Heads up to “Iron Man” fans, “Chef” is director Jon Favreau’s fabulous stress-vanquishing vehicle after all his superhero ventures, and it lets off more steam than all the potholes in New York City.
Now 68 and thus eligible for a senior discount card himself, Kitano may also be poking fun at his graying dankai no seidai (Japanese baby boomer) generation — once so cool but now sinking into decrepitude.
One thing I learned on coming to Japan as an earnest foreign student of Buddhism was that the young monks — those shaven-headed fellows in picturesque robes diligently sweeping the temple grounds — are less ascetic than they look. Off duty, they knock back ...
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