Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese said Thursday in Taipei that his dream of filming the historical drama "Silence" was achieved in Taiwan, and he hopes to give the film as a "gift" to the Taiwanese people.
"It's an extraordinary thing to be here to present the film, a film that I have been working on for many, many years," the 74-year-old American director said at the premiere of "Silence" in Taiwan.
"It has been a dream of mine and that was brought to fruition here in this extraordinary country of Taiwan. It was a great inspiration and I hope that it does justice to all of you," said Scorsese, who had attempted to make the film for three decades.
Scorsese attended the Thursday event along with the film's producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff and co-writer Jay Cocks. Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) made an appearance to show support for the film.
"Silence," which was shot in Taipei, Hualien, Taichung and other places in Taiwan, will go on general release in Taiwan on Feb. 17.
The film is an adaptation of Japanese writer Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel of the same name. It is about the persecution of two Jesuit priests who traveled to Japan in the 17th Century to find their mentor and spread Christianity.
The film's cast includes "Taken" star Liam Neeson and "Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield.
(By Christie Chen)