Česko-japonská společnost, Velvyslanectví Japonska v ČR, 
Palác Lucerna 
supported by:
The Japan Foundation, 
Ministerstvo kultury ČR, 
Hlavní město Praha
města Plzeň, Opava a Japonský klub Olomouc, jednotlivá městská kulturní střediska, 
Bezejmenná čajovna

toKYo oLYMPiad 1964  |  Tōkyō orimpikku

Japan 1965  |   Director: ICHIKAWA Kon  |  

Tokyo Olympiad is an extraordinary piece that caused a stir in documentary world. But first we need to ask, is it really a documentary or is it an art piece that has only used the most important post-war event in Japanese history-Tokyo Olympics- to make its statement? what are the similarities and differences between Ichikawa’s film and the Leni Riefenstahl’s propagandistic movie glorifying Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936? After first unofficial screening in 1956 Minister for Olympic Games Kawano Ichiro said: “I don’t understand it at all. It is a terrible movie that has no documentary value at all.” His statement was supported also by the Minister of Culture. This statement started heated debates and in the end the documentary was accepted by the officials (although with some hesitations) and became an ultimate hit in Japan (made more than 1.2 billion JPY). The documentary also received high praise abroad (beginning with the award at the Cannes festival). It is also interesting that making this documentary was first offered to Kurosawa Akira, Imamura Shōhei, Shindō Kaneto and several others and only when they refused, Ichikawa Kon became in charge. But the fame of this documentary abroad was a reason why was Ichikawa assigned to direct one part of documentary Visions of Eight that depicted Olympic Games in Munich in 1972.

Surprisingly detailed script that portrayed Tokyo Olympics as a huge drama was put together by Ichikawa Kon, his wife wada Natto, scriptwriter Shirasako Yoshio and poet Tanikawa Shuntarō. well renowned Miyagawa Kazuo led the team of cameramen that were equipped with 103 cameras and many different lenses. One of them had focal length of 2.000 mm and was able to depict movement that was caused by heartbeat or detailed close up of sweat drops. Cameramen were instructed to concentrate on sportsmen’s state of mind, instincts or specific habits. Cameras were focusing not only on winners, but also losers, athletes as well as audience, sports equipment or decorations – for example a hammer falling down into mud or details of shoes during the opening ceremony. Also sound engineers made a great contribution to this documentary. You can hear the winner of 800m breathing while finishing, sound of falling hurdle, sound of floor during gymnastics’ floor exercise or sound of flags in the wind. All these details create the whole picture of Olympic Games with an extraordinary objectivity.

One of the most visual stunning moments is a slow motion scene of Věra Čáslavská’s exercise on the balance beam (awarded golden medal).
The screening at the Eigasai festival was made possible thanks to understanding and cooperation of both Czech and International Olympic Committees.


23. january

thursday 19:30

shinobi (Ninja) in the Japanese film
OLympic japan – Japanese and sport
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Lucerna Cinema, Prague
6th festival of
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