Incredible Story of Japanese Guitarist Who Dedicated His Life to Becoming Jimmy Page

Incredible Story of Japanese Guitarist Who Dedicated His Life to Becoming Jimmy Page

Incredible Story of Japanese Guitarist Who Dedicated His Life to Becoming Jimmy PageIncredible Story of Japanese Guitarist Who Dedicated His Life to Becoming Jimmy Page

For 30 years, this Japanese guitarist has dedicated his life to becoming Jimmy Page. Watch the first trailer for Mr. Jimmy, a documentary about his incredible story.

See the remarkable tale of Akio Sakurai, who recreated Led Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs. His life has changed forever when he had a meeting with Page.

We all have our own favorite electric guitar hero – that one player who first inspired us to pick up a guitar, and whose six-string style greatly informed our individual approach to playing.

Akio Sakurai is a Japanese guitarist who has dedicated three decades to quite literally becoming his hero. Jimmy Page – takes this universally held phenomenon to the absolute extreme. Sakurai’s story is the subject of an upcoming documentary titled “Mr. Jimmy”.

The documentary charts his journey from aspiring guitar player all the way to adopting the persona of the film’s title character, and beyond. But Sakurai’s desire to become Jimmy Page extends far beyond the fretboard. Instead, Sakurai adopted the chops, persona, and style of Page in an unrivaled display of passion and devotion to his idol.

The first trailer for the extraordinary story has been unveiled, ahead of the film’s wider release on September 1.

As per the film’s description, Sakurai (a kimono salesman by day) dedicated his life to honoring Jimmy Page’s playing. To do so suitably assumed the role of Mr. Jimmy. That was his nightly rockstar alter ego of 30 years who recreated legendary Led Zeppelin concerts song-for-song, note-by-note, for audiences in small Tokyo clubs.

Upon discovering Mr. Jimmy, the real Page became aware and personally witnessed his playing. This encounter shifted Sakurai’s life onto a new, adventurous trajectory. He abandoned his “salary man” job and relocated to Los Angeles, all in pursuit of his dreams – to embody Jimmy Page.

There – as seen in the film – Mr. Jimmy juggles culture shocks and language barriers as “Akio’s idyllic vision of America meets with reality.”

After, the guitarist joined the tribute act Led Zeppelin and later auditioned for Jason Bonham, son of drummer John.

“I want to be Jimmy Page,” Sakurai says in the trailer. “To play this music in a lackluster way, would be inexcusable. I just want to express the magic of Jimmy Page. That’s all,” he added.

Notably, the film took nearly eight years to make. Also, it features 30 Led Zeppelin songs as performed by Mr. Jimmy himself. Additionally, some of Page’s pre- and post-Zeppelin music from the Yardbirds and The Firm also features in the film.

“I made this film because I love Led Zeppelin and love Mr. Jimmy’s love for Led Zeppelin,” says director Peter Michael Dowd. “It is the purest form of love I’ve encountered. He wants nothing more than to play the music properly.”

“Also, the film is made to pay respect to what Mr. Page and Led Zeppelin created. As well as to share with the audiences the singular power, or at least a taste of the singular power, of what it would have felt like to witness the greatest rock and roll band of all time live and on stage.”

It doesn’t seem like an exaggeration to say this might be the must-see music documentary of 2023. And quite possibly one of the guitar world’s wildest life stories in general.


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