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Happy Surprise !

This documentary style format portrays human bonds and emotions by helping people to create a special surprise for someone they care about. The key to the success of the surprise is a fake documentary to deceive the target. The deception is carefully designed to generate the greatest emotional impact. When the surprise is sprung on the target, all those involved feel happy !

In a zoo in central Japan, Hideyo, a chimpanzee specialist, is retiring after 34 years of work and the rest of the zoo staff are planning a big surprise to thank him for all his dedicated service. The NHK TV crew help their plan, pretending to film a fake documentary about Hideyo titled “Life’s Turning Point.” The surprise planners go to great lengths to persuade Hideyo’s friends and family to take part. Weeks of filming and interviews for the fake documentary set Hideyo up for the surprise of a lifetime.
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Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
NHK Enterprises, Inc. (NEP)

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