Tatsumi review

Five tales explore post-war Japanese life

Why you can trust GamesRadar+ Our experts review games, movies and tech over countless hours, so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about our reviews policy.

A touching tribute interweaves with tough storytelling in Eric Khoo’s poignant portmanteau riff on Japanese graphic artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s works.

Born in 1935, Tatsumi coined the term “gekiga” (dramatic pictures) to separate his comics from mangas: necessarily, since the five tales here explore incest, murder, mutilation, misogyny and Hiroshima.

Yet Khoo combines fearless narrative with scenes from Tatsumi’s graphic autobiography, anchoring the howls of alienation of post-war Japanese life and adding a sweetening lyricism that swoons towards a very moving conclusion.

Freelance writer

Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.