NGN — Digital Channel 677 (For updated information, call 538-1966)
PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
“Oedo Jikencho Bimi de Soro,” premieres on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 8:30 p.m.
During the late Edo period when the Tenpo Reforms are in force, public discontent is growing over the collusive relationships between merchants and government officials. Shinpeita Kakie is a samurai who possesses a highly sensitive palate and remarkable knowledge of food. He publishes a tabloid-style newspaper that covers local happenings; however, Shinpeita is only interested in food and how to prepare it. As he searches Edo looking for food stories to report, he uses his sense of taste, knowledge and swordsmanship to help the Kitamachi magistrate Toyama to solve baffling cases that occur in the capital. Fully subtitled in English.
NGN 3 MOVIE CHANNEL (Digital Ch. 679)
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.
PREMIERE TITLES OF THE MONTH
“Shinjuku no Yotamono (Thugs of Shinjuku),” premieres on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8:40 p.m., 1970 drama, 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Shin Takakuwa. Starring Bunta Sugawara and Shingo Yamashiro.
Fresh out of jail, a smart-mouth wise guy Goro takes the name “Big Brother Katsumata.” Not fitting in well with established gangs, he forms a rag-tag gang called “the Shinjuku Brothers.” The members of their gang are thugs who only wish they were traditional yakuza. When they turn up at the funeral for a gangster, they are not welcomed, but a senior boss intervenes to keep things calm. The boss of bosses invites them to join a respected local council of warlords. Katsumata is suspicious of why such powerful men would extend an invitation to lowlife like himself.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH
“Hot Road,” premieres on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m., 2014 drama,
1 hour and 59 minutes.
Directed by Takahiro Miki. Starring Rena Nonen and Hiroomi Tosaka.
Fourteen-year-old Kazuki lives with her mother. She feels unloved by her mother due the circumstances surrounding her birth. Because she harbors anxiety and perceives herself as being worthless to others, she gets into trouble. One day, a transfer student named Eri introduces her to 16-year-old Hiroshi, a reckless youth who’s a member of the “Nights” motorcycle gang. He works part-time for a living instead of going to school. Kazuki finds herself increasingly drawn to Hiroshi over time, but he soon becomes leader of the “Nights” and gets caught up in a conflict with a rival gang.
MOVIE SYNOPSIS (in alphabetical order)
“Akai Kageboushi (Revenger In Shadow),” 1961 samurai/ninja film, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Hashizo Okawa, Jushiro Konoe, Kotaro Satomi and Michiyo Kogure.
Wakakage, an illegitimate child of famous ninja Hanzo Hattori, goes on the ultimate mission of vengeance.
“Fuunji Oda Nobunaga (Oda Nobunaga),” 1959 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Directed by Toshikazu Kono. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura and Katsuo Nakamura.
A story of a young feudal lord Nobunaga.
“Genji Kuro Sassoki Nuregami Nitoryu (Tales of Young Genji Kuro),” 1967 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Tai Kato. Starring Konnosuke Nakamura and Shinobu Chihara.
Master swordsman Genji Kuro is entrusted by the Otsubo family to protect an antique sword known as the “kaen” sword. As part of a valuable pair of swords made by a legendary sword maker, the Otsubo family seeks to reunite it with its companion “suien” sword at Mishima
Shrine. However the journey to the Shrine is wrought with danger and Genji Kuro must put his skills to the test fending off a band of cunning and ruthless thieves.
“Happyaku Mangoku ni Idomu Otoko (A Man Challenging at Post),” 1961 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Directed by Nobuo Nakamura. Starring Utaemon Ichikawa and Katsuo Nakamura.
A young man in Tokaido proclaiming to be the illegitimate child of Shogun Yoshimune becomes part of a plot to seize power.