Scorcese Faith-Based Docudrama Revisits Rude Reception of Christianity in Japan

 

Silence,  Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Shusaku Endo, historical drama, thought-provoking, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Andrew GarfieldSilence

Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams

Scorcese Faith-Based Docudrama Revisits Rude Reception of Christianity in Japan

Portuguese traders first landed in Japan in 1543, followed soon thereafter by Francis Xavier and other Jesuits. So many locals started converting to Christianity that, less than a decade later, the emperor issued an edict banning Catholicism and ordering the expulsion of all missionaries.

Violators were forced to either renounce the religion or face crucifixion, which resulted in many of the faithful’s going underground to avoid persecution. Consequently, when a  cleric disappeared, it was often difficult to discern whether the missing person had been martyred or was merely in hiding.

This was the case with Father Cristovao Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who had been spreading the gospel around Japan for close to a quarter-century before he suddenly vanished without a trace after sending an ominous last letter to a friend. The ensuing silence prompted a couple of his proteges, Fathers Garrpe (Adam Driver) and Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) to mount a desperate search for their mentor, despite the fact that discovery of their identities might mean instant death.

In 1633, the perilous trek began, and that ill-advised expedition is the subject of Silence, a  faith-based docudrama directed and co-written by Martin Scorcese. The movie represents a bit of a departure for the legendary Oscar-winner whose name is most closely associated with gory gangster flicks like Goodfellas, The Departed and Mean Streets.

  Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1996 best seller of the same name, the film was a labor of love which took Scorcese almost three decades to bring to the big screen. The legendary filmmaker ostensibly identifies with the picture’s protagonists questioning whether God even exists.

Clocking in at a patience-testing 160 minutes, the deliberately-paced production could easily have shaved another half-hour off the final cut and still delivered the same emotional impact. Blessed with a trio of inspired lead performances, Silence is nevertheless apt to be well received by Born Again Bible thumpers.

A thought-provoking, historical drama chronicling the ultimate test of faith. 

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated  R for disturbing violence

In English and Japanese with subtitles

Running time: 160 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Blu-ray Extra: Martin Scorcese’s Journey into Silence

To order a copy of Silence on Blu-ray, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI119U/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 

Source:  GIG News

More Stories & Fun Things to Do

Travel

Travel: Leaving the Commonplace Behind

What is the definition of a vacation? Well, there are those living in the snow who believe their vacation should come along with the warmest beach and a few fancy drinks with little umbrellas in them so they can relax before heading back to the deep-freeze. There are also those who sit at desks all day and dream of a vacation that allows them to hike those trails in the Great Outdoors. There are even more who have the kids literally screaming in their ear who simply want a vacation from their vacation.

Business

Making Money Online

Yes…there are books, audiotapes, videos on YouTube, seminars, webinars and every other ‘nar’ you can possibly think of that offer up information on how YOU can be a millionaire using nothing but your own home computer. Of course, if wealth were that easy, no one would be clogging the highways on Monday morning. They would be home in their robe enjoying the day and counting their oodles and oodles of cash. Not to mention, you would think if wealth online was a plan that worked there would be far more doing just that, considering literally everyone is spending at least three hours on their computers each and every day for personal time and are staring at their cell phone screens 24/7.

Entertainment

Bittersweet Prodigal Daughter Parable Arrives on DVD

It\’s not very clear whether Harry Catto\’s (Joe Blakemore) death was a murder or a suicide. One thing\’s for certain, though. It wasn\’t merely a mishap, because nobody accidentally sticks a gun in his own mouth and pulls the trigger. The cops suspect that he killed himself, but his father (David Troughton) is too much in shock to press them to launch a full investigation.

Health

Making Your Health “Resolute”

It is time for those New Year’s Resolutions to be made

Books

Cop under Fire

“David Clarke refuses to bow a knee to political correctness, and he refuses to give his party over to the hands of black activists whose politics would destroy America. That\’s why I have Sheriff Clarke on my show so frequently… Some of my colleagues at Fox have said he\’s too controversial. But I keep inviting him back…