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TATSUMI

Singapore / Indonesia, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Accent on Asia)

Director: Eric Khoo

TATSUMI

"A fascinating and ultimately moving tribute to a seminal comic artist's dark, disquieting but powerful works." - Hollywood Reporter

Filmmaker Eric Khoo (My Magic, MIFF 2009; Be With Me) adapts for the screen the spellbinding work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, father of the gekiga comic-art movement of the late 50s. Tatsumi's dark tales of a postwar Japan are presented for the first time on film, still as radical and haunting as the day they were written.

Five animated stories - Hell, Beloved Monkey, Just A Man, Occupied and Good-bye - are presented, intercut with scenes from Tatsumi's autobiography, narrated by the artist himself. Tatsumi offers works that were revolutionary in their time, changing the medium's reach throughout Japan with their adult content and themes of alienation.

D/S Eric Khoo P Tan Fong Cheng, Phil Mitchell, Freddie Yeo, Eric Khoo WS The Match Factory L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011

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