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A very powerful look at one man's (and a country's) faith struggles
This is probably the most powerful movie I have ever seen. Two Portuguese missionaries come Japan just as the authorities are stamping out Christianity in the 1500's. They seek to minister to the local Christians who are sorely persecuted.
The movie asks whether Christianity can really ever grow or thrive in Japan.
Besides just the persecution, is the Christianity in Japan the same as in Europe, or has it become its own religion? It is also an examination of the struggles in one man's faith undergoing inquisition-like sufferings.
I have read the book and seen the play, but I would say that the movie had the most emotional impact.
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