Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Eric Khoo presents Tatsumi to Cannes Film Festival

Ah man, I feel like re-reading Black Blizzard. The only manga by Yoshihiro Tatsumi that I've come across.

You see, Eric Khoo has created a wonderful animation titled Tatsumi based on this fantastic artist.

Just take a look at the following YouTube clip about the movie (Oh and to add, it will be featured in Cannes Film Festival this year!):


TATSUMI - Teaser 1: "Black Blizzard" - Eric Khoo - Cannes 2011


TATSUMI - Teaser 2: "Just a Man" - Eric Khoo - Cannes 2011


TATSUMI - Teaser 3: "Occupied" - Eric Khoo - Cannes 2011


TATSUMI - Trailer - Eric Khoo - Cannes 2011


Singapore film makers are vying for international recognition at this year's Cannes Film Festival and Market.

Critically-acclaimed producer/director Eric Khoo will showcase his first animated feature on May 17. Called "Tatsumi", the feature is based on the life and works of manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

It is competing in the Un Certain Regard section, a renowned film event known for highlighting cutting-edge original works.

Singapore's Media Development Authority said the showcase of Tatsumi makes this the seventh consecutive year that Singapore productions have made the cut for the Cannes Film Festival Official Selection.

Also selected for the Official Selection is an 11-minute film, "Suu and Uchikawa", by Nathanael Carton, a graduate student from Singapore's Tisch School of the Arts Asia.

The film will compete in the Cinéfondation Selection, which is devoted to the search for new talents.

MDA said Mr Carton's film was one of 16 selected from more than 1,500 entries, from 360 film schools.

Gracing the red carpets of the Festival is Singaporean actor Chin Han, who plays a doctor in "Restless", the opening film of the Un Certain Regard section. The movie is directed by Gus Van Sant of Good Will Hunting and Milk fame.

The event is also a platform for local film companies to promote their works to potential buyers at the Cannes Film Market. Films like MediaCorp Raintree's "It's a Great Great World", and Elixir Entertainment's "Gurushetram 24 Hours of Anger" will be screened at the Market.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Singapore film makers vying for honours at Cannes Film Festival".

Check out also:
- Holywood Reporter, "CANNES Q&A: 'Tatsumi' Director Eric Khoo".
- Wall Street Journal, "Tatsumi: A Life in Animation".

Eric Khoo has really done Singapore proud. Very proud.

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