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.

Director:

François Girard

Writers:

Alessandro Baricco (novel), François Girard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sei Ashina ... The Girl
Michael Pitt ... Hervé Joncour
Tony Vogel ... Café Verdun Man #1
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Verdun
Keira Knightley ... Hélène Joncour
Kenneth Welsh ... Mayor Joncour
Martha Burns ... Mme. Joncour
Alfred Molina ... Baldabiou
Michael Golding Michael Golding ... Clerk
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Priest
Chiara Stampone Chiara Stampone ... Béatrice Berbek
Marc Fiorini ... M. Chabert
Alexander Brooks ... M. Loiseau (as Leslie Csuth)
Tôru Tezuka Tôru Tezuka ... Japanese Guide
Hiroya Morita Hiroya Morita ... Japanese Elder #1
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Storyline

A married silkworm smuggler, Herve Joncour, in 19th Century France who travels to Japan to collect his clandestine cargo. While there he spots a beautiful Japanese woman, the concubine of a local baron, with whom he becomes obsessed. Without speaking the same language, they communicate through letters until war intervenes. Their unrequited love persists however, and Herve's wife Helene begins to suspect. Written by Anonymous

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Each step away from her... brings him closer. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Michael Pitt's band 'Pagoda' released their debut album the same year (2007) as this films release. See more »

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[first lines]
Hervé Joncour: Steaming water. Strange trees. Laughing children. Her skin... those eyes. But why should I tell you about it? Why now? Maybe I just need to tell someone about it. And that someone is you.
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White man saves Asian women, again.
13 September 2007 | by mannytellSee all my reviews

Wow, another movie in which the good-intentioned white man travels to Asia and meets a "mysterious and seductive" Asian woman who is bound by an evil and dominating Asian man. The trailer shows her naked in a pool of water, then contrasts that shot by showing the lead White woman clothed in another body of water. This belittlement of Asian women has been and continues to be offensive to the Asian American and Asian community, but I guess as long as "The Last Samurai" (or shall I say "White man saves Asian woman from her own culture")plot keeps selling tickets these movies will keep popping up. I'm just waiting until a Hollywood movie casts an Asian man as the lead and he travels to America and gets all the seductive white girls he can handle. Guess I wont hold my breath for that!


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Country:

Canada | France | Italy | UK | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Latin

Release Date:

21 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silk See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$126,537, 16 September 2007

Gross USA:

$1,103,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,965,682
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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