Silence 2016
Returning to themes which have haunted his whole career, Martin Scorsese has made a film of grandeur and great fervour about Christianity, martyrdom and the silence of God.

A fictionalized account of actual Christian history in Japan, Silence is Scorsese’s most passionate filmmaking in decades. This is a thoughtful and contemplative meditation on the Christian faith under intense persecution, as its believers were violently suppressed in Japan for centuries.

In 17th-century Lisbon, two fiercely committed missionary priests, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (Adam Driver), are told disturbing news by their confessor Valignano (Ciaran Hinds) concerning their much loved and admired mentor figure, Ferreira (Liam Neeson). Ferreira had journeyed to Japan many years before to challenge its brutal suppression of Christianity and to spread the word, but has now reportedly been forced to recant his faith under torture, and is living as a Buddhist with a Japanese wife and children. Astonished and outraged, the two young Jesuits refuse to believe it and demand to be allowed to travel to Japan to track him down and discover the truth. They arrive in a country where Christians must live in hiding...

Deliberately paced and beautifully shot and acted, Silence is not meant for casual viewing. The subject matter is austere, and Scorsese does not shy away from intense depictions of the tortures inflicted upon discovered Christians. Though it represents a stark diversion from his gangster epics, Silence is yet another masterwork from its talented director.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano
Country: USA, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Italy
Genre: Drama, History

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 02:41:09 | 44.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

-- Martin Scorsese's Journey Into 'Silence' (1080p, 24:30) looks at the source book, Scorsese's direction and passion for the project, the film's history, themes, Japan at the time the story takes place, character journeys and details, performances and actor preparations for the roles, the rigors of the shoot, crew makeup and the challenges on set, shooting locations, the picture's style, and more.