Co-Productions

Since 1980, NHK has undertaken co-production projects with broadcasters, production companies and distributors from all parts of the world. In an effort to create large scale programs with leading-edge technology and innovative style, NHK is constantly seeking co-production partners.

2015

Rediscovering Ancient ASIA: The Terracotta Army and the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor NHK, Companion Beijing Culture Media, EOS

Thousands of incredibly lifelike statues of soldiers, the Terracotta Army, were discovered underground near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor in 1974. Why had they been buried there? To solve this greatest mystery, scientists have recently uncovered numerous realistic statues of people, aside from the Terracotta Army. And from all over the vast site of the emperor’s mausoleum, mysterious and unexplained objects have emerged one after another. Together with China’s Companion Beijing Culture Media and the UK’s EOS, NHK crew in collaboration with a local team unravels the riddle of world history in stunning 8K ultra HD images.

2016

The Louvre: A Time Transcending Beauty NHK, Musée du Louvre

Filmed entirely in 8K HDR, this program offers the three-dimensional views of the sculptures, as well as the colors and textures of the painting, giving viewers the feeling of actually being inside the Louvre. Nine great works including Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, The Coronation of the Virgin, by Fra Angelico and Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, by Antonio Canova beautifully shot in the film.

2016

Anna Netrebko in Tokyo –– Singing Opera Arias NHK, UMAE

Star soprano Anna Netrebko came to Tokyo in March 2016 for a highly anticipated performance. Her voice and stage presence, which have led to her being dubbed "the diva of the 21st century," along with her popularity and ability that have made her the most highly rated opera singer in the world, are captured in this performance. Songs include pieces from "Madam Butterfly", "Otello" and "Il Trovatore". Featuring the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jader Bignamini.

2017

Hokusai NHK, The British Museum

An exhibition dedicated to celebrated ukioy-e woodblock print artist Hokusai Katshushika at the British Museum was the catalyst for NHK to collaborate with experts there on an in-depth investigation into his works that revealed stunning insights into his thinking and superlative technique. Hokusai's 'Fine Wind, Clear Morning (Aka Fuji)' piece, which had a major impact on many of Europe's Impressionists, was examined for the first time using an 8K camera, which unveiled details invisible to the naked eye. In addition, collaborative pioneering research with the Freer Gallery of Art, an art museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, revealed the lifelong pursuit of technical excellence to which Hokusai dedicated himself.

2017

The Nutcracker -- at Mariinsky Theatre in 8K NHK, Mariinsky Theatre

This performance of Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker" is conducted by artistic director Valery Gergiev in what is considered the definitive production of the work. The venue for the performance is the recently rennovated Mariinsky Theatre Second Stage in St. Petersburg. The theatre is known for its superb sound and the entirety of this beautiful ballet is presented in intricate 8K images and 22.2 multi-channel audio.

2018

ANTARCTICA -- The Frozen Time Capsule NHK, SVT

How did Earth become a habitable planet? The answer lies in an Antarctic lake locked under thick ice. An international team of scientists delves into the pristine, untouched records of Earth's primordial oceans, dating back a billion years. NHK's 8K cameras are on hand to capture an otherworldly landscape. Stunning images of the lakebed reveal mysterious species that made a crucial contribution to the great oxygenation event, revolutionizing our planet's environment.

2018

Versailles in Two Hours NHK, Château de Versailles

The resplendent 17th century residence of the House of Bourbon conquered in two hours! This program offers the ultimate route that can be covered at a leisurely pace, compiled through extensive research with veteran guides and actually walking it in real-time with a stopwatch. Filmed in dazzling 8K, the immersive tour is shot from a tourist's point of view, through the mirror-lined corridors to the huge gardens, evoking the extraordinary lives of the palace's former residents, who among others include Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette.

2019

The Louvre in 8K NHK, Musée du Louvre

A four-part series filmed in 8K that traces the 500-year history of the Louvre through some of its iconic pieces. The story begins in the 16th century with the arrival of the Mona Lisa, when Francis I, an admirer of the Italian Renaissance, invited Leonardo da Vinci to his court. In the 17th and 18th centuries, France grew into a leader in the arts under its Sun King, Louis XIV. In the era of Napoleon in the early 19th century, the Louvre saw a large expansion, while the rise of citizen power in the second half of the century brought more diversity to the collections. The delicate details of renowned masterpieces portray a great longing for beauty that spans five centuries.

2019

Under the Sea of Clouds: Exploring the Tibetan Plateau NHK, Beijing Television

Peek into a vibrant village hidden under a sea of clouds. In this international co-production between Beijing Television and NHK, cameras gain rare access to the Tibetan Plateau. Buddhist monasteries lined with stone slabs of colorful writing, a stunning mountain stream with prayer-inscribed rocks that curbed development, flocks of yaks, handmade dumplings, a riverbed dyed red by microorganisms -- experience the lush nature and colorful culture of Tibet all in ultra-high resolution 8K.

2019

Opera "La Finta Giardiniera" at Teatro alla Scala NHK, Rai

"La Finta Giardiniera" is an ambitious work written by Mozart when he was just 18 years of age. It is the story of a countess, disguised as a gardener Sandrina, who is reunited with her former lover, a count. In this production by the UK's Frederic Wake-Walker, the hearts of the protagonists, swayed and driven by love, are depicted with realism and humor. The beautiful stage set, costumes and lighting are also outstanding. The storied La Scala orchestra utilizes period instruments to deliver a dynamic production of the piece. Experience the La Scala of the 21st century through this vivid opera.

2019

Ballet "Swan Lake" from Opéra National de Paris NHK, Opéra National de Paris

A production of the ballet "Swan Lake" from the prestigious Opera National de Paris, featuring the peerless choreography of Rudolf Nureyev and magnificent music of Tchaikovsky, delivered in vivid 8K HDR images and powerful 22.2 multi-channel sound. This production of the most famous of Tchaikovsky’s ‘big three’ ballets "Swan Lake" stars young etoiles: Léonore Baulac dances the roles of Odette and Odile, and Germain Louvet dances Prince Siegfried. The performance was recorded on February 19th and 21st, 2019 at the Opéra Bastille in Paris.

2019

China - Lands on the Edge of the Sky
Episode 1: Magical Foothils of Altai NHK, Beijing Television

An enchanting mist envelops the snowy fields - China's Altai Mountains, a chain that spans across Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. On its foothills, primeval forests and grasslands spread as far as the eye can see. Here, the Tuvans herd sheep in harmony with the forests, which provide the moss that protects sheep cabins from drafts. In brilliant 8K, feast your eyes on images of unique grassland cemeteries, the milking of Bactrian camels, and the world's "oldest" skiing.

2019

China - Lands on the Edge of the Sky
Episode 2: Living with the Blessing of the Forest NHK, Beijing Television

Deep in the mountains of Sichuan, in China's southwest, the ethnic minority tribe has been living in harmony with the forests since ancient times. They are known for its stunning red and yellow traditional garb, along with white hats adorned with white rooster feathers. Worshipping the spirits of the mountains and existing intertwined with their blessings, the lives of the tribe, with their beekeeping, traditional face masks of demons and fabrics woven by the women are all brought to you in 8K.

2019

Aerial Cruising toward Jiuzhaigou Valley, a Mysterious Blue World NHK, SRT (Sichuan Radio and Television)

Deep inside China's Sichuan province are the splendid water vistas of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Jiuzhaigou Valley, a mountainous region at an altitude of higher than 3.000 meters peppered with valleys filled with more than a hundred lakes and waterfalls. The rays of the sun on the crystal clear lakes create a multitude of colors. The program takes a journey from the head of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, near the provincial capital of Chengdu, following the Min River as it heads north towards the Jiuzhaigou Valley. Along the way, the journey takes in the World Heritage Site of Huanglong and the villages of the ethnic minority tribes of the region.

2019

The City NHK, Golden Gate 3D

The urban conglomerate is born, grows, breathes, metabolizes, dances, thinks, creates, and sometimes dies. The city is indeed an undulating, throbbing, and thriving organism, and with the technology of the day, now more than ever. This anchor is on display in 8K cinematic glory in flagship cities across the globe such as Venice, San Francisco and Havana, each with its own unique biological characteristics.

2020

Okavango: A Flood of Life NHK, Natural History Film Unit, Icon Films

NHK’s first natural history film to experiment with, and embrace, the possibilities offered by 8K, via international co-production. NHK and Natural History Film Unit together with Icon Films teamed up the “Okavango” team to capture a seasonal cycle on the delta, using aerial and underwater photography. The film is told through the eyes of indigenous river people of the Okavango over 14 months. The filmmaker Brad Bestelink believes that revealing the epic beauty of both the people and animals of the Okavango is a great subject to be shooting in 8K.