Tôkyô orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad) (1965)
Critic Reviews for Tôkyô orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad)
It is as welcome -- even if mainly to track and movie buffs -- as the finish line is to a marathon runner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tokyo Olympiad is a stunning testament - both to the Olympic athletes it focuses on, and the craft of artistic documentary filmmaking.
Audience Reviews for Tôkyô orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad)
Some of it is too arty in a dated '60s kind of way, but a lot of this is awesome -- particularly the amazing sequence about the marathon at the end.
Normally, I wouldn't be caught dead watching a 3 hour movie about sports. But for Ichikawa, I make an exception. I was kind of dreading it, but I got sucked in. Ichikawa infuses this movie with lots of style. Each sequence is different, and the choices he makes are surprising and excellent. A few parts drag, but most of it is really nice, even moving at times. Although it tends to highlight Japan's triumphs, it's fairly even-handed.
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