Shusaku Endo's "Silence":
I love the climax scene in this original novel much more than the same scene in the Martin Scorsese's movie even if I think the scene in the movie is excellent too.

In the original novel it seems to be that the protagonist Father Rodrigo can speak Japanese fairy well like the antagonist Mr. Inoue and many of Japanese Christian peasants can speak English (= Portuguese) in the movie.

But in the movie Father Rodrigo can't speak Japanese so well unlike the novel. And also I feel in the novel Japanese Christian peasants can't speak Portuguese so well unlike in the movie, because their Japanese lines in the novel are mainly in their own Southern accent but not in Standard Japanese.

Please note that Samurai including Mr. Inoue speak Standard Japanese both in the novel and the movie.

I believe this is the bold but great change in the movie version.


Keanu Reeves' "John Wick 2" was released theatrically on February 10 in the United States and seems to be released in Mexico within a week.

But here in Japan we must wait another five months!!! Because I was told "John Wick 2" would be released theatrically on July 7 in Japan.

Yet, this is 'still' better treatment than Amy Adams' "Arrival" because it will be released in May in Japan even though it was released theatrically last November in the United States. And also its Blu-ray Disc has already released in the United this early February.

Last year we must have waited to see Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Revenant" for four months until it was released late April.

Why only in Japan these crazy things keep happening?

I'd like to know the Why!



Martin Scorsese's "Silence":
Now I am reading its original novel "沈黙"(Silence) which was written by 遠藤周作(Shusaku Endo).

In it the protagonist Father Sebastian Rodrigo said that the Japanese peasants were forced to work like Oxen/Horses (=Slaves), and all of Buddhism Priests were in the rulers' side and they've never tried to rescue any enslaved peasants.

But please remember this role had been fulfilled by almost all of Priests of 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' more than 50 years ago until 1580 before they were completely defeated by the former ruler, Nobunaga Oda and obeyed the rulers afterward.

Yes!!! The Christianity was 'Just' the replacement of 'the True Pure Land Buddhism.'

Martin Scorsese's "Silence":
As you see the movie the Tokugawa family government persecuted the Japanese Christians very cruelly early 17th century.

But still compared with what the former Japanese ruler, Nobunaga Oda did to the people of 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' in late 16th century, the persecution against the Christians by the Tokugawa family might be sweet treatments.


Because Nobunaga Oda attacked the people of 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' by setting fire with blocking off their exits and massacred them by hundred thousand even after they were surrendered. Nobunaga Oda called it "根絶やし"(Nedayashi/Eradication) and enjoyed it.

Please note that the base ground of 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' was located in the City of Osaka which is next to Kyoto. That base ground was called "石山本願寺"(Ishiyama Hongan-ji Temple) and was verily located where the Osaka Castle is located now. So the real founder of the City of Osaka is 'the True Pure Land Buddhism.'







②Doctor Strange
⑤The Accountant
⑥Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
⑦The Magnificent Seven
第4位の"Silence"と第6位の"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"は素晴らしい作品でした。でも、ベスト3には入れられない大きな欠陥があるのです。




ティム・バートン監督の"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children":


Martin Scorsese's "Silence":
Why 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' and the Christianity provoked "Religious Fervor" among the Japanese populace at that time?

It's because in those days they were in a living hell as you see the movie unlike today. So they needed and strongly believed in "(極楽)浄土"(Gokuraku-Joudo/Paradise-Pure Land) which they could go after the death.

After 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' was defeated against the Japanese rulers, the Christianity took over the position which it had assumed for more than a hundred years.

And then the ruler of Japan, the Tokugawa family started to worry about its "Religious Fervor" which was easily led to a strong rebellion against its government.

*Actually the Tokugawa government had the war against the Christians in Shimabara, Kyushu just a few of years ago before the era of the movie.

Please read the following link, especially about "浄土真宗"(Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism/the True Pure Land Buddhism) which was the most powerful Buddhism school in Japan from 15th century to 16th century.

The two rulers who followed Nobunaga Oda were Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ieyasu Tokugawa. And they thought and were very afraid that the Christianity must have taken over the role of 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' as a powerful revel force against their governments because the Christianity and 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' had one thing in common. It's 'Religious Fervor.'

Martin Scorsese's "Silence":
Why Japanese rulers started to persecute Christians late 16th century?

The one reason must be that Japanese rulers knew what happened in the American continent. Especially in the Southern American continent which was invaded and conquered by the Spaniards and Portugueses. And most importantly Japanese rulers knew their invasions and conquests were always together with their religion, Christianity!

But why the Christianity spread in Japan at high speed in the middle of 16th century in the first place?

It's 'Only' because the ruler of that era, Nobunaga Oda was very positive on the mission of the Christianity. Why? He had the decade of war against 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' which was very powerful not only religiously but also politically. Nobunaga Oda wanted to use the new religion, the Christianity against the Buddhism, especially against its one powerful school, 'the True Pure Land Buddhism.'

Nobunaga Oda won the war against 'the True Pure Land Buddhism in 1580. But he was assassinated by his man, Mitsuhide Akechi in 1584.

And then the great Tragedy for Christians began.

The two rulers who followed Nobunaga Oda were Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ieyasu Tokugawa. And they thought and were very afraid that the Christianity must have taken over the role of 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' as a powerful revel force against their governments because the Christianity and 'the True Pure Land Buddhism' had one thing in common. It's 'Religious Fervor.'


これ、"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Ultimate Edition"「バットマンvsスーパーマン ジャスティスの誕生 完全版」のあのシーンを撮影したものだけど….、編集に致命的な失敗をした劇場公開版と違い、完全版は何度観ても素晴らしい!!!



I bought a 21:9 liquid-crystal display for PC use but not a 16:9 display for TV use because I don't watch TV programs. What I need for a display is to see movies by playing DVDs or Blue-ray discs.

And also this is the 21:9 display but not 16:9 one.

Why? I'd like to see CinemaScope movies in full-screen mode.


Ben Affleck's "The Accountant":

I love this movie very much.

This is a Keanu Reeves's "John Wick" type movie. But "The Accountant" is much deeper than "John Wick" in its themes and appealing powers.

This is the why I love this movie. (^_^)

And also I love what happened in the climax battle because the riddle that something important was lacked to be talked about was resolved.