The new film of Martin Scorsese is an old project that he was trying to turn into a movie since the early 1990s. Silence is based in a novel, that thanks to the work of the film director of Taxi driver, can be turned into a cinema masterpiece.
Visually beautiful and inspired by the natural world, this story about belief and spirituality follows the way of two Portuguese missionaries (performed by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver), facing a dangerous test of faith. In a country where Christianity was banned, the two members of the Jesuit order are looking for their mentor (Liam Neeson), who disappeared after committing apostasy.
Although the original Shusaku Endo’s book is set in 17th century Japan, Silence was entirely filmed in Taiwan:
The landscape plays a key role in Silence. After scouting filming locations across several countries, Scorsese chose Taiwan because it was recommended by director Ang Lee, who also filmed here Life of Pi. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures
View of the wonderful mountain settings of the Yangmingshan National Park, near Taipei City.
Image by Alexander Synaptic
Yangmingshan is a huge park that features scenic peaks in the top and lush subtropical rainforest in the lower areas. Quite handy for a story of hiding. Image by Jennifer
Going East, the production was also filming in the hiking area between the town of Jinguashi to the Shuangxi District.
Image by Shuan Liu
A reader from Taiwan (thank you!) suggested that this scene was filmed in Gengzi Ping Hot Springs near Changchun Valley Hot Spring Resort, in Jinshan District (north of Taipei). Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures
The county of Hualien is blessed with amazing scenery, like the gorgeous gorge of Taroko National Park.
Image by Bernard Gagnon
This cave is located in Hualien, and it's called Shiman (Stone Gate). There are a couple of links in the comments to blogs writing about this place... in Chinese. However, we couldn't identify the exact location of the beach where some sequences take place (any help, please?). What we find out is that some scenes using a tank of water were shot in an abandoned airport in the city of Taichung, the same used for the Life of Pi. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Silence was hosted in the CMPC Studios in Taipei. Some sequences, like this one representing Macau, were filmed in a replica of the old Portuguese colony built in these facilities. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Do you have more accurate info about the filming locations or Silence?
To complete this report, any feedback, suggestions or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!
Also here are the links to the latest Lonely Planet and The Rough Guide to Taiwan: