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  • Writer's pictureJames Rutherford

‘Silence’: The Impassioned Tale of Two Missionaries in Search of Their Lost Mentor in Japan

Movie poster for Mertin Scorsese's film Silence starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver

"Silence” (2016) is a deeply impassioned 17th Century historical drama that follows two young Jesuit Missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as they travel to Japan in search of their lost mentor Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson).

Fearing that Ferreira has renounced his faith in the face an oppressive regime fiercely opposed to the influence of Christianity, Rodrigues (Garfield) and Garupe (Driver) brace themselves for their arduous quest as they covertly arrive to the island of Kyushu. Deeply disturbed by the subjugation of the Christians they encounter, they ultimately agree to separate and pursue parallel inquiries into Ferreira’s fate—diverging paths that lead them both to dramatic and heartrending fates.

Co-written and directed by Martin Scorsese (“Goodfellas”, “The Passion of the Christ”) and based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô, “Silence” is a fervent depiction of the persecution of Catholics and purveyors of Christianity under the strictly prohibitive Tokugawa Shogunate (1630-1867). A passion project for Scorsese over 28 years in the making, it’s a stunningly arresting drama that ultimately serves as a resounding depiction of piety and remarkable spiritual devotion.


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