Sat, Nov 17th, 2012 3:15 pm
SLIFF: TatsumiThis adult animated film celebrates the life and work of renowned Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. In postwar occupied Japan, young Tatsumi’s passion for comics becomes a means of supporting his poor family. Already published as a teenager, the talented artist finds even greater inspiration after meeting his idol, famous animator Osamu Tezuka. Despite his success, Tatsumi begins to question why Japanese comics should cater to children with cute and whimsical tales and drawings, and in 1957 he coins the term “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. “Tatsumi” won the Asia/Africa Award for Best Film at the 2011 Dubai International Film Festival.
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