Masahiro Shinoda directed the 1971 film Chinmoku, an adaptation from the novel.
Composer and poet Teizo Matsumura wrote the libretto and music for an opera with the same title, which was premiered at the New National Theatre in Tokyo in 2000.
In 2007, American film director Martin Scorsese announced his intention to direct an adaptation of the book which he had hoped to film in summer 2008. In 2009, it was announced on Empireonline.com that Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro were signed to star in Scorsese's film adaptation. In 2013, Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata and Ken Watanabe were attached, which enters production in June 2014. In 2014, Adam Driver was attached to the film adaptation. In January 2015, Watanabe was forced to leave the project due to scheduling issues and was replaced by Tadanobu Asano.
The novel inspired Symphony no. 3 Silence, composed in 2002 by Scottish musician James MacMillan.