Kon Ichikawa, 1965
"One of the world's greatest directors."--<i>Film Comment</i><br><br>With a career that spans more than half a century and 80 feature films, Kon Ichikawa ranks among Kurosawa, Ozu, and Mizoguchi as one of the great directors of the Japanese cinema. His first major North American retrospective, this 13-film series includes many new 35mm prints, shedding new light on a historic body of work that is often overlooked by Western audiences.<br><br></b>Kon Ichikawa was organized by<b>Cinematheque Ontario</b>and<b>The Japan Foundation.</b>The companion catalogue<i>Kon Ichikawa</i>is available in the Wexner Center Bookshop.<br><br>
"So singular and stylized is Ichikawa's approach to his record of the 1964 Olympics that it can hardly be called a documentary."--James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario
Tokyo Olympiad (170 mins.) is the distillation of 70 hours of CinemaScope film footage that Ichikawa and his 164 cameramen captured during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It's a highly stylized take on the proceedings, yet at the same time a surprisingly intimate one.
The film met controversy immediately upon release for its refusal to give Japanese athletes special treatment--both the film's commissioners as well as the emperor and his family reportedly loathed it. Yet it remains a nearly inimitable achievement in world cinema, comparable only to Riefenstahl's Olympiad.