Tokyo Olympiad

Classic film

“Ichikawa creates a unique intimacy between athlete and audience. Even after countless hours of watching televised sports, the effect is revelatory.” - Washington Post

23 July 2020 9 August 2020


Japanese with English/Thai subtitles

BAFTA Best Documentary 1966 



This impressionistic portrait of the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics pays as much attention to the crowds and workers as it does to the actual competitive events. Highlights include an epic pole-vaulting match between West Germany and America, and the final marathon race through Tokyo's streets. Two athletes are highlighted: Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, who receives his second gold medal, and runner Ahamed Isa from Chad, representing a country younger than he is.


About the film

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Country: Japan
Year: 1965
Duration: 170 mins