For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
8 Ratings

The Eyes of Asia

Os Olhos da Ásia

Directed by João Mário Grilo
Portugal, France, 1996
Drama, History


Julião of Nakamura, a priest of Society of Jesus, was the first of four young ambassadors sent to Rome by the Jesuits in 1538, as proof that Japan had converted to Christianity. 50 years after that historic event, his faith & beliefs are challenged by the Shogun who dare him to abandon his religion.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
The Eyes of Asia Directed by João Mário Grilo

What are people saying?

  • José Neves's rating of the film The Eyes of Asia

    35mm. Unexpectedly, from a filmmaker usually "academic" (literally, teacher and film essayist), an object of immense suitability to his subject, which if on one hand meets the precepts of that academicism - the sections associated with Geraldine Chaplin - on other associates what more aesthetically inventive exists in the theatrical tradition of "new Portuguese cinema" - the one of the authors who started in the 60s.

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Eyes of Asia

    João Perry as Padre (Cristovão) Ferreira is 10-times better than Neeson's weakling Fuhrearuh. A criminally underrated film. The Portuguese priests speak Portuguese (1), Japanese (2) and Latin (3), the Japanese priests speak Japanese (1), Latin (2) and occasionally Portuguese (Padre Julião Nakaura at least). Yoshi Oida stars in both films but he's much more moving and haunting as Padre Julião Nakaura than as Ichizo.

Related films