Tokyo Paralympics: Festival of Love and Glory (1965)

  • July 17, 2021 | 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre
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Celebrating the classics of Asian cinema and beyond, Restored is a regular series showcasing Asian films that have been meticulously preserved and restored by different institutions from across the world. The platform revisits these classics in a new light and allows them to be appreciated by new generations of audiences.

Uncovered as a rare surviving document of the widely overlooked 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games, Kimio Watanabe’s Tokyo Paralympics: Festival of Love and Glory memorializes the unique social struggles that paralympians face. Be the first in Southeast Asia to catch the restored version of Tokyo Paralympics: Festival of Love and Glory at Oldham Theatre.


Directed by: Kimio Watanabe
Runtime: 63 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: Exempted


Saturday, 17 July 2021, 4pm
Saturday, 31 July 2021, 4pm


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Full Synopsis

The second official Paralympic Games was held in Tokyo in the summer of 1964. Kimio Watanabe’s recently uncovered documentary remains as a rare surviving record of this momentous event. Set only days after the Olympics, the Paralympics – the first time the event was named as such – drew devastatingly low viewership and press coverage. A far cry from the inclusion and acceptance of para-sports now, such as in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Watanabe’s film historicises the hardship it took to get to this point. Fragments of athletes’ social struggles play out alongside scenes of the 1964 Games that ultimately see Watanabe try to rightfully assert the inherent value and humanity of disabled peoples in society.


About the Director

Known more as a cinematographer throughout the 1940s to the 1960s in Japan, Kimio Watanabe (1918–1983) has a decorated career in film. One of his productions, The White Heron, was screened and nominated for the Palme d’Or in the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. Watanabe also lent his skills to Kon Ichikawa – the director of Tokyo Olympiad – in his classic Bridge of Japan.

Through the rediscovery and restoration of Tokyo Paralympics: Festival of Love and Glory, Watanabe’s rare directorial credit will go down as an invaluable masterpiece of Japanese sporting history.


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