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Film Review: ‘Death Note: Light Up the New World’

Film Review: ‘Death Note: Light Up the New World’
Too many Grim Reapers spoil the wake in “Death Note: Light Up the New World” — an over-plotted, action-heavy reboot of the groundbreaking Japanese vigilante fantasy that makes murder as easy as jotting down someone’s name. Picking up 10 years after Shusuke Kaneto’s two-part Asian hit, the new installment helmed by Shinsuke Sato tries to multiply the fun by unleashing three shinigami (“Gods of Death”) and six Death Notes on the world. Lacking the scintillating mind games that made the original so watchable, the film is at best a broad action-thriller. Despite good pre-sales in Asia, the movie has yet to bow Stateside but may serve as a warm-up to Adam Wingard’s remake of Kaneto’s superior version.

A 2003 manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takashi Obata, “Death Note” centers on Light Yagami, alias Kira, who decides to “cleanse the world of crime” after receiving a
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Japan Box Office: Warner’s ‘Death Note’ Ends ‘Your Name’ Dominance

Japan Box Office: Warner’s ‘Death Note’ Ends ‘Your Name’ Dominance
Tokyo – “Death Note: Light up the New World,” the latest installment in a comic-based series depicting the fallout from death-dealing supernatural notebooks, topped the Japanese box office for the Oct. 29-30 weekend.

Released on 364 screens by Warner, the film earned $4.37 million on 342,000 admissions. This was nearly 40% less than the opening weekend take of the previous series entry, the 2006 “Death Note: The Last Name,” which finished with $49.5 million.

The box office leader for the past nine weekends, Toho’s animation “Your Name,” slipped to number two, but is still on track to finish near the $200 milestone.

The highest ranking new arrival in the top ten, at number three, was Sony’s “Inferno.” Bowing on Friday, Oct. 28, the film recorded $2.5 million on 194,000 admissions for the weekend.
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Warner Japan Signs For Third ‘Death Note’

Warner Japan Signs For Third ‘Death Note’
Tokyo — Warner Japan and Nippon TV network are producing a new feature in their internationally popular “Death Note” franchise, Japanese media sources have reported.

With the working title “Death Note 2016,” the film will update the original 2006 film pair, in which a genius college student (Tatsuya Fujiwara) discovers a mysterious notebook that enables its possessor to deal death by writing the victim’s name on its pages. When the student, Light Yagami, goes on a killing spree, a reclusive private detective known only L (Kenichi Matsuyama) takes up the case.

The producers have not detailed the story of the new film, though it will involve six notebooks, six rules regarding their use and world-wide cyber-terror.

They have also not yet announced who will be cast as Light Yagami and L in their new incarnations, though the director will be Shinsuke Sato, whose credits include the 2011 hit “Gantz” fantasy/action duology.

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50 Greatest Comic Book Movie Adaptations

When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!


55. The Adventures of Tintin

Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular
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