Reviewed by Gabriel of Urantia

  • Drama
  • 161 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • 4DFR rating: R (for violence, no sex scenes)

This movie by far should have won Best Film of 2016. As a matter of fact, it's one of the best films ever made. It was runner-up for cinematography and should have won that too. It is the true story of two Jesuit priests bringing the message of the Son of God coming to this planet, as Jesus, to Japan in the 17th century. The film shows the deep level of faith of the Japanese had who accepted the truth of the mission of the Christ and what they sacrificed and lost to become "Christians." It also shows the cruelty of the Japanese government, who had many horrible techniques of torture to make the Japanese Christians and the priests recant. Tens of thousands of Japanese Christians lost their lives to persecution.

This film should make modern-day Christians, especially in America, ashamed of themselves—particularly those who teach the prosperity message—because these Japanese Christians had nothing but their faith and did not gain any physical riches because of their deep faith, but like many Christian martyrs since the first century, understood the ways and walk of the cross of Christ, that their savior took to His crucifixion on Calvary. Exceptional acting by all, and of course direction perfection by Martin Scorsese.

Casting Director Ellen Lewis.

Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson. Language: mostly English, with some Japanese & Latin (subtitled).

~Gabriel of Urantia

*MPAA = Motion Picture Association of America

*4DFR = An alternative, 4th-Dimensional, rating is supplied by the author of this review

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