Death Note (2006)
"Desu nôto" (original title)

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A battle between the world's 2 greatest minds begins when Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to rid the world of criminals.



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Credited cast:
Asaka Seto ...
Shigeki Hosokawa ...
Erika Toda ...
Shunji Fujimura ...
Takeshi Kaga ...
Yû Kashii ...
Ryuk (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryôhei Abe
Sota Aoyama ...
Shiori Akino (voice)
Soichiro Yagami (voice)
Misa Amane (voice)


Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals, and soon the world's greatest detective, "L," is hired to find the perpetrator. An all out battle between the greatest minds on earth begins, the winner controlling the world. Written by Ryuzaki

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The human whose name is written in this note shall die.


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Release Date:

17 June 2006 (Japan)  »

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Death Note: The First Name  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$627,378 (Hong Kong) (11 August 2006)


$1,633,399 (Hong Kong) (25 August 2006)

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Did You Know?


The character of Light Yagami is played by Tatsuya Fujiwara. Tatsuya Fujiwara is most famous for his role in Battle Royale. See more »


On the subway, when Raye Iwamatsu first opens the file containing the FBI agent IDs, it first reads his name as Raye Penber (his original name in the anime). When the window is enlarged, it is switched back to Raye Iwamatsu. See more »


Ryuuk: You know, Light... you're more of a Shinigami than any Shinigami I ever met.
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Version of Death Note (2006) See more »


Dani California
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An Overall great film!
6 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie last night, and I thought it was very good. Repeating others, it would probably be better to read the manga a bit to see the changes, but the changes weren't that horrible. Some of the action is a bit wishy-washy(such as the heart attacks), but L was very good. The actor definitely captivated you as the character from the anime and movie. Raito was believable, but he didn't seem as genius as he did in the movie. The animation on Ryuk was also pretty sweet, only bad in one or two angles. I definitely can't wait to see "The Last Name". Already reading the ending, I think the director did a good job in changing some of the views and order of things.

Overall though, this movie is a must see!!!

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