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Director Eric Khoo's tribute to Japanese manga great Yoshihiro Tatsumi uses a gorgeously simple animation style to bring the artist's autobiographical stories to life.
Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2011
A gorgeously animated tribute to Japanese manga giant Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Tatsumi adapts five of the artist's short stories and his manga memoir A Drifting Life to trace his journey from student to master. Inspired by his idol Osamu Tezuka (often described as manga's equivalent of Disney), Tatsumi began his career in the aftermath of the Second World War, where his neorealistic and searingly critical vision of a society living with the legacy of war, occupation and the terrible nightmare of Hiroshima and Nagasaki created the gekiga genre of manga for adults. Employing deliberately simple animation that faithfully adheres to Tatsumi's inimitable drawing style and powerfully bringing his tales of postwar struggle and survival to life, Tatsumi "evinces a mood that is unutterably sad, yet indescribably beautiful . . . [Tatsumi is] a fascinating and ultimately moving tribute to a seminal comic artist's dark, disquieting but powerful works" (The Hollywood Reporter).