Tatsumi celebrates the life and work of Japanese comic artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. In post-war Japan, young Tatsumi’s passion for comics eventually becomes a means of supporting his poor family. Already a published comic artist as a teenager, talented Tatsumi finds even greater inspiration after meeting his idol – the famous Disneyesque animator Osamu Tezuka. Despite his steady success, Tatsumi begins to question why Japanese comics should cater to children with cute and whimsical tales and drawings. In 1957, Tatsumi coins gekiga (dramatic pictures) and redefines the manga landscape by encouraging an alternative genre for adults, Realistic and disquieting, Tatsumi's work begins to grapple with the darker aspects of life.
Tan Fong Cheng, Phil Mitchell, Freddie Yeo, Eric Khoo
Testuya Bessho, Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Golden Village Pictures
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