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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.6/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson

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.

Writers: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Issei Ogata, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Kaoru Endô, Diego Calderon, Rafael Kading, Matthew Blake, Benoit Masse, Tetsuya Igawa, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Andrew Garfield - Rodrigues
Adam Driver - Garrpe
Liam Neeson - Ferreira
Tadanobu Asano - Interpreter
Ciarán Hinds - Father Valignano
Issei Ogata - Old Samurai / Inoue
Shin'ya Tsukamoto - Mokichi
Yoshi Oida - Ichizo
Yôsuke Kubozuka - Kichijiro
Kaoru Endô - Unzen Samurai (Uneme)
Diego Calderon - Prisoner Augustinian Friar #2
Rafael Kading - Prisoner Augustinian Friar #1
Matthew Blake - Prisoner Franciscan Friar
Benoit Masse - Prisoner Augustinian Friar #3
Tetsuya Igawa - Prisoner Japanese Jesuit

Taglines: Sometimes silence is the deadliest sound


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site

Country: Mexico, Taiwan, USA

Language: English, Japanese

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Taiwan

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


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User Review


Rating: 10/10

Saw an advance screening: This is a powerful film, incredibly challenging and well-acted. Amazing location footage, historical details from 17th century Japan, and depiction of a clash of cultures between East and West. Scorsese is clearly doing a Kurosawa homage here, as the film has an old-fashioned epic feeling to it. As for the plot based on Shusako Endo's historical novel, it's remarkably even-handed. At the time of the isolationist Tokugawa shogunate, which only ended in 1867 after American gunboats forced Japan's ports to reopen to trade, the Japanese clearly saw the Catholic faith as symbolic of Western cultural and political takeover. But does that justify the torture, coercion, and killing of Christians to make them abandon their faith? We might consider a historical analogy: When the Spanish later felt the same way, driving the Moors out of Spain and forcing those who remained to convert to Catholicism because of the perception that Islam symbolized cultural and political takeover, do we excuse the Spanish Inquisition? The best answer might be that we can understand even if we do not excuse violent push-backs against invading cultures. There is perhaps an allegory here, as well, to the current plight of Syrian refugees and their reception or non-reception by European nations. In any event, the themes here are rich and complex, and the cast -- particularly Garfield, Neeson, Driver, and the masterful Japanese actor who plays the inquisitor -- are outstanding. This is Scorsese at his finest, eschewing black-and-white thinking in favor of complex moral dilemmas. I don't think I've ever seen a mainstream Hollywood film that is as intelligent about addressing cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue as "Silence." The anguish of religious faith is part of what's going on here, but it's only the centerpiece of a very rich cinematic canvas.


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