“Kumokiri Nizaemon,” premieres on Wednesday, June 3, at 8:30 p.m.
Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. The gang is active not just in Edo but also the Tokaido and the Nakasendo, and all across the Kansai region, stealing large sums of money with skillful techniques. They only target the very wealthy and never kill or injure people. They appear with the clouds and disappear like the mist. Based on a novel by Shotaro Ikenami. Fully subtitled in English.
“Shingo Torimonocho,” premieres on Thursday, June 4, at 7:35 p.m.
As an associate to magistrate’s office, Shingo rises up against evil to protect Edo’s modest people. Hard-boiled Jidaigeki staring Ryotaro Sugi. Fully subtitled in English.
“Mare,” premieres on Friday, June 12, at 7:15 p.m.
The 92nd drama serial is about Mare, a girl who moved to Noto, Ishikawa, in her childhood, and who aims to become the world’s No.1 pastry chef.
Right before her father goes bankrupt, Mare’s family runs away and settles down in a fishing village in Noto. Mare’s father starts a new business, but it also fails. Her mother supports the family by working at the salt pond. Eight years later, Mare decides to work for the Wajima local government to support people who move to Noto. Fully subtitled in English.
“Shiki no Densho o Tazunete –Kaga Onsenkyo Monogatari,” premieres on Thursday, June 18, 17 8:30 p.m.
Kaga-shi has a village used to be the richest in Japan. Kaga is also known for its beautiful cherry blossoms. Kaga’s history, culture and people are explored. Fully subtitled in English.
“Hero Special,” premieres on Monday, June 22, at 7:35 p.m.
Five years after leaving Josai bureau, Kuryu Kohei, who has been working in Sapporo, Hokkaido, is transferred to Nijigaura, Yamaguchi, a quiet place on the seaside where he arrives precisely when the first murder in 11 years has been committed. Soon, Akihiko, the most beloved and influent person of the town, is suspected and Kuryu has to deal with this problem, as the other members are too frightened to take any action. Fully subtitled in English.
“Wafu Sohonke,” premieres on Thursday, June 25, at 8:30 p.m.
Wafu Sohonke introduces traditional Japanese food, crafts, tools and techniques highlighting Japanese cultural trivia. Amazing Wafu traditional entertainment. Fully subtitled in English.
“Okinawa BON!!,” premieres on Friday, June 26, at 8:30 p.m.
“Okinawa BON!!” is your gateway to Okinawa now! Learn more about Okinawa’s fashionable stores, popular restaurants, and latest trends in this fun, family-friendly program. (NGN Sister State TV) Fully subtitled in English.
“NGN Sister State TV” is a group of programs dedicated to creating mutual understanding, goodwill and cultural ties between Hawai‘i and its sister states, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Hiroshima and Ehime.
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
June 5: “Yujo (Friendship),” 1998 drama, 1 hour and 43 minutes.
Directed by Seiji Izumi. Starring Mika Mifune and Toshiro Yanagiba.
Fourteen-year old student Ayumi has leukemia and starts losing hair. She becomes depressed as she has lost her hair but receives overwhelming support from her classmates when they all shave their heads for her.
June 12: “Kanto Nagaremono (Kanto Drifter),” 1965 action film, 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Koji Tsuruta and Minoru Oki.
Seijiro Oya is a chivalrous gambler, and Sangoro is a tough guy from a gang who pits himself against the chivalrous gambler in the Meiji period. Both men love the same geisha, Oshige, but they become friends after a while.
June 19: “Ooka Seidan Mazohen (Ooka Seidan: Devil Image),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Toshikazu Kono. Starring Utaemon Ichikawa and Tomisaburo Wakayama.
Magistrate Ooka and a samurai fight against evil forces.
June 26: “Shakotan Bugi (Shakotan Boogie-Woogie),” 1987 action film, 1 hour and 29 minutes.
Starring Kazuya Kimura and Kazuhiko Kanayama.
Two friends are into shakotan, the Japanese term for low-riders. The adventure of low-riding youths includes picking up girls and cross-cultural drag racing.
NGN3 MOVIE OF THE MONTH
“Ken to Mary Ameagari no Yozora ni (Ken and Mary: The Asian Truck Express),” 2013 drama, 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Kenta Fukasaku. Starring Naoto Takenaka and Hu Bing.
A former hardcore rocker in his youth, Ken Katakura has now become a bitter salaryman after his wife dies. While traveling to Malaysia with the intention of stopping his daughter’s wedding, Ken’s plans change when the plane is forced to make an emergency landing. Ken is stranded on the opposite side of the island and grudgingly accepts help from “Mary,” a goofy, charismatic Chinese truck driver who has all the right intentions but seems to cause more harm than good.
NGN3 COMMUNITY FAVORITE
“Kurama Tengu (Goblin in Stirrups),” 1959 samurai film, 1 hour and 27
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Chiyonosuke Azuma, Hibari Misora and Satomi Oka.
Kurama Tengu is a hero to the common people, saving them from the malicious attacks of Kinnoroshi and Shinsengumi.
NGN3 Movies (in alphabetical order)
“Bokensha Kamikaze (Adventurer Kamikaze),” 1981 action film, 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Directed by Ryuichi Takamori. Starring Shinichi Chiba and Hiroyuki Sanada.
An ex-Olympic athlete and a student commit cash robbery. Aki Hoshino, a pre-med student, becomes inspired to steal money the school collected as “special fees” from parents wanting to assure their offspring’s’ acceptance into the hallowed institution. He forms an unbeatable alliance with an ex-employee and crime bosses to retrieve the ill-gotten money from the “wrong” hands.
“Daibosatsu Touge Kanketsuhen (Sword In The Moonlight, Part 3)” 1959 samurai film, 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Directed by Tomu Uchida. Starring Chiezo Kataoka, Kinnosuke Nakamura,
Chiyonosuke Azuma and Ryunosuke Tsukigata.
Master swordsman Ryunosuke is confronted by the families of his victims. Will justice be served for the lost innocent lives? The conclusion to the famed Jidaigeki series, “Daibosatsu Touge.”
“Furyu Fukagawa Uta (Deep River Melody),” 1960 drama, 1 hour and 27
Directed by So Yamamura. Starring Hibari Misora, Koji Tsuruta and Isuzu Yamada.
A poignant story about a young couple, Setsu and Chozo, who are torn apart to save Setsu’s father’s restaurant.
“Gobancho Yugiriro (A House in the Quarter),” 1963 drama, 2 hour and 17 minutes.
Directed by Tomotaka Tasaka. Starring Yoshiko Sakuma, Choichiro Kawarasaki, Eitaro Shindo and Michiyo Kogure.
With her family suffering from extreme poverty, Yuko, as the eldest daughter, is sold to a successful brothel in Kyoto. There she is assigned to serve Takamatsu, one of the brothel’s top customers. But while Takamatsu falls madly in love with Yuko, she finds herself attracted to a young priest named Kunugida. Torn by jealousy, Takamatsu hatches an evil plan to tear them apart.
“Golgo 13,” 1973 drama, 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Directed by Junya Sato. Starring Ken Takakura.
Assassin for hire, Golgo 13, pursues justice against the international criminal Boa.
“Hana no Oedo no Yakuza Hime (Yakuza Princess of Edo),” 1961 jidaigeki,
1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Eiichi Kudo. Starring Hibari Misora and Kotaro Satomi.
Tsukitaro rescues Ochiyo, a blind girl whose family’s lives are threatened by evil boss, Dogoro.
“Hizakura Kotengu (Little Tengu),” 1961 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 18 minutes.
Directed by Daisuke Yamazaki. Starring Hibari Misora, Ryuji Nishina and Keiko Okawa.
A story about a tomboy, Otoshi, who is good at singing, dancing and fencing.
“Jeans Blues Asu Naki Buraiha (Ruffiances Without Tomorrow),” 1990
action/drama, 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Directed by Sadao Nakajima. Starring Meiko Kaji.
A fantastic action thriller. Will Hijiriko and Jiro manage to escape from the gangsters and the police?
“Kimi no Na wa (Always in My Heart, Part 1),” 1953 drama, 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Directed by Hideo Oba. Starring Keiko Kishi and Keiji Sada.
Machiko Ujiie and Haruki Atomiya first meet and fall in love on Ginza’s
Sukiyabashi Bridge during the Great Tokyo Air Raid in March 1945. Machiko and Haruki pledge to meet again at the bridge in six months but part without asking each other’s names. Part one of three.
“Kujike Naide (Don’t Lose Heart),” 2013 comedy/drama, 2 hours and 8
Directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa. Starring Kaoru Yachigusa and Tetsuya
Depicting 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 two million copies. Her son, Kenichi, suggested Toyo to 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 come to engage people’s hearts and minds.
“Kurutta Yaju (A Savage Beast Goes Mad),” 1976 action film, 1 hour and 18 minutes.
Directed by Sadao Nakajima. Starring Tsunehiko Watase and Maki Tachibana.
While attempting a getaway, Hayami, an ex-race car driver turned jewel thief, finds the bus he’s riding hijacked by a pair of nasty but bumbling bank robbers. The bus driver dies from a heart attack and causes him to take the wheel.
“Kusama no Hanjiro Kiri no Naka no Wataridori (Hanjiro of Kusama: Bird of Passage),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 29 minutes.
Directed by Kokichi Uchidate. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Ryunosuke
A kindhearted wandering gambler named Hanjiro rescues a village in crisis.
“Kyodai Jingi (Code Between Brothers),” 1966 drama, 1 hour and 28 minutes.
Directed by Kosaku Yamashita. Starring Saburo Kitajima, Hiroki Matsukata and Koji Tsuruta.
Famous enka singer Saburo Kitajima stars as Katsuji, a traveling craps artist who finds great camaraderie on the road.
“Milocrorze (Milocrorze – A Love Story),” 2012 drama, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Yoshimasa Ishibashi. Starring Takayuki Yamada.
A mish-mash of past and present. Tamon, a childish man meets and falls in love with his ideal woman, only to see her die soon after. His attempt to rediscover his short-lived happiness leads him on an adventure across multiple dimensions, becoming a one-eyed ronin, a sexist love counselor, and a blond-haired foreigner along the way. “Milocrorze – A Love Story” is a head-spinning jumble of zany skits and quasi-philosophical musings, united by the theme of obsessive love.
“Moeru Yusha (The Blazing Valiant),” 1981 action film, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Toru Dobashi. Starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Kazue Ito.
Young wanderer Jo is taken in by kindhearted Kazuhei. After Kazuhei’s son, a journalist who was about to reveal the city’s biggest gang group, dies in a car accident, Jo swears to fight anyone who threatens Kazuhei’s family’s safety.
“Onmitsu Shichishoki (The Abandoned Swords),” 1958 samurai film, 1 hour and 43 minutes.
Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Chiyonosuke Azuma, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Hibari Misora, and Ryunosuke Tsukiata.
Best friends Gentaro and Sanpei become fateful enemies when one of them steals a secret document revealing the identity of the chosen successor to the Shogun.
“O-oku Emaki (Portrait of Castle Women),” 1968 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 35
Directed by Kosaku Yamashita. Starring Yoshiko Sakuma and Reiko Ohara.
Love-hate drama of three beautiful sisters in Ooku in Edo Castle.
“Shinshi Doumei (The Gentlemen’s Alliance),” 1986, 1 hour and 42 minutes.
Starring Hiroko Yakushimaru and Saburo Tokito.
Etsuko, a female college student, tries to beat the con artists at their own game after she gets scammed one after another.
“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.
“Tairiku Nagaremono (Continental Drifter),” 1966 action film, 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Directed by Kosaku Yamashita. Starring Koji Tsuruta and Junko Fuji.
Ginjiro the Yakuza goes on a mission to build a water treatment plant in Hong Kong against all odds.
“Truck Yaro Otoko Ippiki Momojiro (I Am A Man of Honor),” 1977 action film, 1 hour and 43 minutes.
Directed by Norifumi Suzuji. Starring Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa.
The sixth film in the “Truck Yaro” series. Two long-distance truckers, “Momojiro” and “Kinzo,” travel around Japan in highly decorated trucks. In Kyushu, Momojiro falls in love again, this time with a beautiful college student Masako.
“Watashi wo Daite Soshite Kiss Shite (Hold Me, and Kiss Me),” 1992 drama, 1 hour and 48 minutes.
Directed by Junya Sato. Starring Yoko Minamino and Hidekazu Akai.
Kieko’s life is turned upside down when she discovers that she has been infected with HIV. As she struggles to cope with the situation and resist the infection, she finds new friendship and companionship with a journalist named Miyuki and a man named Akira.
“Yaju Deka (The Dropout),” 1982 drama, 1 hour and 21 minutes.
Directed by Eiichi Kudo. Starring Ken Ogata and Ayumi Ishida.
A fearless detective Otaki becomes involved with a wife of a criminal.
“Yoshiwara Enjo (Tokyo Bordello),” 1983 drama, 2 hours and 13 minutes.
Directed by Hideo Gosha. Starring Yuko Natori and Sayoko Ninomiya.
In the famous Yoshiwara pleasure district in Tokyo, prostitution was legal for many hundreds of years. However, once most of the district was destroyed by a fire in 1911.
A young girl is sold into prostitution by her destitute father to a brothel in the Yoshiwara district. The owners of the brothel have high hopes to make her the great new addition, which will attract only the richest of customers. But after several months of training, she tries to flee Yoshiwara when the time has come for her to take her first customer.