Ever wanted to experience the perspective of a race car driver? Or the detective in a murder mystery? Well YouTube is making it possible. It was just 3 months ago when the video streaming service announced that they had begun supporting 360-degree perspectives. And film makers are beginning to take advantage of the technology. One of the more interesting projects that truly captures the allure of allowing the viewer to look in any direction – not just where the camera is pointing – is this short film that was shot in a single take throughout the backstreets of Tokyo.
To experience the video simply load it up in a Chrome browser (or YouTube app). Then go for a walk down the backstreets of Tokyo while trying to look for things that aren’t as they seem. In other words, things that appear to be one way but from a different perspective, reveal themselves to be something else. And don’t worry, you can toggle the subtitles on and off.
The short film was created by PARTY and was made as a trailer-like spinoff for the upcoming theatrical release of Yokokuhan. Originally a manga, Yokokuhan (予告犯, ‘Prophecy’ in English) is a Japanese suspense action series written and illustrated by Tetsuya Tsutsui. The live action film adaptation directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura is scheduled for release on June 6, 2015.