2011. Singapore. Eric Khoo. 94 min.
New York premiere
Thursday, April 5, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2011. Singapore. Directed by Eric Khoo. With the voice of Yoshihiro Tatsumi. A Drifting Life, Tatsumi’s epic graphic novel memoir, forms the foundation for Khoo’s animated documentary. In postwar Japan in the late 1950s, Tatsumi brought innovation to Japanese comics through works of social commentary aimed at an adult audience. Khoo, known in his native Singapore for such live-action films as Be with Me (2005) and My Magic (2008), brings Tatsumi’s art to life by juxtaposing Tatsumi’s autobiography with his short stories that focus on the effects of World War II and urban alienation on the Japanese people. This first-ever film adaptation of Tatsumi’s work adds depth and structure to his various narratives while remaining loyal to his vivid style. Print courtesy The Match Factory. In Japanese; English subtitles. 94 min.