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.
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.
I found the animation to be vivid and imaginative; it’s spare and relatively inelaborate, but extremely evocative. However, this film probably functions better as an introduction to the man’s work for uninitiated audience members than an appreciation for those who are already fans. http://www.theperipherymag.com/filmgoing-in-the-internet-age
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.
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.
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.