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

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.

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.

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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