Special Screening: “TATSUMI”, Q&A and Cocktail Party featuring
director Eric Khoo, artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, actor Tetsuya Bessho and
associate producer Masato Yamamoto
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Cocktail party: 18:15 - 19:00
Screening (Tatsumi): 19:00 - 20:40
Q&A session: 20:45 - 21:20
In Japanese with English subtitles / Singapore, 2011 96 min.
TATSUMI - THE MAN WHO STARTED A MANGA REVOLUTION
Writer-Director: Eric Khoo
Executive Producer: Mike Wiluan
Producers: Tan Fong Cheng, Phil Mitchell, Freddie Yeo, Eric Khoo
Associate Producer: Masato Yamamoto
Animation Director: Phil Mitchell
Starring: Tetsuya Bessho, Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Film courtesy of Zhao Wei Films
For more: Tatsumi (YouTube)
“Tatsumi” is Eric Khoo’s extraordinary tribute to Yoshihiro Tatsumi, based on the manga innovator’s autobiography “A Drifting Life” and incorporating many of his most well-known graphic stories. The director and his subject, as well as actor Tetsuya Bessho, who voiced many of the characters in the animated film, and the associate producer will join us for cocktails and stay for the Q&A after the screening.
As a boy, Yoshihiro Tatsumi loved movies and hoped to become a film director. Instead, he began drawing. In the late 1950s, he channeled his postwar despair into a more realistic type of manga, pioneering gekiga (lit. “dramatic pictures”) and capturing the mood of the time in their real-life subject matter - dark, adult and often harrowing, as twisted as they were touching, and absolutely unforgettable. Tatsumi’s efforts led to a breakthrough in manga, elevating the genre to a new level of creative expression influenced by cinema.
“Tatsumi” premiered at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in 2011, only the 13th animated film (starting with Disney’s “Dumbo” in 1947) to screen in the Official Selection.
Please join us for this special opportunity to meet the creators and savor this exceptional film.
ERIC KHOO put Singapore on the international film map with his first feature “Mee Pok Man” (1995), picking up prizes at Fukuoka, Pusan and Singapore. His second feature “12 Storeys” (1997) won Best Picture at the Hawaii International Film Festival and was the first Singaporean film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival. His third film, “Be With Me,” was the opening film for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2005, and “My Magic” (2008) was in the main competition at Cannes. Khoo is also active as a producer, with credits like Roystan Tan’s “15” (2003) and “881” (2007), and Boo Jun Feng’s “Sandcastle,” all three of which have had extensive international festival play. Khoo is a 2007 recipient of Singapore’s highest arts honor, the Cultural Medallion. In 2008, he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.
YOSHIHIRO TATSUMI is widely credited with starting the gekiga style of alternative manga, having coined the term in 1957. His work has been translated into 17 different languages, and he has gained widespread international acclaim for bringing manga to a wider audience. In 2009, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the 13th Annual Osamu Tezuka Cultural Awards for his 11-years-in-the-making autobiography, “A Drifting Life,” which also won him multiple Eisner Awards, the Oscars of the manga world.
TETSUYA BESSHO is one of Japan’s leading stage, film and TV actors, as well as the founder and executive director of the Short Shorts Film Festival in Japan. Among his credits are the films “Shin Dousei Jidai,” for which he won the Japan Academy Award for Best New Actor in 1992, “Parasite Eve” (1998），“Ultraman” (2005), “Tsunagu” (2012) and “Xday” (2013). In theater, Bessho has appeared in leading roles in “Les Miserables, “Nine the Musical” and “Miss Saigon.” He was appointed the youngest-ever member of Japan’s Film Classification and Rating Committee in 2013 and is also a “Visit Japan Ambassador,” part of the Japan Tourism Agency initiative.
MASATO YAMAMOTO works for Fujifilm, and served as an associate producer on “Tatsumi.” He also worked on the English translation of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s latest collection of short stories, Midnight Fishermen – Gekiga of the 1970s.
Please join Mr. Khoo, Mr. Tatsumi, Mr. Bessho and Mr. Yamamoto for cocktails before the film screening, from 6:15 - 7:00. The cocktail party is 1,200 yen (incl. tax) for FCCJ members and 1,500 yen (incl. tax) for guests. Please sign up at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161)or register below. Cancellations received after noon on the day of the party/ screening will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.
You may attend the Q&A session and/or film screening without attending the cocktail party. Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) to allow for seating arrangements.
All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events restricted to FCCJ members and their guests.
Karen Severns, Edwin Karmiol, Movie Committee