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Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

Tôkyô orinpikku (original title)
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
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Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila ... Himself
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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 March 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Olympiad See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film had s crew of six hundred people including sixteen cameramen. See more »

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Featured in The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012) See more »

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Thank you Criterion
26 June 2003 | by smitchell-1See all my reviews

Seeing as how this dvd is almost 3 hours long I assumed that I could fast forward through some of it. I was wrong. As much as I tried, every new scene kept me glued to the screen. It's the Olympics like you've never seen them, shot and edited with the eye of a real artist. Once again Criterion brings us a lost masterpiece.


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