“Dosanko Cooking,” premieres on Wednesday, July 25, at 8:30 p.m; repeats on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

“Dosanko” is people who were born in Hokkaido. Ms. Hoshizawa, who holds a Guinness world record for being the longest lasting host of a cooking program, shows you how to make healthy and easy everyday meals using things in your refrigerator. (NGN Sister State TV program)

NGN 3 MOVIE CHANNEL (Spectrum Digital Ch. 679/HD 1679)

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.

Movie of the Month

“Tono, Risuko de Gozaru! (Magnificent Nine),” 2016 drama, 2 hours and 9 minutes.

Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura. Starring Sadao Abe and Eita.

In a poor town in northern Japan in the eighteenth century, the residents suffered in great poverty due to heavy taxes imposed by the feudal lord. Juzaburo who worries about the future of his hometown and his eight fellow merchants come up with a secret plan of loaning a large sum of money to their lord, from whom they collect interest which they distribute to the town’s people to escape poverty. But if their plan is uncovered, they will definitely be decapitated . . . Do-or-die intellectual battle begins!

Movies in Alphabetical Order

“893 (Yakuza) Gurentai (Yakuza Hooligans),” 1966 action film, 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Directed by Sadao Nakajima. Starring Hiroki Matsukata and Ichiro Araki.

A bunch of young, angry and penniless misfits are full of great vitality. They aren’t quite up to joining the yakuza and and execute a variety of petty scams. After being approached by a yakuza and asked to become a spy for them, they are now planning to take 10 million yen from the yakuza.

Ai wo Tsumu Hito (The Pearls of the Stone Man),” 2015 drama, 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Directed by Yuzo Asahara. Starring Koichi Sato and Keiko Kitagawa.

Set in the beautiful hills in Hokkaido, this is a moving story of a widower whose world begins to expand with the guides his late wife left in her letters for him. Atsushi and Ryoko move to Hokkaido after retirement. Yet, Atsushi who’s worked all his life doesn’t know how to kill time. Concerned, Ryoko asks him to build her long-dreamt stone walls around their home. However, suddenly Ryoko collapses from a terminal heart disease. She yet hides this from Atsushi not to upset him. After her death, Atsushi finds letters from Ryoko. Following the instructions in the letters, he begins to interact with others.

“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?

“Hanafubuki Tekka Matoi (Glorious Standard Bearer),” 1957 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Directed by Toshikazu Kono. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Hitomi Nakahara.

A fireman exposes the corrupt activities of merchants.

“Hanakago Dochu (Flowers on the Road),” 1961 samurai film, 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Directed by Kudo Eiichi. Starring Misora Hibari, Azuma Chiyonosuke and Oka Satomi.

Yae and Kiku, daughters of drapers in Edo, must travel to Kyoto in place of their sickly fathers to attend to some businesses affairs. On their way to Kyoto, the two ladies are ambushed by a group of bandits. However a good Samaritan named Santaro comes to their rescue. Santaro is aiding a young samurai named Sanshiro who is on an official mission to deliver a message to a noble in Kyoto. When Yae and Kiku discover that a gang of assassins are after Sanshiro, they decide to help Sanshiro to complete his mission.

“Hoero Tekken (Roaring Fire), “ 1981 action film, 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Directed by Norifumi Suzuki. Starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Etsuko Shihomi.

Joji learns a dark secret from his dying father; he learns he has a twin brother and a sister. He travels to find his brother and finds he has been murdered in mysterious circumstances. While staying with his sister he overhears his Uncle’s plans to find a 130 carat diamond (named the Queen of Sheba) and soon learns he may be behind other sinister schemes.


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