Tokyo Olympiad (1965)
Ichikawa's cameras follow the 1964 Summer Olympics from opening to closing ceremonies.
Tokyo Olympiad belongs to 18 collections
1. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (collaborative: moderated by kozan26 - 234 stars)
2. Criterion Collection (collaborative: moderated by caffe - 167 stars)
3. Best of criticker: Documentary (collaborative: moderated by avgcrtckr - 20 stars)
4. Kinema Junpo 200 Greatest Japanese films (2009 list) (collaborative: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 17 stars)
5. Doubling The Canon (collaborative - 13 stars)
6. Anamorphic Cinematography (collaborative: moderated by Bojangles - 7 stars)
7. Doubling The Canon (2010 update) (collaborative: moderated by MMAlpha - 5 stars)
8. Great Japanese Films (collaborative: moderated by PerryStroika - 4 stars)
9. Coheed's Films I Need To See Or Try To Track Down (public: Coheed - 3 stars)
10. Criterion Collection (Blu-ray and 4K) (public: PepeCamello - 3 stars)
11. Olympics (collaborative: moderated by djross - 2 stars)
12. Doubling the Canon (2011 update) (collaborative: moderated by MMAlpha - 1 star)
13. Doubling the Canon (2012 update) (collaborative: moderated by Cinephile - 1 star)
14. Sports Documentaries (collaborative: moderated by Dunstan-xxx - 1 star)
15. Running (sport) (collaborative: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer)
16. Kazuo Miyagawa - cinematographer (collaborative: moderated by JooJoo)
17. 5: Documentaries (public: KasperL)
18. Esplanade to see (public: Malcym)
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|Aug 03, 2020||nobamba||
It's a little bit better than typical Olympics footage but could have used more documentary feature. I understand it was commissioned for the former and not the latter. The best parts were when they delved more into the human element, such as the one-in-a-lifetime situation that brings the athletes together, in particular an African athlete who never travelled much and never will again. Or the Japanese runner who came in 3rd (and later committed suicide). Fav scene: opening ceremony.
|Aug 02, 2020||NathanBates||
Gorgeously filmed, even though some sports -- especially those in the second half -- get incredibly short shrift; the camera spends almost as much time on sunlight reflecting on water as it does for the rowing and sailing competitions. As a *sports* fan, I was a little disappointed with so many abrupt clips. The film does do a good job with showing the humanity of sport, both in the short segments of a few competitors and the many crowd shots.
|Sep 29, 2015||yesistasty||
Good sports documentary. They did a fine job capturing the different moods of the events.
|Jul 26, 2010||JooJoo||
An outstanding opening followed by mixed success.
|Oct 05, 2008||PeaceAnarchy||
The pacing is a little imperfect, dragging at times and flying by at others. Other than that it's a surprisingly captivating film with stunning images and real insight into the human condition. The marathon section especially is a real highlight.
|Jan 24, 2007||MartinTeller||
Normally, I wouldn't be caught dead watching a 3 hour movie about sports. But for Ichikawa, I make an exception. I was kind of dreading it, but I got sucked in. Ichikawa infuses this movie with lots of style. Each sequence is different, and the choices he makes are surprising and excellent. A few parts drag, but most of it is really nice, even moving at times. Although it tends to highlight Japan's triumphs, it's fairly even-handed.
|Average Percentile 72.03% from 159 Ratings|