Picturehouse Entertainment | Release Date: September 14, 2007
Summary: Based on the number one international bestselling novel by Alessandro Baricco, Silk is a sweeping romantic drama woven around a material of ethereal fragility: silkworm eggs. When the pébrine epidemic--the spotted silkworm disease that ravaged eggs from European hatcheries in the 1860s--spread overseas, eggs from as far away as Africa and India became infected; thus, the entire European silk trade seemed doomed. To continue his lucrative trade, Baldabiou--a roguish French trader--decides to send young military officer Herve Joncour on a perilous mission to Japan, separating Herve for months on end from Helene, his lovely and devoted schoolteacher wife. Prior to the opening of the Suez Canal, Japan produced the finest silk in the world for thousands of years and was considered a dominion forbidden to foreigners--quite literally the opposite end of the world. It is here that Herve encounters the powerful and feared local baron, Hara Jubei, with whom he will trade for the precious silkworm eggs. And it is here, in a world unlike anything that Herve has experienced before, that he becomes entranced by the baron's concubine, a deeply mysterious girl of intoxicating beauty. Without speaking one another's language, they share a doomed, obsessive love. A film of painterly beauty and ravishing romance, Silk is a historically rapturous epic romance of east meets west. (Picturehouse)
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Runtime: 107 min
Rating: Rated R for sexuality and nudity.
Production: Fandango
Genres: Drama, Romance
Countries: Japan, UK, France, Italy, Canada
Languages: English, Latin, Japanese
Home Release Date: Feb 26, 2008
Director Credit
François Girard Director
Writer Credit
Alessandro Baricco Writer
François Girard Writer
Michael Golding Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Keira Knightley Hélène Joncour
Michael Pitt Hervé Joncour
Cast Credit
Alfred Molina Baldabiou
Carlo Cecchi Priest
Chiara Stampone Béatrice Berbek
Hiroya Morita Japanese Elder #1
Kenneth Welsh Mayor Joncour
Leslie Csuth M. Loiseau
Marc Fiorini M. Chabert
Martha Burns Mme. Joncour
Michael Golding Clerk
Sei Ashina The Girl
Toni Bertorelli Verdun
Tony Vogel Café Verdun Man #1
Toru Tezuka Japanese Guide
Producer Credit
Akira Ishii Executive Producer
Alessandro Baricco Executive Producer
Barbara Willis Sweete Associate Producer: Rhombus Media
Cam Galano Executive Producer
Domenico Procacci Producer
François Girard Executive Producer
Gianluca Leurini Line Producer: Italy
Jacques Méthé Producer: Quebec
Jonathan Debin Executive Producer
Larry Weinstein Associate Producer: Rhombus Media
Masaru Koibuchi Line Producer: Japan
Nadine Luque Producer
Niv Fichman Producer
Patrice Theroux Executive Producer
Rami Rabei Line Producer: Second Unit, Egypt
Sahar Nasser Associate Producer: Second Unit, Egypt
Sheena Macdonald Associate Producer: Rhombus Media
Sonoko Sakai Producer
Tom Yoda Executive Producer
Yasushi Shiina Executive Producer