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Death Note (2006)

Death Note: Desu nôto (original title)
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.


Shûsuke Kaneko


Tsugumi Ôba (original manga), Takeshi Obata (original manga) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Light Yagami
Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... L / Ryûzaki
Asaka Seto Asaka Seto ... Naomi Misora
Yû Kashii ... Shiori Akino
Shigeki Hosokawa Shigeki Hosokawa ... FBI Sôsakan Raye
Michiko Godai ... Sachiko Yagami
Hikari Mitsushima ... Sayu Yagami
Ikuji Nakamura Ikuji Nakamura ... Ukita
Sota Aoyama ... Matsuda (as Aoyama Sôta)
Shin Shimizu Shin Shimizu ... Mogi
Tatsuhito Okuda ... Aizawa
Miyuki Komatsu Miyuki Komatsu ... Sanami
Takeo Nakahara ... Matsubara
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Saeki Keisatsuchô chôkan
Yoji Tanaka Yoji Tanaka ... Sasaki (as Tanaka Yôji)


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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(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 »


(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 »


Light Yagami: The law has its limits.
Shiori Kashino: Everything has limits.
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Followed by Death Note: L Change the World (2008) See more »


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User Reviews

Death note.
17 November 2006 | by helmuttySee all my reviews

Well, I am new to death note, I decided to watch it in cinema and it was great. There was a twist in the plot. It made me want to know what was going to happen soon. It did not waste my two hours, but although it was a bit slow but still it was a great movie. I did not read the comics but guessing from the poster, it look great. Although, the characters from the comics did not really fit the actors, the acting was okay. The story was simple, Light received the death note and killed bad guys....L was tracking him down. Dead simple but there were twists in the plot, the ending was a big twist. I would decide what would happen. I hope Death note 2 is better than this when watching Death note 2 trailer.

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. [Japan]





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 »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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