• Unrated, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama, Animation
  • Directed By:
    Eric Khoo
    In Theaters:
    Apr 4, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 25, 2013
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Tatsumi Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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Western viewers might liken it to Disney meets The Dark Knight.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2013
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2013
Simon Foster

The overall impact is one of the art reflecting upon the artist, of characters chronicling the formation and maturation of their creator.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

June 5, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2012
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 3, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2012
Matthew Turner

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.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

January 19, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 15, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[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...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 13, 2012
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep

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

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

January 13, 2012

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

January 12, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 12, 2012
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

January 10, 2012
David Hughes
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 9, 2012
Kevin Harley
Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

January 4, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3/5

August 13, 2011
Leslie Felperin
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February 23, 2012
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