“Ooku – Eien (The Castle of Crossed Destinies), premeires on
Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7:35 p.m.
The Lady Shogun rules the land in the wake of a devastating plague that has drastically reduced the male population during the late 1600s. Gender roles are reversed with political leadership firmly in female hands, now served by prettified and solicitous male concubines to cater to their whims while tasked with siring the next generation of Edo elites. While the Shogun has ostensibly forsaken love to fulfill her role undistracted, 3,000 men compete for her favor and affections. One is determined to stand above the rest to further his own ambitions. Fully subtitled in English.
“Hajimari no Michi,” premieres on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:35 p.m.
Based on the life of prolific movie director Keisuke Kinoshita, “Hajimari no Michi” covers various unknown parts of his life. As a young man, Keisuke carried his mother on a handcart across a mountain. He grew up as a hot-blooded young man and was monitored by the military. He then joined Shochiku Company to eventually become a movie director. Fully subtitled in English.
“Mystery Hour – Sosa Shikikan Mizuki Saya SP,” premieres on
Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7:35 p.m.
Saya Mizuki is a chief inspector at the MPD (Metropolitan Police Department) headquarters. She is the only female chief inspector in the MPD and the youngest top management. When major crimes such as murders and kidnappings take place, she leads the investigation with nearly 100 police officers working to solve the case. Saya works to solve difficult cases despite all odds to find truth. Fully subtitled in English.
“Jishaku Otoko 2015 SP,” premieres on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:35 p.m.
Jishaku Otoko is back! Oba Farm is a power spot for searching for marriage partners, and its owner Sosuke declares “People are all classified into N and S. Like a magnet, those that are alike will repel while those that are opposite will hit it off.” Sosuke is called the “Jishaku Otoko (magnet man)” and believed as the god of marriage hunting. This time, he cancels a “coupling event” last minute due to his urgent farming needs. Mariko, a scheduled participant, is furious and calls him a con! 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
Oct. 2: “Nikutai no Mon (Carmen 1945),” 1988 drama, 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Directed by Hideo Gosha. Starring Rino Katase and Tsunehiko Watase.
Prostitutes in burnt out Tokyo ghetto of post-WWII Japan peddle their flesh and save one-third of their money for a proposed dancehall to be named Paradise. The hookers live in a bombed-out building, but they accept the precarious situation with typical resolve.
Oct. 9: “Shibugakitai Boys & Girls (Come On Girls!)” 1982 comedy drama,
1 hour and 18 minutes.
Directed by Yoshimitsu Morita. Starring Masahiro Motoki and Hirohide Yakumaru.
Three high school boys leave their dormitory and go to a resort and fall in love. Masahiro Motoki’s first movie.
Oct. 16: “Truck Yaro Dokyo Ichibanboshi (Truckster of Guts),” 1977 action film, 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Directed by Norihumi Suzuki. Starring Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa.
The fifth movie of the “Truck Yaro” series, which is comical road movies of two long-distance truckers. This time Momojiro falls in love with beautiful Minako in Sado, Niigata.
Oct. 23: “Anego (The Boss’ Wife),” 1988 action film, 1 hour and 41 minutes.
Directed by Ryuichi Takamori. Starring Hitomi Kuroki and Hiroki Matsukata.
The widow of a murdered yakuza boss serves jail time for attacking the man she believes killed her husband. After her release, as she is shadowed by a hitman, she is willing to go to any lengths to take revenge on her husband.
Oct. 30: NGN3 MOVIE OF THE MONTH
“Setouchi Kaizoku Monogatari (Samurai Pirates),” 2014 drama, 1 hour and 57 minutes.
Directed by Kenichi Omori. Starring Kyoka Shibata and Masaki Izawa.
The beautiful Seto Inland Sea is home to the legendary treasure of the samurai pirates, undiscovered for four hundred years. When a modern dispute threatens her community, Kaede, an enterprising 12 year old, leads three classmates on a perilous voyage to a secret island, to expose the legacy of Takeyoshi Murakami, her ancestor and the hero of the samurai pirates.
But is the legend real?
NGN3 COMMUNITY FAVORITE
“Tange Sazen Ketteiban (Secret of the Golden Spell),” 1958 samurai film,
1 hour and 40 minutes.
Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Ryutaro Otomo, Hibari Misora,
One of Japan’s most popular folklore characters, Tange Sazen, the one-eyed and one-armed swordsman, must rescue the yagyu clan from the treachery of a master plotting to take control over a sword fighting school.
NGN3 Movies (in alphabetical order)
“Antoki no Inochi (Life Back Then),” 2011 drama, 2 hours and 11 minutes.
Directed by Takahisa Zeze. Starring Masaki Okada, Nana Eikura.
Kyohei has shut away the world. During his high school days he was the target of bullying and experienced horrifying moments. Now as a young adult, he works for a company that specializes in cleaning out the homes of recently deceased individuals. When sorting through the personal belongings of the deceased, he’s forced to face the concept of life and death. With his new job Kyohei meets co-worker Yuki. She has also experienced a traumatizing event as a teen and has also shut herself away from the world. These two young people form a bond as they go through the homes and gradually open up to each other.
“Chokugeki Jigokuken Daigyakuten (Karate Inferno),” 1974 action film,
1 hour and 26 minutes.
Directed by Teruo Ishii. Starring Shinichi Chiba and Ryo Ikebe.
A former police captain recruits a group of deadly murderers to remove the corrupt and mafia Yakuza. Their first task is to intercept a briefcase from a band that trafficked drugs.
“Gokudo no Onnatachi Akai Kizuna (Yakuza Ladies Blood Ties),” 1995 drama, 1 hour and 54 minutes.
Starring Shima Iwashita and Aki Yashiro.
Turbulent life of Kiwa, the successor of the most prominent yakuza in Osaka, the Domoto Clan.
“Gokudo Tosei no Suteki na Menmen (Those Swell Yakuza),” 1988 action film, 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Directed by Seiji Izumi. Starring Takanori Jinnai and Yumi Aso.
Ryo, a young former banker, gets beaten up over a debt from gambling. A yakuza boss saves him, and Ryo decides to train to become a yakuza under him.
“Gonkuro Tabi Nikki (Travels of Gonkuro),” 1961 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 29 minutes.
Directed by Eiichi Kudo. Starring Utaemon Ichikawa and Hiroko Sakuramachi.
Ronin Gonkuro extends a helping hand to those in need while traveling.
“Gozonji Kaiketsu Kurozukin Dai-niwa Shinsengumi Tsuigeki (The Black Hooded Man 2),” 1955 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 23 minutes.
Directed by Koukichi Uchida. Starring Ryurato Otomo and Shinobu Chihara.
The mysterious black hooded man, Kurozukin, helps transport funds raised to fight against the government.
“Hana to Arashi to Gang (Flower, Storm and Gangster),” 1961 drama, 1 hour and 24 minutes.
Directed by Teruo Ishii. Starring Ken Takakura.
A story of brotherly love amongst the men who commit a bank robbery.
“Hibari Chiemi no Yajikita Douchuu (Travels of Hibari and Chiemi),” 1962 drama, 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Hibari Misora, Chemi Eri and
Playhouse employees Okimi and Otoshi become involved in an undercover officer’s investigation of a gang when they accidentally walk in on a drug deal taking place at their theater.
“Hibari Torimonocho Kanzashi Koban (Edo Girl Detective),” 1958 samurai film, 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Hibari Misora, Chiyonosuke Azuma, Kotaro Satomi and Junji Sakai.
Oshichi, a famous girl detective, takes it upon herself to investigate the murder of a woman which occurs during an event for the festival of Asakusa Shrine. Her investigation leads her into danger as she runs afoul of a high ranking official and his plans to find a hidden treasure.
“Igano Kabamaru (Kabamaru the Ninja Boy),” 1983 action film, 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Directed by Noribumi Suzuki. Starring Hikaru Kurosaki and Hiroyuki Sanada.
Kabamaru is a young boy raised and trained by his grandfather as a ninja. After the sudden death of his grandfather, he starts living with Mai, his grandfather’s mistress who is a school director. He is asked to help out on struggles against other schools as he is master of the ninja mystical arts. As time passes he will make lots of friends as well as enemies, and fall in love with Mai.
“Kike Wadatsumi no Koe (Last Friends),” 1995 drama, 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Directed by Masanobu Deme. Starring Yuji Oda, Naoto Ogata and Toru
Following the lives of three college rugby players drafted to serve in the military during WWII. Though they believe their service will help to benefit their loved ones back home, they are unprepared for the hardships of war. Through their shared trials and sacrifices, they grow closer as friends, and hope to return together to better days. This movie was released in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII.
“Kohan no Hito (Lakeside Figure),” 1961 drama, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Kiyoshi Saeki. Starring Koji Tsuruta, Yoshiko Sakuma and Shinjio Ebara.
A story of Minako who struggles finding love and peace in life. When Minako’s hope for ultimate happiness, marriage to her beloved fiancé, comes to a sudden halt, Minako finds herself in search of new love which in turn leads her into a complicated love triangle.
“Mito Komon Sukesan Kakusan Oabare (Lord Mito: Struggle of Suke and Kaku),” 1961 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Sakuma. Starring Ryunosuke Tsukigata, and Hiroki Matsukata.
An illustration of the various adventures of Suke and Kaku, the traveling companion and servants of the famous lord, Mito Komon.
“Nihon Kyokakuden (The Domain),” 1964 drama, 1 hour and 39 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamrua, Ken Takakura, Hiroki Matsukata.
The feud between two rival delivery companies, Kibamasa an Okiyama, heats up as the head of Kibamasa falls ill.
“Obozu Tengu (Tengu Priest),” 1962 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 34 minutes.
Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Chiezo Kataoka, Ryutaro Otomo, Hibari Misora, Hashizo Okawa.
Kichizaburo, a samurai keeping peace in Edo, helps a young geisha Kozome avenge her father’s death.
“Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake (I’ll Give It My All . . . Tomorrow),” 2013 comedy drama, 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Directed by Yuichi Fukada. Starring Shinichi Tsutsumi and Ai Hashimoto.
Shiziuo, a 41-year-old father of a 17-year-old girl, truly believes he’s talented in many ways although he never seems to put much effort into anything. One day, Shizuo decides to quit his job “to find himself.” However, he spends his days doing nothing but getting yelled at by his father. On a whim, he decides to inform his father and daughter Suzuko that he’s going to become a manga artist. Unfortunately, Shizuo receives a rude awakening when his portfolio is rejected by a brutally honest manga editor and winds up taking a menial part-time job.
“Otoko wa Tsuraiyo Junjo-hen (Tora-san’s Shattered Romance),” 1971 comedy, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Yoji Yamada. Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi and Chieko Baisho.
Tora-San, a good-natured street vender, is adored by a girl who has escaped from an institution. Overjoyed, he decides to marry her. His family and friends worry about his decision, and her teacher takes her back to the institution.
“Satsujin Yuugi (The Killing Game),” 1978 action film, 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Directed by Toru Murakawa. Starring Yusaku Matsuda and Yutaka Nakajima.
The second film of the “Yuugi (Game)” trilogy. Shohei the killer comes back to Tokyo after a five-year absence.
“Seizoroi Kenka Wakashu (A Gang of Five),” 1955 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 23 minutes.
Directed by Kiyoshi Sasaki. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ryutaro Otomo and Chiyonosuke Azuma.
A group of five law enforcers search Edo for a missing sword.
“Shingo Nijuuban Shobu Dai-Nibu (Shingo’s Challenge Part 2),” 1961 samurai film, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Hashizou Okawa, Satomi Oka and Ryutaro Otomo.
Shingo’s adventure continues as he wanders Japan seeking to further his mastery of the sword.
“Showa Zankyoden Hoero Karajishi (Contemporary Tales of Chivalry:
Forbidden Love),” 1971 action film, 1 hour and 37 minutes.
Directed by Kiyoshi Saeki. Starring Ken Takakura and Koji Tsuruta.
A story of lone wolf struggling with human compassion and duty.
“Tenchi Meisatsu (Tenchi the Samurai Astronomer),” 2012 jidaigeki drama,
2 hours and 21 minutes.
Directed by Yojiro Takita. Starring Junichi Okada and Aoi Miyazaki.
In the early 17th century, Santetsu Yasui was a successful Go player who often performed demonstrations for the Shogun. In addition to mastering Go, Santetsu was also versatile in the arts of mathematics, surveying, and astronomy. With his knowledge for all three subjects, he was ordered by his clan chief to observe the North Star from vantage points throughout Japan for an accurate survey. During his travels he began to realize that the calendar Japan had used for centuries was fundamentally flawed. When Yasui returned, he began shouldering the monumental task of identifying and correcting those errors. But undertaking such a task was considered a direct threat to the Imperial authorities administering the calendar. “Tenchi the Samurai Astronomer” is the inspirational story of a man’s quest to take control of the Heavens and the Earth, thus creating a new calendar for the people.
“Tokugawa Ieyasu (Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu),” 1965 jidaigeki, 2 hours and
Directed by Hiroshi Okawa. Starring Kinya Kitaoji and Kinnosuke Nakamura.
A story about the famous Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu, his friendship with Nobunaga and his military prowess.
“Yureisen Kohen (Ghost Ship, Part 2),” 1957 samurai film, 1 hour and 23
Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ryutaro Otomo and Satomi Oka.
The adventures of Jiromaru and his gang continue in their efforts to rescue Princess Yukihime and her servant Chacha from the pirates. All the while, Jiromaru is also in pursuit of the truth of the Ghost Ship; will he ever be able to unveil its mystery?
“Zokuzoku Beranme Geisha (The Prickly Mouthed Geisha, Part 3),” 1960 drama, 1 hour and 16 minutes.
Directed by Eiichi Koishi. Starring Hibari Misora, Ken Takakura and Chieko Naniwa.
Popular geisha Koharu suspects that Yusaku, a handsome stranger she falls in love with, is involved in a robbery of precious diamond.