Tokyo Paralympics: Festival of Love and Glory

Tokyo Paralympics: Festival of Love and Glory

東京パラリンピック愛と栄光の彩天 (Tokyo Pararinpikku Ai to Eiko no Saiten)
Saturday, April 25, 4:30 PM


Saturday, April 25, 4:30 PM 
Introduced by Dr. Dennis Frost, Associate Professor of East Asian Social Sciences at Kalamazoo College

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This summer, Tokyo will be the first city to host the Paralympic Games on two separate occasions. This frank and intimate documentary—recently rediscovered and restored after being forgotten in storage for decades—offers a fascinating glimpse of the first occasion in 1964, the 2nd official Paralympics, by following the journey of several pioneering Japanese athletes whose participation (along with that of over 300 other athletes from 20 countries) helped raise disability awareness and change prevailing stigmas in their home country. An important addendum to Kon Ichikawa’s iconic Tokyo Olympiad (1965), this long-forgotten and vital documentary screens outside of Japan for the first time.

1965. 63 min. DCP, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kimio Watanabe.

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors, students and persons with disabilities/$10 Japan Society members.

3-Film Pass: $2 off each ticket when you purchase three films in the same transaction.

All-Access Pass: $77 ($7 per ticket for all 11 films in the series)

This program is part of our Aim for the Best: Sports in Japanese Cinema series.

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