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Silence (1971)

Chinmoku (original title)
Two Jesuit priests encounter persecution when they travel to Japan in the 17th century to spread Christianity and to locate their mentor.

Director:

Masahiro Shinoda

Writers:

Shûsaku Endô (novel), Shûsaku Endô (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Lampson David Lampson ... Sebastião Rodrigues
Don Kenny Don Kenny ... Francisco Garrpe
Tetsurô Tanba ... Cristóvão Ferreira
Mako ... Kichijiro (as Mako Iwamatsu)
Shima Iwashita ... Kiku
Eiji Okada ... Inoue Chikugonokami
Yoshiko Mita Yoshiko Mita ... Woman in Maruyama
Rokkô Toura Rokkô Toura ... Interpreter
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Old man
Taiji Tonoyama ... Prison guard
Noboru Matsuhashi Noboru Matsuhashi ... Mokichi
Yasunori Irikawa Yasunori Irikawa ... Okada Saemon
Tomo'o Nagai Tomo'o Nagai ... Official
Kappei Matsumoto Kappei Matsumoto ... Prisoner official
Yoshio Inaba Yoshio Inaba ... Prisoner official
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Two Jesuit priests encounter persecution when they travel to Japan in the 17th century to spread Christianity and to locate their mentor.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

3 November 1971 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Silence See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Shusako Endo hated the ending of the film which the director changed against Endo's wishes. See more »

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Japan in the 16th Century
16 February 2017 | by billcr12See all my reviews

16 February 2017 The basis for this film is a best selling novel written by a Japanese Catholic writer in the 1960's. Two Jesuit priests from Portugal are sent to Japan for two reasons. Fathers Rodrigues and Garrpe are looking for Father Ferreira, who has disappeared with the rumor of having renounced his faith. Along the way, the good reverends discover groups of Catholics in hiding. The punishment for practicing the tenets of the church of Rome are quite brutal, including a crucifixion from low tide to high tide with the unfortunate parishioner's death by drowning. Rodrigues and Garrpe will be severely tested by government officials who claim to be defending their one true religion, Buddhism. This all leads to some deep theological and philosophical discussions and some horrendous and inventive acts of not so gentle persuasion. The two hours plus here will not restore your faith in humanity or religion. Martin Scorcese released a newer, more technically adept version in 2016. This 1971 original tells the same story with some slight variations. Both films are filled with the director's good intentions and each has succeeded in producing works of art that will at least cause the viewers to think about the meaning of life.


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