Tatsumi, an animated film by Eric Khoo, 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.
(Plot Outline taken from Tatsumi Official Facebook Page)