Kon Ichikawa is most closely associated with war films and literary adaptations (The Harp of Burma, Fire on the Plains, Conflagration, Odd Obsession, etc.), but in Tokyo Olympiad (1965) I think he created one of the greatest sports documentaries of all time. The cinematography is amazing as Ichikawa uses a variety of perspectives (especially the long-shots of the torch being run across Japan-of which the sequence with Mt. Fuji in the background was particularly spectacular), angles, and camera speeds to capture the games in a compelling manner. His editing is also impressive as he shifts focus from event to event. Of course it would be impossible to follow the drama of every event, so he chooses his focus for events like the women's volleyball final between Japan and Russia, the 100 meter dash won by American Bob Hayes, the men's 10,000m run with an upset victory by Billy Mills, and the marathon won for the second time by Ethiopian Abebe Bikila a month after an appendectomy. There was also high drama present in the high jump competition won by Soviet Valery Brumel as well as the pole vault won by American Fred Hansen after a grueling nine hour competition. Ichikawa doesn't focus on individual stories much, but he decides to focus on the young African nation Chad's only participant. An impressive achievement for one of Japan's more under rated directors.