Martin Scorsese thanks Taiwan for helping him give voice to his religious epic Silence

Scorsese’s film about Christian missionaries in Japan, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, took 25 years to make – and the US director says it was Taiwan that inspired him while shooting there

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 January, 2017, 1:01pm
UPDATED : Friday, 20 January, 2017, 4:26pm

Director Martin Scorsese took his religious film Silence back to Taiwan, thanking it for providing the filming location for his decades-long project.

Although Silence is set in Japan and tells the story of 17th century Christian missionaries at a time when Christianity was outlawed, it was filmed entirely in Taiwan.

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“It’s been a dream of mine that was brought to fruition here in this extraordinary country of Taiwan and it was a great inspiration and I hope it does justice to all of you,” Scorsese said ahead of the premiere in Taipei on Thursday.

“It’s taken over 25 years to make and by the time we did get to make it, Taiwan was the place and the people that really brought the picture to life,” the American director said.

The film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson.