Tky orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad) (1965)

Tky orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad)




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The 18th Olympiad was the first Games event held in Asia; Tokyo had been scheduled to host in 1940, but that Olympiad was canceled because of the war. Japan was determined not only to be a good host, but also to provide a record of the games to rival that of Leni Riefenstahl's legendary Olympia. Respected filmmaker Kon Ichikawa (The Harp of Burma, Fires on the Plain) and an army of technicians recorded the games in widescreen images, the most striking occurring near the beginning of the film, as … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Sports & Fitness
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Written By: Kon Ichikawa, Yoshio, Shirasaka
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Toho Company Ltd.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

It is as welcome -- even if mainly to track and movie buffs -- as the finish line is to a marathon runner.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Though it's visually choppy, with some disruptive zooms, the 'Scope format matches the subject's scale, and Ichikawa's emphasis on shared human experience is compelling.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

By plunging us into the action, Ichikawa creates a unique intimacy between athlete and audience. Even after countless hours of watching televised sports, the effect is revelatory.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

An epic study of athletes struggling, against their own bodies and each other, to excel. But it reaches even further, as a stirring portrait of fleeting human hopes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Ichikawa's 1965 documentary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics is a document not just of an event but also of a time and place and a culture.

Full Review… | April 4, 2003
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Tokyo Olympiad is a stunning testament - both to the Olympic athletes it focuses on, and the craft of artistic documentary filmmaking.

Full Review… | October 3, 2002
Apollo Guide

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