Director Martin Scorsese is set to work on Silence, an upcoming drama history movie set in seventeenth century Japan. The film is based on a novel by Japanese Author Shûsaku Endô. Here’s the plot synopsis:
“In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. But under the Tokugawa shogunate, Catholicism and almost all foreign contact has been banned. 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.”
So far the cast includes:
– Liam Neeson as Father Ferreira
– Andrew Garfield as Father Rodrigues
– Adam Driver as Father Francisco Garrpe
– Ken Watanabe as Kichijiro
This isn’t the first movie adaptation. The novel was actually first adapted into a movie in 1971 by Masahiro Shinoda. But am curious to see Martin Scorsese’s take on Shûsaku Endô’s novel.
The film has yet to get an official release date. But it should be released sometime in 2015.