Animated film based on the life and stories of Manga writer Yoshihiro Tatsumi who revolutionised the art form with darker, more adult stories. The film animates several of his stories
A must see for any fan of manga or anime. A really unique and at times confronting anthology of stories straight from the manga pages of Japanese artist Tatsumi.
Khoo does a fantastic job bringing Tatsumi's work to life, and the narration being done by Tatsumi himself really drives the autobiographical segments home.
It probably helpful that I don’t know anything about Yoshihiro Tatsumi, or Magna animation altogether for that matter, but from what I take from this biopic/compilation piece, he is a master storyteller.
Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"
Often considered the Eastern equivalent of the graphic novel, the gekiga genre of Japanese comics was born of the demand for something of greater thematic maturity than the then kid-oriented manga. Its creator Yoshihiro Tatsumi is the subject of Eric Khoo’s animated documentary, which uses a retelling of the life of Tatsumi to contextualise the five of his stories Khoo adapts throughout. Often astonishingly dark, it’s easy to see how these tales revolutionised the landscape of manga, their unrelenting adherence to the tough truths of life faithfully captured here in beautiful—and wildly varying—animation styles. The interspersal of the artist’s life and work creates one of the most richly informative biographical films…
"En el Japón de los 70 la economía mejoró y se veía por todas partes gente disfrutando de esto y sonriendo, eso me llenaba de ira" o en otras palabras, que siempre tiene que haber un gilipollas.
La película combina relatos cortos de Tatsumi con fragmentos de su biografía, siendo estos últimos los mas interesantes mostrándonos, no solo las peripecias de un mangaka en épocas poco esplendidas, alejado de la ultima hornada de autores-estrella que se construye salas de cine en el sótano de su casa, si no el nacimiento del manga adulto como genero, el gekiga.
I bought A Drifting Life because I am a cheapskate and thought it excellent value for money. I also bought it because I love autobiographical comics. An excellent manga book, running across hundreds of pages, that I highly recommend.
Tatsumi is such a wonderful recreation of his work, covering 5 dark tales from around 30 years ago, interspersed with moments from A Drifting Life.
It really needs to be seen to be understood and for its place in manga history to be quantified.
Please do watch the making of as there are so many insights, not only in the making of the film but also with Tatsumi himself doing Q&A.
It was ok. I didn't feel that it expanded on Tatsumi's autobiography comic 'A Drifting Life', or added much to the fiction shown in the film. Can't fathom what someone unfamiliar with his stuff would think, either. The fiction is kind of weird and would push away anyone expecting a standard biograpgy.
Not a comic fan but wanted to see this. An interesting, intriguing look at Gekiga and its creator Yoshiro Tatsumi. It's like a talking comic book.
Eric Khoo's biopic animation Tatsumi (2011) - released in UK cinemas this week - brings us the life of artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, the man credited with coining the term 'gekiga' to describe his own alternative form of Japanese manga.
The film is a medley of short vignettes from Tatsumi's oeuvre, mixed with key episodes from his life and his rise to becoming one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. Tatsumi was born in 1935 and experienced the turbulent years Japan faced through the Second World War and the fall-out of the nuclear attacks perpetrated by America in 1945. One of the most interesting moments is a short story that deals with the attack, where a young photographer captures…