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South Korean TV reunites mother with dead daughter in VR show

A tearful reunion between a mother and her dead daughter via advanced virtual reality for a South Korean television has become an online hit, triggering fierce debate about voyeurism and exploitation. The footage began with the girl -- who died of leukaemia in 2016 -- emerging from behind a pile of wood in a park, as if playing hide-and-seek. Mum, where have you been? she asks. I ve missed you a lot. Have you missed me? Tears streaming down her face, Jang Ji-sung reached out towards her, wracked with emotion. I have missed you Na-yeon, she told the computer-generated six-year-old, her hands moving to stroke her hair. But in the real world, Jang was standing in front of a studio green screen, wearing a virtual reality headset and touch-sensitive gloves, her daughter s ashes in a locket around her neck. At times the camera cut to Jang s watching husband and their three surviving children, wiping away tears of their own. A nine-minute clip of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation ...

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