By Eric KHOO

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Animation - Completed 2011

In the late 1950s, Yoshihiro Tatsumi pioneered a breakthrough in Japanese comics, elevating the genre to a whole new level of creative expression influenced by adult themes. A tribute to an artist, Eric Khoo's animated feature TATSUMI brings the manga legend's stories to the big screen.

& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2011
Un Certain Regard
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Animation
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Eric KHOO
    • Writer(s)
    • Eric KHOO, Yoshihiro TATSUMI
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/D337-751B-8FB5-CF4D-5CA8-D
    • Producer(s)
    • Fong Cheng TAN (Zhao Wei Films), Phil MITCHELL (Infinite Frameworks), Freddie YEO (Infinite Frameworks)
    • Synopsis
    • TATSUMI celebrates the life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. In post-war occupied Japan, young Tatsumi's passion for comics eventually becomes a means of supporting his poor family. Already published as a teenager, talented Tatsumi finds even greater inspiration after meeting his idol, famous Disneyesque animator Osamu Tezuka. Despite his steady success, Tatsumi begins to question why Japanese comics should cater to children with cute and whimsical tales and drawings. In 1957, Tatsumi coins the term gekiga (dramatic pictures) and redefines the manga landscape by encouraging an alternative genre for adults. Realistic and disquieting, Tatsumi's work begins to grapple with the darker aspects of life...