1964 Tokyo Paralympics Film Shown



1964 Tokyo Paralympics film shown

As Olympic fever swells in Tokyo, people are getting a chance to see a long-lost documentary about the first time the capital hosted the Paralympic Games.

"Tokyo Paralympic Ai To Eiko No Saiten," or "Tokyo Paralympics: Festival of Love and Glory," documents the lives of foreign Paralympic athletes in 1964 and how they give hope to the Japanese athletes as they get to know each other.



The film was released in 1965 but disappeared when the production company went bankrupt six years later.

Movie distributor Kadokawa, which bought the assets of the production company, found a copy of the film in a studio in Tokyo.

They screened it for the first time in decades at Sophia University, which focuses on educating the public about the Paralympics.

A woman in her 30s said that it's such a precious film, showing how things were in those days. She said she hopes many people watch the film before the 2020 Paralympics.

Kadokawa says the film will appear in movie theaters by next spring.