Directed by Eric Khoo • 2011 • Singapore
Starring Tetsuya Bessho, Yoshihiro Tatsumi
TATSUMI celebrates the life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a manga pioneer who took the medium to new heights of creative expression and adult realism. A comics-crazed teenager, Tatsumi found early success as an animator in postwar Japan, but soon became dissatisfied with making whimsical children’s comics. In the late 1950s, Tatsumi coined the term gekiga (dramatic pictures) and redefined the manga landscape with an alternative genre for adults. Realistic and disquieting, his work began to grapple with the darker aspects of life in his rapidly changing country, with stories that were perverse, shocking, and darkly comic. A tribute to an artist who made comics cinematic, this inventive animated drama brings Tatsumi’s memoir “A Drifting Life” and five of his classic stories to life.