Every Christ follower remembers what Christ said, that we will be hated because of His name, but we can rejoice because like His, our reward is great with the Father and with Him, the Judge.
All that reading, and the words of Jesus didn't stick, for priest and murderer alike.
Faith without knowledge is just as changeable as faith with only emotion. Everyone who knows who Christ is by name really is forced to be for or against Him, and this film helps paint a picture of that. And if for, then nothing less than all for; if against, nothing less than dead - first and second death.
Gut punches of faith throughout. If Nitto really said these things, he understood things; and whether he lost faith and vision in the end or not, his place and timing of death say much about this man who abused his gifts (perhaps of prophesy, wisdom) and lost (more than just) the race.
This film and this life leave us to decide whether we can forgive, whether Jesus can forgive, whether faith is worth it, and whether we will go the way of the world (of the prince) or the way of the King.