“Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekiteru (Miracles),” premiers Monday, March 4 at 7:35 p.m.

Kazuki Aikawa is an instructor of ethology at a university. Kazuki is a distracted sort with his own little world, having little interest for things not involving his beloved creatures and animals, and his passion often makes him disregarded with everything around him. While his dedication tends to put off those around him, they eventually come to understand his unwavering and purposeful lifestyle. Fully subtitled in English.

“Sakura no Oyakodon 2 (The Shelter),” premiers Wednesday, March 6 at 7:35 p.m.

There are children who don’t have a home to return to during Christmas, New Years and even tonight. This is a story about Sakura who reaches out to these children, to blossom a flower of happiness from tears of despair. The “House of Hummingbirds,” also referred to as “The Shelter,” is where children who have lost their faith in their parents gather to live. Sakura starts working at the “House” as a food staff worker. Sakura makes an effort to tell the children through food that there are adults who can be trusted in this world. Will Sakura be able to keep on reaching out to the children? Fully subtitled in English.

“Shitei  Bengoshi (Designated Lawyer),” Fridays, March 22 and 29 at 7:35 p.m.

Suspicions fall on politician Tagane Seizo over the sale of nationally owned land to a social welfare service corporation back in 2010. Seizo Tagane is then given immunity for his testimony, but people become furious that he was not going to be prosecuted. A committee of prosecutors meets and concludes that Seizo Tagane should be prosecuted. An outstanding lawyer, Yui Hitotsugi, takes the prosecutor’s position in the case with the help of the prosecutor Tachibana. 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

“Kazoku wa Tsuraiyo (What a Wonderful Family!),” 2016 drama, 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Directed by Yoji Yamada. Starring Isao Hashizume and Kazuko Yoshiyuki.

Tomiko and Shuzo have been married for 50 years. On the birthday of Tomiko, Shuzo asks her what she wants as a memorial gift. She answers, “a divorce.” Their children are much thrown into a state of panic to hear this news of separation. Amid the sudden tumult of life, each member of the family begins to publicize respective grievances.

Movies in Alphabetical Order

“Bodyguard Kiba Hissatsu Sankaku Tobi (Karate Killer),” 1973 action film, 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Directed by Ryuichi Takamori. Starring Sonny Chiba and Tsunehiko Watase.

Karate master Kiba Naoto fights to protect his younger sister.

“Chiisakobe (A Carpenter and Children),” 1962 samurai film, 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Directed by Tasaka Tomotaka. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Chiemi Eri, Chiyonosuke Azuma and Katsuo Nakamura.

A carpenter, Shigetsugu, learns a lesson of love and humanity from five orphaned children and an affectionate woman named Oritsu.

“Chikemuri Gasa (Mark of Blood),” 1962 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Kotaro Satomi.

Three young vigilantes, Fujitaro, Matsugoro and Kanjuro, travel the country fighting evil.

“Edokko Bugyo Tenka wo Kiru Otoko (An Edo Magistrate),” 1961 jidaigeki. 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura and Satomi Oka.

A young samurai returns home to honor and fulfill the duty left behind by his late father.


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