“Fukuoka Ren’ai Monogatari (Love Stories from Fukuoka),” 2017-2018 drama, 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Starring Nanami Sakuraba, Renn Kiriyama, Yosuke Sugino and Nao.

“Love Stories from Fukuoka” is based on real-life stories submitted by viewers about their personal experiences with love, loss and longing. The stories are based in Fukuoka, the capital city of the Fukuoka Prefecture on Kyushu Island. In “Sensei and I,” several years after graduating from high school, Rui meets her teacher who was known as a “blunt demon” and they fall in love. In “Beyond Your World,” the university student Sota falls in love with a girl at the library at first sight. However, she was born deaf. Determined not to give up, Sota starts learning sign language, and they fall in love. Will they be able to overcome the fact that they live in different worlds?

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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.

Movies of the Month

“Daidatsugoku (Great Jail Break),” 1975 drama, 1 hour and 31 minutes.

Directed by Teruo Ishii. Starring Ken Takakura and Nana Kinomi.

Prison escapee Shoichiro is blamed for a murder he did not commit, and is forced to continue his solitary journey for freedom.

“Genji Kuro Sassoki Byakko Nitoryu (Tales of Young Genji Kuro Part 2),” 1958 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 28 minutes.

Directed by Tai Kato. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Keiko Okawa and Kotaro Satomi.

Master swordsman Kuro must defend Lord Yoshitsune’s secret treasures from the treacherous pirates and villains.

“Haha to Kuraseba (Nagasaki: Memories of My Son),” 2015 drama, 2 hour 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.

“Hibari Ohako Benten Kozo (Hibari’s Favorite),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 14 minutes.

Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Hibari Misora, Kotaro Satomi and Tomisaburo Wakayama.

Kikunosuke, a young temple servant, turns to his mother, Ofuji, for protection after being wrongly accused of murder. However Ofuji decides to turn her son into the police to collect a monetary reward. Devastated by this betrayal, Kikunosuke escapes to Edo in hopes of starting over. Once there, he takes on the name, “Benten Kozo” and soon joins a gang led by Nihon Daemon which will later be known as Shiranami Goninotoko.

“Hibotan Bakuto Isshuku Ippan (The Valiant Red Peony Part 2),” 1968 drama, 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Starring Junko Fuji and Tomisaburo Wakayama.

While spending time with a friend, Oryu the Red Peony learns of the notorious Kasamatsu gang who


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