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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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Martin Scorsese

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Jay Cocks (screenplay by), Martin Scorsese (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Rodrigues
Adam Driver ... Garupe
Liam Neeson ... Ferreira
Tadanobu Asano ... Interpreter
Ciarán Hinds ... Father Valignano
Issei Ogata ... Old Samurai / Inoue (as Issey Ogata)
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Mokichi
Yoshi Oida ... Ichizo
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Kichijiro (as Yosuke Kubozuka)
Kaoru Endô Kaoru Endô ... Unzen Samurai (Uneme)
Diego Calderón ... Prisoner Augustinian Friar #2 (as Diego Calderon)
Rafael Kading Rafael Kading ... Prisoner Augustinian Friar #1
Matthew Blake Matthew Blake ... Prisoner Franciscan Friar
Benoit Masse Benoit Masse ... Prisoner Augustinian Friar #3
Tetsuya Igawa 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes silence is the deadliest sound


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Mexico | Taiwan | UK | USA | Japan | Italy

Language:

English | Japanese | Latin

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silencio See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese had been talking about directing an adaptation of this film since the 1980s and entered the first of many written agreements with Cecchi Gori Pictures in 1990. At the time it was to be the next feature Scorsese directed after Kundun (1997). He then opted to direct a series of features, including Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Gangs of New York (2002) and The Aviator (2004), allegedly agreeing to direct the film after the latter, which didn't happen. Following another negotiation, Scorsese agreed to pay various fees after each feature he directed prior to the adaptation, including The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and Hugo (2011). On August 22, 2012, after Scorsese agreed to direct The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Cecchi Gori Pictures sued him and Sikelia Productions, claiming two breaches of written contract, intentional misrepresentation and negligent misrepresentation. The final two charges stemmed from their belief that Scorsese and Sikelia Productions falsely represented their plans to make this film after "Hugo," which included $1.5 million plus 20% of all "back-end" compensation received by the director, related to "Hugo." Scorsese claimed the lawsuit "has all the earmarks of a media stunt," and for a while it looked like the film would stay in limbo. On January 17, 2014, all sides reached a legal settlement. The film was finally in production, solidifying its spot as Scorsese's next feature after The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). See more »

Goofs

When Rodrigues, Garupe, and Kichijuro first arrive in Japan, they swim to shore. In the next shot, as they walk through the cave on the shore, they are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

For the Japanese Christians and their pastors Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Breathe (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Cloud and Light
Written by Toshio Hosokawa
Performed by Mayumi Miyata and the Münchener Kammerorchester (Munich Chamber Orchestra), conducted by Alexander Liebreich
Courtesy of ECM Records
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Extremely disappointing
8 January 2017 | by iamwretchedSee 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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