Plot – "Silence" tells the story of two Portuguese missionaries who in the 17th century embark on a long and dangerous journey towards Japan to spread the Christian creed and to search for their mentor, Father Christovao Ferreira, who's gone missing. The movie is based on a novel by Shusaku Endo, written in 1966, and reflects on the spiritual challenge of the absence of God when humans are suffering.
All actors – Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Issei Ogata, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Kaoru Endô, Diego Calderón, Rafael Kading, Matthew Blake, Benoit Masse, Tetsuya Igawa, Liang Shi, Panta, Takuya Matsunaga, Miho Harita, Hairi Katagiri, Masayuki Yamada, Michié, Hiroko Isayama, Yutaka Mishima, Yasunari Takeshima, Yuri Ishizaka, Ryo Sato, Ruo Satô, Yoriko Dôguchi, Kisetsu Fujiwara, Yasushi Takahashi, Sanjûrô Kobayashi, Mangorô Satô, Keiko Morikawa, Jin Maki, Naoto Yokouchi, Kansai Eto, Shun Sugata, Kazuhiko Ozaki, Nana Komatsu, Ryo Kase, Fumitaka Terai, Hako Ohshima, Hideki Nishioka, Takahiro Fujita, Senmaru, Ryô Fujiwara, Nobuaki Fukuda, Munetaka Aoki, SABU, Tetsu Watanabe, Exile Akira, Shunya Tajima, Ryuki Kitaoka, Hiroki Noguchi, Katsuo Nakamura, Yoshihiro Takayama, Shoji Miyata, Noriwo Mitsuda, Ayumu Saito, Béla Baptiste, Asuka Kurosawa, Ten Miyazawa, Julian Song, Motokatsu Suzuki, Yasushi Takadashow all
“Silence” Quotes 16 quotes
“I never knew Japan when it was a country of light, but I have never known it to be as dark as it is now. All our progress has ended in new persecution, new repression, new suffering. They use ladles filled with holes so the drops would come out slowly, and the pain would be prolonged. Each small splash of the water was like a burning coal. The...” (continue)(continue reading)
“I feel so tempted. I feel so tempted to despair. I'm afraid.”
“- Ferreira: We were taught to love those who scorned us.
- Rodrigues: I feel nothing for them.
- Ferreira: Only Our Lord can judge your heart.”
“The path of mercy. That means only that you abandon self. No one should interfere with another man's spirit. To help others is the way of the Buddha and your way, too. The two religions are the same in this. It is not necessary to win anyone over to one side or another when there is so much to share.”
“Where is the place for a weak man in a world like this?”
“I pray too, Rodrigues. It doesn't help. Go on, pray. But pray with your eyes open.”
“Surely God heard their prayers as they died. But did He hear their screams?”
“The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.”
“- Inoue: They can continue to be Christian. You may take some satisfaction in that. Because the roots are cut.
- Rodrigues: Nothing grows in a swamp.”
“I pray but I am lost. Am I just praying to silence?”
“I do because you are just like me. You see Jesus in Gethsemane and believe your trial is the same as His. Those five in the pit are suffering too, just like Jesus, but they don't have your pride. They would never compare themselves to Jesus. Do you have the right to make them suffer? I heard the cries of suffering in this same cell. And I acted.”
“You use the truth like poison! What a funny thing for a priest to say.”