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Tokyo Olympiad (U*)

Japanese Avant-garde & Experimental Film Festival

the lighting of the Olympic torch

Kon Ichikawa tears up the documentary playbook for this thrilling cinematic record of the 1964 Summer Olympics.

JAEFF 2021 concludes with the spectacular 4K restoration of Tokyo Olympiad. Ichikawa’s masterpiece is a leap forward in both technical innovation and artistic experimentation. This is filmmaking on a grand scale; a paeon to the notion of global connection and the pursuit of sporting excellence that values humanity over results. Fittingly, JAEFF’s day of Olympic themed programming ends with the greatest sports film ever made.  

Ichikawa’s elegant and impressionistic wide-screen poetry will be fused into your mind. And, it might just remind you why you love cinema and what a body (and a soul) can achieve.

With thanks to the IOC for their support and assistance with this screening.

This screening includes an introduction by Dolores Martinez.

Japan 1964 Dir Kon Ichikawa 169 min

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