“Sakura no Oyakodon,” premieres Wednesday, August 1 at 7:35 p.m.; repeats on Thursday at 8:45 a.m.

Sakura runs a secondhand bookstore in Tokyo. Customers of various age ranges visit her secondhand bookstore. Deep inside this bookshop is a room called the “meeting place.” People who do not have a place to go, gather in the room. She gives them oyakodon for free. In the room, people talk about themselves, while Sakura listens to them. She sometimes encourages them with her smile and sometimes sheds tears with them. Azami and Rie are leading a lifestyle full of delinquent behavior. One night, after being chased by mobs, Rie points out at the bookstore, a good place to get free food. Fully subtitled in English.

“Monte-Cristo Haku (The Count of Monte-Cristo: Great Revenge),” premieres Monday, August 13 at 7:35 p.m.; repeats at 11 p.m.

Wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years despite his innocence, the main character manages to get out of his imprisonment at the risk of his own life, and makes a thrilling return as a fresh new character. This is a drama about a man, who, through his elaborate maneuvers and various clever entrapments fulfills his passionate revenge against those who stripped away all his glories. He seeks for the light that he had been striving for. Fully subtitled in English.

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

“Haha to Kuraseba (Nagasaki Memories of My Son),” 2015 drama, 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Directed by Yoji Yamada. Starring Sayuri Yoshinaga and Kazunari Ninomiya.

The year is 1948: it’s been three years since Nobuko’s son, Koji, has been declared missing after the atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki. On the third anniversary of the bombing, Nobuko finally accepts that her son is dead. However, upon returning home she is visited by an apparition. With Nobuko bereft of any living familial relations and a struggling post-war economy predicting a bleak future for the country, mother and son take the chance to reminisce about happier days. Although these moments together make both of them happy, it leads Nobuko to reflect more on her losses and the relationship she has with Koji’s fiancée Machiko.

Movies in Alphabetical Order

“Hana no Orizurugasa (The Paper Crane),” 1962 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 46 minutes.

Directed by Toshikazu Kono. Starring Hashizo Okawa, Yukio Hashi and Hiroko Sakuramachi.

A wandering vagrant, Hantaro, risks his life to save a beautiful blind girl and her father from con artists.

“Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko Nazo no Nanbandaiko (The Acrobats of Death),” 1959 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 28 minutes.

Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Utaemon Ichikawa, Yoshiko Sakuma and Kinya Kitaoji.

Saotome, a sword master and guard of the Shogunate, pursues the mystery of a deadly aerial weapon that is responsible for the multiple deaths in town.

“Hibari Torimonocho Furisode Koban (Detective Hibari: Hidden Coin),” 1959 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 26 minutes.

Directed by Kokichi Uchidate. Starring Hibari Misora, Kotaro Satomi and Chiyonosuke Azuma.

A mysterious coin found at a murder scene stirs the curiosity of young actress Oshichi and her brother Hyoma who set out on a private investigation to unveil the secrets hidden behind the coin.

“Hitokiri Gasa (Vanquished Foes),” 1964 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Ryoraro Otomo, Hashizo Okawa and Satomi Oka.

Skilled assassin Kanjuro’s services are called upon to put an end to the ugly turf battle between two yakuza families, Mitsuwa and Aikawa.


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