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Tokyo Olympiad

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Genres: Documentary, Sport
Starring: Abebe Bikila, Jack Douglas, Joe Frazier
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Plot Synopsis:

A spectacle of magnificent proportions and remarkable intimacy, Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad remains one of the greatest films ever made about sports. Supervising a team of hundreds of technicians using more than a thousand cameras, Ichikawa captured the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo in glorious widescreen images, using cutting-edge telephoto lenses and exquisite slow motion to create lyrical, idiosyncratic poetry from the athletic drama surging all around him. Drawn equally to the psychology of losers and winners—including legendary Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, who receives the film's most exalted tribute—Ichikawa captures the triumph, passion, and suffering of competition with a singular humanistic vision, and in doing so effects a transformative influence on the art of documentary filmmaking.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: June 23rd, 2020
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1965
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion Collection
  • Technical Specs
    Length:171 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.35:1
    Audio Formats:Japanese: PCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:
    • 4K RESTORATION, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Audio commentary from 2001 by film historian Peter Cowie
    • New introduction to the film by Cowie
    • Eighty minutes of additional material from the Tokyo Games, with a new introduction by Cowie
    • Archival interviews with director Kon Ichikawa
    • New documentary about Ichikawa featuring interviews with cameraman Masuo Yamaguchi, longtime Ichikawa collaborator Chizuko Osaka, and the director's son Tatsumi Ichikawa
    • Trailers
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar James Quandt

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