LEAPS IN EVOLUTION - EPISODE 1: THE ORIGIN OF EYES
Documentaries: Research and Science
Five hundred million years ago, our previously eyeless distant ancestral creatures suddenly developed eyes, thereby marking a dramatic leap in evolution. What enabled our ancestors to suddenly evolve with eyes has been a long-unresolved great mystery in the history of our life. Now, scientists are close to cracking the mystery of the amazing story of the birth of our eyes, using cutting-edge DNA research. Travel back to a superrealistic prehistoric world recreated by CGI to witness the astonishing story behind the birth of our eyes.
Web: Web-Based Mixed Media
A photohaiku is a new form of visual literature that combines a photograph and a haiku poem. This program uses the web and social media to attract original photohaikus from people around the world. Renowned Japanese haiku poet Michio Nakahara uses his unique perspective and artistic sensitivity to interpret them. He then singles out one contributor for the title of haiku master. Another highlight is videography that uses beautiful Japanese scenery to help express the photohaiku world in all its profoundness.
SEEKING "QUALITY OF DEATH"
Everyone hopes for a peaceful death. Thanks to advances in medicine, many people approaching the end are being kept alive for longer by means of drips and feeding tubes. But more and more elderly people are shunning such life-extending treatments, seeking instead to die naturally. In this program, we observe six months of everyday life at a Tokyo intensive-care old people’s home where the residents, who have an average age of more than 90, are not given life-extending treatments unless their families request them. We also see how American and European medical research is unraveling the mysteries that surround the process of dying of old age. We learn what happens inside the human body and whether people suffer at the end.
Beneath the Mushroom Cloud
The program explores the reality people faced beneath the mushroom cloud in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Digital technology restores and enhances scenes captured in the two extant photographs taken near the epicenter of the atomic explosion while the mushroom cloud remained in the sky over Hiroshima. The still images are brought to life with sound and motion, based on the testimony of survivors who appeared in the photographs, to reveal the nature of that experience 70 years after the bomb was dropped. New light is shed on how the victims behaved after the blast and about the intense thermal radiation that caused excruciating flash burns.
FACE TV - THE TOILET
Web: Mobile Apps, Interactive Tools
“Face TV” is the first program worldwide where the viewer can create the main character that appears in the program. By installing a custom application in his/her smartphone or tablet PC, the viewer can create an original face for the character. The created character can then be transferred to the TV, where it sings and moves with the music in entertaining ways.
Entertainment: Music Clips