Tokyo Olympiad

April 21, 2018
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Film · Kazuo Miyagawa

Saturday, April 21, 2 PM

Commissioned by the Japan Olympic Committee, director Kon Ichikawa and Miyagawa supervised a team of 164 camera operators, furnished with over 100 cameras and almost 250 lenses, to cover every angle of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Whittled down from over 70 hours of footage, the result is an epic yet intimate film that captures the human drama of the games with artistry and supreme technical skill. Initially rejected by the Olympic organizers, it nevertheless went on to become a huge international sensation and remains one of Ichikawa’s (and Miyagawa’s) greatest achievements.

1965, 170 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kon Ichikawa.

New 4K restoration

Winner, 1965 Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Award

"I tried to grasp the solemnity of the moment when man defies his limits, and to express the solitude of the athlete who, in order to win, struggles against himself."

—Kon Ichikawa

Part of Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan’s Greatest Cinematographer

Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members

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  • Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • 2:00 pm