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
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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.