Khoo’s Tatsumi finds match with Factory
Germany’s Match Factory is to handle international sales on Tatsumi, Singaporean director Eric Khoo’s upcoming venture into anime.
The film which is in advanced post production and is set to be completed by the Spring, is a strong contender for a slot at the Cannes festival in May.
Not only is Khoo Singapore’s only director to date to have had a film in Cannes competition (My Magic in 2008), Tatsumi may serve as a gentle lesson in the diversity of Japanese animation for the uninitiated.
The film is inspired by A Drifting Life, the 800-page autobiography of Japanese manga artist Tatsumi Yoshihiro. It interweaves both biographic elements about the fiercely independent artist himself and anime versions of some of Tatsumi’s short stories from the 1970s. These range from a monochrome story in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, through the sexual frustrations of an aging office worker, to the curious relations of a factory worker and his pet monkey.