1861. French silk merchant Hervé Joncour (Michael Pitt--Last Days) travels to Japan, a nation closed to all foreigners. There, from an enigmatic nobleman, Joncour clandestinely obtains eggs to breed silkworms--and break the Japanese stranglehold on the precious fabric. There Joncour also meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed.
Starring Keira Knightley, Michael Pitt, Kôji Yakusho
Director François Girard