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The mother of four said: “Maybe it’s a real paradise. I met Nayeon, who called me with a smile, for a very short time, but it’s a very happy time. I think I’ve had the dream I’ve always wanted.”
According to Aju Business Daily, a child model was used for motion capture and Nayeon’s face, body and voice were used to bring the virtual girl to life. The tearful moment Jang “met” her daughter again was captured in the documentary.
A South Korean TV documentary that aired on Feburary 6 depicts Jang Ji-sung, mother of four, donning a headset, haptic gloves, and meeting a virtual recreation of her daughter Nayeon.A 10-minute excerpt from the documentary, shared by Middle East Broadcasting Company, shows Jang Ji-sung meeting the virtual effigy for the first time.
The child’s father, brother and sister watched from the sidelines.
Jang could be seen wearing VR goggles and bursting into tears when her virtual daughter ran towards her in the simulation, saying: “Where have you been, Mum? Did you think about me?”
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“I do all the time,” Jang replied and reached out to touch Nayeon. She was even able to “hold” the virtual girl’s hand.
In a blog which was shut down the day after the broadcast, Jang said she agreed to appear in the documentary to provide comfort for “someone who has lost a child like me, or who has lost a brother or a parent”.
“Three years later, i now think I should love her more than I miss her... so that I can be confident when I meet her later,” she added.
“I hope many people will remember Nayeon after watching the show.”
The documentary aired on 6 February on South Korean TV network, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).