The Silk Road (film)

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The Silk Road
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Directed by Junya Satō [1]
Written by Yasushi Inoue (story)
Junya Satō (screenplay)
Starring Toshiyuki Nishida
Music by Masaru Satō
CinematographyAkira Shiizuka
Edited byAkira Suzuki
Distributed by Toho
Release date
June 25, 1988
Running time
143 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office¥8.2 billion(Japan)

The Silk Road (Japanese: 敦煌, Hepburn: Tonkō), also known as Dun-Huang, is a 1988 Japanese film directed by Junya Satō. The movie was adapted from the 1959 novel Tun-Huang by Yasushi Inoue. The backdrop of the plotline is the Mogao Caves, a Buddhist manuscript trove in Dunhuang, Western China, located along the Silk Road during the Song dynasty in the 11th century.


The film was released in Japan and China on June 25, 1988. [2] It was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony. [3] It is one of the highest-grossing Japanese films of all time.



The Silk Road was the number one Japanese film on the domestic market in 1988, earning ¥4.5 billion in distribution income that year. [4] It was the third highest-grossing Japanese film up until then, after Antarctica and The Adventures of Milo and Otis , and remains one of the highest-grossing Japanese films. [5] As of 2013, the film has grossed a total of ¥8.2 billion ($84.15 million) in Japan. [6]

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