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Can I change it for something else.,
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This review is from: Silence (AKA Chinmoku) (Masters of Cinema) [DVD]  (DVD)
I like stuff about the traditional Japanese culture, yes definitely sword movies, but the interesting characters and scenes.
I made a mistake buying this film, it never really gets off the ground (ever), the characters aren't particularly interesting, the film's more or less about Christians being tortured by the Japanese, but I can honestly say 'torture' is a feeling you'll feel personally if you try to watch the film beginning to end.
You never really feel that much sympathy for the Portuguese Christians, but you do feel that the Japanese in charge are total b*****ds.. However, after you've finished watching the film it comes at you like a B movie as opposed to a blockbuster, and you remember particular scenes that seemed uninteresting at the time, but now stick in your mind. Of course, you also remember how much trouble Christianity has caused in the world over the years, and your sympathy for Christians in Japan disappears, and you remember how intelligent the Japanese culture is, or has been.
The blurb suggests some parallel between this story and 'Heart of Darkness' or 'Apocalypse Now', I've never managed to read 'Heart of Darkness' or the original book from which the film 'Silence' is taken, but compared to 'Apocalypse Now' it doesn't have the same sophistication or intelligence to be compared.