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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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Western viewers might liken it to Disney meets The Dark Knight."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"This Japanese language manga movie is a stunning tribute to the skills, life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"[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..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"It is loose in shape, but alluring in style and storytelling."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"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."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"If Khoo's film doesn't amount to more than its parts, more often than not those parts are vivid and arresting."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Highly recommended for the graphically inclined, worthwhile viewing for the curious, now check out the books."
‑ Mark Stafford, Electric Sheep
"A eye-popping visual treat and a journey into the creative spirit."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
"It's potent stuff, delving into pornography, incest, murder and mutilation in the company of alienated men and unhappy, sometimes cruel women."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The overall impact is one of the art reflecting upon the artist, of characters chronicling the formation and maturation of their creator."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
"The film artfully combines, though sometimes rather confusingly, scenes from Tatsumi's life story as told in his graphic autobiography..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The slightly slushy tone of celebration rather obtusely fails to engage with the nihilist, pessimist nature of Tatsumi's work. Anyway, an intriguing event."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A touching tribute interweaves with tough storytelling in Eric Khoo's poignant portmanteau riff on Japanese graphic artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi's works."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
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