Mad Tiger: Documentary of Best Friends and Punk Band Mates

Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein’s MAD TIGER follows the relationship of two Japanese men, Yellow and Red, who have been best friends and band mates touring the US in a performance-art punk band called PEELANDER-Z for the last fifteen years. When Red decides to quit, their relationship is tested by life beyond the band.

 MAD TIGER presents a heartfelt portrait of a band that not only captures the energy of their live show but also the guarded introspection and rigid method behind the stage performance madness. When the band begins to confront forces beyond their control, and members must decide to prioritize their own lives over the band’s future, MAD TIGER builds to an unexpectedly moving crescendo that forces all involved to change.




Peelander-Yellow: Kengo Hioki, Peelander-Red: Kotaro Tsukada,

Peelander-Pink: Yumiko Hioki, Peelander-Purple: Akiteru Ito,

Peelander-Green: Akihiko Naruse

New York, May 6 (IFC Center), national release to follow


PEELANDER-Z will be touring across the US in Spring 2016, timed to the film’s release.




USA and Japan


Running time: 82 minutes