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Silence (2016)

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In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

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Martin Scorsese

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Jay Cocks (screenplay by), Martin Scorsese (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Rodrigues
Adam Driver ... Garupe
Liam Neeson ... Ferreira
Tadanobu Asano ... Interpreter
Ciarán Hinds ... Father Valignano
Issei Ogata ... Old Samurai / Inoue (as Issey Ogata)
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Mokichi
Yoshi Oida ... Ichizo
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Kichijiro (as Yosuke Kubozuka)
Kaoru Endô Kaoru Endô ... Unzen Samurai (Uneme)
Diego Calderón ... Prisoner Augustinian Friar #2 (as Diego Calderon)
Rafael Kading Rafael Kading ... Prisoner Augustinian Friar #1
Matthew Blake Matthew Blake ... Prisoner Franciscan Friar
Benoit Masse Benoit Masse ... Prisoner Augustinian Friar #3
Tetsuya Igawa Tetsuya Igawa ... Prisoner Japanese Jesuit
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Storyline

Intent on investigating the truth behind Father Cristovão Ferreira's abrupt end of correspondence, the devout Portuguese Catholic priests, Sebastião Rodrigues and Francisco Garupe, set off to Japan, in 1633. In great disbelief, as the rumours of Ferreira's apostasy still echo in their minds, the zealous Jesuit missionaries try to locate their mentor, amid the bloodshed of the violent anti-Christian purges. Under those circumstances, the two men and the Japanese guide, Kichijiro, arrive in Japan, only to witness firsthand the unbearable burden of those who have a different belief in a land founded on tradition. Now--as the powerful Grand Inquisitor, Inoue, performs hideous tortures on the brave Japanese Christians--Father Rodrigues will soon have to put his faith to the ultimate test: renounce it in exchange for the prisoners' lives. There, in the ends of the world, a subtle change has begun; however, why is God's silence so deafening? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes silence is the deadliest sound.

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violent content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Japanese | Latin

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silence See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$130,880, 25 December 2016

Gross USA:

$7,100,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,834,809
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Liam Neeson played another Jesuit priest in The Mission (1986). See more »

Goofs

Refusing to believe that Ferreira would ever apostatize, Garupe insists that the priest's final letter must be a slander - however, that would be an untrue spoken defamation, since any untrue defamation made in writing is defined as a libel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ferreira: [narrating] 1633. Pax Christi. Praised be God. Although for us there is little peace in this land now. I never knew Japan when it was a country of light, but I have never known it to be as dark as it is now. All our progress has ended in new persecution, new repression, new suffering. They use ladles filled with holes so the drops would come out slowly, and the pain would be prolonged. Each small splash of the water was like a burning coal. The Governor of Nagasaki took four friars,...
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Crazy Credits

For the Japanese Christians and their pastors Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam See more »


Soundtracks

Tantum Ergo Sacramentum
Traditional song written by Thomas Aquinas (as St. Thomas Aquinas)
Arranged by Tatsuo Minagawa
Performed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto
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Good, but Too Long and Tiresome Film
12 March 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Seventeenth Century, in Portugal, the Portuguese Jesuit priests Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe[ (Adam Driver) ask permission to Father Alessandro Valignano (Ciarán Hinds) to travel to Japan to investigate the rumors that their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) had committed apostasy abandoning his Catholic faith after being tortured by the shogunate. They meet the alcoholic fisherman Kichijiro (Yosuke Kubozuka) that agrees to guide them to Japan. When they arrive at a small village, they learn that the Christians residents live hidden in caves since the Inquisitor kills any villager suspect to be Christian. Along the days, Rodrigues and Garupel propagate Catholicism among the villagers and try to find a lead to Ferreira. But when the Inquisitor arrives in the village with his men, the live of the residents and the priests will change.

"Silence" is a film directed by Martin Scorcese that shows how cruel a man can be. Based on historical facts, "Silence" show the powerful Shogunate defending their religion and culture against the European Catholicism that promises easy paradise to the suffered Japanese workers that has to work lot to pay the taxes and survive. The result is a good, but too long and tiresome film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Silêncio" ("Silence")


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