Commentary by directors Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein & performers Peelander-Yellow and Peelander-Red
� Music Videos:
� - 'So Many Mike' (16:9; 1:57)
� - 'Ninja High School' (16:9; 5:47)

� Disc Two:
� 'Red's Last Show' (68:51)
� Deleted Scenes

DVD Release Date: July 5th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Film Movement splits the film and extras onto two separate discs, affording a mid-to-high bitrate for the short feature that barely edges over onto the second layer with the help of a couple music videos. The progressive, anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfer looks fine when one takes into account the patchwork assemblage of talking heads, archival video, location, and concert shooting. Colors are rich but sharpness varies. The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo downmixes are a mix of talking heads, live concert audio, and scoring. The Japanese dialogue and the heavily-accented English is accompanied by burnt-in subtitles while closed captioning can be enabled for the English dialogue of the filmmakers and other participants. The film is accompanied by an audio commentary by the directors and performers Peelander-Red and Peelander-Yellow. It is a warm track that reveals the state of their friendship since the documentary and its insights into their personalities. The directors also reveal that the film's sound designers mixed some audio for the Japanese city scenes and even researched the sort of birds that would be in the area. The second disc features Red's final concert in its entirety along with seven deleted scenes on a second single-layer disc.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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