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Tokyo Olympiad (1965) Poster

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The Olympic Organizing Board was looking for a commercial representation of the Olympics, including glorifying winners and the Japanese contestants, and was disappointed with the film, which humanized the games instead. The uncut version was subsequently never publicly screened.
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The film had s crew of six hundred people including sixteen cameramen.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #155.
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The Olympic great, Jesse Owens, can be seen in the stands wearing a white USA ball cap during the 100 meter final.
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70 hours of footage was shot (the equivalent of nearly three full days), which director Kon Ichikawa and his editor, Tatsuji Nakashizu, had to cut down to three hours.
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This film has a 100% rating based on 11 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
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There was a gender controversy-- or at least speculation-- concerning the Press sisters (Tamara and Irina) of the USSR featured in the first half of the film. Tamara competed in the shot put & discus and Irina in the shot put, 80 meter hurdles, & pentathlon at the 1964 Games. When gender testing became mandatory in international competitions in 1966, the Press siblings retired.
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After these Games, the American sprinter "Bullet Bob" Hayes joined the NFL as a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2009, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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