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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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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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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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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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Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver spent a week at St. Buenos, a Jesuit retreat in St. Asaph, near Prestatyn, Wales. They didn't speak for a week, per the retreat rules, so they could get a feel for the spirituality needed for the roles. See more »

Goofs

At 2:08, when Ferreira is talking to Rodrigues, the left side of his face is in the sun. With the sun on his left he turns his head to the right, where he points to the sun and stares right into the sun for seconds, without blinking his eyes. See more »

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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 Renegade Cut: Silence (2017) See more »

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O Gloriosa Domina
Traditional song, arranged by Tatsuo Minagawa
Performed by Nana Komatsu, Ryo Kase, Fumitaka Terai, Hako Ohshima and Hideki Nishioka
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Misguided, Incomplete portrait of Feudal Japan
30 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was expecting an Epic on the level of "Shogun" and got a lecture on the rejection of Christianity in feudal Japan which was shallow and unexplained . The subject matter of Japan in the 1600's as Japan is introduced to Western Culture and Christianity is ripe for an in depth and detailed portrait of the clash between Bushido and Western thought, and is well documented- elsewhere. I was expecting a more detailed study of the resistance to Christianity by Japanese culture of the time to preserve the order of Bushido. Nowhere in the film are the traditional concepts of Bushido and Budhism represented in the film, except for implicitly.

The movie seemed to force the viewer to the conclusion that Christianity was the best thing for Japan without explaining how Christianity was in-congruent with Japanese Culture and Social Structure of the time. I began to wonder, are the beliefs implied by this movie born out empirically? A quick survey of Modern Japan today says no. Despite all the strife of the Christian Missionaries in "Silence", a mere 1% of Japanese are Christian today. Apparently the writers overlooked core Japanese culture in the making of this movie.

A more pertinent theme would take place in the Modern Middle East where massive numbers of Christians are being murdered in the modern world and ignored by the Media.

The case of a few Missionaries in Japan back in the 1600's is intriguing only if we study and compare the influences of Bushido and Christianity to the Social/Political normalities of the time.

The 1980's Mini Series Shogun delivered this and far more drama than you'll ever find in "Silence".


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