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Silk -- The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a loc
Silk -- The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a loc

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The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Sei Ashina ... The Girl

Michael Pitt ... Hervé Joncour
Tony Vogel ... Café Verdun Man #1
Toni Bertorelli ... Verdun

Keira Knightley ... Hélène Joncour

Kenneth Welsh ... Mayor Joncour

Martha Burns ... Mme. Joncour

Alfred Molina ... Baldabiou
Michael Golding ... Clerk
Carlo Cecchi ... Priest
Chiara Stampone ... Béatrice Berbek

Marc Fiorini ... M. Chabert

Alexander Brooks ... M. Loiseau (as Leslie Csuth)
Toru Tezuka ... Japanese Guide
Hiroya Morita ... Japanese Elder #1
Akinori Andô ... Ronin
Jun Kunimura ... Umon
Kanata Hongô ... Japanese Boy (as Kanata Hongo)

Kôji Yakusho ... Hara Jubei
Dimitri Carella ... 2-Year-Old Ludovic
Dominick Carella ... 2-Year-Old Ludovic

Callum Keith Rennie ... Schuyler
Naoko Watanabe ... Japanese Girl
Hidetarô Honjô ... Shamisen Player
Nana Nagao ... Geisha #1
Saki Aoi ... Geisha #2
Hiroshi Ôguchi ... Japanese Elder #2 (as Hiroshi Oguchi)
Michio Akahane ... Japanese Elder #3
Yûya Takagawa ... Japanese Trader #1
Tarô Suwa ... Japanese Trader #2
Katy Louise Saunders ... Brothel Hostess (as Katy Saunders)
Miki Nakatani ... Madame Blanche
Max Malatesta ... Customs Officer
Joel Adams ... 4-Year-Old Ludovic
Luca De Bei ... Café Verdun Man #2
Ed Licht ... Diplomat (as Edward Licht)
Domenico Procacci ... Ambassador
Nicola Tovaglione ... 10-Year-Old Ludovic
Francesco Carnelutti ... Doctor

Mark Rendall ... Ludovic Berbek
Maddalena Maggi ... Brothel Hostess #2
Makoto Inamiya ... Japanese Trader / Elder
Makoto Matsubara ... Japanese Trader / Elder
Yuki Kawanishi ... Japanese Trader / Elder
Hidenori Shimizu ... Japanese Trader / Elder
Hiroki Takano ... Japanese Trader / Elder

Directed by
François Girard 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alessandro Baricco  novel
François Girard  screenplay
Michael Golding  screenplay

Produced by
Jonathan Debin .... executive producer
Niv Fichman .... producer
Cam Galano .... executive producer (as Camela Galano)
Akira Ishii .... executive producer
Masaru Koibuchi .... line producer: Japan
Gianluca Leurini .... line producer: Italy
Nadine Luque .... producer
Sheena Macdonald .... associate producer: Rhombus Media
Jacques Méthé .... producer: Quebec (as Jacques Methé)
Sahar Nasser .... associate producer: second unit, Egypt
Domenico Procacci .... producer
Rami Rabei .... line producer: second unit, Egypt
Sonoko Sakai .... producer
Yasushi Shiina .... executive producer
Barbara Willis Sweete .... associate producer: Rhombus Media
Patrice Theroux .... executive producer
Larry Weinstein .... associate producer: Rhombus Media
Michael Woodward .... executive producer
Tom Yoda .... executive producer
Alessandro Baricco .... executive producer (uncredited)
François Girard .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ryûichi Sakamoto 
 
Cinematography by
Alain Dostie (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
François Séguin 
 
Costume Design by
Kazuko Kurosawa 
Carlo Poggioli 
 
Makeup Department
Miho Anraku .... hair stylist: Japan
Carlo Barucci .... key hair stylist: Italy
Francesca De Simone .... hair stylist: Italy
Raffaella Iorio .... makeup artist: Italy
Akiko Kawata .... hair stylist: second unit, Japan
Veronika Kostrhounova .... makeup artist: Italy (as Veronica Kustrhounova)
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist: Italy
Mario Michisanti .... key makeup artist: Italy
Miyoko Sakurai .... makeup artist: Japan
Mitsue Sato .... makeup artist: Ms. Nakatani, Japan
Tsutomu Sugawara .... hair stylist: Japan
Mariko Tanaka .... makeup artist: Japan
Hayato Toyama .... hair stylist: Japan
Azusa Yamaguchi .... assistant makeup artist: Japan
Fulvio Zucconi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Caterina Caratilli .... unit manager: Italy
Takayuki Denno .... production manager: second unit, Japan
Hamed El Bagoury .... production manager: second unit, Egypt
Shuji Hosoya .... unit manager: Japan
George Jardon .... post-production supervisor
Kyoko Kageyama .... production supervisor: Japan
Roberto Leone .... production manager: Italy
Valeria Licurgo .... production supervisor: Fandango
Fabrizio Prada .... unit manager: Italy
Tsutomu Sakurai .... production manager: Japan
Robert Wilson-Smith .... production manager: second unit (as Robert Wilson Smith)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Paola Carocci .... trainee assistant director: Italy
Tetsuo Funabashi .... second assistant director: Japan
Toshitaka Furuike .... second second assistant director: Japan
Mario Janelle .... second unit director
Takayuki Kawatsu .... second second assistant director: Japan
Ed Licht .... first assistant director (as Edward Licht)
Shinya Masuda .... second assistant director: Japan
Fumio Nomoto .... first assistant director: second unit, Japan
Sara Rosato .... second second assistant director: Italy
Luigi Spoletini .... first assistant director: Italy
Mon Takada .... second assistant director: second unit, Japan
Alessandro Trapani .... second assistant director: Italy
Andreas Kassab .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Nobuhiro Akitaya .... set decorator: Japan
Carlo Aloisio .... set dresser: Italy
Giorgio Barullo .... scenic painter: Italy
Nathaie Bencharova .... art department coordinator: second unit, Russia
Claudio Bernardi .... art department laborer: Italy
Francesca Birri .... assistant: Ms. Braemer
Cecile Braemer .... art department coordinator (as Cécile Braemer)
Giovanna Capoguzzi .... greensman: Italy
Adriano Cattaneo .... assistant set dresser: Italy
Luciano Ceccotti .... green master: Italy
Giovanni Chiacchio .... art department laborer: Italy
Valentin Chikov .... props: second unit, Russia
Alessandro Coppolecchia .... art department laborer: Italy
Sabrina Coppolecchia .... set decorator: Italy
Massimiliano Corte .... stand-by props: second unit, Italy
Lorenzo D'Ambrosio .... art department laborer: Italy
Fabio Drusin .... art department laborer: Italy
Stefania Ferro .... greensman: Italy
Marco Ficorella .... swing gang: Italy
Fioravanti .... greensman: Italy
Emita Frigato .... production designer: Italy
Roberto Fè .... art department laborer: Italy (as Roberto Fe)
Ermanno Gentilezza .... swing gang: Italy
Patrick Gentilezza .... property master assistant: Italy
Marina Giuseppini .... art department buyer: Italy
Denis Hamel .... property master
Mami Ishida .... assistant set decorator: Japan
Michele Izzo .... art department laborer: Italy
Chieko Kashiyama .... assistant art director: Japan
Maki Kobayashi .... set dresser: Japan
Brian Kobo .... prop coordinator: Japan
Noriyuki Kondo .... art director: Japan (as Shigeyuki Kondo)
Maria Garzia Leone .... assistant art director: Italy
Gianni Luciani .... art department facilitator: Italy
Luciano Magagnini .... property master: Italy
Angelo Mariani .... swing gang: Italy
Pietro Masotti .... drapesman: Italy
Kazuhiko Matsugu .... art coordinator: Japan
Kazuta Matsunaga .... set dresser: Japan
Masumi Miura .... assistant set designer: Japan
Aki Murai .... prop assistant: Japan
Gino Nastasi .... swing gang: Italy
Giovanni Nucera .... prop assistant: Italy
Fumio Ogawa .... production designer: Japan
Itsuzan Osawa .... calligrapher: Japan
Paola Peraro .... assistant art director: Italy
Domenico Pierotti .... art department laborer: Italy
Loredana Raffi .... set dresser: Italy
Diego Ricci .... assistant art director: Italy
Roberto Ricci .... set constructor: Italy
Yuzuru Sakai .... property master: Japan
Monica Sallustio .... draftsman: Italy
Cinzia Sarto .... draftsman: Italy
Yukihisa Satosu .... assistant art director: Japan
Luigi Sergianni .... construction manager: Italy
Yukiharu Seshimo .... set designer: Japan
Santo Spalla .... scenic painter: Italy
Tomoyuki Takagi .... set dresser: Japan
Kenji Takao .... set dresser: Japan
Kazuharu Tsuboi .... construction captain: Japan
Nobuaki Watanabe .... set dresser: Japan
Lucia Zeccara .... set dresser: Italy
Danilo Zera .... property master assistant: Italy
 
Sound Department
Claude Beaugrand .... sound
Daniel Bisson .... adr recording engineer
Daniel Bisson .... foley recording engineer
Gregory Bolduc .... re-recording assistant engineer
David Boulton .... adr recording engineer
Olivier Calvert .... sound
Jean-Charles Desjardins .... adr recording engineer
Jérôme Décarie .... foley artist
Natalie Fleurant .... supervising adr editor
Nicolas Gagnon .... assistant to foley artist
Bernard Gariépy Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Hideaki Ishii .... adr recording engineer (as Hideki Ishii)
Claude La Haye .... sound
Hans Laitres .... re-recording assistant engineer
Kim Picard .... sound studio coordinator (as Kimberley Picard)
Francine Poirier .... dialogue editor
Francis Péloquin .... boom operator (as Francis Peloquin)
Vincent Riendeau .... re-recording assistant engineer
Alessandro Savino .... sound assistant: Italy
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Jean-Philippe St-Laurent .... dialogue editor assistant
Hans Peter Strobl .... sound
Rin Takada .... sound assistant: Japan
Johannie Gervais .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tiberio Angeloni .... special effects assistant: Italy
Jean-François Aubin .... special effects: snow, Japan (as Jean Francois Aubin)
Franco Galiano .... special effects supervisor: M.A.G., Italy (as Franco Fabio Galiano)
Paolo Galiano .... special effects assistant: Italy
Shûichi Kishiura .... special effects supervisor: Japan (as Syuichi Kishiura)
Tsuneo Koumi .... special effects: snow, Japan
Chuji Shimajiri .... special effects: Japan
Narumi Tsuzaki .... special effects: snow, Japan
Giancarlo Mancini .... special effects (uncredited)
Guillaume Murray .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Patrick Bergeron .... lead digital compositing artist: Studio Ex-Centris
Etienne Daigle .... compositing artist: Studio Ex-Centris
Martin Desrochers .... 3D artist: Studio Ex-Centris
Davis Goodman .... system administrator: Studio Ex-Centris
Mathieu Jolicoeur .... compositing artist: Studio Ex-Centris
Stéphane Landry .... digital visual effects supervisor
Guillaume Marin-Lafond .... rotoscope artist: Studio Ex-Centris
Rene Morel .... digital matte painter: Studio Ex-Centris (as René Morel)
Renaud Paradis .... system administrator: Studio Ex-Centris
Mathieu Raynault .... digital matte painter: Studio Ex-Centris
Christian Rittener .... 3D artist: Studio Ex-Centris
Alain Roy .... digital visual effects producer: Studio Ex-Centris
Muriel Tiberghien .... 3D artist: Studio Ex-Centris
Nathalie Tremblay .... compositing artist: Studio Ex-Centris
Elise Voyer .... digital visual effects project manager: Studio Ex-Centris
 
Stunts
Koji Fukae .... stunts: Japan
Yoshiaki Ieki .... stunts: Japan
Yusaku Kawase .... stunts: Japan
Hiroshi Kuze .... stunt coordinator: Japan
Mariano Manna .... stunt rider: Ronin, second unit, Italy
Kazuhiro Okayama .... stunts: Japan
Angelo Ragusa .... stunt coordinator: Italy
Gabriele Ragusa .... stunt double: Hervé. second unit, Italy
Andrea Rezza .... stunt rider: Ronin, second unit, Italy
Mamoru Tanimoto .... stunts: Japan
Kimio Yamada .... assistant stunt coordinator: Japan
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Simone Barbona .... grip
Piero Bosi .... grip: Italy
Alessandro Cardelli .... rigging electrician: Italy
Daniel Chrétien .... gaffer
Fabio Ciotto .... clapper/loader: Italy
Fabrizio Coppo .... electrician: Italy
Tonino D'Arienzo .... electrician: Italy
Jean-Maurice de Ernsted .... key grip
Claudio Del Gobbo .... key grip: Italy
Massimiliano Dessena .... grip: Italy
Stefano Di Pasquali .... grip: Italy
Maurizio di Stefano .... rigging gaffer: Italy
Paolo Di Stefano .... rigging electrician: Italy
Amelie Duceppe .... second assistant camera
Sylvaine Dufaux .... camera operator: "a" camera
Yuka Eto .... film loader: "a" camera, Japan
Sergio Faina .... rigging key grip: Italy
Doriano Forti .... rigging grip: Italy
Jacques Yves Gucia .... still photographer
Takumi Hirai .... electrician: Japan
Shigeru Hirayama .... key grip: Japan
Kenji Ichikawa .... grip assistant: Japan
Masao Imai .... grip assistant: Japan
Ryo Ishida .... second assistant camera: second unit, Japan
Yasuhiro Ishiguro .... electrician: Japan
Tsuyoshi Kage .... electrician: Japan
Michiaki Kamochi .... electrician: Japan
Shingo Kasa .... grip assistant: Japan
Takuro Kase .... electrician: Japan
Taro Kawauchi .... electrician: Japan
Martin Lebel .... first assistant camera: second unit
Antonio Leurini .... electrician: Italy
Emanuele Leurini .... second assistant camera: second unit, Italy
Emiliano Leurini .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Italy
Paolo Leurini .... gaffer: Italy
Yasushi Masuda .... electrician: Japan
Manabu Matsumiya .... additional first assistant camera: Japan
Norito Matsumoto .... electrician: Japan
Tommaso Mele .... key grip: Italy
Taku Mitamura .... electrician: Japan
Yasushi Miyata .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Japan
Yasushi Miyata .... first assistant camera: second unit, Japan
Yasushi Miyata .... second assistant camera: second unit, Russia
Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky .... director of photography: second unit
Norihero Mori .... electrician: Japan
Masanari Okada .... grip assistant: Japan
Giorgio Pezzotti .... grip: Italy
Dany Racine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Cristiano Rossi .... video assist operator: Italy
Daisuke Saito .... grip assistant: Japan
Hiroyuki Takahashi .... video assist operator: Japan
Kouichi Tatebe .... electrician: Japan (as Koichi Tatebe)
Jitsu Toyoda .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Japan
Jitsu Toyoda .... second second assistant camera: second unit, Japan
Diego Vallini .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Italy
Yuji Wada .... gaffer: Japan
Akira Watanabe .... electrician: Japan
Massimiliano Zenga .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Italy
Daniele Caiuli .... electrician (uncredited)
Emiliano Leurini .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
John Buchan .... casting: Canada
Maurizio Cusano .... extras casting
Amelia Hashemi .... casting assistant
Jason Knight .... casting associate
Beatrice Kruger .... casting: Italy
Mai Sugiyama .... casting assistant: Japan
Toshiie Tomida .... casting: Japan (as Toshiie Tomita)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luigi Di Cristo .... wardrobe master: extras, Italy
Giuliana Esposito .... seamstress: Italy
Serena Fiumi .... costume supervisor: Italy
Gastone Grassi .... cutter: Italy
Giampiero Grassi .... cutter: men, Italy (as Giampietro Grassi)
Rebecca Higginson .... costumer: Ms. Knightley, Italy
Monica Iacuzzo .... costume workshop coordinator: Italy
Mayu Ishihara .... costumer: Japan
Misako Kajimoto .... costumer: Japan
Giovanni Lipari .... key costumer
Elsa Malandra .... cutter: Italy
Adriana Mattiozzi .... cutter: women, Italy
Elena Mayevskaya .... costumer: second unit, Russia
Luciano Parisi .... costume department runner: Italy
Enzo Serafino Pellegrino .... dyer: Italy
Enzo Serafino Pellegrino .... stand-by costumer: second unit, Italy
Salvatore Salzano .... assistant costume designer: Italy
Masaru Sekiguchi .... costumer: Japan
Masaru Sekiguchi .... wardrobe: second unit, Japan
 
Editorial Department
Linda Bourgeois .... negative cutter: Citelab/Global Vision
Marie-Hélène Bourget .... digital intermediate technician: Citelab/Global Vision
Jim Campabanal .... negative cutter: Citelab/Global Vision (as Jim Campabadal)
Pascale Dubé .... post-production coordinator
Geneviève Duffault .... digital intermediate post supervisor: Citelab/Global Vision
Mathieu Duncan .... digital dailies: Citelab/Global Vision
Nicolas Gauthier .... digital opticals and titles: Citelab/Global Vision
Martin Girard .... digital intermediate technician: Citelab/Global Vision
Pierre Guérin .... digital internediate engineering supervisor: Citelab/Global Vision
Marc Lussier .... digital intermediate colorist
Guillaume Marin-Lafond .... post-production assistant: Studio Ex-centris
Supriya Naidu-James .... first assistant editor
Martine Rousseau .... digital intermediate technician: Citelab/Global Vision
Julien Tremblay .... digital intermediate technician
 
Music Department
Fernando Aponte .... music recording engineer
Fernando Aponte .... scoring mixer
Joshua Bell .... musician: violin
Romulo Benavides .... musician: string quartet, Sweet Plantain
Steven Danenberg .... music preparation (as Steve Danenberg)
Steven Danenberg .... music supervisor (as Steve Danenberg)
Honjoh Fukuhide .... musician: singer
David Gotay .... musician: string quartet, Sweet Plantain
Hidetarô Honjô .... music advisor: Japan
Hidetarô Honjô .... musician: shamisen (as Honjoh Hidetaro)
Carlos Núñez .... musician: whistle and iwabue soloist
Alex Pauk .... conductor
Ryûichi Sakamoto .... musician: piano
Ryûichi Sakamoto .... orchestrator
Ryûichi Sakamoto .... scoring mixer
Eddie Venegas .... musician: string quartet, Sweet Plantain
Orlando Wells .... musician: string quartet, Sweet Plantain
 
Transportation Department
Giovanni Angeletti .... driver: Italy
Stefano Antonelli .... driver: Mr. Pitt, Italy
Hiroshi Aoki .... driver: Japan
Roberto Bevini .... driver: Italy
Gianluca Cardillo .... driver: Mr.Girard, Italy
Stefano Ciammetti .... driver: Italy
Mario De Biase .... driver: Italy
Claudio De Simone .... driver: Italy
Valter Di Francesco .... driver: second unit, Italy
Marco Ganino .... driver: Mr. Molina, Italy
Nando Ginnanneschi .... driver: Italy
Pietro Giordani .... driver: Ms. Knightley, Italy
Fabio Giovannangelo .... driver: Italy
Michael Golovinov .... driver: second unit, Russia
Aniello Guarniera .... driver: Italy (as Aniello Guarnieri)
Akio Hakamada .... driver: Japan
Tsuyoshi Hashikawa .... driver: Japan
Katsuyuki Hashimoto .... driver: Japan
Franco Iannone .... driver: Italy
Motoki Ichikura .... driver: second unit, Japan
Katsuaki Inoue .... driver: Japan
Yuuki Iwai .... driver: Japan
Kazuo Kamijyo .... driver: Japan
Joetaro Kitamura .... driver: Mr. Pitt, Japan
Taksuki Kojima .... driver: Japan
Masaki Komatsu .... driver: Japan
Shinichi Komita .... driver: Japan
Fabrizio Leone .... driver: Italy
Gianni Luciani .... driver: Italy
Fabio Mancini .... transportation coordinator: Italy
Fabrizio Mancini .... driver: Italy
Angelo Marchesani .... driver: Italy
Toshihiro Minamisawa .... driver: Japan
Nobuyasu Mochizuki .... driver: Japan
Shinzou Mochizuki .... driver: Japan
Giovanni Moltoni .... driver: Italy
Ivano Moltoni .... driver: Italy
Fabrizio Mosca .... driver: second unit, Italy
Tsukasa Motoya .... driver: Japan
Jun Murayama .... driver: Japan
Tomio Nakajima .... driver: Japan
Jun Nakamura .... animal transportation: Japan
Toshio Nozawa .... driver: Japan
Koji Oana .... driver: Japan
Yutaka Okano .... driver: Japan
Massimo Orlandi .... transportation captain: Italy
Eugenio Petouchoff .... driver: second unit, Italy
Federico Pitotti .... driver: Italy
Tonino Quaranta .... driver: Italy
Massimo Rana .... driver: Italy
Stefano Rosati .... driver: Italy
Andrea Sassaroli .... driver: Italy
Kôichi Satô .... driver: Japan
Angelo Scalia .... driver: catering, Italy
Shinji Sekiya .... driver: Japan
Angelo Sereni .... driver: Italy
Masamitu Tabata .... driver: second unit, Japan
Takahiro Taketomi .... driver: second unit, Japan
Anatoliy Tyushkevich .... driver: second unit, Russia
Takeshi Uehara .... driver: Japan
Kiyoshi Utsuki .... driver: Japan
Hisahiro Washizawa .... driver: Japan
Iwao Yamazaki .... driver: Japan
Masataka Yoshida .... driver: Japan
 
Other crew
Mohamed Abdel Wahab .... production assistant: second unit, Egypt
Hitoshi Abe .... set production assistant: Japan
Nikolay Agdonov .... horse master: second unit, Russia
Damian Anderson .... production coordinator: second unit
Mostaga Azmy .... runner: second unit, Egypt
Chaimaa Badawy .... production coordinator: second unit, Egypt
Evan Balmer .... manager: Mr. Sakamoto
Simona Batistelli .... production coordinator: Italy
Chris Bell .... business affairs coordinator: Rhombus Media
Claudio Bellincampi .... set production assistant: Italy
Nikita Bencharov .... owner: Khujar Village, second unit, Russia
Shaker Beshir .... runner: second unit, Egypt
Sandie Bornstein .... accountant: Rhombus Media
Giuseppe Cancellara .... blacksmith: Italy
Tatiana Caratelli .... assistant cashier: Italy
Francesco Carone .... horse groomer: second unit, Italy
Vittorio Carta .... labor consultant: Italy
Elena Cavallo .... location contact: Piemonte, Italy
Valentin Chikov .... provider: sleigh, second unit, Russia
Simona Chiocca .... researcher: second unit, Italy
Marco Cimitan .... stand-in: Italy
Nino Cirulli .... minors coordinator: Italy
Gabriele Colecchia .... production assistant: Italy
Blake Crawford .... double: Hervé, second unit, Japan
Fabrizio De Angelis .... key chef: Italy
Flavio De Simone .... cashier: Italy
Shinobu Deguchi .... animal trainer: Japan
Shinobu Deguchi .... bird trainer: Japan
Manolo DeLeonibus .... second chef assistant: Italy
Derek Di Biagio .... assistant: Keira Knightley
Denis Dulude .... title designer
Basem El Bagoury .... location manager: second unit, Egypt
Hinshu Elizosha .... electronic press kit crew: Japan
Sadami Fan .... production assistant: bilifgual, Japan
Barbara Ferrara .... first chef assistant: Italy
Sonia Ferri .... assistant: Mr. Procacci, Fandango
Christian Fluet .... production accountant
Bryan Friedman .... business affairs coordinator: Rhombus Media
Tetsu Fujimura .... financial advisor: Filopophia Entertainment Alliance
Koji Fujino .... project advisor: T.Y. Limited
Naomi Fujino .... production assistant: second unit, Japan
Daisuke Fukugawa .... location production assistant: second unit, Japan
Katsumi Furuhashi .... production accountant: Japan
Mayumi Furukawa .... production intern: Japan
Paul Gagnon .... client services: Citelab/Global Vision
Joseph Geminale .... contact: Courmayeur/Tiglieto, second unit, Italy
Marco Giacometti .... production secretary: Italy
Alexey Golovinov .... location manager: second unit, Russia
Gianni A. Graziol .... location manager: Italy (as Gianni Grazioli)
Indira Guha .... business and legal affairs: Telefilm Canada
Kodai Hanayama .... production assistant: Japan
Michiyo Hata .... manner coach: Japan
Yoshiko Hondo .... caterer: Japan
Youki Hoshino .... location manager: Japan
Joe Ikeda .... business coordinator: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Akiko Inoue .... business affairs: T.Y. Limited
Noriko Ishida .... production intern: Japan
Junya Ito .... stand-in: Japan
Yasuyuki Iwanami .... business coordinator: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Hiroshi Iwaya .... location manager: Japan
Winnifred Jong .... script supervisor
Masayuki Kaibara .... location and budget advisor: Japan (as Masayuki Kaihara)
Yoshiaki Kamonji .... production assistant: Japan
Peter Kaser .... contact: Cortina, second unit, Italy
Ivana Kastratovic .... production coordinator: Italy
Shinichi Kato .... set production assistant: Japan
Hideyuki Kawamura .... assistant horse coordinator: Japan
Takao Kawashima .... set production assistant: Japan
Noriko Kobayashi .... translator: Japan
Megumi Kubota .... publicist: Japanese Media, Japan
Serge Lamothe .... script consultant
Marco Landolfi .... cashier: Italy
Yan Lanquette Turgeon .... assistant: Mr. Girard
Elisa Larcher della Spalliera .... stand-in: Italy
Enrico Latella .... location scouting
Cristina Leurini .... catering manager: Italy
Monica Leurini .... chief caterer: Italy
Filippo Lovatelli .... location contact: Campo Imperatore, Italy
Takahiro Maeyama .... financial advisor: Japan
Nathalie Martishevskaya .... translator: second unit, Russia
Mariko Maruyama .... production intern: Japan
Samuel Masi .... production assistant: assistant director, Italy
Satoko Matsui .... assistant production accountant: Japan
Hiroyuki Matsunaga .... project co-advisor: T.Y. Limited
Marco Mattei .... production accountant
Marco Mattei .... production accountant: Italy
Soela Melaranci .... production secretary: Italy
Tomoko Mikuni .... cast liaison: Japan
Darlene Milley .... insurance services: AOL/Ruben-Winkler
Takashi Mimatsu .... location manager: Japan
Shigeyuki Mito .... legal advisor: Japan
Wakako Miyakuni .... production coordinator: Japan
Kiyomi Miyata .... food coordinator: Japan
Vito Morea .... crowd marshall: Italy
Izumi Murano .... nutrition advisor: Ms. Ashina, Japan
Takanori Muto .... set production assistant: Japan
Masao Nagai .... location and budget advisor: Japan
Yukiko Nakajima .... translator: Japan
Katsuo Naruse .... dialogue supervisor: Japan
Mahmoud Nasr .... runner: second unit, Egypt
Chantal Neveu .... secretary: Mr. Girard
Nozomi .... assistant: Mr. Debin, Japan
Shinji Ogawa .... creative advisor: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Izumi Ohtomi .... assistant: Mr. Girard, Japan
Takashi Otsuki .... stand-in: Japan
Jackie Page .... publicist: Italy
Alessandro Pantano .... production assistant: second unit
Laura Paolucci .... head of development: Fandango
Giorgia Passarelli .... assistant production coordinator: Italy
Alexy Petrov .... translator: second unit, Russia
Sebastiano Pino .... horse groomer: second unit, Italy
Walter Poli .... location contact: Sermoneta, Italy
Guendalina Ponti .... production attorney
Hugh Probyn .... assistant: Mr. Fichman, Rhombus Media
Patrizia Punzo .... nurse: Italy
Angelo Ragusa .... horse master: Itraly
Gabriele Ragusa .... animal wrangler: second unit, Italy
Gianluca Rosetta .... craft service assistant: Italy
Jim Russell .... legal services
Takao Sakamoto .... set production assistant: Japan
Stephen L. Saltzman .... legal services (as Steven Saltzman)
Masayuki Sano .... business coordinator: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Angelo Scalia .... kitchen technician: Italy
Melissa Scowcroft .... researcher
Melissa Scowcroft .... script consultant
Toshiki Shinbo .... set production assistant: Japan
Yoshi Shioya .... english dialogue coach: Japan
Hazem Shoeib .... production assistant: second unit, Egypt
Michael Singer .... publicist: Japan
Norika Sky-Sora .... manager: Mr. Sakamoto (as Norika 'Sky' Sora)
Daniela Staffa .... publicist: Fandango
Dominic Stubbs .... accountant: Rhombus Media
Mon Takada .... production assistant: second uniut, Russia
Midori Takei .... stand-in: Japan
Kazunari Takeuchi .... catering coordinator: Japan
Shinji Takeuchi .... project co-advisor: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Antonia Tammaro .... payroll: Italy
Mitsunori Tanaka .... horse coordinator: Japan
Miyuki Tanaka .... location manager: Japan
Toru Tanaka .... production intern: Japan
Hironori Terashima .... business coordinator: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Masao Teshima .... project advisor: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Massimo Trapani .... craft service assistant: Italy
Kaz Tsujio .... piano tuner: Mr. Sakamoto
Masako Tsukahara .... unit publicist: Japan
Haruka Tsutsui .... production assistant: bilingual, Japan
Hiroshi Tsuyuri .... publicist: Japanese Media, Japan
Meiraku Ueda .... master of sencha-ogawaryu: Japan
Andrew Utech .... english coach: Mr. Yakusho and Ms. Nakatani, Japan
Daniel Virgulto .... craft service assistant: Italy
Masazumi Watanabe .... development advisor: Japan
Rebecca Whitcomb .... production assistant: bilingual, Japan
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialogue coach
Austin Wong .... production attorney
Ichiro Yamamoto .... production assistant: Japan
Yoshikazu Yamamoto .... stand-in: Japan
Takeshi Yokooka .... production intern: Japan
Claudio Zampetti .... corporate accountant: Fandango
Valentina Ziryanova .... translator: second unit, Russia
Nathalie Baldascini .... assistant to foreign cast and crew (uncredited)
Raffaella Di Giulio .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Joe Iacono .... financial auditor (uncredited)
Kevin Krikst .... assistant: niv fichman (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Indira Guha .... thanks
Masato Hara .... very special thanks
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa .... very special thanks
 

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The cinema of Folly, 2 April 2009
Author: lor_ from New York, New York

Silk was a flop, not the international success its backers had hoped for after the director's The Red Violin made such a splash a decade earlier. It is worthy of attention, in pinpointing some cautionary messages to other would-be Visionary (that recently overworked term) filmmakers.

1. TRAVELOGUE: Film is unfortunately a highly literal, through visuals, medium, and it is easy to become mesmerized by the shots. Mature directors scrupulously avoid this pitfall, but perhaps Canadian director Francois Girard has subconsciously assimilated the approach of Terrence Malick. Like Malick, he only ventures forth from his artistic cave once a decade, and feels compelled to make each shot the most perfect and beautiful of all time. This is not cinema -this is "how I spent my vacation" -a $20,000,000 slide show.

2. FOOLED BY THE RUSHES: It could be a by-product of the far-flung co-production status (Silk is structured officially as a Canadian/Italian/Japanese project, an unusual combo), but the movie displays an age-old problem of Hollywood, caused by over-monitoring of the rushes. Many a stiff, stolid film result has looked "marvelous" in the dailies. Studios traditionally made decisions like director firings or bringing in a troubleshooter to haul in the reins on a project based on the quality of the rushes. This makes sense in a bean-counter universe, but has nothing to do with the ultimate movie, which as Hitchcock noted, is stored in the director's head. Watching Silk I was struck that the rushes coming back from the various locations truly must have looked fabulous, but that is no indicator that they would ultimately amount to anything in a gestalt sense. Only the director and his editors know what will be needed in terms of coverage, and how the pieces might mesh into a whole. It's easy to get bamboozled by striking shots, just as at the other extreme it's easy to assume the worst when a neophyte director falls behind schedule and isn't giving the execs their daily meters of processed celluloid.

3. DISTANCING: Brecht and Godard have long been the inspiration for film directors to keep the audience at a safe distance -break up the naturally hypnotic effect that a movie has for the viewer, which Hitchcock exploited to a fare-thee-well. In Silk, Girard uses the crutch of voice-over narration to sabotage one's involvement in the action/dialog/story. Like Zentropa, another pretentious exercise by a wannabe "visionary" director, the somnolent narration literally puts the viewer to sleep. His insistence on oft-criticized bland American accents for French characters further abstracts the story, and makes it near-impossible to smoothly enter into the life of the protagonists. Low affect is the instruction to lead Michael Pitt and even Alfred Molina, the latter bringing professional life to his rattled off exposition, and even some wit. Keira Knightley gets to actually emote in her patented shy-but-effusive manner, but I noticed the director cutting away from her as quickly as possible, and even though she is the key central figure of the story's romantic theme, her overall screen time is reduced to the bare minimum. The dialog by Girard and Michael Golding is almost all in the form of recitations: never sounding natural or using vernacular. That's as big a mistake as the bland American accents.

4. CRYPTIC: Adapting a novel is difficult; perhaps this is why the Academy gives a separate Oscar category for adaptations as opposed to the Original Screenplay niche for the Woody Allens of the world. Too often a film (or TV) adaptation REQUIRES that the viewer be not just conversant but well-nigh totally immersed in the source work in order to appreciate the film. (I recently watched the British TV series A Dance to the Music of Time, via Netflix, after a marathon reading of all 12 Powell novels it's based upon, and the damn thing would have made no sense whatsoever without having the books fresh in my mind.) For Silk, many basic and virtually all nuanced elements are lost without knowledge of the source, a damning fault. The intended purity of not subtitling the Japanese dialog segments falls squarely into this problem area too. The movie should stand alone, and if it can't, why bother? It's not impossible -everybody's favorite of all-time The Godfather saw Coppola creating a work of art that never requires one to go back and read Mario Puzo's pulp novel.

5. THE PITT FACTOR: Folks love to criticize young Mr. Pitt, an actor who future generations will scratch their heads over: "how did he get into so many films?". Pauly Shore, Phillips Holmes in the '30s, and many 4-F performers like Sonny Tufts and William Prince during WW II come to mind. Following the death of James Dean, for over a decade innumerable folks imitated his breakthrough persona, of which I recall Michael Parks and Christopher Jones becoming the most typecast. Now we have Mr. Pitt, the lookalike thespian doomed to live in the shadow of Leonardo DiCaprio, let alone his equally handsome namesake Brad. What a cross to bear!

6. UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY: I was reminded of Werner Herzog's overlooked classic Heart of Glass while watching Silk. Both films have transcendentally beautiful landscapes. Underneath the main romantic and cross-cultural themes, they have the same core parable: a one-industry community (Glassblowing in Herzog, Silk creation here) poised on the edge of disaster. Herzog hypnotized his cast to get a unique, otherworldly effect. Girard has Pitt & most others sleepwalking, to null effect.

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