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Singapore Submits Tatsumi Film for Oscar Consideration

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Animated film based on Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life manga screened at Cannes Film Festival in May

The Variety entertainment industry magazine reported on Friday that Singapore will submit Eric Khoo's animated film adaptation of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life autobiographical manga for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 84th annual Academy Awards. Official nominees have yet to be selected from the pool of films that countries submitted.

The film was screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival in May.

The manga is based on a semi-autobiographical account of Tatsumi's struggle to make a living after World War II. Tatsumi and others began challenging normal standards of manga drawing by pioneering a nontraditional gekiga style of storytelling and art design.

A Drifting Life originally shipped in Japan in November of 2008 as a two-volume series. The Canadian comic book publisher Drawn & Quarterly picked up the North American license and released the manga as a single, 840-page volume in April of 2009. The manga since won two Eisner awards in 2010. Tatsumi was also nominated to enter the Eisner Hall of Fame that year, but was not selected.

The 84th Academy Awards will be held on February 26.

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