Tatsumi celebrates the life and work of the late manga artist TATSUMI Yoshihiro. In post-war occupied Japan, young Tatsumi’s passion for drawing grows into a means of supporting his family. Despite his steady success, Tatsumi begins to question why Japanese comics should only cater to children and exclusively tell cute and whimsical tales. He leads the way in revolutionising manga with the gekiga genre, introducing a darker aesthetic and mature themes that grapple with the difficulties of life.
Acclaimed director Eric KHOO’s first animated feature is an adaptation of A Drifting Life, Tatsumi’s manga memoir. Interwoven with Tatsumi’s life story are five short stories from his oeuvre, gorgeously animated in the style of Tatsumi’s manga comics, as though bringing them to life. The film is a moving portrait of an artist at work and a loving tribute to an irreplaceable soul.
Cast:BESSHO Tetsuya TATSUMI Yoshihiro
Awards:Asian Film Award - Special Mention, Tokyo International Film Festival
Eric KHOO is a Singaporean director and producer. His second feature, 12 Storeys (1997), was the first Singaporean film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival.