Martin Scorsese to make movie about Jesuit mission in Japan

Famed movie director Martin Scorsese is to make a film based on the Jesuit Catholic mission to Japan in the 17th century.

The film will be based on “Silence” by Japanese author Shusako Endo.

It is based on the story of Tome Ferreira (1580-1650), a Portuguese Jesuit missionary, who renounced the Christian faith under torture in order to save the group of Christians arrested with him.

His apostasy, however, had dire consequences when he was forced to cooperate in denouncing other Christians on Japanese territory.

Many secular and religious experts will be involved in Scorsese’s epic, which will star such luminaries as Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield (who starred in the latest Spiderman movies).

Scorsese directed the controversial “The Last Temptation of Christ” in the 1980s.

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