“Saigo no Dosokai (The Last Reunion),” premieres Friday, September 7 at 7:35 p.m.

After Isao has reached retirement, he receives a phone call from an ex- elementary school classmate Norio inviting him to a reunion. During the reunion, none of them can claim to have had a wonderful life since graduating from primary school and have their respective problems now. It leads them to rethink that their lives are far from over and that there is still hope for them even at this stage of their lives. They encounter many unexpected happenings during the journey which reminds them of the excitement they experienced as kids and find new hope in their bleak lives. Fully subtitled in English.

“BORDER: Shodo* (Impulse),” premieres Tuesday, September 11 at 7:35 p.m.

Mika is an assistant at Eisho University’s school of forensic medicine.
She works under Professor Asakawa who has helped to solve a number of difficult cases through forensic medicine and criminal psychology and even appears on TV as a commentator. However, he got to this position owing to hints from Mika to solve cases. She’s depressed that she cannot be given independence in this male-dominated world despite the experience she has gained in postmortem and autopsy and also her exceptional observation skills and intuition. The body of a female school student in a brutalized state who was strangled to death is found in Tokyo. As the students receive word of the sudden, violent death of their classmate, sorrow and fear show on their faces. Then a second murder occurs … Fully subtitled in English.

“BORDER: Shokuzai* (Atonement),” premieres Friday, September 21 at 7:35 p.m.

Ango Ishikawa (Shun Oguri) is an ambitious and hardworking detective at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. He developed the special ability to communicate with the dead after a bullet lodged near the artery at the base of his brain. Listening to the voices of the dead victims fuels his sense of righteousness and he tries to solve cases and capture criminals. But the stronger his desire to carry out justice grows, the more dangerous he becomes.

Ishikawa eventually has a showdown with Ando who kidnapped and murdered his own 8-year-old son. At that time, Ando provoked Ishikawa by declaring that Ishikawa would always lose to him because the justice he practices is “halfbaked.” Ishikawa swayed between right and wrong and was forced to make the ultimate decision for the sake of his own justice and revenge for the dead… Fully subtitled in English.

“The Count of Monte-Cristo.”

NGN 3 MOVIE CHANNEL (Spectrum Digital Ch. 679/HD 1679)

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

“Tenku no Hachi (The Big Bee),” 2015 drama, 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Starring Yosuke Eguchi and Masahiro Motoki.

A massive helicopter named “Big B” is hijacked by terrorists. The attack target is the nuclear power plants and the hostage is whole population of Japan. The time limit is only 8 hours…

August 8th, 1995. At Kaneshige Industries’ Komaki Plant in Aichi Prefecture, a ceremony is held to mark the delivery of “Big B,” Japan’s largest and most advanced helicopter, to the Japan Defense Agency. Suddenly, Big B is activated remotely by some unknown agent. The aircraft’s designer Yubara is doubly shocked: his elementary school-age son Takahiko has accidentally become trapped on board…

Movies in Alphabetical Order

“Akai Kageboshi (Revenger In Shadow),” 1961 samurai/ninja, 1 hour and 31 minutes.

Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Hashizo Okawa, Jushiro Konoe, Kotaro Satomi and Michiyo Kogure.

An illegitimate child of famous ninja Hanzo Hattori, Wakakage, goes on the ultimate mission of vengeance.

“Akuma ga Kitarite Fue wo Fuku (Devil’s Flute),” 1979 drama, 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Directed by Kosei Saito. Starring Toshiyuki Nishida and Isao Natsuki.

Famous detective Kindaichi solves a series of mysterious murder in a wealthy family. An excellent blend of intrigue and betrayal, set against the backdrop of wealth, this film is loaded with twists and turns and surprises at every corner.

“Aoi Unabara (The Deep Blue Sea),” 1957 drama, 1 hour and 27 minutes.

Directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi. Starring Hibari Misora, Ken Takakura and Jun Usami.

To fulfill a friend’s dying wish, a young sailor Kenji takes on the task of delivering an heirloom to his friend’s daughter, Harumi, who has been adopted by another family. When he arrives, Kenji soon discovers that Harumi and her adopted family are the targets of an evil gang boss. In an attempt to help them, he decides to take matters into his own hands.


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