Tokyo Olympiad

Japan Release: 1965
Running Time:
170 minutes

Tokyo Olympiad

Japanese Title

[Tokyo Orinpikku]

Distributor: Production:

Tokyo Olympics Movie Association

A documentary on the 18th Summery Olympics, held in Tokyo in 1964. Crafted in a chronological approach, the movie prefaces the games with Japan's post World War II rise. It then celebrates the journey of the torch to Japan and finally the arrival of the athletes. Much attention is paid to the opening events, but the documentary rarely focuses on the expected. The production covers everything from eating conditions of the athletes to the nuances of the games themselves. Rarely does the film dwell on medals, but rather on creatively capturing the proceedings of the competitions and their surroundings. The movie hosts its climax in an in-depth coverage of a marathon run. Both the trials and tribulations are focused on, from the spirit of the runners to their sometimes serious injuries.

Live Action

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International Title

Tokyo Olympiad

Initial US Title

Tokyo Olympiad
US Distributor: Toho (1966) / Time: 170 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Tokyo Olympics
[Literal translation]

Tokyo Olympiades

Tokyo Olympic 1964




Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Writing credits Kon Ichikawa, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Natto Wada, Yoshio Shirasaka
Produced by Suketaru Taguchi
Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi
Cinematography by Kenji Nakamura, Tadashi Tanaka, Kazuo Miyagawa, Shigeo Murata, Shigeichi Nagano
Production Design by Yusaku Kamekura
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Box Office

Release Date: March 20th, 1965 (Japan)
Budget: ¥353,600,000 (Rough Figure)
Attendance: 19,500,000 (Japan)
Distribution Earning: ¥1,223,210,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Tokyo Olympiad Criterion (2002) Order
United States Region 1 Tokyo Olympiad Criterion (2020) Order
Japan Region 2 Tokyo Olympics Toho (2004)
United States Blu-ray Tokyo Olympiad Criterion (2020) Order

Background and Trivia

  • By the end of its theatrical run, Tokyo Olympiad was the most seen movie in Japanese theaters with an attendance total of 19.5 million. It held this record for 46 years until Spirited Away (2001) surpassed it.
  • The Organizing Committee for the Games of the XVIII Olympiad submitted the film to the US copyright office on August 30th, 1988 with the registration number of PA0000399175. The movie was submitted under its international title, Tokyo Olympiad, with an alternate title of Tokyo Olympic and a full name of Olympiad Tokyo XVIII, 1964.


Anthony Romero Star Rating
August 10, 2012