“Uso no Senso (War of Lies),” premieres on Monday, May 15, at
7:35 p.m.

Koichi’s (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi) father killed his mother and his brother, then he took his own life — or so it appeared. In fact it was all a set-up. Koichi, 9 years old at that time, was the only witness present at the scene and saw the face of the true murderer. Despite his repeated testimony, no one took him seriously. He was called a liar and even his relatives looked at him with suspicion and distrust. Growing up, Koichi learned to master the art of lying and turned into an extremely skilled liar. He eventually becomes an extremely successful conman and meets the murderer who killed his family 30 years ago. He swears himself to take revenge. Fully subtitled in English.

“Mystery Hour – Sogeki (Sniper),” airs Tuesdays, May 16 and 23, at 7:35 p.m.

Detective Ryoko Kozuki receives a demotion after having an affair with a superior. She succeeds in arresting a rapist in an undercover operation that puts her at risk. Her achievement immediately becomes the talk of the precinct, but no one approaches her because of her past. Ryoko is determined to bring criminals to justice. She takes on “The Prime Ministerial Candidate Snipe Case” which took place 15 years earlier. Fully subtitled in English.

“Ubai Ai, Fuyu (Winter, Grasping Love),” premiers on Friday, May 19, at 7:35 p.m.

Hikari works at a design office. Her upbringing is not a wealthy one, but now she has a good job and an affectionate fiancé Kota. She is happy and feeling very much fulfilled. But, when she happens to see her ex-boyfriend Shin, once the love of her life, her relationship with her fiancé starts to fall apart. Hikari and Shin had been lovers, but one day Shin left her without a word. Now, he is married to Ran. Ran’s over possessive manic love towards Shin makes her consumed with jealousy against Hikari. And Hikari’s fiancé Kota also finds himself suffering from his love and his jealousy. Shin’s presence is driving him slowly but steadily to the brink of insanity.  Fully subtitled in English.

“Mystery Hour – IMAT no Kiseki,” premieres on Tuesday, May 30, at 7:35 p.m.

On the grounds of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, the IMAT (Incident Medical Assistance Team) conducts a joint training exercise on a bus hijack with the SIT (Special Investigation Team). IMAT member Akira, wearing a bulletproof vest, does poorly. His team also performs far below expectations. On the other hand, SIT carries out their part of the training perfectly. SIT member Takuma is irritated to be the slowed down by the presence of the IMAT. Then, one of the SIT members suddenly has a fit and faints. Akira quickly diagnosis the fallen SIT member as having an aortic disease and treats him accordingly. After a treatment that is difficult even in the operating room, he succeeds in saving the member. Several days later, an explosion occurs at a park. 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.

Movie of the Month

May 6: “Umisuzume (The Book Peddler),” 2015 drama, 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Directed by Kenichi Omori. Starring Rina Takeda and Yutaka Kobayashi.

Uwajima is a picturesque city in Ehime Prefecture with a rich history.

Suzume provides one of the city’s most unique services, library book bicycle delivery. Suzume spends her days riding through town picking up and dropping off books to very grateful patrons. But when a book needed for the town’s 400th anniversary celebration goes missing, the library is thrown into chaos. The book in question has the design of a special kimono needed for the celebration parade. At the same time, the survival of the book delivery service is thrown into question. The book delivery team must pull out all the stops to save both the celebration and their jobs!

MOVIE SYNOPSIS (in alphabetical order)

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

Directed by Yoji Yamada. Starring Takako Matsu, 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 a young co-worker named Shoji visits Masaki. 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.

“Chimoji Yashiki (Revenge for His Lover),” 1962 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 27 minutes.

Directed by Eiichi Kudo. Starring Ryutaro Otomo and Hashizo Okawa.

Kamio, a mistreated samurai clerk of Edo Castle, together with ronin (“Sir Quarrel”) Ibara, take up a vendetta against seventeen wicked castle men.


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