Released: 13/01/2012 Released in key citiesBased on his 840-page autobiography, this animated feature directed by Singaporean Eric Khoo recounts the extraordinary life of renowned manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, from his beginnings in post-war Japan to the growth of the adult-orientated Gegika movement he pioneered. Sticking closely to Tatsumi's style, Khoo's film is both sombre and beautiful. For more information visit: http://www.sodapictures.com/cinema/182/ Buy: http://www.ica.org.uk/31249/Film/Tatsumi.html
The Observer“An unforgettable tale of a Japanese army journalist...” The film artfully combines, though sometimes rather confusingly, scenes from Tatsumi's life story as told in his graphic autobiography...
Guardian“An intriguing event...” A heartfelt, beautifully-made homage to anime director Yoshihiro Tatsumi, that fights a little shy of investigating exactly what inspired his bizarre style...
Time Out“The movie plateaus when it should build...” If Khoo’s film doesn’t amount to more than its parts, more often than not those parts are vivid and arresting...
Total Film “Five tales explore post-war Japanese life...” Khoo combines fearless narrative with scenes from Tatsumi’s graphic autobiography, anchoring the howls of alienation of post-war Japanese life and adding a sweetening lyricism that swoons towards a very moving conclusion...
Empire“A eye-popping visual treat and a journey into the creative spirit...” What emerges from the linking sections is a broader story about the powerful insistence of the creative urge, and the true artist’s enslavement to it...
Evening Standard“It's a fine tribute to a great artist... ” If his hard-working life was not all that eventful, Tatsumi's stories were often bleak, and about as far from Disney as you could possibly get...
The Independent“Pays tribute to the life and work of Tatsumi...” Some stories are quite tantalising, breaking off just as they start to intrigue, but they are all of a piece in training an amused and jaundiced eye on the human comedy...
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