Directed by Martin Scorsese

Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson

I wanted to see this movie when it was released but I never got to it. Now that it was available on Prime I decided to see it. The film is not often mentioned among Scorsese’s films but still, I wanted to see it.

The story takes place in the 1600s in Japan at a time when those who professed to be Christian were persecuted. Two priests got to Japan to find out the truth about a priest that was rumored to have denied the faith after being tortured. For a while, they are hidden by Christians until they are captured. A Journey that tests the two priests’ faith.

What a beautiful film. I mean that first in terms of the location and the cinematography. Also, the richness in the story and Scorsese’s direction. It is a sensitive subject and as a neutral source, Scorsese delivers an honest look at the situation and both religions. The one thing that hurts the film is its length, at almost three hours, it took me a few days to finish it, not because I was not liking the movie but for lack of time.

The performances are great. Andrew Garfield proves here again that he is truly among the best actors working today. The same goes for Adam Driver. Then you add Liam Neeson and you get three great performances. The Japanese actors were so convincing and powerful in their performances.

As a fan of Scorsese, I believe he delivered a special film. It is worth watching it even if just to see the performance by Andrew, Adam, and Liam.

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