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'Danchi': The extraordinary everywoman

Jun 1, 2016

'Danchi': The extraordinary everywoman

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“Danchi” doesn’t translate easily into English. “Apartment complex” or “housing estate” are only rough equivalents for the thousands of public-housing units thrown up in the postwar boom years to cope with Tokyo’s exploding population. Equipped with running water, flush toilets and other amenities, with ...

'Southpaw': Boxing that lacks punching power

Jun 1, 2016

'Southpaw': Boxing that lacks punching power

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Just because you’ve seen this story before doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see it again … I think. “Southpaw” is an excessive, some may even say maniacal, retread of boxing movie classics such as the “Rocky” franchise, “The Fighter” and “Raging Bull. But it’s so ...

Hollywood takes its wisecracking hero seriously

May 25, 2016

Hollywood takes its wisecracking hero seriously

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The opening credits of “Deadpool” begin with the words “Some Douchebag’s Film.” Maybe it was because of this self-deprecation that overseas audiences found the film refreshing. Especially since in another recent superhero blockbuster, a billionaire vigilante pontificates on morality using the “one percent doctrine” ...

Black Panther, Marvel's African hero, in the spotlight

May 20, 2016

Black Panther, Marvel's African hero, in the spotlight

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Captain America and Iron Man may be the stars of Marvel’s latest comic-book blockbuster, but Black Panther — making his big-screen debut — is most definitely the superhero of the moment. Black Panther, the warrior king of the futuristic fictional African country Wakanda, is ...