Tatsumi celebrates the life of Japanese comic artist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. As he becomes successful, he redefines the manga landscape with an alternative genre for adults—and his work plunges into the darker aspects of life.
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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.
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.
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.
Beautifully animated, the film is less a biography of Tatsumi and more of a collection of some of his short works interspersed with personal struggles while growing up. The short works in the film are breathtaking to say the least and though he continuously asserts throughout the film that it's drawing the manga that gives him joy, Tatsumi is definitely a short story writer in almost the same leagues as O'Henry.
Now in his mid-70s, Tatsumi says, "I found hope and life only in imagination." This is appropriate for the father of Gekiga. Aimed at adults, gekiga stories depict the "inner man," from dreams and hopes to fears and obsessions. The film, rendered in his hand-drawn style, shares the artist's life story and dramatizes some of his best known dark tales. I like how the two were blended into one film.
A very successful half live footage half animation documentary about one of the important masters of Japanese manga. The director managed to create a middle ground between the life of the artist, his work and our imagination. Inspiring.
The film didn't do any effort to make an overall narrative as great as Tatsumi's short stories. There is a huge difference between the stories segments and the rest of the film. "Occupied" is my favorite segment.
Fascinating look at the life of Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi told in the style of his own drawings. For those who seem "offended" by said style...clearly your view of art and animation is as pedestrian as it comes. Go watch Disney and leave this to the adults.