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Tatsumi [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tetsuya Bessho (voice), Yoshihiro Tatsumi (voice)
  • Directors: Eric Khoo
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: SODA
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B006H11NIY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,613 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Feature-length anime from Singapore, depicting the life and work of celebrated manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi in an old-school, hand-drawn style. The film, which traces Tatsumi's life from his childhood in Second World War Japan through to his reinvention of the manga genre and his creation of the 'gekiga' comic in the post-war years, weaves five of his stories in with the biographical narrative of his life as an artist.

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To a Manga artist, or a comic book fan, the name Tatsumi conjures up adult themed comics. Tatsumi began his comic book career as a teenager,  but it wasn’t until the late 1950’s that he coined the term gegika* which redefined the manga landscape. Gegika dealt with the grown-up, painful consequences of post war Japan and began to grapple with the darker aspects of life, this was the kind of comic definitely not aimed at children. TATSUMI is set over five tales, starting with the horror of the 2nd world war and taking in sexual desire, murder, familial tensions, betrayal and consuming passion. *dramatic pictures

Extras: Colour Concepts & storyboard


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A reader in England on 30 May 2013
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I saw this filn in the Tricycle Cinema in London, and loved it. When the DVD came out, appropriately enough--as animation. His life story is interspersed with stories of his, transformed into screen-animation,. And believe me, some of those tales are dark indeed!

A wonderful experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Life In Pictures: An Intriguing Animated Biography That Blends Fact With Fiction 18 May 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
As a documentary, "Tatsumi" is easily one of the more unorthodox projects that I've encountered lately. And I mean that as a huge compliment because I was very impressed by Eric Khoo's portrait of Japanese Manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. While I was not particularly familiar with Tatsumi's legacy, that did not lessen my interest in the film. A pioneer in Gekiga (which is a more realistic, adult themed Manga), Tatsumi has lived his life for his art. This tribute succeeds as a biography, as an introduction to his work, and as a peek behind the artistic process. Ostensibly, the primary portion of the movie is a dramatization of Tatsumi's memoir "A Drifting Life" but this material is interspersed with five classic tales of post-war Japan brought to life. The stories don't interrupt the biographical material, instead they enhance it. By showcasing Tatsumi's fiction, it gives the viewer a better understanding of the man and his art. It's a fascinating approach and one that really works. Nominated for the prestigious Un Certain Regard Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and Singapore's entry for consideration as Best Foreign Film for the 2012 Oscars, this is a evocative presentation that really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it.

The five included short films are:
1) Hell: A man snaps a picture in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing that captivates the nation and becomes an icon, but sometimes images can be decieving.
2) Beloved Monkey: A factory worker experiences his share of troubles, but parting ways with his pet monkey may have the most devastating results imaginable.
3) Just A Man: An upright businessman on the eve of retirement decides to smite his greedy wife with a plot to spend his earnings on masculine pursuits.
4) Goodbye: The harrowing tale of a prostitute embittered by her experiences with foreign soldiers has her sinking to unpleasant depths of despair.
5) Occupied: The tale of a beleaguered Manga artist who finally starts to embrace his passion and let himself experience a darker and more adult side of his psyche.

As I mentioned, these sequences are introduced at different points in the film and correlate to Tatsumi's own experiences. Tatsumi, himself, narrates the biographical segments (it's in Japanese with English subtitles) and I learned quite a bit about his life and thought processes as well as the changing cultural landscape that surrounded him. In many ways, this stands as a comment about how the arts have evolved in Japan as the economic climate in the country has gone through a drastic metamorphosis. Overall, this was a worthwhile and adult experience that I highly recommend for any myriad of reasons. It's educational, incisive, and also entertaining. About 4 1/2 stars. I didn't know anything about the movie "Tatsumi" before watching it, but I'm glad I took the chance. KGHarris, 5/13.
A Life In Pictures: An Intriguing Animated Biography That Blends Fact With Fiction 27 May 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
As a documentary, "Tatsumi" is easily one of the more unorthodox projects that I've encountered lately. And I mean that as a huge compliment because I was very impressed by Eric Khoo's portrait of Japanese Manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. While I was not particularly familiar with Tatsumi's legacy, that did not lessen my interest in the film. A pioneer in Gekiga (which is a more realistic, adult themed Manga), Tatsumi has lived his life for his art. This tribute succeeds as a biography, as an introduction to his work, and as a peek behind the artistic process. Ostensibly, the primary portion of the movie is a dramatization of Tatsumi's memoir "A Drifting Life" but this material is interspersed with five classic tales of post-war Japan brought to life. The stories don't interrupt the biographical material, instead they enhance it. By showcasing Tatsumi's fiction, it gives the viewer a better understanding of the man and his art. It's a fascinating approach and one that really works. Nominated for the prestigious Un Certain Regard Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and Singapore's entry for consideration as Best Foreign Film for the 2012 Oscars, this is a evocative presentation that really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it.

The five included short films are:
1) Hell: A man snaps a picture in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing that captivates the nation and becomes an icon, but sometimes images can be decieving.
2) Beloved Monkey: A factory worker experiences his share of troubles, but parting ways with his pet monkey may have the most devastating results imaginable.
3) Just A Man: An upright businessman on the eve of retirement decides to smite his greedy wife with a plot to spend his earnings on masculine pursuits.
4) Goodbye: The harrowing tale of a prostitute embittered by her experiences with foreign soldiers has her sinking to unpleasant depths of despair.
5) Occupied: The tale of a beleaguered Manga artist who finally starts to embrace his passion and let himself experience a darker and more adult side of his psyche.

As I mentioned, these sequences are introduced at different points in the film and correlate to Tatsumi's own experiences. Tatsumi, himself, narrates the biographical segments (it's in Japanese with English subtitles) and I learned quite a bit about his life and thought processes as well as the changing cultural landscape that surrounded him. In many ways, this stands as a comment about how the arts have evolved in Japan as the economic climate in the country has gone through a drastic metamorphosis. Overall, this was a worthwhile and adult experience that I highly recommend for any myriad of reasons. It's educational, incisive, and also entertaining. About 4 1/2 stars. I didn't know anything about the movie "Tatsumi" before watching it, but I'm glad I took the chance. KGHarris, 5/13.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cheated out of my money by Amazon 1 April 2014
By dubya81 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I wish they would tell you that this has no subtitles. I would love to watch this movie, but I feel cheated out of my money from Amazon instant video in America. How can you not have English subtitles?
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
no subtitles 20 Jun 2013
By gekiga - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
no subtitles/closed captioning on the instant streaming version available from amazon website. i am very disappointed as i do not speak japanese but am very interested in learning more about the artist tatsumi...
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