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Mindbending ‘Slow TV’ Video Of The Day: Tokyo In Reverse
April 4, 2014
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Earlier this week we told you about Piip-Show, a 24/7 stream from Norwegian television network NRK that details the goings-on of a cast of magpies, blue tits and bullfinches as they stop by three specially constructed miniature sets.

Well, here's another entry in the "Slow TV" genre for you: in the video above, Ludovic Zuili takes a nice stroll through the crowded streets of Tokyo, with crowds of people appearing to walk backwards around him. In actuality, it's Zuili who's walking backward, and the footage is played in reverse to create the eerie effect.

Here's where the Slow TV bit comes in: the full video is nine hours long, and was broadcast on French television on Monday (some in the French media have taken to calling the genre "télescargot," a portmanteau for "snail TV").

Although Norway is credited with launching the Slow TV movement with a 2009 broadcast of a seven-hour train voyage, there are earlier antecedents. Among them: Night Walk, Night Ride and Night Moves, a trio of shows that aired on Global TV in Ontario in the '80s and '90s.

Night Walk, the first of the three, took a steadicam on a slow stroll through the streets of Toronto at night, passing the neon signs of record stores and all-night chicken joints along the way, or ducking into a subway car for a stretch — all set to loungey jazz music. The show tended to run between 60 and 120 minutes, and was actually conceived as an alternative to running a standard colour-bar test pattern between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m.. Here's a snippet:

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