DVD - 2017
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Two Catholic missionaries face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan looking for their missing mentor, at a time when Catholicism was outlawed.


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Feb 15, 2018

anytime christians are being killed is a good time. a little slow but worth seeing esp. if your like me and like seeing fanatical nutjobs get their due.

Feb 10, 2018

B-O-R-I-N-G. Murky lighting, bad accents. This kind of religious fanaticism is a mental illness.

Feb 03, 2018

Directed by Martin Scorsese in 2016 based on the 1966 novel (『沈黙』) by Shûsaku Endô (遠藤周作), this historical drama delves into the life of a Portuguese priest (plaeyd by Andrew Garfield) who searches for his missing mentor who tried to spread Catholic Christianity in Japan.
Set in the 17th-century Nagasaki, Japan, two Jesuit priests travel from Portugal to Edo-era Japan to locate their mentor during the days when Christians hide themselves from persecution.
Prevailing was the suppression of Japanese Roman Catholics during the Shimabara Rebellion (1637–1638) against the Tokugawa shogunate.
The silence of God seems to be the message of God, and many elements are common in both Christianity and Buddhism.
I consider this film as one of Scorsese's greatest films---if not all of the religious films.

Hollywood used to make many more films like this -- highbrow movies for a mass market -- but no longer. Now it's superhero pictures, lowbrow comedies and animated features. At times during SILENCE I felt I was back in the 1970s at an art-house cinema watching a Bergman film. Scorsese has come a long way from TAXI DRIVER, and I'm not sure the distance is worth the travel. Nonetheless the movie raises an interesting question about devotion. The viewer can't help but wonder how in the present age we lost all our spirit.

lotuslori_8 Dec 29, 2017

An unimpressive film that seemed to drag on and on without any real drama for the main characters. The acting was unimpressive as well.

Dec 21, 2017

A subtle yet powerful meditation on the meaning of faith, love, and integrity in a stark struggle for freedom against totalitarianism. The denouement is a kind of inversion of Winston's "Do it to Julia!" moment in Orwell's "1984". Great casting, too.

Dec 19, 2017

Pretty brutal movie.

Oct 28, 2017

Excellent and moving film. I went into this not expecting much because I have seen so many mixed reviews, but the movie was thoughtful, empathetic, and illuminating.

Although only "based" on a true story, and not actually a true story... it makes you think what so many went through, we take for granted now.

The film is certainly a tad too long, but I felt engaged the entire time. I think if this had been advertised more to the industry, it would have earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and Best Actor.

A must see.

Oct 21, 2017

the subject matter was thought provoking and convicting indeed, but the movie was also exasperatingly LONG!!! i appreciated the courage of the priests and the villagers who were willing to die for their faith. the persecution was sometimes overwhelming but challenged my stance for my own faith journey. would i continue to believe in God even under such arduous circumstances and when my prayers don't seem to be heard? would i also still believe even though i knew that if discovered i would have to die (not quickly or easily either) for my faith? would i repeatedly renounce my beliefs like the one character just to save my life?

Oct 02, 2017

Very well-made movie. Very thoughtful. Based on a novel by a Japanese writer, I believe its main intention is to say something about Japanese history and culture, rather than focusing on Christianity.

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May 12, 2017

There lays an interesting story about the Dimeov who ruled there. He had four concubines. Four.
They were all beautiful, but they. I'm sorry. Maybe this is not a story for a celibate priest.
-It's alright, please go on.
In that case, the Dimeov's concubines were all jealous. And they fought and fought without end, so the Dimeov Hirado drove them away from his castle. And peace came into his life again. Do you think this story has a lesson?
-Yes. That this was a very wise man.
I'm glad. That means you understand the Dimeov is like Japan. And these concubines are Spain,
Portugal, Holland, England. Each trying to gain advantage against the other and destroy the house
in the process. Since you said this man is wise, you will understand why we must outlaw the Christians.
-Well. Our Church teaches monogamy. One wife. What if Japan were to choose one lawful wife from the four?
You mean Portugal?
-No. I mean the Holy Church.

May 12, 2017

We have our own religion, Padre. Pity you did not notice it.
-No, no. We just think a different way.
True. You believe our Buddhas are only men. Just human beings.
-Even a Buddha dies. Like all men, he is not the creator.
You are ignorant! Padre, only a Christian would see Buddha simply as a man. Our Buddha is a being, which men can become. Something greater than himself. If he can overcome all his illusions. But you cling to your illusions and call them faith.
I'd like for you to think about the persistent love of an ugly woman. And how a barren woman should never be a wife.
What would you do for them? Pray? And get what in return? Only more suffering. A suffering only you can end, not God!
-Go away from from me.
I pray too, Rodriguez. It doesn't help. Go on. Pray. But pray with your eyes open.You can spare them. They call out for help, just as you call to God. He is silent and you do not have to be.

May 12, 2017

Surely, God heard their prayers as they died. But did he hear their screams? How can I explain his silence to these people, who have endured so much? I need all my strength to understand it myself.
Our religion does not take root in this country. Because the roots have been torn up.
-No. Because this country is a swamp. Nothing grows here.
I'm just a foreigner who brought disaster. That's what they think of me now. I dream of now Saint Francis. What happened to all the glorious possibility he found here? What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ? I feel so tempted. I feel so tempted to despair. I'm afraid. The wait of your silence is terrible. I pray but I'm lost. Or am I just praying to nothing? Nothing. Because you're not there.
Lord, I fought against your silence....To this very day. Everything I do, everything I've done. Speaks of him. It was in the silence that I heard your voice.


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