“Tokoro-san no Gakko dewa Oshietekurenai Sokontokoro,” premieres on Th ursday, March 5, at 8:30 p.m.
The show tries to answer some of the more trivial and difficult questions, and you will gain some knowledge that are not taught in school. Fully subtitled in English.
“Mama to Papa ga Ikiru Riyu (Family Season),” premieres on Friday, March 6, at 7:35 p.m.
Based on a true story. Two years after the birth of her second child, 34-year-old Toko is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. A few days later, her husband Kenichi is also notified that he has end stage lung cancer. Despite the short time they have left to live, they still have dreams, and they do not let illness get the better of them for the sake of their children. Despite the short time they have left to live, The Yoshiokas vow to live positive lives filled with love and humor. 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
March 6: “Yakuza no Hakaba Kuchinashi no Hana (Yakuza Graveyard),” 1976 action film, 1 hour and 36 minutes.
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Starring Tetsuya Watari and Tatsuo Umemiya.
A police investigator cracks down on yakuza business, but once he realizes the police are in negotiations with certain factions, he sides with his own syndicate of choice. A definite must-see for Fukasaku and yakuza fans.
March 13: “Sengo Saidai no Toba (The Biggest Gamble),” 1969 action film, 1 hour and 47 minutes.
Directed by Kosaku Yamashita. Starring Koji Tsuruta and Ken Takakura.
Gang underlings rebel against a despised new boss.
March 20: “Karajishi Kabushikigaisha (A Madcap Corporation),” 1983 action film, 1 hour and 43 minutes.
Directed by Nakao Sone. Starring Yasushi Yokoyama and Tetsuro Tanba.
A comedy of a yakuza family that goes into show business.
March 27: “Choeki Sankyodai (Brothers Serving Time),” 1969 action film, 1 hour and 36 minutes.
Starring Bunta Sugawara and Ken Takakura.
While imprisoned, Tatsu encounters Danshi, a man who is a big honcho in the prison pecking order. After initial conflict they become sworn brothers. Tatsu and the sworn brothers he acquires weren’t really gangsters before their prison time, just ruffians. Prison, however, introduced them to plenty of gangland characters. Three years later, they’re out of prison and enmeshed in the yakuza world.
NGN3 MOVIE OF THE MONTH
“Kujike Naide (Don’t Lose Heart),” 2013 comedy drama, 2 hours and
Directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa. Starring Kaoru Yachigusa and Tetsuya Takeda.
This film depicts the life of best-selling Japanese poet Toyo Shibata. Toyo Shibata first began writing poems at the age of 92 and published
“Kujikenaide” (Don’t Lose Heart) in 2009, which sold over 2 million copies.
Toyo’s son Kenichi suggested she write poetry. She starts to write about her life; suffering from poverty when she was little, hardship during service, and happy days with her husband… Gradually her poems become to engage people’s hearts and minds.
NGN3 COMMUNITY FAVORITE
“Bodyguard Kiba Hissatsu Sankaku Tobi (Karate Killer),” 1973 action film, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Ryuichi Takamori. Starring Sonny Chiba and Tsunehiko Watase.
Karate master Kiba Naoto fights to protect his younger sister.
NGN3 Movies (in alphabetical order)
“Bakuto Kaisanshiki (Gambler’s Farewell),” 1968 drama, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Fukasaku Kinji. Starring Tsuruta Koji and Tanba Tetsuro.
The story of men devoted to the yakuza lifestyle and their struggles during a time of fading yakuza power.
“Be-bop High School,” 1985 drama, 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Hiroyuki Nasu. Starring Kojiro Shimizu, Toru Nakamura and Miho Nakayama.
An upbeat, action-filled drama that depicts the lives of two obnoxious high school students, Koji and Toru, who are caught in exciting and dangerous adventures involving their fellow students. Based on the best selling comic series, “Be-bop High School” has gained popularity among the young audience, and become an icon of Japan’s pop culture in the 1980’s.
“Chikemuri Gasa (Mark of Blood),” 1962 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 29
Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Kotaro Satomi.
Three young vigilantes, Fujitaro, Matsugoro and Kanjuro, travel the country fighting evil.
“Fuefuki Doji Dai-ichibu Dokuro no Hata (Clan Revival),” 1954 action film/jidaigeki, 47 minutes.
Directed by Ryo Hagiwara. Starring Ryunosuke Tsukigata, Chiyonosuke Azuma and Kinnosuke Nakamura.
Two young princes, Hagimaru and Kikumaru, must avenge their father’s death and claim their family’s castle.
“Hanshichi Torimonocho Mittsu no Nazo (Cases of Hanshichi),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Chiezo Kataoka, Chiyonosuke Azuma, Koji Tsuruta and Shinobu Chihara.
Detective Hanshichi solves three mysterious murder cases.
“Hashizo no Wakasama Yakuza (Young Lord Yakuza),” 1961 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Toshikazu Kono. Starring Hashizo Okawa, Keiko Okawa and Isao Kimura.
Young Lord Taihei goes to Edo to find the lost family treasure, a plover incense burner, under the disguise of a ronin.
“Kanashiki Hitman (Lonely Hitman),” 1989 drama, 1 hour and 54 minutes.
Directed by Haruo Ichikura. Starring Tomokazu Miura and Hisako Manda.
The story of a young yakuza Takagi, who strives to maintain a peaceful life for his family in the midst of a fierce gang war.
“Kimi no Na wa (Always In My Heart, Part 3), 1953 drama, 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Directed by Hideo Oba. Starring Keiko Kishi and Keiji Sada.
Machiko and Haruki’s drama continues. Machiko is not allowed to see Haruki. They finally meet again, but Haruki departs to Europe. Part 3 of 3.
“Matatabi Sannin Yakuza (Three Yakuza),” 1965 jidaigeki, 2 hours.
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai and Hiroki Matsukata.
The lives of three kindhearted yakuza trying to make their way in the world: Kutaro saves the poverty-stricken farmers from an evil official; Sentaro rescues a girl from a whore house; Genta returns to his hometown to reunite with his daughter.
“Minbo no Teio (Emperor of Upheaval),” 1993 action film, 1 hour and 52 minutes.
Directed by Seiji Izumi. Starring Akira Kobayashi and Tsunehiko Watase.
A gang boss is active behind-the-scenes in politics and finance.
“Musume Juhachi Goiken Muyo (No Advice Taken),” 1958 drama,
1 hour and 15 minutes.
Directed by Kiyoshi Saeki. Starring Hibari Misora and Ken Takakura.
A comical love story between two college students — Hitomi, a strong-willed girl, and Shogo, a handsome, earnest and poverty stricken man.
“Satomi Hakkenden Dai-gobu (Sorcerer’s Orb, Part 5),” 1954 samurai film, 54 minutes.
Directed by Toshizaku Kono. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura and
The fifth and final episode of the popular adventure series “Satomi
“Seishun no Mon Jiritsuhen (Gate of Youth, Part 2),” 1982 drama, 2 hours and 17 minutes.
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. Starring Kaori Momo, Koichi Sato, Kaoru Sugita and Tsunehiko Watase.
The turbulent life of young man Shinsuke who moves to Tokyo is
“Shosuke Buyuden Aizu Bandaisan (Mighty Shosuke),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Ryutaro Otomo, and Hibari Misora.
A comedy about a free-spirited man Shosuke, whose life is turned
upside down when he is ordered to serve the clan lord.
“Showa Zankyoden Chizome no Karajishi (Contemporary Tales of Chivalry 4),” 1967 drama, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Ken Takakura and Junko Fuji.
Fierce war breaks out when Shujiro’s rival clan attempts to sabotage his lucrative constriction business.
“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.
“Space Battleship Yamato,” 2010 drama, 2 hours and 19 minutes.
Directed by Takashi Yamazaki. Starring Takuya Kimura and Meisa
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.
“Tarao Bannnai Nanatsu no Kao no Otokodaze (The Man of Seven Faces),” 1960 action film, 1 hour and 28 minutes.
Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Chiezo Kataoka and Hitomi Nakahara.
Detective Tarao investigates the deaths of police officers who were
involved in solving a kidnapping case.
“Tenka no Kaidanji Tosshin Taro (Man of the World 2),” 1960 drama,
1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi. Starring Ken Takakura.
An upstanding young man’s racy adventure filled with conspiracies and love.
“Tenryu Hahakoi Gasa (Heavenly Dragon),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Eiichi Kudo. Starring Hibari Misora and Hiroshi Mizuno.
A son of a lumber dealer Shintaro is entrapped by an evil boss Kumagoro who plots to take over Shintaro’s family business.
“Toyama no Kinsan Hinotama Bugyo (Fireball Magistrate),” 1958
jidaigeki, 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Directed by Kinonosuke Fukada. Starring Chiezo Kataoka, Tsukigata Ryunosuke and Ebara Shinjiro.
Two guardians of the Nijo Castle, Shioya and Kamazawa, discover a map leading to a secret passage to Edo Castle. Instead of reporting their find to local authorities, they decide to blackmail the lords who created the forbidden passage. To prove their crime, Magistrate Toyama Kinshiro launches a private undercover investigation.
“Truck Yaro Tenka Gomen (Truck Rascals in Fever Heat),” 1976 action film, 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Directed by Noribumi Suzuki. Starring Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa.
The fourth film of the “Truck Yaro” series. A comical road movie of two long-distance truckers, “Momojiro” and “Kinzo,” who travel around Japan in highly decorated trucks. Momojiro goes to Shikoku this time, and he falls in love with a beautiful designer Wakako who is on a pilgrimage.
“Umi no Koto (Koto),” 1966 drama, 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Directed by Tomoaki Tasaka. Starring Yoshiko Sakuma, Katsuo Nakamura, Ganjiro Nakamura and Kunie Tanaka.
A touching story following young shamisen string maker, Saku. Beautiful Saku moves to Lake Yogo, known for its production of quality shamisen strings, only to find her peaceful life turned upside down when a master musician takes personal interest in her.
“Umon Torimonocho Benitokage (Case of Umon: Red Lizard),” 1962 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Ryutaro Otomo and Shunji Sakai.
Umon goes on an investigation to unveil the murderer known as Red Lizard.
“Waga Haha no Ki (Chronicle of My Mother),” 2011 drama, 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Directed by Masato Harada. Starring Koji Yakusho and Kirin Kiki.
Kosaku, married with four daughters, is a successful writer and tyrannical husband and father. When his mother begins to display signs of dementia, duty demands that he take care of her. He knows she probably doesn’t have long to live, but as she attempts to cling to the fading memories of her son, they manage to gradually reconcile their family’s complicated past. As her grip on reality loosens, facts about the past — specifically why she saw fit to abandon her son after the war — come to light.
“Yoto Monogatari Hana no Yoshiwara Hyakuningiri (Tale of a
Mystical Sword),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 49 minutes.
Directed by Tomu Uchida. Starring Chiezo Kataoka
A successful textile industrialist from the countryside, who is beloved by his employees for his kindness, cannot find a wife because of a disfiguring birthmark on his face. Even the courtesans in Yoshiwara refuse to entertain him, but an indentured peasant prostitute, Tamazuru, treats him with brash tenderness. “The scar is not on your heart,” she says, and he falls madly in love with her, ultimately losing his fortune in the expensive quest to purchase her freedom.