Mr Jimmy (2019) MIFF Review

Akio Sakurai is a Jimmy Page impersonator, but he is obsessed and a real perfectionist. He has costumes made to exact measurements, guitars and amps tweaked and tampered with to try to get the real original sound, he watches the videos and listens to the recordings to hit every single note right. This documentary follows all of the details of his life, through his performing in Tokyo, then moving to the US and working his new band to the bone. Films about obsession can be hilarious, but also a bit difficult to watch, and this is no exception. Akio Sakurai is a fascinating character pursuing his love, but it must be very difficult to be anyone sharing his life.