“Ichikei no Karasu.”

Ichikei no Karasu (Ichikei’s Crow: The Criminal Court Judges),” premieres Monday, June 7, at 7:35 p.m.; repeats Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.

The protagonist of this story is Michio Iruma, an unorthodox criminal court judge who takes it upon himself to verify crime scenes to uncover the truth of incidences and to ensure that there are absolutely no false accusations. With a beard and casual clothes, there is this sense of a laid-back atmosphere about him, often speaking out in a slow manner. He is far from the image of an uptight judge, but a unique one feared by both lawyers and prosecutors for his free observation and an inquisitive mind. In fact, Michio has a unique background as a former lawyer.

Saiko no Obahan Nakajima Haruko (The Greatest Haruko),” premieres Wednesday, June 9, at 7:35 p.m.;“repeats Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.”

Powerful and beautiful 60-year-old woman fixes problems and crushes injustice in this thrilling and entertaining show. Izumi is 38, single, works for a small publisher, and has great anxiety about her 10-year long affair with a married man. If someone has got a problem that comes from their needless pride, she tears through it with her sharp wit and merciless quips. “At the end of the day, you know who you can blame when your life falls apart? Yourself. Not that that’s any of my business.” One day she meets Haruko Nakajima, a top-class cosmetic doctor in the highest echelons of the public and private sectors. Get ready to see this queen rend through the troubles of the world in a storm of catharsis!

Iryu Sosa,” Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; re-airs on Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.

Quirky Det. Satoshi Itomura is back! Under the Special Crime Management and Control Office of the Kyoto Police, he takes on new cases with their own challengess. Can he perfect his method of focusing on things that the victims had carried and treasured, to solve cases and bring closure to families of victims?

“Ore no Ie no Hanashi (Story of My Family!!!),”  Friday at 7:35 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; repeats Saturday at 8:45 a.m.

Former pro-wrestler Juichi Miyama, his career sidelined by injury and age, was once groomed by father Jusaburo, an acclaimed Noh actor and “Living National Treasure,” to be Jusaburo’s successor. But young Juichi had rebelled, left home and cut off ties with his family. Now he learns that his father, miraculously surviving a critical illness, plans to marry his young caregiver and leave his money to her. Juichi decides to return home to help with his father’s care, setting the stage for a showdown between Juichi’s family on one side and his father’s mysterious caregiver on the other.

Ochoyan,” Monday-Saturday at 7:15 p.m.; re-airs Sunday and Tuesday through Friday at 8:20 a.m. and 5:05 p.m.

Chiyo, born in a poor family in Meiji-era Osaka, is sent to a theater tea room as a servant when she is 9 years old. She is attracted by the world of theater comedy, growing up to be an actor, but the war breaks out and she must stay away from acting. However, when she comes back, her acting in a radio drama impresses many people, and she becomes one of the leading actors in western Japan.

“Atarashii Osama* (The New King),” Saturdays at 8:35 p.m. and Sundays at 9:35 a.m.

The story centers on two “kings”: King Akiba, once known for his eye-opening acquisitions, has since liberated himself from materialistic concerns and now freely pursues producing new value through creativity; King Etchu, CEO of a major investment fund, driven by an insatiable lust for women and money. Living according to opposite values and harboring completely different motives, the kings find themselves looking to acquire a key Tokyo station, Chuo TV. Their bid brings about a fatefully colossal clash between two evenly matched tycoons.

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

Premiere titles air on Friday. “Special Programs” premiere 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 the Japanese language with full English subtitles.

Movie of the Month

“Parallel World Love Story,” 2019 drama, 1 hour and 49 minutes.

Directed by Yoshitaka Mori. Starring Yuta Tamamori and Riho Yoshioka.

In this alternate-world romantic drama, Takashi and his friend since his middle-school years, Tomohiko, do cutting-edge research at the same corporation. One day, Takashi meets Mayuko, whom Tomohiko introduces as his girlfriend. Then one morning, Takashi is astonished to awaken in a world where he and Mayuko are living together as a couple.

“Parallel World Love Story.”

Movies in Alphabetical Order

“Binanjo (Castle of Handsome Men),” 1959 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 33 minutes.

Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Keiko Okawa and Hiroko Sakuramachi.

Young samurai Shuminosuke plots to murder his father who betrayed a powerful lord.

“Bushido Zankoku Monogatari (Cruel Tale of Bushido),” 1963 jidaigeki, 2 hours and 3 minutes.

Directed by Tadashi Imai. Starring Kinnosuke Yorozuya and Eijiro Tono.

A warrior oath sworn during the feudalistic Warring States period cruelly binds a man and his family to unimaginable abuse which persists to the present day.

“Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds),” 2018 action/samurai film, 1 hour and 34 minutes.

Directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro. Starring Sota Fukushi and Yuma Nakayama.

After the Edo era at the start of Meiji Japan, legend tells of gigantic snake, “Orochi,” that revives every 300 years to harm the country. With the Meiji army, young brothers who serve as guardians of Kumou shrine stand up to prevent Orochi from coming back to life. However, the evil Fuma ninja clan uses the snake’s magical power to weaken the government, trying to take over Japan.

“Hakuchu no Shikaku (Dead Angle),” 1979 drama, 2 hours and 34 minutes.

Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Isamu Natsuki, Sonny Chiba, Shigeru Amachi and Katsu Ryuzaki.

Elite college graduates commit perfect financial crimes though loopholes in the law during the 1950s.

“Hana to Yato no Mure (The Bandits),” 1962 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Hiroki Matsukata and Chiezo Kataoka.

The friendship grows between an ambitious young thief and an artist during the Warring States period.

“Hibari Ohako Ojo Kichiza (Hibari’s Favorite 2),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 18 minutes.

Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Hibari Misora and Tomizaburo Wakayama.

Young Kichiza searches for her missing brother and the person responsible for the death of their parents.

“Jirocho Sangokushi (The Kigdom of Jirocho),” 1963 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Koji Tsuruta, Yoshiko Sakuma, Shingo Yamashiro and Hiroki Matsukata.

The activities of feudal boss Jirocho and his underlings are depicted.

“Kome (Rice),” 1957 drama, 1 hour and 58 minutes.

Directed by Tadashi Imai. Starring Shinjiro Ebara, Isao Kimura, Masako Nakamura and Hitomi Nakahara.

In the harsh lives of the proud residents of agricultural Kasugaseki, some attempt to start a fishery business to revive their ailing farming community, which creates friction amongst these rural residents.

“Kusama no Hanjiro Kiri no Naka no Wataridori (Hanjiro of Kusama: Bird of Passage),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Directed by Kokichi Uchidate. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Ryunosuke Tsukigata.

Kindhearted wandering gambler Hanjiro rescues a village in crisis.

“Kyokuto Kuroshakai (Dark Society in the East),” 1993 action film, 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Directed by Shokaku Baba. Starring Koji Yakusho and Masahiko Kondo.

A story about the activities of Southeast Asian Mafia gangs in Shinjuku. Former French Foreign Legion soldier Ryosuke Kano now smuggles and deals cocaine. He counts among his acquaintances Larry, a Japanese American, but he turns out to be an undercover cop from New York.

“Last Hold! (Last Hold!),” 2018 drama, 2 hours.

Directed by Yukinori Makabe. Starring Ryoichi Tsukada and Tatsuya Fukazawa.

Okajima, a Toridesaka University senior about to graduate, is the only member of the campus bouldering club which needs at least seven members to continue. Determined not to let this storied club end at his generation, he desperately solicits new students. After a lot of hard work, Okajima manages to recruit six new members; however, they are all beginners except one student.

“Matatabi Sannin Yakuza (Three Yakuza),” 1965 jidaigeki, 2 hours.

Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai and Hiroki Matsukata.

Witness the lives of three kindhearted yakuza: Kutaro saves poverty-stricken farmers from an evil official; Sentaro rescues a girl from a whore- house; Genta returns to his hometown to reunite with his daughter.   

“Onmitsu Shichishoki (The Abandoned Swords),” 1958 samurai film, 1 hour and 43 minutes.

Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda. Starring Chiyonosuke Azuma, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Hibari Misora and Ryunosuke Tsukiata.

Best friends Gentaro and Sanpei become enemies when one steals a secret document revealing the identity of the successor to the Shogun.

“Ore no Ie no Hanashi.”

“Ougon Kujaku-jo (Golden Peacock Castle),” 1961 samurai-action film, 50 minutes.

Directed by Masaharu Matsuda. Starring Kotaro Satomi, Shingo Yamashiro and Mitsuko Nagai.

Pirates led by the evil Gondaiyu and his wizard, Genkuro, capture the Golden Peacock Castle and massacre the peaceful clan living there. The few survivors that escape plot their revenge and wait for the right timing for an attack.

“Ougon Kujaku-jo Dai-Nibu (Golden Peacock Castle Part 2),” 1961 samurai-action film, 56 minutes.

Directed by Shoji Matsumura. Starring Totsuben Sawamura, Kotaro Satomi and Shingo Yamashiro.

The struggles of the Golden Peacock Castle Clan continue as its former denizens seek to reclaim their home and prevent the evil Gondaiyu from taking their most prized treasures.

“Roningai no Kaoyaku (A Brave Ronin),” 1963 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 26 minutes.

Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Utaemon Ichikawa and Yataro Kurokawa.

A story of ronin living in Edo’s impoverished outskirts who come together to fight against the evil rich family Hannya.

“Satsujin Yuugi (The Killing Game),” 1978 action film, 1 hour and 32 minutes.

Directed by Toru Murakawa. Starring Yusaku Matsuda and Yutaka Nakajima.

Shohei the killer comes back to Tokyo after a long absence.

“Shakotan Boogie (Shakotan Boogie-Woogie),” 1987 action film, 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Directed by Shun Nakahara. Starring Kazuya Kimura, Kazuhiko Kanayama

Two friends are into shakotan or low-rider vehicles. The adventure of low-riding youths includes picking up girls and cross-cultural drag racing.

“Silk Hat no Ooyabun (The Silk Hat Boss),” 1970 drama, 1 hour an 29 minutes.

Directed by Suzuki Noribumi. Starring Tomisaburo Wakayama.

A spin off movie series about the popular Hibotan Bakuto, featuring the yakuza Kumakichi, a man who lived with honor during the Russo-Japanese war.

“Tonosama Yajikita (The Samurai Vagabonds),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 19 minutes.

Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Hibari Misora, Kinnosuke Nakamura and Katsuo Nakamura

Two feisty lords, Munenaga and Yoshinao, escape from their luxurious yet restrictive royal lives to work for young tabloid reporter Okimi.

“Toyama no Kinsan Tatsumaki Bugyo (Whirlwind Magistrate),” 1959  jidaigeki, 1 hour and 36 minutes.

Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Chiezo Kataoka, Chiyonosuke Azuma, Ryunosuke Tsukigata and Yoshiko Sakuma.

Toyama Kinshiro, a commissioner from northern Edo, travels to Sado to investigate the whereabouts of a ship gone missing in the midst of a whirlwind.

“Yamanaka Shizuo-shi no Songenshi (The Dignified Death of Shizuo Yamanaka),” 2019 drama, 1 hour and 49 minutes.

Directed by Akio Murahashi. Starring Baijaku Nakamura, Kanji Tsuda, Misato Tanaka, Miyoko Asada and Atsuko Takahata.

62-year-old Shizuo Yamanaka has terminal lung cancer with one month left to live. So he returns to his hometown in the Shinshu region to face the end. He admits himself to the hospital, thinking only about dying peacefully, without pain, in his region of birth. Imamura, a doctor who watches over Shizuo’s last stage, is determined to fulfill Yamanaka’s wish, but suffers from depression because he has seen too many deaths. Yet he continues to think about the possibility of a dignified death for human beings.

“Zoku Kyodai Jingi (Code Between Brothers 2),” 1966 drama, 1 hour an 29 minutes.

Directed by Kosaku Yamashita. Starring Saburo Kitajima and Kotaro Satomi.

The services of wandering gambler Seiji are called upon to protect the turf of his loyal friend Risaburo.


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