Tokyo Olympiad
Tokyo Olympiad

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 vast team of technicians using scores of 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 the 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 effected a transformative influence on the art of documentary filmmaking.


  • Kon Ichikawa
  • Japan
  • 1965
  • 168 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #155


  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2001 by film historian Peter Cowie
  • New introduction to the film by Cowie
  • Over 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 camera operator Masuo Yamaguchi, longtime Ichikawa collaborator Chizuko Osada, and the director’s son Tatsumi Ichikawa
  • New interview with restoration producer Adrian Wood
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar James Quandt


New cover by Anthony Gerace

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