World War II

Kristin Scott Thomas and Gary Oldman play Clementine and Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” (Courtesy Jack English/Focus Features)

‘Darkest Hour’ cohorts amazed as Oldman becomes Churchill

Joe Wright, director of “Pride and Prejudice,” “Atonement,” “Hanna,” “Anna Karenina” and…

 

Mark Rylance gives an especially sensitive performance in “Dunkirk.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

‘Dunkirk’ a thrilling WWII flick

“Dunkirk” dramatizes the pivotal evacuation in 1940 of more than 330,000 Allied…

 

Andrew Garfield stars a World War II conscientious objector in the bloody “Hacksaw Ridge,” directed by Mel Gibson. (Mark Rogers/Lionsgate)

Gibson’s gory ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ serves up messianic hero

Director Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” is going to make a lot of…

 

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pause during translation as they speak to media in Shima, Japan, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama, Abe heed politics of contrition on Hiroshima visit

SHIMA, Japan — Laying bare the complex politics of reconciliation and contrition,…

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pause during translation as they speak to media in Shima, Japan, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Japan’s new history rising

I moved to Japan for the first time in 1991, the year…

Yong Soo Lee, 87, is consoled during a Board of Supervisors meeting last week regarding a "comfort women" memorial. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Supes support ‘comfort women’ memorial in San Francisco

San Francisco should become the first major U.S. city to install a…

Yong Soo Lee, 87, is consoled during a Board of Supervisors meeting last week regarding a "comfort women" memorial. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Yong Soo Lee, 87, of Korea, is consoled during a Board of Supervisors meeting about the “comfort women” memorial. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Plans for SF ‘comfort women’ memorial move closer to reality

After a more than three hour committee hearing Thursday, a resolution advanced…

Yong Soo Lee, 87, of Korea, is consoled during a Board of Supervisors meeting about the “comfort women” memorial. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Yong Soo Lee, left, a “comfort woman” survivor, receives a commendation from Supervisor Eric Mar at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Korean ‘comfort woman’ survivor appeals to San Francisco for a memorial

Yong Soo Lee, an 87-year-old “comfort woman” survivor, flew into San Francisco…

Yong Soo Lee, left, a “comfort woman” survivor, receives a commendation from Supervisor Eric Mar at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
A bronze statue of a young Korean girl in Central Park in Glendale, Calif. to honor so-called "comfort women" from World War II on Monday, March 31, 2014.  (Nick Ut/AP)

Supervisors’ support of a ‘comfort women’ memorial in San Francisco sparks debate

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors often stirs up local controversy, but in…

A bronze statue of a young Korean girl in Central Park in Glendale, Calif. to honor so-called "comfort women" from World War II on Monday, March 31, 2014.  (Nick Ut/AP)
Courtesy Bryan CarmodyVeterans of World War II gather Friday at San Francisco International Airport

Bay Area WWII vets honored at SFO

San Carlos resident Raule Hurtado remembers scenes from World War II like…

Courtesy Bryan CarmodyVeterans of World War II gather Friday at San Francisco International Airport
Formerly worn by Elizabeth Taylor

Japanese-American WWII vets honored

A new, free exhibit in the main lobby of the de Young…

Formerly worn by Elizabeth Taylor