DVD - 2011 | Japanese
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In post-war occupied Japan, young Tatsumi's passion for comics not only leads him becomes a means of supporting his poor family but also leads him to redefine the manga landscape. He pioneered gekiga (dramatic pictures), an alternative genre for adults which is by encouraging an alternative genre for adults which is realistic, disquieting and grapples with the darker aspects of life. This film celebrates the life of this master and five of his most compelling tales. A war photographer canptures a moving scene in the ruins of Hiroshima, only to be haunted by its sinster truth. A lonely factory worker parts with his beloved monkey, with tragic consequences. A despised prositute severs ties with all men, beginning with her loutish father.
Publisher: [Brooklyn, N.Y.] : Kimstim ; [New York, N.Y.] : Zeitgeist Films, 2011
Edition: Educational ed. widescreen presentation
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE TATSU
Characteristics: optical
1 videodisc (Not rated)(92 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Chiefly animation; some live action
"Based on 'A drifting life' and the short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi."--Closing credits
Videodisc release of the motion picture produced in 2011


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Jul 17, 2016

This is a good look at gekiga with a new perspective form. Non-fans probably wont care for this. Fans have read most all of this so there is not much new content.

Dec 31, 2014

Eric Khoo’s respectful tribute to pioneer cartoonist Tatsumi Yoshihiro founder of gekiga, a darker, more adult form of manga, is based on Yoshihiro’s own illustrated autobiography A Drifting Life. Using meticulously crafted 2D animation techniques Khoo traces Yoshihiro’s life from his childhood during WWII to his highly successful adult years. Along the way he also presents five of the master’s more popular short stories, presented in animated form for the first time. Despite the popularity of manga on both sides of the Pacific I’ve never been able to develop an interest in the art form myself, I find it overly long with very little dramatic payoff in the end. Perhaps it’s cultural, or perhaps it’s my age showing, but aside from a few nicely drawn sequences (the horror of Hiroshima was especially effective) I was just plain bored. There is no doubt as to Yoshihiro’s talented contribution to a genre loved by millions, but I still left the theatre unenlightened and unimpressed.


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