added: Tue, Dec 20th '16
While portraying a seventeenth-century Jesuit missionary, Andrew Garfield is put through both the emotional and psychological wringer in Martin Scorsese's religious historical drama "Silence." And a newly released trailer from Japan offers a sampling of Garfield's harrowing performance.
The film, which also stars Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, takes place in feudal Japan, during a brutal era of religious persecution -- Christianity was banned in the country and all Christians were ordered to convert to Buddhism or face the serious risk of torture and death.
Garfield and Driver play two Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan in search of their missing mentor, an ex-priest (played by Neeson) who is rumored to have denounced God. Once there, Garfield and Driver's characters discover a coastal village of Japanese Christians who have kept their faith in secret. But they are soon found out. And Garfield and Driver must watch in pained silence (and also pray to a deafening silence) as their Christian brothers and sisters are viciously persecuted by the authorities.
Based on Shusaku Endo's 1966 historical fiction novel of the same name (which was originally adapted into a 1971 Japanese film, also called "Silence," by director Masahiro Shinoda), Scorsese's version boasts a strong supporting cast of Japanese actors, led by Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Issey Ogata, and Tadanobu Asano.
"Silence" is hitting select theaters this Friday, December 23rd and will open nationwide on January 13th.
Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) -- at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director's 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.
directed by Martin Scorsese
starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds, Tadanobu Asano, Issei Ogata, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yosuke Kubozuka, Nana Komatsu
release date December 23, 2016 (Limited), January 13, 2017 (Nationwide)