Digital Channel 677 (For updated information, call 538-1966)


“FLASHBACK,” premieres Friday, Sept. 2, at 7:35 p.m.

Twenty years ago, 5-year-old Ryoma saw his father being murdered right before him. When he touched his father’s dead body, strange images suddenly came to mind. He began to get the residual thoughts that the spirits of the dead possess (flashbacks) when he comes into contact with dead bodies. If he cannot actually find and get in touch with those flashbacks within 72 hours, his brain’s synapses will explode and he will die. He aimed to be an archaeologist like his father, but is scouted and is now a detective of HIDE (Hidden Incident Department) which pursues bizarre murders of unknown causes. Fully subtitled in English.

“Mystery Hour – Keishicho Sosaikkacho (MPD Chief Murder Investigator),” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7:35 p.m.

The First Investigative Division is the star unit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Oiwa, the head of the division, leads around 400 elite detectives. He has an extremely heavy responsibility, but he’s not a superman. Amid his suffering, Oiwa overcomes this grave responsibility and is quite simply a “life-size hero” and “ideal boss” to his subordinates. Fully subtitled in English.

“Ohenro (The 88 Temple Pilgrimage),” premieres Thursday, Sept. 8, at 8:30 p.m.

The Shikoku Pilgrimage (Shikoku Ohenro) is a multi-site pilgrimage of 88 temples associated with the Buddhist monk Kükai (Köbö Daishi) on the island of Shikoku, Japan. A popular and distinctive feature of the island’s cultural landscape, and with a long history, large numbers of pilgrims undertake the journey. Megumi, Chiwa and Mao, three cute anime characters, will take you to the 88 temples. Fully subtitled in English.

“Nohime,” premieres Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 p.m.

During the Warring States Period where military commanders were building castles in various regions, war and peace were cyclical. Nohime, the daughter of Dosan Saito who had supplanted his lord to become the ruler of Mino, was ordered by her father to marry Nobunaga Oda of Owari. Dosan gave his daughter as bride to show that he had joined hands with the Oda. Nohime is respectfully welcomed by Nobunaga’s parents at Nagoya Castle, but the groom cannot be found. Then, a man in stained short sleeves appears from the courtyard. That man is Nobunaga. Fully subtitled in English.

“Otosan to Yobasete (May I Call You Dad?),” premieres Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:35 p.m.

At age 51, Tamotsu Daidoji is a department manager of a mid-sized trading company. A dedicated salesman with a sincere heart, he has been so focused on his career that he has never had the opportunity to meet a woman for marriage. However, things changed when Tamotsu met 23-year-old Miran, a young woman with a charming smile and warm personality. One day he sets his mind on marriage with Miran, and he proposes. Soon after, Kiichiro Hanazawa, an elite executive who works for a large general trading company, hears from his wife that their eldest daughter Miran has a boyfriend and this man will come to their home soon. Little does he know that Miran’s boyfriend is the same age as him. Fully subtitled in English.

NGN 3 MOVIE CHANNEL (Digital Ch. 679)

Premiere titles air on Friday. “Movie of the Month” premieres on the first Saturday. 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.


Sept. 2: “Shin Gokudo no Onnatachi Horetara Jigoku (Yakuza Ladies Revisited: Love is Hell),” 1994 drama, 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Directed by Yasuo Furuhata. Starring Shima Iwashita and Shinji Yamashita.

The seventh movie of the series “Yakuza Ladies” focuses on a wife of a small Osaka family. She risks her life to protect her husband’s family and its members against much larger, more established organizations.


Sept. 3: “Gekijoban SPEC ~Ketsu~ Zen no Hen (SPEC: Close ~Incarnation~),” 2013 drama, 1 hour and 34 minutes.

Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Starring Erika Toda and Ryo Kase.

The sloppy but brainy Toma whose left arm hangs in a sling and simple-
minded Sebumi have been battling against many SPEC holders. In the deadly combat with their invincible nemesis Ninomae, the most powerful SPEC

holder who can stop time, they emerged victorious and were brought to the hospital barely alive. The SPEC holders embark on a fight for supremacy with the human race. Meanwhile, Nonomura obtains the virus that only infects SPEC Eventually, this strange incident develops into a major situation.

MOVIE SYNOPSIS (in alphabetical order)

“Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House),” 2014 drama, 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Directed by Yoji Yamada. Starring Takako Matsu and Haru Kuroki.

In 1922, a young woman named Taki arrives as a maid to work for the family who resides in a small western-style house. The Hirai family consists of a toy company executive Masaki, his beautiful wife Tokiko, and their 5-year-old son Ryoichi. One day Masaki is visited by a young co-worker named Shoji. Over time, Taki quietly observes as a fleeting love affair develops between Shoji and Tokiko. 60 years later, her version of events is finally revealed.

“Gang Chushingura (Gang Loyalty and Vengeance),” 1963 action film,
1 hour and 33 minutes.

Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa, featuring an all-star cast.

A modern gang version of Chushingura, chronicling almost scene for scene the Brave 47 Ronin story, transposed from the Genroku Period to the Showa Era.

“Gokudo no Onnatachi Saigo no Tatakai (Gangster Ladies: The Final Battle),” 1990 drama, 1 hour and 56 minutes.

Directed by Kosaku Yamashita. Starring Shima Iwashita and Rino Katase.

Two wives of gangsters come together to avenge the deaths of their men.

“Hayatozoku no Hanran (Rebellion),” 1957 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 30

Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Utaemon Ichikawa, Yumiko Hasegawa and Kunio Kaga.

In the mist of the warring age, the Kyushu based Hayato Clan is faced with a monumental battle to determine their survival.


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