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Sometimes silence is the deadliest sound
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Two priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Andrew Garfield ... Rodrigues

Adam Driver ... Garupe

Liam Neeson ... Ferreira

Tadanobu Asano ... Interpreter

Ciarán Hinds ... Father Valignano

Issei Ogata ... Old Samurai / Inoue

Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Mokichi
Yoshi Oida ... Ichizo

Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Kichijiro
Kaoru Endô ... Unzen Samurai (Uneme)

Diego Calderón ... Prisoner Augustinian Friar #2 (as Diego Calderon)
Rafael Kading ... Prisoner Augustinian Friar #1
Matthew Blake ... Prisoner Franciscan Friar
Benoit Masse ... Prisoner Augustinian Friar #3
Tetsuya Igawa ... Prisoner Japanese Jesuit

Shi Liang ... Chinese Businessman (Mr. Chun)
Panta ... Tomogi Villager #1 (Yohei)
Takuya Matsunaga ... Tomogi Villager #2 (Toukichi)
Miho Harita ... Ichizo's Wife (Tomi)
Hairi Katagiri ... Tomogi Woman (Tsune)
Masayuki Yamada ... Tomogi Husband (Kasuke)

Michié ... Tomogi Wife (Mitsu)
Hiroko Isayama ... Tomogi Village Woman (Hiro)
Yutaka Mishima ... Goto Man #1 (Kuro)
Yasunari Takeshima ... Goto Man #2 (Haku)
Yuri Ishizaka ... Kichijiro Sister at Stake (Tae)
Ryo Sato ... Kichijiro Sister #2 (Hisa)
Ruo Satô ... Kichijiro Father (Kichizo)
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Kichijiro Mother (Naka)
Kisetsu Fujiwara ... Kichijiro Brother #2 (Kichita)
Yasushi Takahashi ... Tomogi Villagers
Sanjûrô Kobayashi ... Tomogi Villagers
Mangorô Satô ... Tomogi Villagers

Keiko Morikawa ... Tomogi Villagers
Jin Maki ... Boatman
Naoto Yokouchi ... Goto Swimming Man
Kansai Eto ... Old Goto Man (Mosuke)
Shun Sugata ... Samurai Commander
Kazuhiko Ozaki ... Tomogi Hostage #3 (Yahachi)

Nana Komatsu ... Monica (Haru)

Ryô Kase ... Juan (Chokichi)
Fumitaka Terai ... Christian Prisoner (Tobei)

Hako Ohshima ... Christian Prisoner (Kiku)
Hideki Nishioka ... Christian Prisoner (Mataichi)
Takahiro Fujita ... Inoue's Attendant
Senmaru ... Nagasaki Juggler
Ryô Fujiwara ... Nagasaki Child
Nobuaki Fukuda ... Jeering Man
Munetaka Aoki ... Prison Guard #1
SABU ... Samurai #1
Tetsu Watanabe ... Prison Guard #2
Exile Akira ... Prison Official
Shunya Tajima ... Samurai at Beach #1
Ryuki Kitaoka ... Samurai at Beach #2
Hiroki Noguchi ... Samurai in Boat
Katsuo Nakamura ... Old Buddhist Priest
Yoshihiro Takayama ... Large Man
Shoji Miyata ... Vendor's cries (voice)
Noriwo Mitsuda ... Vendor's cries (voice)
Ayumu Saito ... Prison Guard #3
Béla Baptiste ... Dieter Albrecht
Asuka Kurosawa ... Rodrigues' Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ten Miyazawa ... Carpenter (uncredited)

Motokatsu Suzuki ... Edo Guard (uncredited)

Yasushi Takada ... Doshin (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
 
Writing credits
Jay Cocks (screenplay by) &
Martin Scorsese (screenplay by)

Shûsaku Endô (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Brandt Andersen .... executive producer
Michael Barnes .... executive producer
Paul Breuls .... executive producer
Cary Brown .... associate producer
Dale A. Brown .... executive producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori .... producer
Augustin Coppel .... associate producer
Ruben Coppel .... associate producer
Barbara De Fina .... producer
Randall Emmett .... producer
George Furla .... co-executive producer
Wayne Marc Godfrey .... executive producer
Brent Ryan Green .... associate producer
Anthony Jabre .... co-executive producer
Nicholas Kazan .... executive producer
Arnaud Lannic .... associate producer
Christophe Lannic .... associate producer
David Lee .... producer
Matthew J. Malek .... executive producer
Gianni Nunnari .... executive producer
Gastón Pavlovich .... producer
Ben Rodriguez .... co-executive producer
Martin Scorsese .... producer
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... producer
Chad A. Verdi .... executive producer
Michelle Verdi .... executive producer
David Webb .... co-producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Tyler Zacharia .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kathryn Kluge 
Kim Allen Kluge 
 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Prieto 
 
Film Editing by
Thelma Schoonmaker 
 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
 
Art Direction by
Wen-Ying Huang (supervising art director)
Ding-Yang Weng 
Michael Tsung-Ying Yang 
Wang Zhi-Cheng 
 
Set Decoration by
Francesca Lo Schiavo 
 
Costume Design by
Dante Ferretti 
 
Makeup Department
Laura Calvo .... special makeup effects artist
Nathaniel De'Lineadeus .... dental FX design and manufacture
Kerryn Flewell-Smith .... key makeup & hair artist
Christine Hooghuis .... additional makeup
Ellen Meng-Hsuan Lin .... key makeup artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Noriko Watanabe .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Manu Gargi .... unit production manager
Steve Lionetti .... production supervisor
Allison Niedermeier .... production supervisor
Diane L. Sabatini .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
G.A. Aguilar .... second unit director
Richard Goodwin .... first assistant director: second unit
Dan John .... second assistant director: second unit
Schiele Lee .... third assistant director
Clifford Miu .... assistant director trainee
Josh Muzaffer .... additional second assistant director
Francisco Ortiz .... second assistant director
Trevor Tavares .... second second assistant director
Ping-Wen Wang .... production assistant
David Webb .... first assistant director
Hui-Fen Yu .... assistant to director
 
Art Department
Jill Beecher .... concept artist
Erica Wei Ju Chang .... set designer: set decoration coordinator
Court Chu .... concept artist
Federico Costantini .... concept artist
Benjamin K. Cox .... set designer (as Benji Cox)
Scott Keery .... prop master
Scott Keery .... property master
Hogan Lee .... assistant set decorator
Domenico Reordino .... head painter
Wesley Ting .... greensman
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Greg Crawford .... adr mixer: Atlanta
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Ted Mahoney .... mix facility coordinator
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Ric Schnupp .... mix re-recordist
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
 
Special Effects by
Brian Cox .... special effects: Tank Supervisor
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects supervisor
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Eduardo Anton .... digital compositor
Brian Barlettani .... visual effects
Ivan Busquets .... compositing/cg supervisor
Katherine Chambers .... visual effects production manager
Annie Cliche .... visual effects producer: Rodeo FX
Catherine Coley .... communications: Rodeo FX
Tony Como .... digital paint & roto department supervisor: BaseFX
Amy Davis .... digital compositor: Industrial Light and Magic
Ryan Doell .... visual effects coordinator
Adam Elder .... visual effects
Kyle Elder .... visual effects
Alexandra Fahey .... visual effects coordinator
Sean Findley .... visual effects producer
Megan Flood .... rotoscope and paint artist: ILM, Vancouver
Megan Flood .... visual effects supervisor: Exceptional Minds Studio
Adam Gailey .... visual effects
Juan Jesús García .... Senior Matte Painting Generalist: ILM
Daniel Gonzalez Solozabal .... compositor: Industrial Light & Magic
Brandon Hamilton .... visual effects production assistant: ILM
Pablo Helman .... visual effects supervisor
Weldon Huang .... visual effects coordinator
Jonathan Jelkin .... visual effects artist
Julia Jordanova .... digital compositor
Charles Lai .... digital artist: Industrial Light & Magic
Harry Lam .... additional visual effects: BaseFX
Jean Paulo Lasmar .... visual effects editor
Asier Hernaez Lavina .... senior matte painter/td
Peter Leber .... production support
Phoenix Woung-Bi Lee .... digital effects artist
Josh Lu .... visual effects production manager: Base FX
Sophie Marfleet .... digital compositor
Chris McCrowe .... senior digital paint artist
Melody Mead .... senior production coordinator
Cris Meira .... visual effects artist
Tory Mercer .... digital compositor
Sébastien Moreau .... visual effects executive producer: Rodeo FX
Daniel Moreno .... digital compositor: Industrial Light & Magic
Wajid Raza .... pipeline technical director: Industrial Light & Magic
Fernando Reule .... visual effects artist
Florent Revel .... matchmover
Stephen Robertson .... digital compositor
Randal Shore .... executive staff: ILM
Ziad Shureih .... digital compositor
Jennifer Smith .... visual effects production assistant: ILM
Ryan Smith .... assistant visual effects editor
Jason H. Snell .... visual effects supervisor
Katrina Taylor .... visual effects editor
Shivas Thilak Anthikkat .... digital paint supervisor: ILM
Fernando Torres .... visual effects artist
Will Towle .... digital compositor
Kristina Truong .... visual effects production assistant
Pau Viladot .... digital compositor
Nicolaus Waetjen .... lead compositor
Stephen T.Y. Wong .... senior compositor: Industrial Light & Magic (as Stephen Wong)
Becky Zhang .... department coordinator of digital paint and roto: BaseFX
Zichuan Zhao .... fx technical director: ILM
Giles Hancock .... vfx photographer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator
Ángel Gómez de la Torre .... stunt double: Andrew Garfield
Victor Paguia .... co-stunt coordinator
Ricardo Rocca .... utility stunts
Hui-Fen Yu .... assistant to stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Anderson .... camera operator
Colin Anderson .... steadicam operator
George Anton .... grip: second unt
Craig Bauer .... second assistant camera: a camera
Ian Bird .... best boy grip
Kerry Brown .... still photographer
Chun-Ning Chang .... grip production assistant translator
Jessica Chu .... assistant camera
Karl Engeler .... gaffer
Chris Hansford .... offset best boy grip
Connie Huang .... second assistant camera: second unit
Lukasz Jogalla .... director of photography: second unit
Mark Levey .... pre-rig electric
Kuei-Mu Li .... video camera assistant
Dean Liu .... assistant camera
David Nichols .... key grip
Sanjay Sami .... key grip: second unit
Zeb Simpson .... video assist operator 2nd unit
Basil Smith .... 1st assistant camera: 2nd unit
Joe Stick .... key rigging gaffer
Michael Taylor .... key video assist operator
Minmin Tsai .... rigging grip production assistant
Zoran Veselic .... a camera first assistant
Thomas Watson .... libra head technician
Damian Wyvill .... camera operator "c" camera
 
Casting Department
Dann Fink .... adr voice casting: NY
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Kulkarni .... assistant costume designer
Jack Tung .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jason Esquivel .... dailies producer
Ben Estrada .... colorist: dailies
Nicholas Figueroa .... color assist
Alex Gurvits .... assistant editor
Thomas Kuo .... dailies scanner
Ken Lebre .... senior dailies producer
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate producer
Fady Melek .... colorist
Brett Price .... color assistant
Chad Schermerhorn .... digital intermediate editor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Chung-Shun Yang .... editorial assistant: Taiwan
 
Location Management
Ito Chang .... location manager
Anje Handley .... location coordinator
 
Music Department
Francesco Lupica .... composer: additional music
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Robbie Robertson .... executive music producer
John Schaefer .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Brendon 'Moose' Boyd .... transportation manager
 
Other crew
Guiomar Alonso .... Horse Master
Nadeem Ashayer .... set production assistant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Michael Barnes .... legal services
Ben Shields Catlin .... Acquisitions Executive: IM Global
Jami Chan .... production coordinator
Kay Chen .... Assistant Production Supervisor
Nick D'Benedetto .... assistant to eric w. thompson
Nick D'Benedetto .... legal services
Wayne Docksey .... Animal Consultant
Alexander Eckert .... assistant to Randall Emmett
Anne Fader .... payroll consultant
Harry Finkel .... additional legal
Harald Galinski .... second assistant accountant
Alexis Giusfredi .... assistant to martin scorsese
John Griffin .... additional legal services
Jy-Shyuan Chen Jess .... extras casting assistant
Lance Julian .... Marine Coordinator
Sheerin Khosrowshahi-Miandoab .... assistant production coordinator
Kai Wei Lee .... set production assistant
Cindy Shin-Iun Li .... Assistant Production Coordinator
Jessica Lichtner .... script supervisor
Andree Hsiao-Chu Lin .... on-set office production assistant
Yen San Michelle Lo .... production supervisor: second unit
Kanehira Mitani .... set production assistant
Clifford Miu .... key marine assistant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Jesse Morrison .... assistant production coordinator
Brian Nitzkin .... business affairs/legal
Olga Parera .... spanish translation for subtitling
Tanoa Parks .... production controller
Daniel Rbibo .... insurance services
Tony Smith .... security advisor
Nick Spetsiotis .... assistant marine coordinator
Eric W. Thompson .... production legal counsel
Gladys Tsai .... cast support
Daniel Villagomez .... director: credits administration for Paramount Pictures
Lucie Wang .... Travel & Living PA
James P. Warren .... animal trainer
Bryan Persichetti .... production finance coordinator: Paramount (uncredited
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some disturbing violent content
Runtime:
161 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Portugal:M/14 | Switzerland:16 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #50795)
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Trivia:
Martin Scorsese was given the novel "Silence" by the Rev. Paul Moore back in 1988. Rev. Not a Roman Catholic, Rev. Moore was the most renowned liberal Protestant Episcopal priest of his time, when he served as the Bishop of the Diocese of New York.See more »
Quotes:
Father Francisco Garrpe:It's too dangerous!
Father Sebastião Rodrigues:We asked for this mission
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Movie Connections:
Version of Silence (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
For The Souls in PurgatorySee more »

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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Three Hours of People Suffering in the Name of Faith, 7 January 2017
Author: PyroSikTh from Cheddar

Silence follows two Jesuit priests in Japan; the last Jesuit priests, since the others have either been pushed out or executed. They find themselves in remote villages desperate for Christian guidance, but must spend their days hidden or otherwise risk being seen by the Inquisitor's men (or sold out to them), while they preach and hold mass at night. Once a visit from the Inquisitor spooks the villagers, the priests are separated and sent away. Rodrigues is of course captured by the Inquisitor and endures gruelling trials and torture to push him to apostatise.

In a way, Silence is Scorsese's Passion of the Christ (more so than Last Temptation), as the characters are put through hell in the name of their faith. It's nearly three hours of watching people suffer. Silence is not an easy film to watch. If watching all these people suffering does anything though, it shows the power of faith, and how people cling to their beliefs to the bitter end, willing to endure whatever it takes in the name of what they believe. In this regard, Silence is exquisite food for thought. It highlights both the strengths and weaknesses to religion, and portrays it's different followers. It looks at the power of symbolism, while simultaneously looking at the corruption of idolism. The last remaining Japanese Christians are so desperate for validation from their God that they worship religious imagery at the risk of pain and death. One of the key ways the Inquisitor uses to root out Christians is by getting them to disrespect the imagery they idolise. Because they hold the power of the imagery so high, they refuse, and are subsequently tortured and put to death.

However there is one glaring problem with Silence. At nearly three hours, it's long. This is a really long, dirge of a movie that goes on and on and on. It takes some interesting turns here and there, and the length is good to really drive home the struggle Rodrigues has to endure, but it makes it an unpleasurable watch. It's hard work, and unlikely to be a movie I will ever re-watch. It particularly drags on too long in each of it's two main settings; in the remote villages, and in the Nagasaki cells. I definitely feel a lot could have been trimmed off from these two acts. There were too many scenes in the villages, and Kichijiro's neighbouring village was largely unnecessary. The scenes in the Nagasaki cells could have benefited from being montaged. For instance, there's a scene where Rodrigues watches five Christians be tested by putting their foot on an image of Christ. Rather than condensing this, we see each of the five come up to the plate, refuse, and get sent back, one-by-one. What could've been summed up in thirty seconds takes nearly ten minutes.

Of course being a film titled Silence, it would seem a bit weird not to mention the sound, which is again used really well. The film's score is made up predominantly of ambiance and natural sounds, such as the chirping of insects at dusk. The use of sound effects is really evocative in creating moods and guiding the narrative without the use of too much actual music. For instance, the screams of agony endured by prisoners in Nagasaki are blood-curdling, while Mokichi's hymn with his last breaths is filled with emotion. Then of course there's the use of silence itself, particularly at the film's climax. It's enough to make you sit up and pay attention (which for this film is important to have).

Finally the acting is strong from almost everyone. Andrew Garfield carries the movie expertly and without ever wavering. His Portuguese accent slips every now and then, but not enough to be particularly noticeable. He deserves praise for living the suffering and really encapsulating the blind devotion of Rodrigues in spite of the pain he and others around him endure. Adam Driver is pretty good as his companion, fellow Jesuit priest Garrpe, who grows impatient with the locals and their misunderstanding of the Catholic faith. Liam Neeson doesn't appear all too often, but balances the mentor act he does so well with a more subdued and downtrodden performance, showing the suffering he has also endured and the psychological marks that leaves. The Japanese actors were all quite admirable too, particularly Tadanobu Asano as Rodrigues' interpreter, Yôsuke Kubozuka as Kichijiro, and Shin'ya Tsukamoto as Mokichi. Although I must say I found Issei Ogata's Inquisitor a bit hammed up for my liking. I just couldn't take him seriously, undermining any sense of threat his character was meant to embody.

In closing, Silence is not a movie you can enjoy. It's nearly three hours of watching people suffer and be tortured, and there's no real light at the end of the tunnel. It poses some interesting discussion points on the nature of faith and religious symbolism, but drags on too long and spends too much time hammering it's points. It's a very well made movie, with an interesting story, if imperfectly told, driven by captivating performances both Western and Eastern. However, if you have a vendetta against religion, or Christianity in particular, Silence is not the movie for you. I had two blokes behind me who scoffed any time anything remotely Christian was mentioned, who obviously had a bias against the story that was being told, and eventually walked out forty-five minutes in (and the screening was all the better without their obnoxiously loud talking as well). I give Silence an imperfect 7/10, and would recommend it for Christians and anyone with an open mind.

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