There's an inherent bias in all autobiographies but "Tatsumi" is about perspective, not "truth" - whatever that may be. "A Drifting Life" even features a fictionalized Tatsumi, named Katsumi. In Khoo's rendition, Tatsumi and his short stories speak for themselves and the spare, primitive animation is evocative of the monochromatic pulp stock of the "rental manga" that spawned the gekiga genre. Tezuka would be proud.
Un incrocio miracoloso fra biografia e film a episodi, un omaggio affezionato al fumettaro Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Qualcuno lamenterà un'animazione semplicissima, ma i fumetti sono fumetti e fumetti dovrebbero restare, anche quando, come qui, si muovono sullo schermo. Bellissimo.
Good blend of friction and fact.
FNC '11 Will leave the impressions of the animation styles to the experts. The film however is a clever examination of the life/work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi mixing narrative about his life/career with recreations of some of his best gekiga work. Some of the stories work better than others cinematically but the film as a whole works very well. The weaknesses of Khoo's live action work follow him into animation.
Tatsumi's work looks interesting but does not benefit at all from the transfer to film, except for Beloved Monkey.Add in an overbearing, subpar score by Khoo's brother and the odd juxtaposition of Tatsumi's works to biography really don't flow. Of course, that is the directors fault.
Fantastic comments, guys. Well thought! Would love to see more of your work; keep me updated on when you'll be posting your brilliant criticisms and critiques.
What I see isn't quality or effort. A pretentious attempt at animation.