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Tatsumi

Tatsumi (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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A story based on the life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a mangaka known for his gekiga style of alternate Japanese manga.

Unrated,

Drama, Animation

Mar 25, 2013

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (0)

Western viewers might liken it to Disney meets The Dark Knight.

January 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Singaporean director Eric Khoo's stylishly impressive homage to the mangaka, converting his memoir, A Drifting Life, into a cinematic work employing animation that is true to Tatsumi's original work.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's potent stuff, delving into pornography, incest, murder and mutilation in the company of alienated men and unhappy, sometimes cruel women.

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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If the structure sometimes disrupts the story of his life, the strong lines and melancholy sensibility of the illustration form an anchor that keep the power of Tatsumi's work firmly in view.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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If Khoo's film doesn't amount to more than its parts, more often than not those parts are vivid and arresting.

January 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The overall impact is one of the art reflecting upon the artist, of characters chronicling the formation and maturation of their creator.

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen-Space
Screen-Space

This Japanese language manga movie is a stunning tribute to the skills, life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Engaging, entertaining and beautifully animated, Tatsumi is a treat for fans and is likely to make converts of newcomers, though it's more successful as a showcase for his stories than as a documentary or biopic.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The film artfully combines, though sometimes rather confusingly, scenes from Tatsumi's life story as told in his graphic autobiography...

January 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

[A]n animated Japanese-language ode to legendary gekiga artist Yoshiro Tatsumi... [A] provocative back-and-forth on the development of a creative mind and the stories that have sprung from it...

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Highly recommended for the graphically inclined, worthwhile viewing for the curious, now check out the books.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

The slightly slushy tone of celebration rather obtusely fails to engage with the nihilist, pessimist nature of Tatsumi's work. Anyway, an intriguing event.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It is loose in shape, but alluring in style and storytelling.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A eye-popping visual treat and a journey into the creative spirit.

January 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A touching tribute interweaves with tough storytelling in Eric Khoo's poignant portmanteau riff on Japanese graphic artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi's works.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
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