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SILENCE

Director:  Martin Scorsese

Cast:   Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson

Rating: MA 15+

 

Martin Scorsese finally realises his long-held dream to direct his "passion project" SILENCE, an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel about 17th century Jesuits who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan.

 

In the seventeenth century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson), who had committed apostasy after being tortured.

 

The story takes place in the time of Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion (1637–1638) of Japanese Roman Catholics against the Tokugawa shogunate.

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