Silence (aka Chinmoku)

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Masahiro Shinoda

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  • Actors: David Lampson; Shima Iwashita; Yoshi Kato; Tetsuro Tanba
    Director: Masahiro Shinoda
    Format: PAL
    Language: Japanese
    Subtitles: English
    Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
    Number of discs: 1
    Classification: 12

    Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
    DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
    Run Time: 129 minutes


Masahiro Shinoda, 1971

  • Adapted from the renowned novel by Shusaku Endo, Masahiro Shinoda’s 1971 film Silence (Chinmoku, co-written with Endo) explores the violent cultural conflict amid the arrival of Jesuit missionaries in seventeenth-century Japan. Shinoda’s excellent direction coupled with a pensive score by the legendary Toru Takemitsu gives cinematic expression to inner spiritual paradox, and imbues with religious mystery a landscape that seems already sentient with wind, rain, and light.

    Two Portuguese priests disembark upon an anonymous Japanese shore. Under cover of nightfall, they seek to infiltrate those Christian sects driven underground by a ruthless magistracy, and re-establish the foothold of the Church on the isolated island-nation. Soon, however, the priests find themselves drawn into the mire of persecution, and gradually learn the truth behind the ominous disappearance of another Catholic missionary decades earlier…

    By way of a heavily made-up and polyglot Tetsuro Tanba (Assassination, Kwaidan, Samurai Spy), Silence builds toward a revelation that approaches the impact of Colonel Kurtz’s entrance in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (or Marlon Brando’s take on Kurtz in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now). Rendered in a tender colour palette courtesy of master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Yojimbo, Ugetsu monogatari), Silence unearths lies and beauty at the intersection of religion and Japanese society. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present for the first time on DVD in the UK Masahiro Shinoda’s Silence based upon the same novel that has intrigued American filmmaker Martin Scorsese for decades, and spurred his own work on a film adaptation of the source material.

    • Newly restored high-definition Toho transfer
    • New and improved optional English subtitles
    • Full-colour PDF facsimiles of two historical texts long out-of-print:
    • —- A History of the Missions in Japan and Paraguay by Cecilia Mary Caddell (314 pages, c. 1856)
    • —- Japan’s Martyr Church by Sister Mary Bernard (130 pages, c. 1926)
    • A 20-page booklet containing a new essay by writer Doug Cummings, and more…

      Japan | 129 min.
      1.33:1 OAR

  • Price: 24.99
    UK Sterling (new)(includes UK postage & packaging)

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