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Death Note (2006)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | 17 June 2006 (Japan)
A battle between the world's two 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.

Director:

Shûsuke Kaneko

Writers:

Tsugumi Ôba (original manga), Takeshi Obata (original manga) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Light Yagami
Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... L
Asaka Seto ... Naomi Misora
Shigeki Hosokawa Shigeki Hosokawa ... FBI Agent Raye Iwamatsu
Erika Toda ... Misa Amane
Shunji Fujimura ... Watari
Takeshi Kaga ... Sôichiro Yagami
Yû Kashii ... Shiori Akino
Shidô Nakamura ... Ryuk (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryôhei Abe Ryôhei Abe
Sota Aoyama ... Detective Tôta Matsuda
Norman England Norman England ... FBI Agent
Masanori Fujita Masanori Fujita ... Stalker
Michiko Godai ... Sachiko Yagami
Miyuki Komatsu Miyuki Komatsu ... Detective Sanami
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 June 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Note: The First Name See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,667,169
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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | DTS (DTS-HD master audio) (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 27 mins) Light can briefly be seen reading Jenseits von Gut und Böse (English: Beyond Good and Evil) by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The basic concept of the book is that good and evil are not absolute, but rather social constructions and thus have different meanings varying from society to society. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) After L has installed cameras in Light's room and watches him from multiple angles, at one point some of the screens show Light is about to sit down, whereas on other screens Light is already sitting comfortably. See more »

Quotes

Light Yagami: The law has its limits.
Shiori Kashino: Everything has limits.
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Connections

Spoofed in Yattâman: Bakademîshou o toruno da koron! (2008) See more »

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Dani California
Performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Excellent Film
25 March 2008 | by Ore-SamaSee all my reviews

Despite what some may say, this is as great as adaptation of the manga as one could ask for. The actors portray their characters perfectly. The calm menace of Light is portrayed perfectly, with a clear distinction between Light and "Kira" Light, which is impressive considering anime would allow stronger visual cues. L is an honest to god incarnation of his manga and anime counter part down to the smallest detail. Ryuk is also impressive, the CGI effects do him justice and his voice is much better then the one for the subbed anime which was horrendous.

Now obviously the plot needed to be condensed and changed but they did very well. All the important parts are there and the ending, which strays far from the manga, is actually even better then what actually happened in that instance in the story. It wasn't conveyed the complex story involving a genius highschool student who's use of a notebook that kills people that get's him involved in a proverbial chess match with the detective L, but they did a fine job. Misa, despite her short screen time, acted the part of Misa perfectly, down to the voice.

Fans of the manga should enjoy as long as they don't expect an exact replica of the manga, and fans of thrillers should enjoy this as well.

9.5/10


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