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Tatsumi

Released: 13/01/2012 Released in key cities
Based 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
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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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