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Singapore, 2011, 96 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Indonesia
Topics: Animation, Asian, Biopic, Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles

Japanese artist Tatsumi Yoshihiro is credited with inventing the adult form of manga (Japanese comic), called gekiga, in 1957, going on to create mature, complex works that have lent him legendary status among fans of graphic novels worldwide. Tatsumi is Singaporean Eric Khoo’s animated gesture of love and respect for the master, a heartfelt adaptation of aspects of Tatsumi’s autobiography A Drifting Life interspersed with five stories drawn from Tatsumi’s work. Ensconced in the “realist” mode of animation favored by Tatsumi, Koo’s treatments—one in color and four in a form of monochrome reflecting the one-color printing of Tatsumi’s originals—deal with adult themes like Hiroshima survivor guilt, sex, and violence. Like Tatsumi, Khoo does not shy away from bizarre and potentially offensive subject matter. Indeed, the episodes range from an older office worker who blows all his money on women, to a man obsessed with the obscene graffiti in a public toilet. Sometimes challenging, but always eccentric and engrossing, Tatsumi is vivid and unforgettable stuff.

Producer: Eric Khoo, Esaf Andreas Sinaulan, Freddie Yeo, Paul Mitchell, Tan Fong Chen
Editor: Taufik Ramadhan
Screenwriter: Eric Khoo, Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Cinematographer: Phil Mitchel, Rafael Bonifacio, Jebbie Barrios
Music: Christopher Khoo, Christine Sham
Principal Cast: (Voice): Bessho Tetsuya, Tatsumi Yoshihiro, Motoko Gallent, Osada Hiroaki, Oi Hiromi
Filmography: My Magic (2008), Be With Me (2005), 12 Storeys (1997), Mee Pok Man (1995)
Print Source: Match Factory - www.the-match-factory.com

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