by Eric Khoo
TATSUMI celebrates the life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. In post-war occupied Japan, young Tatsumi's passion for comics eventually becomes a means of supporting his poor family. Already published as a teenager, talented Tatsumi finds even greater inspiration after meeting his idol, famous Disneyesque animator Osamu Tezuka. Despite his steady success, Tatsumi begins to question why Japanese comics should cater to children with cute and whimsical tales and drawings. In 1957, Tatsumi coins the term gekiga (dramatic pictures) and redefines the manga landscape by encouraging an alternative genre for adults. Realistic and disquieting, Tatsumi's work begins to grapple with the darker aspects of life...
TATSUMI marks Eric Khoo's return to Cannes in 2011 after his last feature MY MAGIC was presented in Competition in 2008.
Eric put Singapore on the international film map with his first feature film MEE POK MAN (1995), picking up prizes at Fukuoka, Pusan and Singapore. His second feature 12 STOREYS (1997) won several awards including the Golden Maile Award for Best Picture at the 17th Hawaii International Film Festival. 12 STOREYS was also the first Singaporean film to be invited officially to participate in the Cannes Film Festival. MEE POK MAN and 12 STOREYS have together been screened at over 60 film festivals, including Venice, Berlin and Rotterdam. Eric's third feature BE WITH ME was selected as the opening film for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes 2005. The film has since won several awards overseas and has been invited to numerous festivals, including Toronto, Telluride and Pusan. In 2006 Eric was invited to direct for the Jeonju Digital Film Festival in Korea – “No Day Off”, the story of an Indonesian maid.
Eric is a recipient of Singapore's highest arts honor: the Cultural Medallion by the President, and in 2008, he was awarded the “Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des letters” from the French Minister of Culture. Since 2007, Eric has been a board member of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia.
2009 Boo Junfeng's SANDCASTLE (producer)
2008 MY MAGIC
2007 Royston Tan's 881 (producer)
2006 "NO DAY OFF" (segment of omnibus feature DIGITAL SAM IN SAM SAEK 2006: TALK TO HER)
2005 Royston Tan's 4:30 (producer)
2005 BE WITH ME
2003 Royston Tan's 15 (producer)
2001 Khoo Koh's ONE LEG KICKING (producer)
1999 Bee Lian Teng's LIANG PO PO (producer)
1997 12 STOREYS
1995 MEE POK MAN
Director: Eric Khoo
Screenplay: Eric Khoo, based on "A Drifting LIfe" and other works by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Creative Animation Director: Phil Mitchell
Supervising Animators: Rafael Bonifacio, Jebbie Barrios
Art Director: Widhi Saputro
Music: Christopher Khoo
Music and Arrangement: Christine Sham
Featured voices: Tetsuya Bessho, Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Producers: Tan Fong Cheng, Phil Mitchell; Freddie Yeo, Eric Khoo
Associate Producers: Masato Yamamoto, Esaf Andreas Sinaulan
Produced by: Zhao Wei Films, Infinite Frameworks
Format: 35mm / 24fps / 1:1.85 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 96 Min.
Original language: Japanese
Original title: Tatsumi