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220 Ratings

Tokyo Olympiad

Tôkyô orimpikku

Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Japan, 1965
Documentary, Sport


Utilizing glorious widescreen cinematography, Kon Ichikawa examines the beauty and rich drama on display at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. A spectacle of magnificent proportions, Tokyo Olympiad ranks among the greatest documents of sport ever committed to film.

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Tokyo Olympiad Directed by Kon Ichikawa

Critics reviews

[Tokyo Olympiad is] a masterful film that pushes past immersive into something close to transcendent. Ichikawa exhaustively catalogues the 1964 Olympic games, from the flame traveling through the world, to the opening ceremony, through the games themselves. Along the way, every cinematic trick is pulled off, every landing stuck. Breathtaking landscapes, emotive close-ups, stunning slow motion, chaos, quiet, the agony and ecstasy of sport: it’s all here and gloriously so.
September 26, 2013
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