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Sometimes silence is the deadliest sound
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 34 nominations See more »
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Shines a light on the inadequacy of both secular materialism and fundamentalist religion See more (228 total) »

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 (as Yosuke Kubozuka)
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)

Ryo Kase ... João (Chokichi) (as Ryô Kase)
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
Marianne Bower .... co-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
Manu Gargi .... executive producer
Wayne Marc Godfrey .... executive producer
Brent Ryan Green .... associate producer
Anthony Jabre .... co-executive producer
Niels Juul .... executive producer
Ken Kao .... executive producer
Nicholas Kazan .... executive producer
Arnaud Lannic .... associate producer
Christophe Lannic .... associate producer
David Lee .... producer
Matthew J. Malek .... executive producer
Eriko Miyagawa .... co-producer
Gianni Nunnari .... executive producer
Gastón Pavlovich .... producer
Ben Rodriguez .... co-executive producer
Diane L. Sabatini .... co-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
Rachel Chen .... make-up and hair
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
Ivan Lam .... 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
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Frank Kern .... foley supervisor
Ted Mahoney .... mix facility coordinator
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Harry Platford .... adr recordist
Ric Schnupp .... mix re-recordist
Steve F.B. Smith .... engineer: Dolby (as Steve Smith)
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Sarah Streit .... sound apprentice
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
Nairye Apelian .... visual effects project manager: Rodeo FX
Reuben Barkataki .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Brian Barlettani .... visual effects
Brian Battles .... additional visual effects
Ivan Busquets .... compositing/cg supervisor
Lorie Bussières .... visual effects production assistant: Rodeo FX
Conor Byrne .... visual effects editor
Katherine Chambers .... visual effects production manager
Mathieu Chouinard .... visual effects production assistant: Rodeo FX
Annie Cliche .... visual effects producer: Rodeo FX
Catherine Coley .... communications: Rodeo FX
Tony Como .... digital paint & roto department supervisor: BaseFX
Sheri Cruz .... paint & roto artist
Amy Davis .... digital compositor: Industrial Light and Magic
Camille Deguire .... visual effects production assistant: Rodeo FX
Etienne Deshaies .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Ryan Doell .... visual effects coordinator
Ryan Dutour .... digital compositor
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
Xavier Fourmond .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
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
Julien Klein .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Charles Lai .... digital artist: Industrial Light & Magic
Harry Lam .... additional visual effects: BaseFX
Nicolas Laprise Pellicelli .... flame artist: Rodeo FX
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
Simon Mercier .... matte painting technical director: Rodeo FX
Sébastien Moreau .... visual effects supervisor: Rodeo FX
Daniel Moreno .... digital compositor: Industrial Light & Magic
Melanie Murray .... visual effects production assistant: Rodeo FX
Béatrice Palin .... rotoscope artist: Rodeo FX
Philippe Pelletier .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Guillaume Poulin .... visual effects editor: Rodeo FX
Michael Ranalletta .... digital compositor: ILM
Wajid Raza .... pipeline technical director: Industrial Light & Magic
Fernando Reule .... visual effects artist
Florent Revel .... matchmove artist
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
James Spadafora .... render support
Katrina Taylor .... visual effects editor
Shivas Thilak Anthikkat .... digital paint supervisor: ILM
Fernando Torres .... visual effects artist
Will Towle .... digital compositor
Mai-Anh Tran .... matte painter: Rodeo FX
Jocelyn Tremblay .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Kristina Truong .... visual effects production assistant
Katrina Tung .... surfacing artist
Pau Viladot .... digital compositor
Nicolaus Waetjen .... lead compositor
Jason Wheatley .... technical assistant
Stephen T.Y. Wong .... senior compositor: Industrial Light & Magic (as Stephen Wong)
Tiffany Wu .... visual effects producer
Becky Zhang .... department coordinator of digital paint and roto: BaseFX
Zichuan Zhao .... fx technical director: ILM (as Zach Zhao)
Giles Hancock .... vfx photographer (uncredited)
Brett Northcutt .... concept artist (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 .... digital imaging technician
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
Francis Power .... VFX archival research
Brett Price .... color assistant
Chad Schermerhorn .... digital intermediate editor
Josh Spector .... color assistant
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Chung-Shun Yang .... editorial assistant: Taiwan
 
Location Management
Ito Chang .... location manager
Anje Handley .... location coordinator
 
Music Department
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor
Francesco Lupica .... composer: additional music
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Robbie Robertson .... executive music producer
John Schaefer .... music supervisor
Jake Valentine .... recording engineer
 
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
Liam Matthew Brockey .... consultant
Ben Shields Catlin .... Acquisitions Executive: IM Global
Jami Chan .... production coordinator
Kay Chen .... Assistant Production Supervisor
Yennis Cheung .... ADR voice artist
Nick D'Benedetto .... assistant to eric w. thompson
Nick D'Benedetto .... legal services
Wayne Docksey .... Animal Consultant
Alexander Eckert .... assistant to Randall Emmett
Jurgis Elisonas .... consultant
Anne Fader .... payroll consultant
Harry Finkel .... additional legal
Lisa Frechette .... assistant: Martin Scorsese
Harald Galinski .... second assistant accountant
Van C. Gessel .... consultant
Alexis Giusfredi .... assistant to martin scorsese
Ashley Greyson .... marketing
John Griffin .... additional legal services
Daisuke Iwai .... Japanese Set Consultant
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
James Martin .... consultant
Kanehira Mitani .... set production assistant
Clifford Miu .... key marine assistant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Jesse Morrison .... assistant production coordinator
Brian Nitzkin .... business affairs/legal
Tanoa Parks .... production controller
Bryan Persichetti .... production finance coordinator: Paramount
Alexandros Potter .... finance executive: IM Global
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
 

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Rated R for some disturbing violent content
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According to producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff, this shoot was as grueling as any she and Scorsese had ever experienced. Weather conditions in Taiwan were inhospitable due to the production being daylight-dependent. No luxuries to fall back on in terms of additional budgetary funding.See more »
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Anachronisms: Adam Driver plunges into the sea to save some threatened souls and begins to swim using a stroke popularly known as the Australian crawl, a technique not developed until about 200 years later.See more »
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Ferreira:I do because you are just like me. You see Jesus in Gethsemane and believe your trial is the same as His. Those five in the pit are suffering too, just like Jesus, but they don't have your pride. They would never compare themselves to Jesus. Do you have the right to make them suffer? I heard the cries of suffering in this same cell. And I acted.See more »
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59 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
Shines a light on the inadequacy of both secular materialism and fundamentalist religion, 15 January 2017
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Christianity came to Western Japan in 1542 by way of Jesuit missionaries from Portugal who brought gunpowder and religion. They were welcomed mostly for the weapons they brought and their religion was allowed to be practiced openly. Christianity was banned, however, after reports circulated of missionary intolerance towards the Shinto and Buddhist religions, and there were rumors of the sale of Japanese into overseas slavery. It wasn't until the late 1630s, however, that a complete ban on Christianity was declared and enforced by the Tokugawa Shogunate and persecutions, torture, and murders were relentlessly pursued.

Based on Shusaku Endo Edo's 1966 historical novel culled from the oral histories of Japanese Catholics, Martin Scorsese's masterful film Silence brings us face to face with the repression faced by the early missionaries. While the film does not condone the subjugation of religious minorities, it examines the advisability of attempting to convert a country's population without a deep understanding of their beliefs and traditions. The film opens in 1635 as two Jesuit priests, Sebastian Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield, "Hacksaw Ridge") and Francesco Garrpe (Adam Driver, "Paterson"), request permission from their superior Father Valignano (Ciaran Hinds, "Bleed for This") to go to Japan to discover the fate of their mentor, Father Cistavio Ferreira (Liam Neeson, "A Monster Calls"), rumored to have renounced his faith and to be living with a Japanese wife.

The missionaries are not unaware of the persecution and murder of thousands of peasants and priests who have converted to Christianity, yet they are anxious to undertake their dangerous mission to support the local Christians and to find out the truth about Father Ferreira. When they arrive in Japan they are greeted by a group of "hidden Christians" known as "kakure kirishitan" who have been compelled to publicly renounce their faith and go into hiding to practice their faith in secret, knowing that anyone can earn 100 pieces of silver for turning in a Christian to the authorities and 300 pieces for surrendering a priest. Here, the two priests hear confessions and give baptisms and say mass in the middle of the night In order to avoid capture.

Working with such past collaborators as Editor Thelma Schoonmaker ("Learning to Drive"), Production Designer Dante Ferretti ("Cinderella"), and Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Scorsese does not hold back in showing the graphic nature of the torture that those who are arrested must endure. This includes beheadings, being wrapped in straw and burned alive or thrown into the sea. Some are mounted on a cross and placed in the sea until death comes mercifully after repeated pounding of the waves against them. For some, to die a martyr is a high calling, one which will be rewarded in the afterlife and they accept their fate willingly similar to today's Islamic suicide bombers.

Rodrigues, however, now separated from Garrpe, takes on a Christ-like appearance and begins to see himself as the personification of Jesus. He now must choose between rigidly maintaining his religious beliefs or saving the lives of innocent villagers by surrendering to the audacious Inquisitor (Issey Ogata) by placing his foot on a carved Christian icon known as a fumie, an act tantamount to renouncing his faith. In doing so, Rodrigues thinks about Kichijiro (Yôsuke Kubozuka, "Deadman Inferno"), a convert who continually begs for the Sacrament of Penance after he apostasizes again and again. The issues are further crystallized when Rodrigues confronts the truth about Father Ferreira.

While Silence does not fully achieve the transcendence of a true spiritual epic, Scorsese should be acknowledged for opening up the space for a meaningful inquiry into a subject that has perplexed countless philosophers and students of religions for centuries. Perhaps inadvertently, the film, however, does shine a light on the inadequacy of both secular materialism and fundamentalist religion to satisfy our true spiritual needs and answer the overriding question of the film. This must be answered by each person through their own direct experience. For me, to know God is to embrace the silence, to live in it, and know that it is the "source of all sound."

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