“Kimi no Na wa (Always in My Heart, part 3),” airs on Thursday,
July 3, at 7:35 p.m. and Friday, July 4 at 8:40 a.m.
Machiko and Haruki’s drama continues. Machiko is not allowed to see Haruki. They finally meet again, but Haruki departs to Europe. Third and final part. 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.
PREMIERE TITLES OF THE MONTH
July 4: “Nihon Kyokakuden Kaminarimon no Ketto (The Domain: Duel at Thunder Gate),” 1966 action film, 1 hour and 39 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Ken Takakura and Kanbi Fujiyama.
The life of entertainers in Asakusa’s pleasure quarters. An exciting yakuza story with superb action.
July 11: “Nihon Ansatsu Hiroku (Assassination: Right or Wrong),” 1969 action/drama, 2 hours and 21 minutes.
Directed by Sadao Nakajima. Starring Sonny Chiba and Tomisaburo Wakayama.
This anthology film consists of nine incidents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when assassins changed the course of Japanese history. Famous men were assassinated under Japan’s growing militarism.
July 18: “Ooku Juhakkei (Dolls of the Shogun’s Harem),” 1986 drama,
1 hour and 55 minutes.
Directed by Norihumi Suzuki. Starring Kyoko Tsujisawa and Mami
In a quest to find the missing woman who might bear the child of the shogun, Genshiro, a doctor, must go out and try out different women to see if they carry the child, and if so to abort her child.
July 25: “Ookami Yakuza Koroshi wa Ore ga Yaru (Yakuza Wolf),” 1972 action film, 1 hour and 29 minutes.
Directed by Takeichi Saito. Starring Sonny Chiba and Koji Nanbara.
A fearless man confronts a yakuza organization pushing the envelope of extravagant and all sorts of violence.
NGN3 MOVIE OF THE MONTH
“Smuggler – Omae no Mirai o Hakobe (Smuggler),” 2011 action film,
1 hour and 55 minutes.
Starring Satoshi Tsumabuki and Masatoshi Nagase.
Ryosuke is a failed actor who falls into debt to the mob and must now work for them. His job is to smuggle or dispose of bodies. When Ryosuke takes part in transporting an assassin, he soon finds himself having to use all of his acting skills to stay alive.
NGN3 COMMUNITY FAVORITE
“Kimi no Na wa (Always in My Heart, Part 3),” 1953 drama, 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Directed by Hideo Oba. Starring Keiko Kishi, Keiji Sada
The third and final part of Machiko and Haruki’s drama continues. Machiko is not allowed to see Haruki. They finally meet again, but Haruki departs to Europe.
NGN3 Movies (in alphabetical order)
“Benikujaku Da-yonhen Kenmou Ukinemaru (Crimson Peacock, Part 4),” 1955 jidaigeki, 53 minutes.
Directed by Ryo Hagiwara. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura and Chiyonosuke Azuma.
Exciting adventures for the quest of the Crimson Peacock treasures continue. Ukinemaru’s mystical flute saves Kojiro and Kazekozo from the evil magic of Ikkau.
“Benikujaku Kanketsu-hen (Crimson Peacock, Part 5),” 1955 jidaigeki, 53 minutes.
Directed by Ryo Hagiwara. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura and Chiyonosuke Azuma.
The final chapter of the adventure in search of the Crimson Peacock treasures. Will Kojiro and Ukinemaru succeed in defeating the evil Ikkaku and preserve the Crimson Peacock treasures?
“Chounouryoku-sha Mich e no Tabibito (Psychic: Traveler to the
Unknown),” 1994 drama, 1 hour and 53 minutes.
Directed by Junya Sato. Starring Tomokazu Miura, Mieko Harada and
Hikaru, an ordinary man, discovers a way to unleash the supernatural powers hidden inside his soul, allowing him to cure others with his newfound “ki” healing power.
“Fuji ni Tatsu Kage (Shadow Over Fuji),” 1957 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Utaemon Ichikawa, Kinya Kitaoji and Kotaro Satomi.
Skilled architect Kikutaro must win a landscape design contest against evil Kumaki who plots to demolish a small village for his own career advancement.
“Gokudo no Onna Tachi 2 (Yakuza Ladies 2),” 1987 action/drama, 2 hours.
Directed by Toru Dobashi. Starring Yukiyo Toake and Rino Katase.
Yuki, the wife of a leading member of the Domoto family, must assume her husband’s role as a yakuza boss while he serves out a prison sentence. As she grows into her new role, she manages to assert control and increase the influence of her organization. But when her husband is released from prison, she finds him a changed man, lacking the character necessary to be a powerful yakuza leader. Conflict ensues and their marriage is challenged by a desire for power.
“Gokudo Senso Butoha (Yakuza Warfare),” 1991 action film, 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Directed by Sadao Nakajima. Starring Kiichi Nakai and Sonny Chiba.
Two young yakuza make names for themselves in a large gang war.
“Hyakumanryo Gojusantsugi (53 Stages of the Road),” 1959 jidaigeki,
1 hour and 29 minutes.
Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Ryutaro Otomo and Tomisaburo Wakayama.
An Edo appointed official Baba must ensure the safe delivery of shogunate funds to Kyoto.
“Jirocho Sangokushi (The Kigdom of Jirocho),” 1963 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 42 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Koji Tsuruta, Yoshiko Sakuma, Shingo Yamashiro and Hiroki Matsukata.
The activities of feudal boss Jirocho and his underlings are depicted.
“Ken wa Shitteita Kougan Musoryu (The Sword Knows),” 1958 samurai film, 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Directed by Kokichi Uchidate. Starring
Kinnosuke Nakamura, Keiko Okawa and Eijiro Kataoka.
In the midst of the warring age, a young samurai Kyonosuke defies his former lord, Hojo Ujikatsu, to avenge his parents’ death.
“Kiryuin Hanako no Shogai (Onimasa),” 1982 drama, 2 hours and 26 minutes.
Directed by Hideo Gosha. Starring Tatsuya Nakadai and Shima Iwashita.
Set in the 1920’s, gang boss Onimasa of the Kiryuin Family accepts a young girl, Matsue, as payment for a debt, whom he then adopts. This story opens when Onimasa’s real daughter Hanako has just died, leading to Matsue’s telling of the family’s story in flashback form. A decades long duel with Boss Suenaga is kicked off when after the disputed outcome of a brutal dogfight between vicious mastiffs, Suenaga, who lost kills the winner’s dog and threatens Onimasa.
“Kogarashi Monjiro Kakawari Gozansen (Secret of Moniro’s Birth),” 1972 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Sadao Nakajima. Starring Bunta Sugawara, Etsuko Ichihara.
Secrets surrounding Monjiro’s birth are revealed.
“Kyodai Jingi Kanto Anikibun (Code Between Brothers 6),” 1967 action film, 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Sadao Nakajima. Starring Saburo Kitajima and Koji Tsuruta.
Story about a womanizing yakuza during the early 20th century.
“Meiji Kyokakuden Sandaime Shumei (Codes of Meiji),” 1965 action film, 1 hour and 29 minutes.
Directed by Yasuo Huruhata. Starring Koji Tsuruta and Junko Fuji.
Third generation yakuza boss faces conflicts of tradition and modernity in Osaka.
“Naniwa no Koi no Monogatari (Their Own World),” 1959 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 46 minutes.
Directed by Tomu Uchida. Starring Konnosuke Nakamura, Ineko Arima and Chiezo Kataoka.
A tragic love story between a wealthy man Chubei and a prostitute Umekawa.
“Ooshikamura Sodoki (Someday),” 2011 drama, 1 hour and 33 minutes.
Directed by Junji Sakamoto. Starring Yoshio Harada and Takako Matsu.
In this rural mountain village, residents have traditionally acted out an amateur Kabuki performance, and emotions ranging from tears, laughter, and rage emerge in the process. Eighteen years ago, Osamu and Takako eloped from Oshika Village, deserting their home and Takako’s husband. They secretly return to the village for the annual Kabuki performance. Takako has symptoms of Alzheimer’s and her memory is seriously damaged. She no longer remembers eloping in the first place but has a crystal clear memory of every line of Kabuki she performed 18 years earlier. On stage she miraculously transforms into her younger self.
“Quartet!” 2012 drama, 1 hour and 58 minutes.
Directed by Junichi Mimura. Starring Ayame Goriki and Shigeki Hosokawa.
A junior high school boy who wants to become a violinist, forms a family quartet to try to connect the family back together. Shot during the Great East Japan Earthquake, local volunteers supported the completion of the film.
“Sanroku (Four Sisters),” 1962 drama,
1 hour and 45 minutes.
Directed by Masaru Segawa. Starring Isuzu Yamada and Shu Ryuichi.
A story about the lives of four sisters and their manipulative mother who must come to terms with each of their decisions in life.
“Space Battleship Yamato,” 2010 drama,
2 hours and 19 minutes.
Directed by Takashi Yamazaki. Starring Takuya Kimura and Meisa Kuroki.
The story is set in the year 2199. The Gamilas, a mysterious alien enemy, has been decimating the Earth to unlivable and irradiated conditions for the past five years. Humankind now lives underground to escape the radiation, but with only a year until extinction. One day while roaming the surface of Earth, former pilot Susumu Kodai comes across a capsule sent from the planet Iskandar that reveals there is technology that has the power to eradicate the radiation from Earth. A chosen crew of Space battleship Yamato takes off on the long trip to Iskandar with hopes to save the Earth.
“Sukeban Deka Kazama Sanshimai no Gyakushu (High School Super Heroines 2),” 1988 drama, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Hideo Tanaka. Starring Yui Asaka and Masaki Kyomoto.
The third sukeban deka (high school super heroine), Yui, intervenes in terrorist attacks plotted by a group of young people.
“Ten to Sen (Point and Line),” 1958 drama, 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi. Starring Hiroshi Minami and Isao Yamagata.
Based on a best-selling book by Matsumoto Seicho. A detective pursues the truth behind the mysterious death of a couple in Hakata.
“The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii,” 2012 docuentary, 58 minutes.
Directed by Ryan Kawamoto.
Within 48 hours of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i authorities arrested several hundred local Japanese in O‘ahu, Maui, Hawai‘i and Kaua‘i. They were Buddhist priests, Japanese language school officials, newspaper editors, business and community leaders. In total, over 2,000 men and women of Japanese ancestry were arrested, detained and interned in Hawai‘i. Very little is known about the Hawai‘i internees and the confinement sites located in Hawai‘i. This is the first full-length documentary to chronicle this untold story in Hawai‘i’s history.
“Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho Senketsu no Haregi (Case of A Young Lord, Part 4),” 1957 jidaigeki, 59 minutes.
Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Michiko Hoshi.
A master swordsman unveils the truth behind the mysterious murder of a man who dies with a bloody wedding gown in his hand.
“Zoku Shonen Hyoryuki (Tale of a Young Drifter),” 1960 drama,
Directed by Hideo Sekikawa. Starring Jo Mizuki and Norifumi Fujishima.
Young boys learn survival skills on a remote island and rescue a girl abducted by a gang of foreigners.