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It is a documentary of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The games were widely seen as Japan's coming-out party on the world stage, 19 years after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Kon Ichikawa, an accomplished director of fiction movies, was hired to make a documentary, after Creator/AkiraKurosawa had been hired and then fired. Japanese authorities apparently regretted the decision to hire a more "artistic" director like Ichikawa than a documentarian, as Ichikawa's film is less concerned with the wins and losses than with the beauty of the scenery and the lives of athletes. It was eventually cut in half and re-released in Japan.

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It is a documentary of the 1964 Olympic Games UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in Tokyo, Japan.UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}. The games were widely seen as Japan's coming-out party on the world stage, 19 years after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Kon Ichikawa, an accomplished director of fiction movies, was hired to make a documentary, after Creator/AkiraKurosawa had been hired and then fired. Japanese authorities apparently regretted the decision to hire a more "artistic" director like Ichikawa than a documentarian, as Ichikawa's film is less concerned with the wins and losses than with the beauty of the scenery and the lives of athletes. It was eventually cut in half and re-released in Japan.


''Tokyo Olympiad'' is a 1965 documentary film directed by Creator/KonIchikawa.

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''Tokyo Olympiad'' is a 1965 documentary film directed by Creator/KonIchikawa.
Creator/KonIchikawa with a soundtrack composed by Music/ToshiroMayuzumi.

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** The modern pentathlon is shown not only in black-and-white, but as a series of still photographs.


* BreakingTheFourthWall: Smokin' Joe Frazier, who won heavyweight boxing gold in Tokyo, is walking down a tunnel when he's startled to see that a camera is following him. After a DoubleTake he waves to the camera and then goes on his way.



* {{Narrator}}: A narrator reads a script written by Ichikawa's wife and creative partner, Natto Wada.

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* {{Narrator}}: A narrator reads a script written by Ichikawa's wife and creative partner, Natto Wada.Wada.
* StaggeredZoom: Onto the face of Anton Geesink as he stands on the medal platform, having just won a gold medal in judo.


* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Most of the film is shot in color, but the hammer throw is in black-and-white. This might be to match the weather, as the hammer throw took place in a driving rainstorm.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Most of the film is shot in color, lush Technicolor, but the there are a couple of exceptions.
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hammer throw is in black-and-white. This might be to match the weather, as the hammer throw took place in a driving rainstorm.rainstorm.
** The boxing competition is also in black-and-white.



* DoesNotLikeShoes: The narration points out that 10000m runner Jim Hogan is running barefoot.

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* DoesNotLikeShoes: The narration points out that 10000m runner Jim Hogan is running barefoot.[[note]]Although the film doesn't mention it, Hogan failed to finish the race.[[/note]]

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* CallBack: The film is introduced by a tight closeup of the sun. After the intermission, the second part of the film starts exactly the same way.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Most of the film is shot in color, but the hammer throw is in black-and-white. This might be to match the weather, as the hammer throw took place in a driving rainstorm.


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* DoesNotLikeShoes: The narration points out that 10000m runner Jim Hogan is running barefoot.


* DisturbedDove: The opening ceremony features a flock of pigeons let loose Olympic-style. This is amusingly followed by shots of athletes cringing and ducking as pigeons zoom over their heads.

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* DisturbedDove: DisturbedDoves: The opening ceremony features a flock of pigeons let loose Olympic-style. This is amusingly followed by shots of athletes cringing and ducking as pigeons zoom over their heads.

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* DisturbedDove: The opening ceremony features a flock of pigeons let loose Olympic-style. This is amusingly followed by shots of athletes cringing and ducking as pigeons zoom over their heads.

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''Tokyo Olympiad'' is a 1965 documentary film directed by Creator/KonIchikawa.

It is a documentary of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The games were widely seen as Japan's coming-out party on the world stage, 19 years after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Kon Ichikawa, an accomplished director of fiction movies, was hired to make a documentary, after Creator/AkiraKurosawa had been hired and then fired. Japanese authorities apparently regretted the decision to hire a more "artistic" director like Ichikawa than a documentarian, as Ichikawa's film is less concerned with the wins and losses than with the beauty of the scenery and the lives of athletes. It was eventually cut in half and re-released in Japan.

Compare Creator/LeniRiefenstahl's ''Film/{{Olympia}}'', pretty much the only other Olympics documentary to be held in as high regard as this film.

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* CueTheSun: A rising sun, symbolic of Japan, introduces the Olympic torch sequence.
* {{Documentary}}: Up there with ''Olympia'' in the elite level of sports documentaries.
* IronicJuxtaposition: There's certainly humor in the cut between a glorious sun and a wrecking ball smashing buildings.
* MatchCut: The opening closeup of the sun yields to a shot of a wrecking ball, which is knocking down buildings to make way for Olympic construction.
* {{Narrator}}: A narrator reads a script written by Ichikawa's wife and creative partner, Natto Wada.

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