Downloadable Video - 2012 | Japanese
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Tatsumi celebrates the life and work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi-a manga pioneer who transformed the genre with cinematic inspiration and psychological depth. His youthful passion for comics blossomed into a means to support his family in postwar Osaka-but he became tired of producing whimsical children's tales. In 1957 Tatsumi redefined the manga landscape with an adult-oriented genre that grappled with the darker aspects of Japanese life, which he called gekiga (dramatic pictures). In Tatsumi, Singaporean filmmaker and former comic artist Eric Khoo (Be With Me) brings Tatsumi's 2010 graphic memoir A Drifting Life and five of his classic stories to vivid, stunning life. An inventive animated tribute to a groundbreaking artist, the film is as gorgeous, shocking and darkly funny as the works themselves.
Publisher: [United States] : KimStim : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 96 min.)) : sd., col.


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Jul 17, 2016

This is a good look at gekiga with a new perspective form. Non-fans probably wont care for this. Fans have read most all of this so there is not much new content.

Dec 31, 2014

Eric Khoo’s respectful tribute to pioneer cartoonist Tatsumi Yoshihiro founder of gekiga, a darker, more adult form of manga, is based on Yoshihiro’s own illustrated autobiography A Drifting Life. Using meticulously crafted 2D animation techniques Khoo traces Yoshihiro’s life from his childhood during WWII to his highly successful adult years. Along the way he also presents five of the master’s more popular short stories, presented in animated form for the first time. Despite the popularity of manga on both sides of the Pacific I’ve never been able to develop an interest in the art form myself, I find it overly long with very little dramatic payoff in the end. Perhaps it’s cultural, or perhaps it’s my age showing, but aside from a few nicely drawn sequences (the horror of Hiroshima was especially effective) I was just plain bored. There is no doubt as to Yoshihiro’s talented contribution to a genre loved by millions, but I still left the theatre unenlightened and unimpressed.


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