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.
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.