Belfast Telegraph

Silence review: Losing faith in ancient Japan

By Damon Smith

In 1640 Macau, Father Valignano (Ciaran Hinds) receives a letter which suggests Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) has publicly denounced God and surrendered his faith in Japan.

Young priests Sebastiao Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver), proteges of Ferreira, refuse to believe the correspondence and persuade Father Valignano to allow them to seek out their mentor. The priests sail to the coastal town of Tomogi in the company of a disreputable guide, Kichijiro (Yosuke Kubozuka). "We must be careful. There's a price of 300 pieces of silver for you," he explains. "Three hundred? Judas only got 30," replies Rodrigues. Aided by God-fearing villagers including Mokichi (Shin'ya Tsukamoto) and Ichizo (Yoshi Oida), Rodrigues and Garupe secretly tend to Japanese flocks.

Two stars

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