“SPEC,” premieres on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:35 p.m.

There are those hidden among us in this world who possess special talents (SPEC) against which no ordinary power nor rational mind can measure up to or comprehend. Should even a tiny percentage of these extremely gifted individuals choose to bend their talents to malevolent use, the potential for great destruction is immense. But what if the governments of many nations have been aware of this threat and are already engaged in a clandestine war of superhuman dimensions? They would certainly then have at their disposal elite teams of detectives capable of going to extraordinary lengths to confront and defeat such superhuman SPEC criminals. Fully subtitled in English.

“Cool!? Jipang,” airs Thursday, Nov. 19 and 26, at 8:30 p.m.

Singer Daigo, whose grandfather is former prime minister Takeshita, takes two big stars from Asia to Kyoto and Fukui. He shows Taiwanese singer Lin Yu Chun what Kyoto offers. May Pakdee, a famous model from Thailand, explores Fukui with Daigo. They leave satisfied by the very best hospitality with awesome entertainment and unforgettable moments. Fully subtitled in English.

“Umakute Gomen! Yamagata Tsumetai Ramen Evolution,” airs on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 7:35 p.m.

Cold ramen was born in 1952 in a ramen shop in Yamagata. It has become very popular dish that every ramen shop in Yamagata has it on its menu. It is now nationally known to be Yamagata’s local specialty. Shoyu, Miso, Shio and Tantan
. . . delicious, evolving cold ramen is explored. Fully subtitled in English.

“Watashi to iu Na no Hensokyoku SP,” premieres on Monday, Nov. 30, at 7:35 p.m.

Reiko Miori (Yuki Amami) is a top model who has captivated the world with a beauty praised as the Pearl of the Orient. But at the same time, she is also literally a star that attracts media attention because of constant scandals resulting from her eccentric behavior and record of uninhibited romances. One day, Reiko is discovered dead in her own room. Fully subtitled in English.

NGN 3 MOVIE CHANNEL (Digital Ch. 679)

Premiere titles air on Friday. Movies are shown at various times. Check your digital on-screen guide for movie schedules, using either the GUIDE or INFO buttons (up to one week ahead). Or call NGN, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 538-1966 for inquiries or to request an e-mail of NGN 3 programming information. All movies are in Japanese language with full English subtitles.


Nov. 6: “Big Magnum Kuroiwa Sensei (Big Magnum Kuroiwa),” 1985 comedy/action film, 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi. Starring Yasushi Yokoyama and Shiro Ito.

Kuroiwa, a high school teacher who carries a “Big Magnum 44” gun is sent to a school that is full of violence. Can Teacher Kuroiwa reform the students with the gun?

Nov. 13: “Keisho Sakazuki (Succession),” 1992 comedy drama, 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Directed by Kazuki Omori. Starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Yuko Kotegawa.

Stockbroker turned yakuza Shoichi Yoshinari (Hiroyuki Sanada) has been presented with a thankless task. He is to invite an oyabun (don) of a yakuza gang to emcee a succession ceremony — the passing of the baton from the older to the younger generation.

Nov. 20: “Hakujasho (White Snake Enchantment),” 1983 drama, 1 hour and 58 minutes.

Directed by Shunya Ito. Starring Rumiko Koyanagi and Tomisaburo Wakayama.

Uta married a priest who saved her when she tried to commit suicide at a waterfall. A story of the love triangle between a lustful priest, his second wife and his son Masao.

Nov. 27: “Bakuto Shichinin (Seven Gamblers),” 1988 action film, 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Koji Tsuruta and Shingo Yamashiro.

A yakuza action film centering around seven men. In the mid Meiji period, Hanjiro with only one eye comes to Okinoshima to save the town from a violent Yakuza group with the help of six other handicapped guys.


“Rokugatsudo no Sanshimai (Three Sisters),” 2013 drama, 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe. Starring Kazue Fukiishi and Yo Yoshida.

The family run Toraya sweet shop is in financial straights; meanwhile, all three daughters in the family are out of luck with love and struggling with problems in their private lives. Second-eldest daughter Namie has recently returned home from Tokyo after a failed marriage and is waiting for the divorce papers to come through. When her accountant husband Toru follows her to win her back, it seems that he might just be the missing link that can help save the family — in more ways than one.


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