A spectacle of magnificent proportions and remarkable intimacy, Kon Ichikawa’sTokyo Olympiadremains one of the greatest films ever made about sports. Supervising a vast team of technicians using scores of cameras, Ichikawacaptured the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo in gloriouswidescreen images, using cutting-edge telephoto lenses andexquisite 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, whoreceives 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.
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