"...[insert non-white actor's name] who is [insert said actor's homeland]'s answer to [insert white, American actor's name]..."
Examples include Tony Leung Chiu Wai as China's Clark Gable, Chow Yun Fat as China's Cary Grant, and, most recently, our beloved Shashi Kapoor as India's Robert Redford. That last one broke the camel's back, and the PPCC was forced to exclaim, "Oh, for the love of God!"
How infinitely irritable it is to constantly compare a non-American, non-white actor to the white, American actor he is presumably "aping"! How ethnocentric! And film critics who watch "arthouse" foreign cinema are supposed to be the intelligentsia?
Phrases like that imply that the best the Rest of the World can do is just give us cheap knock-off versions of Hollywood stars. As if the Rest of the World looks first and primarily to white, American Hollywood for its ideas, its inspiration, and its status. Consider the incessant disparagements of Bollywood being an infantile industry forever locked in the 1950s American musical. (As if Hollywood had a monopoly on song and dance in theatre/film!) Consider also the way in which Nanni Moretti's La stanza del figlio is presented in the American trailers. (It doesn't fit into the rigid Hollywood-defined genres, and so the trailer butchers the film so much it's about as accurate as this trailer for Sleepless in Seattle!)
The PPCC shares Amitabh Bachchan's (and many other Indian actors') irritation at being relegated to "non-American-ollywood" status. (That said, the PPCC still uses the term "Bollywood" to mean "mainstream, commercial Hindi cinema" - if only to identify it independently of Parallel Cinema.) The PPCC has also often been frustrated at American reviews' ignorance when it comes to evaluating foreign film. These, however, are lesser evils - in the end, an argument over implicitly patronizing semantics and, well, we can't expect everyone to know everything about everything. However, statements such as Toshiro Mifune is Japan's answer to Tom Hanks are just plain offensive. They are basically assuring the American viewer, "Fear not! You should give this weird foreigner guy a chance because he actually acts a bit like one of our actors!" Whatever happened to evaluating actors on their own merits, within their own cultural and historical contexts? Why this need to homogenize?
Disclaimer #1: The PPCC likes Tom Hanks, he's very earnest and charming, but he is unfortunately lightyears behind Toshiro Mifune. In fact, just daring to compare Toshiro Mifune to anyone is sacrilege.
Disclaimer #2: The PPCC is not multilingual, and so we can vouch that, while we've never seen the opposite ("Tom Hanks is America's response to Nanni Moretti") in foreign media we could understand, we accept that maybe somewhere out there, in some distant land, untouched by American cultural imperialism, there is a place where they wield the same sort of entitled ethnocentrism as certain reviewers!