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


“Let’s Experience Nagaoka!” premieres Thursday, Feb. 9, at 8:30 p.m.

Honolulu’s sister city Nagaoka is the second largest city in Niigata Prefecture. Nagaoka has a long history and rich nature. Starting with “Nagaoka Matsuri,” two foreigners and one Nagaokan visit interesting spots and even harvest rice. They also introduce you to local gourmet. Let’s experience Nagaoka! In English.

“Wafu Sohonke,” returns Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8:30 p.m.

“Wafu Sohonke,” which introduces traditional Japanese food, crafts, tools and techniques highlighting Japanese cultural trivia, is back! You will see what makes Japan and its culture so great, including amazing traditional Wafu entertainment. Fully subtitled in English.

“Chokosoku! Sankin Kotai (Samurai Hustle),” premieres Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:35 p.m.

During the reign of the eighth shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, the Yunagaya Domain in the Tohoku region is small but has a gold mine. Sankin-kotai is a custom that requires the daimyo to visit the shogun in Edo. Masaatsu Naito of Yunagaya Domain receives an order to perform Sankin-kotai within five days; however, the time needed to visit Edo is eight days. He also learns he received the order because a high-ranking government official wants the gold mine. Masaatsu begins an unexpected operation to complete Sankin-kotai in the required time. 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.


Feb. 3: “Bakuchi Uchi Fujimi no Shobu (Gambler: Victory Without Death),” 1967 drama, 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Koji Tsuruta and Tomisaburo Wakayama.

Tsunetaro is a talented gambler. He comes to a coal mining town in Kyushu where miners live under hard circumstances in the 1920s. Tsunetaro helps his female boss take back the rights of a mine by winning a big game.

(Movie of the Month)

Feb. 4: “Toile no Pieta (Pieta in the Toilet),” 2015 drama, 2 hours.

Directed by Daishi Matsunaga. Starring Yojiro Noda and Hana Sugisaki.

Hiroshi is an introverted painter once full of promise but has given up on his dreams and works part-time cleaning office windows. He suddenly falls ill and the doctor requires him to bring a family member for his test results. Not wanting to involve his family, Hiroshi pays a high school student Mai, who he meets in the waiting room, to play his sister. When he realizes he has only three months left in his life, he once again finds passion in drawing.

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. Sixty years later, her version of events is finally revealed.

“Hibari no Oshare Kyojo (Hibari Is Fashion Crazy),” 1961 jidaigeki,
1 hour and 23 minutes.

Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Hibari Misora, Shoji Yasui and Kyoko Aoyama.

Under a decree by the Shogun Matsudaira, people of all classes are forced to lead a frugal lifestyle. However, Omitsu, a woman thought to have gone mad after the sudden death of her father, openly disobeys this


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