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So this is Christmas. With Hollywood spectacles in short supply at Japanese cinemas this holiday season, Takafumi Hatano’s “Silent Tokyo” offers a tolerable alternative, like having a KFC bucket in place of a turkey dinner.

It’s a snappy and preposterous thriller that imagines what would happen if a terrorist attack took place in Japan’s capital on Christmas Eve. Though the end result never threatens to surpass the first two “Die Hard” films as the Yuletide movie of choice for action-loving misanthropes, it makes a welcome break from the usual rom-coms.

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