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Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

Tôkyô orinpikku (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Sport | 20 March 1965 (Japan)
Kon Ichikawa examines the beauty and rich drama on display at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, creating a record of observations that range from the expansive to the intimate.

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Kon Ichikawa

Writers:

Claude Darget (commentary writer), Kon Ichikawa | 3 more credits »
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4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila ... Self
Jack Douglas Jack Douglas ... English-Language Narrator
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Ichikawa's cameras follow the 1964 Summer Olympics from opening to closing ceremonies. Sometimes he focuses on spectators, as athletes pass in a blur; sometimes he isolates a competitor; other times, it's a closeup of muscles as a hammer is thrown or a barbell lifted; or, we watch a race from start to finish. We see come-from-behind wins in the women's 800 and the men's 10,000 meters. We follow an athlete from Chad from arrival to meals, training, competition, and loss. Throughout, the film celebrates the nobility of athletes pushing themselves to the limit, regardless of victory. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In Blazing Color and CinemaScope

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Trivia

The Olympic Organizing Board was looking for a commercial representation of the Olympics, including glorifying winners and the Japanese contestants, and was disappointed with the film, which humanized the games instead. The uncut version was subsequently never publicly screened. See more »

Connections

Edited into Marathon Man (1976) See more »

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Tôkyô orinpikku: Bland, lifeless and simply not a documentary
22 January 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Toho have a long rich history of cinematic features, but this is the first time I've ever seen a documentary by them. I'm not sure if this is the only one but here they've demonstrated they have no clue how to make one.

To clarify I'm not saying Tokyo Olympiad is bad, I'm saying that it's very hard to refer to this as a documentary. You see this is essentially a compacted copy of the event itself, I don't see the documentary value despite a sprinkling of light commentary and history.

I'm not a sport lover, in fact I generally dislike it and every overpaid hack involved so much of this is very lost on me. Oddly according to my analytics Sport is my 3rd highest genre and I still don't understand how that's even possible.

Over 2hrs of footage from the 1964 Olympics, sure it's charming and I get the appeal but I still don't consider this a documentary and the novelty of people getting paid a fortune to run, fling things and get rewarded with chunks of metal is beyond my comprehension.

The Good:

Great archive footage

Good history of the Olympics

The Bad:

Simply not a documentary

Oddly boring considering the subject matter


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 March 1965 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Mono

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