Silence is a historical drama directed by Martin Scorsese based on the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo. The plot is set around the period of 1640 at Nagasaki in Japan. The director has been trying to make this movie “Silence,” about Jesuit missionaries, for about 28 years.
Silence Movie Introduction:
Written by Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks, the story of Silence is set around the period of 1640 in Japan. The director has been trying to make this movie “Silence,” about Jesuit missionaries, for about 28 years. Finally, his dream has come true on the December 2016 when it released across cinemas. It is a multilingual film having dialogues in both English and Japanese. Martin Scorsese is a veteran director who has directed many films like The King of Comedy, Gangs of New York and The Wolf of Wall Street to mention a few. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for the crime drama The Departed. Silence is distributed by Paramount Pictures and production companies include Sharpswood Films, AI Films, IM Global, Catch Play, Verdi Production, YLK Sikelia and Fabrica de Cine. It was released on 23rd December in US theaters. The background score for the movie comes from Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Kluge. The cinematography is done by Rodrigo Prieto. Watch Silence online free and discover more about the movie.
Silence Movie Synopsis:
The Story of the movie “Silence” begins in Macau, where the priest Alessandro Valignano gets the information that as a result of the torture in Japan his mentor, Fr. Cristovao Ferreira has renounced his faith. Not able to believe the fact that Fr. Cristovao Ferreira would do such a thing, Fr. Rodrigues Fr. Francisco Garupe sent on a journey to find him. They are guided by an alcoholic fisherman named Kichijiro. They find that the local Christian population is being driven underground at the Japanese village of Tomogi. A samurai who comes to the village searching for suspected Christians, strap some villagers to a cross and place them in the middle of the ocean. They eventually get killed by the tide and are cremated against the Christian burial.
Fr. Rodrigues decides to travel to go to Island the place where Ferreira was seen at last. But he is disappointed to find the Island destroyed. He is in a state of constant dilemma whether leaving faith to end someone’s suffering is unmerciful. At this stage, Kichijiro betrays him and hands him to the samurai. He also learns that the imprisoned Christians suffer mercilessly unless they don’t renounce their faith.
Rodrigues is imprisoned with other Christians and taken to Nagasaki. At the prison, he meets Kichijiro, who confesses that he is also a Christian himself and he betrayed Rodrigues at the pressure of the court officials. He is also ready to get imprisoned for his betrayal. He is released after some time when he is ready to step on a fumi-e which is the crudely carved image of Christ, a symbol of rejection of faith. Rodrigues is brought in to witness the drowning Garupe and other prisoners who refuse to renounce their faith.
Later in a Buddhist temple, he meets Ferreira who says he committed apostasy while being tortured, and he also mentions that after his experience of 15 years in the country and one year in the temple, he believes Christianity is a lost cause in Japan. He believes finding the original human nature is finding God. That night, Rodrigues hears five Christians being tortured but they have already apostatized and Ferreira tells him that it is his apostasy the Japanese demand to save them. At this point, Rodrigues hears the voice of Christ giving him permission to step on fumi-e, and he does.
The movie finally ends with the Dutch trader Dieter Albrecht narrating his observations on in his journal that states Ferreira has eventually passed away and now Rodrigues is married. Kichijiro is caught with an amulet and he is taken away. After some years, Rodrigues has also died and he is cremated.
Silence Movie Star Cast:
The casting for the Silence is definitely a win-win with some famous members in the list. The cast includes Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson and Tadanobu Asano. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver play the two Christian priests who go in search of their mentor who is being played by Liam Neeson. Andrew Garfield is cast as Fr. Rodrigues, one of the Jesuit priests, and Tadanobu Asano as the priests’ translator. Adam Driver is cast Fr. Francisco Garupe, the second Jesuit priest, and Liam Neeson is cast as the mentor of these two priests, Fr. Cristovao Ferreira. There are few more people involved but they don’t play a very prominent role to impact the screenplay. Watch Silence online free and discover more about the cast and their performance by yourself.
Silence Movie Review:
The film was rated 84% based on a total of 171 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has an average rating on Rotten Tomato at 7.5 on a scale of 10. On Metacritic, the film was rated 79% based on 49 reviews and generally, the reviews were seen to be favorable. Overall, the director and the cast have brought together a great movie. The story line is thoughtful and emotional and it looks at the core values of human nature and spirituality. The movie can definitely be remembered as one of the finest pieces of art by the director. We will rate the movie 7.5 out of 10. Watch Silence online free to be able to rate the movie yourself.
Silence Movie: Collection and Rewards & Acclaims:
Silence was made out of a total $40 million budget of which it managed to collect $3.5million in the United States and Canadian box office as of 16 January 2017 and it managed to collect $4.6 in rest of the theaters worldwide. The total revenue being collected amounts to $8.1 million.
The American Film Institute has selected Silence movie as one of its top ten Movies of the Year. And to add another feather in its cap The National Board of Review has also chosen Silence as one of the year’s top ten studio films.