Directed by Eric Khoo
Cornerhouse, 18 February 2012
Yoshihiro Tatsumi invented Gekiga, a kind of comic geared towards adults.
He was, on my understanding, a Japanese Robert Crumb or Harvey Pekar and this film is both a tribute to Tatsumi and an account of how Eric Khoo, the writer and director, got into comics. The two are, as it happens, closely related: Tatsumi was Khoo’s constant inspiration and his artistic hero.
There are several stories by Tatsumi incorporated into the film – his work is generally realistic, though dark and downbeat.
Naturally the whole of it is in the form of animation: comics, drawn figures. It suffices. As ever, Scott McCloud was right: you can express anything using comics and animation.
Here’s some more info about Gekiga.