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The Tokyo International Film Festival, which runs Oct. 20-28 at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills and other venues around the capital and the Tohoku region, is a great opportunity to see new Japanese films — with a couple caveats.

First, not all of them are screened with subtitles, though if you stick to the Competition, Special Screenings and Japanese Eyes sections you and your Japanese-language-challenged date will be safe. The only exception is the unsubbed Japanese Eyes screening of Keiko Tsuruoka’s “Kujira no Machi (The Town of Whales),” the winner of the Grand Prix at this year’s Pia Film Festival.

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