Tatsumi

  • 98'
  • Singapore
  • 2011
Eric Khoo previously came to Rotterdam with a few Singapore features and now pays tribute to the Japanese manga author Tatsumi Yoshihiro in his first animation film. Tatsumi is known as a pioneer of the 'gekiga', the comic-strip genre aimed at adults that is regarded as the more serious form of manga. The film is based on A Drifting Life, Tatsumi's autobiographical manga, through which Khoo has intertwined several of his short stories as independent episodes.
At the age of 12, Tatsumi is already a passionate illustrator. He makes many attempts to build up a career as a manga artist, fed by his admiration for the manga grandmaster Tezuka Osamu. Impressions of post-war Japan can be seen in the background of this melancholy story. This last theme is above all powerfully present in the much grimmer short stories by Tatsumi, with their tragic characters and bizarre turns. The simple animation style remains close to the work of Tatsumi himself.

Director
Eric Khoo
Country of production
Singapore
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
98'
Medium
35mm
Language
Japanese
Producers
Tan Fong Cheng, Phil Mitchell, Freddie Yeo, Eric Khoo
Production Companies
Zhao Wei Films, Infinite Frameworks
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Eric Khoo, based on works by Tatsumi Yoshihiro
Editor
Taufik Ramadhan
Production Design
Widhi Saputro
Sound Design
Kazz
Music
Christopher Khoo, Christine Sham
Cast
voices of Bessho Tetsuya, Tatsumi Yoshihiro
Local Distributor
A-Film Distribution
Website
http://www.the-match-factory.com/films/items/tatsumi.html