Two Jesuit priests, Sebastião Rodrigues and Francis Garrpe, travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact. There they witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of their own government which wishes to purge Japan of all western influence. Eventually the priests separate and Rodrigues travels the countryside, wondering why God remains silent while His children suffer. Written by
Sometime silence is the deadliest sound
Did You Know?
When the project was announced, Daniel Day-Lewis
, Gael García Bernal
and Benicio Del Toro
were cast in the lead roles. Day-Lewis was originally set to play Father Ferreira, Bernal was initially set to play Father Rodrigues, & Del Toro was formerly set to play Father Francisco Garrpe. They all dropped out of the project after repeated delays in the production's development. Del Toro and Vernal were replaced by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver respectively while Liam Neeson replaced Day-Lewis. See more
Version of Silence