Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ International Trailer Looks So Intense
Ahead of its US release this Friday, a brand new international trailer has arrived online for Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence.
The celebrated filmmaker first read “Silence” — a novel of historical fiction by the Japanese Christian novelist Shusaku Endo — in 1989, and it took him over a quarter-century to get a movie adaptation made. The film was made on a very tight budget with Scorsese not taking a salary at all.
It’s a story about missionaries in the 17th century who are persecuted for practicing their faith in Japan. The screenplay is by Jay Cocks.
Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson star in the religious epic opening in select theaters on December 23 ahead of a January 6 wide release. Japanese actors Tadanobu Asano, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Issei Ogata and Yoshi Oida, co-star. Check out the latest international trailer below.
I must say, I doubt I would think twice about this film without Scorsese behind the camera.
Two Jesuit priests, Sebastião Rodrigues and Francis Garrpe, travel to 17th century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact. There they witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of their own government which wishes to purge Japan of all western influence. Eventually the priests separate and Rodrigues travels the countryside, wondering why God remains silent while His children suffer.