Tky orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad)
Tky orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad) (1965)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1965
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

'Despite the unnecessary preaching of peace and brotherhood, Ichikawa truly captures a far more intimate portion of Olympic spirit than recorded anywhere else'

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

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.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

The torch-bearer running across the screen, as Mount Fuji fills the background, stands as one of the most profoundly moving shots in cinematic history.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

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

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a visual marvel of cinematic techniques, many of which were groundbreaking at the time in terms of what was acceptable for a sports documentary

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