Kakadu National Park is located in the northernmost part of Australia. During the rainy season, when vast expanses of wetland appear and many aquatic insects and fish emerge, aquatic birds arrive to feed on them and breed. Among them is the comb-crested Jacana. These unique birds use their long toes to gracefully walk across lotus leaves and catch underwater prey. Interestingly, these birds are polyandrous, meaning the females mate with more than one male. Females therefore lay a lot of clutches and it is the males alone who care for them. This episode, filmed between the rainy season and dry season when the park undergoes drastic changes, follows the lives of these aquatic birds.
Sperm whales are back, and learning how to steal fish off their hooks. They are also learning how to speak a special “coda” language, and fool killer whales – their ancient enemies. They have now started to investigate our oil rigs, telecommunication cables, and submarines. Their large brains – the biggest in the animal kingdom – try to decipher our innovations … and turn them to their advantage. Discover the new sperm whale.
The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, covers a range of over 2,000 kilometers off the northeast coast of Australia. Magnificent spectacles of the birth of life unfold here every summer. Male and female surgeonfish swim at lightning speed toward the water surface and spawn; tens of thousands of green sea turtles simultaneously come ashore under the star-filled sky to lay eggs; and the climax is a rare sight of some 100 varieties of coral all spawning at once within a timeframe of only 15 minutes.
Enjoy the breathtaking moments successfully caught on an unprecedented scale by taking full advantage of the amazingly rich colors of high-definition 4K cameras.
Immerse yourself in the mysterious drama of life under the spell of the moon on a summer night.
The Living Sea celebrates the beauty and power of the ocean as it explores our relationship with this complex and fragile environment. Using beautiful images of unspoiled healthy waters, The Living Sea offers hope for recovery engendered by productive scientific efforts.
Oceanographers studying humpback whales, jellyfish, and deep-sea life show us that the more we understand the ocean and its inhabitants, the more we will know how to protect them. The film also highlights the Central Pacific islands of Palau, one of the most spectacular underwater habitats in the world to show the beauty and potential of a healthy ocean.
The Living Sea is narrated by Meryl Streep and features songs and music by Sting.
Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see.
We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little connection to our everyday world. Yet there are many kinds of reef, each of them a living city beneath the sea, where plants and animals congregate in mutual benefit. They have a parallel existence to ours, distant yet undoubtedly connected.
Each of them is a hotspot of biodiversity as vital to life on earth as the rainforests. Just as the Amazon has its secrets, so too do the reefs. Reefs have been molding and shaping our shorelines, literally forming islands and mountains, for millions of years. Yet in our lifetime, they have come under threat: human activity is altering the chemistry of the oceans. As the sea becomes more acidic, coral, shell and bone begin to crumble.
Shot on location in Palau, Vancouver Island, French Polynesia, Mexico, and The Bahamas, The Last Reef takes us on a global journey to explore our connection with the ocean’s complex, parallel worlds. New underwater 3D technology takes us into the heart of the reef, revealing a habitat more diverse and more colorful than you ever imagined …
What would it mean to us if one of these vibrant wonderlands were to become the last reef?
The Amazon River is home to a wide variety of unique fish. NHK spent over two years exploring the dense jungle to closely follow the Amazon’s stunning underwater creatures with 4K cameras. The exploration led to an encounter with a crystal clear natural spring, and successful recordings of fascinating creatures of the Amazon. Captured on camera are very rare footage of electric eels hunting prey, energetic images of the Amazon river dolphin attacking a school of fish in high speed 4K, and a unique sight of local fishermen catching a gigantic 2-meter shark-like catfish.
Come and unveil the drama of the legendary fish in the most magnificent river.
The Amazon rainforest is a luscious jungle wonderland, a treasure trove of many unidentified animals. The jungle is long on anecdotes about various legendary creatures, in particular the primate “Mono Grande.” A photo taken in the early 20th century of this gigantic ape amazed the world as a possible new simian, and sightings remain rife today.
“Does the Mono Grande really exist?”
Driven by the desire to find out, an NHK crew thrusts deep into the jungle, encountering exotic monkeys on the way.
After over 100 days of desperate exploration, the crew finally meets up with a enormous monkey! But is it the legendary Mono Grande they are after … ?
Marvel at the awesome power of nature as The Eruption of Mount St. Helens displays the change evoked by a massive volcanic eruption and the renewal process which follows it. In this Academy Award nominated film, beautiful photography of the mountain prior to May 18th, 1980, is harshly contrasted with the apocalyptic post-eruption scenery created when the entire side of Mount St. Helens was blown away in billowing clouds of ash. Soar over and through the unearthly landscape of mud, ash and steaming craters in a ride that shows just what it is like to have an exploding volcano in your backyard.
In the open wilderness of Africa, there are only 20.000 lions living a free life. Humans have killed hundreds of thousands in the last decades – mostly for purely hunting purposes. In the last couple of years, a new industry has developed called the canned hunting. After 4-5 years of breeding, young lions are shot in special areas, after which tourists pay up to 40.000 USD for the corpse of the dead male lion.
A real industry developed in South Africa – lion cubs are used in petting zoos, bones of the animals are exported to Asia for so-called medical “purposes.”
Figures of more than 10.000 lions in captivity being targets for future canned hunting are supposed to be real these days.
We want to open public eyes on these industries using big cat lives for money making. With investigative means, hidden cameras, we will try to get in touch with the people behind these intrigues.
First and foremost we want to stress the work of FOUR PAWS to save and protect big cats worldwide. As part of FOUR PAWS’ work for wild animals in captivity, the organization focuses on the situation of big cats in zoos, in private captivity, and in the entertainment industry.
First successful action took place in 2002, when four lion cubs used for taking photos with tourists were sent from Romania to a sanctuary in South Africa. Ever since then, FOUR PRAWS has increasingly stepped in more on this issue and has undertaken research in several countries in order to collect information about the conditions and numbers of big cats in captivity. In November 2007, the first transfer or “rescue action” with two lions from Romania, and ten lions from Austria took place.
In the meantime the Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK in South Africa is now home to more than 90 big cats. Furthermore, FOUR PAWS concentrate on collecting more information on big cats around the world and will increase its network with other big cat sanctuaries and big cat experts.
While we can’t look into the future and foresee what may hit us next, we do know that each year brings its share of natural disasters that we often try, in vain, to anticipate, understand, and predict. This is a new kind of natural disaster programme: instead of relying on poor quality archive footage, our crews are on standby ready to take off anywhere around the planet to film these disasters in Ultra-High Definition. They will use state-of-the-art film technology, such as gyro-stabilized mounts attached to helicopters, drones, or ships, collapsible dolly carts and even rotating portholes that evacuate sea spray by centrifugal force to bring the highest quality images to your screen.
The San Francisco Bay Area is a realm of adventure and beauty with ever-changing skies and light; and ever-evolving culture and technology. Throughout its colorful history, San Francisco has maintained its unique flavor and aesthetic as the tides of time and the serpentine fog pour over and through. Discover this iconic city and its surroundings at a pivotal moment in its story. Filmed in 8K resolution by land, sea, and air, The City: San Francisco will engulf the senses with the heart and soul of fog city.
The carnivorous and ever wary jaguar is usually hidden deep in the forest, never revealing its true nature. However, during recent dry seasons, they have been spotted in the Pantanal wetland in Brazil. Using unmanned cameras and ultra-sensitive cameras, our film crew embarked on a major project to record these jaguars. Witness an amazing Jaguar hunt that climaxes in a single deadly bite.
A story about a magic shop where no matter who you are you can get what you need. Starring Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo, and Golden Globe Winner Alex Ebert. Featuring original song “Butterfly” performed by Toby Rand and composed by 2013 Best Pop Album Grammy Winner, Alex Geringas.
Stunning 3D cinematography takes us into an extraordinary, sub-Antarctic island, home to majestic albatrosses, brawling fur seals and six million penguins. It’s a world away from human existence; but yet our hero’s struggle is familiar to us all, young and old alike.
After three years out on the open ocean, our bachelor returns to the place where he was born and raised: Penguin City. On this densely-packed island, he looks to establish himself and find a mate. What follows is the most challenging time of his life. He must grow up fast to survive and raise chicks of his own.
Once he meets the penguin of his dreams, the two of them embark upon raising a family. Having witnessed his chick hatch, the parents work together to feed it, teach it, keep it warm against the harsh sub-Antarctic weather and protect it through its first danger-filled year. But with predators in the sky, the land, and the water, tragedy could lie around every corner. In the face of all these challenges, our king must persevere.
The Bachelor King‘s story is often comic, sometimes tragic, and ultimately triumphant; a rite of passage set within one of the earth’s last great wildernesses.
2015 marks the 25th anniversary year of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, an event that has propelled us into the Golden Age of Astronomy and brought us closer than ever to answering the most perplexing questions – what are the origins of the universe? And are there other worlds like our own, rich with life?
The Hubble Space Telescope has led an army of new high-tech telescopes that is peering deep into the universe, returning data that scientists are using within models to explain how galaxies took shape, how stars live and die, and how the universe set the stage for life.
This visual feast of a documentary brings the most cutting-edge findings of modern astronomy to life with state-of-the-art animation, informed by supercomputer simulations of cosmic events. Marvel at the formation of a super-massive black hole 350 million lightyears away; admire the stunning beauty of the Orion nebula; and discover what the stars tell us about our place in the stretch of time and space.
The Age of Hubble is gripping, high-end space programming at its best and essential viewing for space enthusiasts of all ages.
This year The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is presented for the first time in stunning 4K Ultra HD for your viewing pleasure. There are 248 cars from 36 states and 12 countries on display. Among the marques celebrated this year were: the Lincoln, fifty years of the Lamborghini, fifty years of Porsche, 100 years of the Aston Martin, and the very rare BMW 507.
In the heart of Kyoto stands a discreet but very distinguished ryokan or traditional Japanese inn, with only 18 guest rooms. Its architecture, hospitality, cuisine, and ambience are the best Japan has to offer.
Tawaraya is many things: an inn, a house, a garden, a museum, and a haven of spirits and traditions.
Every room breathes a very Japanese sense of detail with ornaments and objects telling untold stories of exquisite Japanese culture.
Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Paul Sartre, Steve Jobs … Artists, intellectuals, and captains of industry with a singular feel for beauty have always flocked to Tawaraya.
Filmed with 4K cameras, this documentary introduces us to this oldest and most elegant inn in Japan and reveals its beauty and astonishing history of this House of Secret Codes.