early christianity

early christianity

Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: The Martyr

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Part of a 1986 Japanese TV series called “Animated Classics of Japanese Literature,” this half-hour segment is adapted from a story written in 1918 by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927), best-known as the author of “Rashomon.” This tale of early Christianity in 16th century Japan deals with Lorenzo, an adolescent orphan accepted into the Church of Santa Lucia in Nagasaki and whose piety impresses everyone until a local girl accuses Lorenzo of impregnating her. Cast out by the church, Lorenzo wanders alone until a catastrophe strikes the village and a selfless act brings out the truth. It’s a sad, tragic tale and a rare look at the practice of Christianity in Japan before it was suppressed in the 17th century. In Japanese with English subs.