- Tatsumi (Singapore/Japan, 2011) – directed by Eric Khoo. Synopsis: “[A] gorgeous grown-up animated love letter to Manga legend Tatsumi Yoshihiro. Khoo has adapted Tatsumi’s autobiography A Drifting Life, closely collaborating with the author who provides his own voice-over, and intercuts him with a series of beautifully animated, perfectly formed short stories from Tatsumi’s hugely influential and ground-breaking work.”
Tatsumi is Singapore’s official submission for the foreign language category of the 84th Academy Awards. The BFI will have a one-off screening of Tatsumi on November 27. If you can’t make that date, the ICA will also be showing the film for two weeks in January 2012.
- Life in a Day (World, 2011) – Not just a trailer, but you can watch the whole film on YouTube now. Life in a Day is a product of our times – something that has come out of the changes we have seen in the world over the past decade or so and may well become a new text genre one day. In the words of the ‘film assemblers’:
- 東京公園 (Tōkyō Kōen/Tokyo Park) screened in Japanese cinemas already a while ago, but something of its trailer (especially the shots of the park) remind me Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-up.
- Not a trailer, but 星を追う子ども (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo/Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below) was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in Japan yesterday. Yesasia.com is selling a regular DVD version (Region 2), a regular Blu-Ray version (Zone A) as well as a limited edition Blu-Ray version (Zone A). In what seems to be an increasing recognition of international anime fans, all already come with English subtitles. Prizes are rather high, although international shipping is free on all three items. Don’t get me started on Region Codes however……..