NEXT time you're sitting in the cinema just imagine what Sony scientist Yoichiro Sako has in store. Movies that go way beyond 3-D. Mr Sako wants to surround you with the scents of the forest, the odours of rotting corpses and the smell of gushing blood. Winds and rain would pummel you as typhoons hit. Mr Sako's research is a long way from this kind of reality but among his many research dreams is the hope he can create movies that enmesh all our senses in the screen action. To get there from here, he spends his days ensconced in Sony's Tokyo research lab exploring psychic phenomena. Extrasensory perception, Chinese holistic medicine, the power to transform objects and influence the environment around us are his daily research tools. Mr Sako admits his work is a little removed from science as practised in much of the rest of the world. But he believes he is on the path to commercial breakthroughs, even if it takes years, if not decades. 'If we can work out the whole, the emotions, the spirit, then we can convey this in movies,' he said. Mr Sako is not some crackpot scientist let loose in Sony's headquarters. He joined the company in 1979 and his projects have included CD-ROMs and digital audio disks. He now studies people he says have the power to affect their environment and remains convinced that one day we will all be able to experience every last sensation in the latest hit romance or action thriller.