A Drifting Life Manga's Film Animated in Singapore
posted on by Gia Manry
Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo (Mee Pok Man, Be With Me) is directing the previously revealed film adaptation of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's manga memoir A Drifting Life as an animated work. Khoo is planning to complete the 95-minute film early this year.
When the film was first revealed in 2009, The Business Times newspaper in Singapore reported that Infinite Frameworks and Khoo's Zhao Wei Films were producing the film in black-and-white and in Japanese. However, the film will be in color; the Twitch film website posted images from the film.
Tatsumi pioneered the avant-garde gekiga style of storytelling that diverged from mainstream manga. In the 840 pages of A Drifting Life, Tatsumi gives a semi-autobiographical account of an author's struggle to make a post-war living in manga-drawing — all while trying to challenge the medium's boundaries and establish a new artform.
Publisher Drawn & Quarterly released the manga in North America.