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‘Les Miz’ in Japanese

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WITH THE INCREDIBLE CAST: (front row) Yuichi Harada, the author, Natsumi Kon, Rio Uehara; (back) Tatsuya Kawaguchi and Mitsuo Yoshihara

Due in large part to the recent Oscar-nominated film starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, as well as its nearly 28-year-long run in the West End, plus countless productions all around the world, “Les Misérables” is perhaps one of the most inspiring musicals ever produced. Its themes of love, redemption, second chances and forgiveness are universal, easily translatable into any language and playable in just about any city.

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Winsome pair buoys up mediocre comedy

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BATEMAN AND MCCARTHY. Amiable performers with contrasting comedic gifts.

Can a fine performance save a mediocre film? Yes and no. If you’re Meryl Streep, you can turn a cheesy musical (“Mamma Mia”), a by-the-numbers actioner (“The River Wild”), and a dawdling biopic (“The Iron Lady”) into enjoyable screen romps.

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Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz win supporting-acting Oscars

Anne Hathaway accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for "Les Miserables" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Anne Hathaway has gone from propping up leaden sidekick James Franco at the Academy Awards to hefting a golden statue of her own with a supporting-actress Oscar win as a doomed mother-turned-prostitute in the musical “Les Miserables.”

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Anne Hathaway wins best supporting actress

Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP

Anne Hathaway wins best supporting actress in the 85th Academy Awards.

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Adele, ‘Les Miserables’ cast sing on Oscar stage

From left, actors Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne pose during the photo call of the film Les Miserables at the 63rd edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. AP

It was an extra starry, musical day at the Dolby Theatre as Adele took the stage first Friday, followed by the cast of “Les Miserables,” singing together for the first time.

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