Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
Singapore / 2011 / Japanese dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 97 minutes

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Feature /Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Best Film: Eric Khoo (Director)

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Feature /Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Best Composer: Christopher Khoo (Composer)


“Tatsumi” uses dazzling animation to celebrate the work and life of Japanese graphic artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. In post-war occupied Japan, young Tatsumi's passion for comics eventually becomes a means of supporting his family. Having been published as a teenager, the talented Tatsumi finds greater inspiration after meeting his idol, the famous animator Osamu Tezuka. Despite his success, Tatsumi questions the nature of Japanese comics – primarily for children with cute, whimsical tales and illustrations. In 1957, Tatsumi created ‘gekiga’ (dramatic pictures) and redefined the manga landscape by encouraging an alternative genre for adults. Realistic and disquieting, Tatsumi's work grappled with the darker aspects of life...



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