The Nagano Tapes (73 minutes) features the stirring underdog story of the Czech Republic men’s ice hockey team shocking victory at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, where professional players participated in the Games for the first time. Among the many “Dream Teams”, the underdog squad from the Czech Republic led by Jaromír Jágr and Dominik Hašek stunned the world on its way to a historic gold. Their triumph in Nagano is recognised as a defining moment and a source of national pride at a time of the country’s resurgence.
Directed by the Sundance award-winning Ondřej Hudeček from the Czech Republic, The Nagano Tapes features never-before-seen IMAX footage and exclusive International Olympic Committee (IOC) archive material. Bringing the story to life are interviews with some of the world’s best ice hockey players who relive their experience in precise detail including the Czech Republic’s Dominik Hašek, JaromÍr Jágr and Petr Svoboda, Canada’s Theoren Fleury, Eric Lindros and Marc Crawford (Coach), the USA’s Brett Hull and the Russian Federation’s Alexei Yashin.
The Nagano Tapes is the first film in the Olympic Channel’s signature documentary series, Five Rings Films, produced exclusively for the global media platform by Hollywood legend Frank Marshall and Mandalay Sports Media (MSM).
Ondřej Hudeček,Olympic Channel — USA,CA 2018, 73′