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Silence (2016)

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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rodrigues
... Garupe
... Ferreira
... Interpreter
... Father Valignano
... Old Samurai / Inoue (as Issey Ogata)
... Mokichi
... Ichizo
... Kichijiro (as Yosuke Kubozuka)
Kaoru Endô ... Unzen Samurai (Uneme)
... 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
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Storyline

The story of two Catholic missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Catholicism was outlawed and their presence forbidden.

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Sometimes silence is the deadliest sound


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Rated R for some disturbing violent content | See all certifications »

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13 January 2017 (USA)  »

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Silencio  »

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Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$130,880, 23 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,079,191, 17 February 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,737,523, 23 February 2017
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Tadanobu Asano played Hogun in Thor (2011) and Andrew Garfield played Garfield as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). See more »

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None of the characters say their names with the correct Portuguese accent. See more »

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[first lines]
Ferreira: [narrating] 1633. Pax Christi. Praised be God. Although for ust there is little peace in this land now. I never knew Japan when it was a country of light, but I have never known it to be as dark as it is now. All our progress has ended in new persecution, new repression, new suffering. They use ladles filled with holes so the drops would come out slowly, and the pain would be prolonged. Each small splash of the water was like a burning coal. The Governor of Nagasaki took four friars...
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For the Japanese Christians and their pastors Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam See more »

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Featured in Martin Scorsese: True Confessions (2017) See more »

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Kin No Mai
Written by Joji Hirota
Performed by Joji Hirota and Hiten Ryu Daiko
Courtesy of ARC Music Productions Int. Ltd.
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Extremely disappointing
8 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was attracted to this film because of the director's prestige and because it was an adaptation of a well-received book. It has also received many positive reviews.

I don't know why. The film is too long (much too long), too repetitive and too superficial in its treatment of the central issue of religious faith. The acting is uninspired. None of the characters awoke my sympathy. Japanese men speaking good English to Portuguese priests was just weird. Scorcese combines all this with gruesome torture scenes and monsoon weather to reach his full numbing effect. The only redeeming feature was the music: there wasn't any.


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