REVIEW: DEATH NOTE (2017)

CAST

Nat Wolff (Paper Towns)
Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers)
Keith Stanfield (The Purge: Anarchy)
Paul Nakauchi (Dark Metropolis)
Shea Whigham (Agent Carter)
Willem Dafoe (American Psycho)
Masi Oka (Heroes)
Michael Shamus Wiles (Breaking Bad)
Paul McGillion (Stargate: Atlantis)

In Seattle, Light Turner, while doing other high school students’ homework in exchange for money, encounters a notebook marked “Death Note” as it falls from the sky next to him, alongside the rain. Placing the book in his bag, he attempts to stop Kenny, an oft-held-back student, from assaulting Mia Sutton, getting knocked out in the process. Upon waking, Light is sent to detention for doing other students’ homework, their papers having been knocked from his bag. In detention, while the supervisor leaves on an errand, Light encounters the death god Ryuk after reading some of the Death Note’s rules, leaving him in a state of terror. Believing himself to be dreaming, Light absentmindedly puts Kenny’s name into the Death Note after Ryuk pressures him to. Requesting he write a cause of death, Light writes “decapitation”. Looking out the window, Light witnesses Kenny’s death, shocking him.At home, Light, after a conversation with his father about justice, and upon learning of the rules of the Death Note from Ryuk, writes the name of the man who ran down his mother in the Death Note, who had gone unprosecuted due to his criminal connections. Elsewhere, the man is killed after falling upon his steak knife at a restaurant. The following morning, Light’s father receives news of this. Despite previous comments regarding the matter, he is glad of the man’s death.The following day, in the gym, Mia approaches Light, asking him what the book (Death Note) he’s holding is. Light brings Mia to the school library and tells her about Ryuk and the Death Note, demonstrating its power on a man holding his family hostage nearby. The two read through the Death Note, noting that previous users had used it for either profit or personal revenge. Mia and Light decide to kill criminals worldwide to improve society under the guise of a “god”, which Light decides to name Kira, being Russian for light, as well as Japanese for “Killer”. Upon having their first victims, the contents of the “Top 10 World’s Most Wanted” list, sign “Kira” in perfect Japanese on their walls, Mia and Light leave the world believing Kira to be Japanese.Kira becomes loved by the public and the majority of law enforcement officials. Mia and Light become lovers. In Japan, the enigmatic detective known only as “L” successfully deduced that Kira is a citizen of Seattle, having leaked information about obscure Japanese criminals to the Seattle Police Department, and having identified the third person killed by Light with the Death Note as having been killed by Kira. L, alongside his assistant/father figure Watari, travel to Seattle.As a fan of the Japanese films this new one is actually good, if u have not seen it yet watch it and judge it for yourselves regardless of what others say. I enjoyed it very much.

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REVIEW: DEATH NOTE: THE SERIES

Light Yagami, an ordinary university student, receives a death note which changes his life. The death note awakens his warped sense of justice and genius.

Death Note TV Series is based on the popular Manga of the same name. This is not the first time we’ve seen a live adaptation of the manga as there were three movies released in Japan and later released in America with English Voice overs from the original cast of the Anime! Although these movies were great, I feel there’s only so much that can be done when you’re restricted to the time-frame of a film. The TV Series has the potential to flesh out the story with a steady pace so it wont feel rushed and it leaves the door open for proper character development as each episode is around fifty minutes long! UntitledSo far the TV show has shown some new twists on the established story that follows Light Yagami (Kira) and thats not a bad thing! I’ve read the manga, watched the anime, and seen the films and I am excited to see where the TV version will take it!

REVIEW: DEATH NOTE: THE NEW GENERATION

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CAST

Masahiro Higashide (Parasyte)
Sosuke Ikematsu (The Long Excuse)
Masaki Suda (Kamen Rider W)
Rina Kawaei (Toto Neechan)
Sota Aoyama (Ultraman X)
Mina Fujii (My New Sassy Girl)
Daisuke Sakaguchi (Gintama)
Kenichi Matsuyama (Shindo)
Mikihiro Ogawa (Ichi)
Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale)

he-lo-pv-moi-nhat-danh-cho-death-note-light-up-the-new-world-imageThe miniseries focuses on the three new lead characters of the film Death Note: Light Up the NEW World: Tsukuru Mishima, Ryuzaki, and Yuki Shien. Each episode provides backstory for one of the characters and bridges the 10-year gap between the previous films, which canonically took place in 2005-2006, and the new film taking place in 2016.2016-11-01_054547I really like this live action mini series version of Death Note. It is a very engrossing story and has a much better pace than the anime series. It’s nice to see what happene sbetween the films and is worth watching for any Death Note fan.

REVIEW: DEATH NOTE: LIGHT UP THE NEW WORLD

CAST

Masahiro Higashide (Parasyte)
Sosuke Ikematsu (The Long Excuse)
Masaki Suda (Kamen Rider W)
Erika Toda (Blade The Immortal)
Rina Kawaei (Toto Neechan)
Mikihiro Ogawa (Ichi)
Sota Aoyama (Ultraman X)
Eiichiro Funakoshi (Nekonin)
Miyuki Sawashiro (Galaxy Angel X)
Tori Matsuzaka (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger)
Kenichi Matsuyama (Shindo)
Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale)
Kensei Mikami (Perfect Blue)

In 2006, Light Yagami (aka “Kira”) battled the detective L in his attempt to rid the world of crime, aided by the power of a Death Note – a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written inside. Ten years later, in a world afflicted with cyber-terrorism, a chain of unexplained deaths suggests that Death Notes are being used once more. Interpol quickly assigns L’s biological successor, Ryuzaki, to the newly established “Death Note Task Force”, led by Detective Tsukuru Mishima. They quickly secure a notebook during a murder spree in Shibuya, after its owner, Sakura Aoi, is killed by another Death Note. Upon touching Aoi’s notebook, the Task Force meets and questions its original owner – a Shinigami (“god of death”) named Beppo – who reveals that there are six Death Notes currently in the human world; this is the maximum number that can exist there at any one time. The Task Force resolves to find the remaining five Death Notes.Similarly, Aoi’s killer – cyber-terrorist Yuki Shien – vows to acquire all the notebooks, believing he is on a mission from Light via his Shinigami, Ryuk. Inciting global panic with a virus featuring a video of Light as Kira, Shien then makes contact with Light’s girlfriend and former ally, Misa Amane. After restoring her memories of Death Notes and gifting her with his, Shien asks Misa to disclose information which he believes will reveal where Light is hiding; she refuses, having watched Light seemingly die ten years ago. Undaunted, Shien uses his exceptional hacking abilities to locate three Death Notes, killing their owners in the process. He then impersonates Kira via another virus, threatening a killing spree unless L’s successor reveals his name and face. In response, Ryuzaki spreads a CGI video of the original L, inviting Kira to a website intended to trick him into revealing his location. Anticipating this, Shien escapes before killing one of the original Kira investigators – Touta Matsuda. Fearing that the investigation is compromised, the Japanese government dissolves the Death Note Task Force.Refusing to give up, Mishima finds a hidden message in Ryuzaki’s video: “I own the last Death Note”. Enraged, Mishima confronts Ryuzaki in his home and discovers the latter’s unconventional relationship with his Shinigami, Arma. However, Ryuzaki reveals that his Death Note is blank, having promised L before his death that he would never use one. Upon leaving, Mishima is arrested on suspicion of compromising the investigation. A year prior, Mishima was tasked with locating Hikari Yagami, Light’s secret successor who was placed in the care of prosecutor Teru Mikami. However, both Yagami and Mikami subsequently vanished, leading the police to suspect Mishima of conspiring with Kira. After Mishima is interrogated, Ryuzaki frees him so that he can access the Task Force’s Death Note and confront the new Kira. Agreeing to meet Ryuzaki at the National Arts Centre, Shien again asks Misa for her help, which she reluctantly gives.After three Task Force members return to the case, they head with Ryuzaki to meet Shien, who has been lured with the promise that Ryuzaki will reveal his face and the team’s Death Notes. Mishima remains at headquarters to instruct them – however, contact is cut by a jamming signal made by Shien. Forced to reveal their faces, Ryuzaki and two Task Force members are killed by Misa, who has acquired “Shinigami Eyes” which display a person’s real name above their head. Misa then gives Shien the information he needs but warns him that Light is definitely dead; his name did not appear when she looked at her picture of him. Finally, Misa kills herself with a Death Note page.Realising that the Kira who gave him his task is an imposter, Shien arrives at the secret location and sacrifices half of his life span to obtain Shinigami Eyes – deciding to kill the imposter and take his place as Neo Kira. Shien is then shocked to be confronted by Mishima and Ryuzaki; the latter suspects Neo Kira wrote his name much earlier and specified a later time of death. Ryuzaki then reveals that he believes Mishima is Neo Kira – and upon touching Shien’s Death Note, Mishima remembers everything. Having witnessed Teru Mikami turn insane and murder Hikari Yagami, Mishima killed Mikami and replaced Yagami as Neo Kira. Mishima later gave up ownership of his notebook and instructed Ryuk to give it to Shien, confident that the cyber-terrorist would find the remaining Death Notes. With this new information, Shien attempts to kill Mishima, but the police arrive with orders to kill all three of them. Mortally wounded in the initial crossfire, Shien dies after giving Mishima the Death Notes, allowing him and Ryuzaki to escape through an abandoned subway. They are then confronted by the last remaining Task Force member, who realises that Mishima is Kira and thus the one who killed a member of her family. However, Arma kills her when she attempts to shoot Mishima – at the cost of her own life, much to Ryuzaki’s despair.Mishima and Ryuzaki’s execution order is annulled by Interpol and Mishima is taken into custody. Ryuk then explains why the six Death Notes were dropped down to earth – the dying Shinigami King, intrigued by Light Yagami, has promised to give his throne to the Shinigami who finds the next Kira. When Mishima points out that all six Death Notes have been secured, Ryuk suggests that human greed will result in their use once again, and leaves. Shortly after being led to his cell, Mishima is greeted by Ryuzaki, who informs him that the vehicle containing the notebooks was attacked by a terrorist group, destroying four and leaving the other two missing. Revealing that today is his appointed date of death, Ryuzaki suggests trading places with Mishima, as he believes that the latter is the only one who can retrieve the missing Death Notes. Accepting his new role, Mishima reveals his real name – Ryo Nakagami – and leaves Ryuzaki to die peacefully in the cell. A post-credit scene shows a video of Light saying “Just as I planned” and ironically smiling.It may not hold a candle next to first two films in term of smartness and thrills but it is decent enough to warrant a watch. It is definitely not boring and the CGI has improved a lot. The CGI of the three shinigamis feel more realistic and organic.

REVIEW: L: CHANGE THE WORLD

CAST

Kenichi Matsuyama (Ten Nights of Dreams)
Narushi Fukuda (Yusha Yoshihiko)
Mayuko Fukuda (Kamikaze Girls)
Shingo Tsurumi (Dead or Alive)
Youki Kudoh (Rush Hour 3)
Sei Hiraizumi (Shin Godzilla)
Bokuzō Masana (Happy Fight)
Renji Ishibashi (Audition)
Shunji Fujimura (Black Butler)
Erika Toda (Blade of The Immortal)
Asaka Seto (One Missed Call 2)
Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale)

In the final 23 days of L’s life, he takes on one final case involving a bioterrorist group that aims to wipe out much of humanity with a virus. The virus has an infection rate that is one hundred times the infection rate of the Ebola virus. During this case, he takes a young boy with a gift for calculations, the sole survivor of the virus’s use in a village in Thailand, and an elementary school student named Maki Nikaido under his wing. Dr. Nikaido later receives a sample of the deadly virus which destroyed that village in Thailand. His assistant, Dr. Kimiko Kujo, reveals herself to be the leader of the organization that created the virus. Dr. Nikaido, who has created an antidote to that virus, refuses to give it to her. He destroys the antidote and injects himself with the virus. She later kills him, and she is convinced that his daughter Maki has the antidote formula.Under the pursuit of Dr. Kimiko Kujo and her assistants, Maki runs and escapes. She eventually finds L’s headquarters. However, the group manages to track Maki down, forcing L, accompanied by Maki and the boy, to run away in a high-tech crepe truck. They also received the help of FBI agent Hideaki Suruga during the escape. They escape to Nikaido’s research partner’s lab because they need his help to recreate the antidote. With the help of the boy, L manages to acquire the antidote just as the terrorists are about to take an infected Maki to the US to spread the virus. L stops the plane and gives all the infected passengers, including the surviving terrorists, the antidote. Maki then tries to kill Kujo out of revenge, but L stops her, telling her that killing Kujo would not bring back her father. Kujo and the terrorists are then arrested. Maki wakes up in a hospital, fully cured, with her stuffed bear next to her and a recording from L telling her to have a good day tomorrow. The film concludes with L leaving the young boy in the care of Wammy’s House, the orphanage where he grew up. Before leaving, L christens the until-then-unnamed boy “Near.” After the end credits, L is seen back in his room eating a chocolate bar and leaving momentarily. The film ends with the words “L Lawliet, Rest in Peace” on a black screen.7116_7_screenshot.pngL: Change the World is a worthy spin-off to the shaky films and superior mangas/anime. Highly recommended!

 

REVIEW: DEATH NOTE 2: THE LAST NAME

CAST

Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale)
Kenichi Matsuyama (Ten Nights of Dreams)
Erika Toda (Blade of The Immortal)
Shunji Fujimura (Black Butler)
Takeshi Kaga (The Beast To Die)
Shigeki Hosokawa (Kamen Rider Hibiki)
Mikihiro Ogawa (Letters From Iwo Jima)

Misa receives a second Death Note from Rem, another Shinigami. As Light joins the task force after Shiori’s funeral, Misa becomes the second Kira and forces a TV station into broadcasting her tapes. Through her TV screen Misa, using her Shinigami eyes, kills a critic of the original Kira, as well as Detective Mogi and two policemen who tried to break up a makeshift Kira supporters’ rally. Light’s younger sister Sayu is almost killed for not supporting Kira until Soichiro crashes into the festival wearing a motorcycle helmet. Light later arrives to comfort Sayu and Soichiro but is spotted by Misa as the family leaves the area. Misa correctly identifies Light as the original Kira.Misa confronts him near his home, wishing to be his girlfriend and aid his quest for a crimeless society. Seeing that she has Shinigami eyes, Light accepts her help to eliminate L. Light sets up a meeting between L, Misa and himself at Light’s university so that Misa can learn of L’s real name. However, Misa is arrested for being the second Kira and is detained. Fearing that she might crack, Rem asks Light to free her. In an elaborate plan, both Kiras lose their respective ownership of the Death Notes, and thus lose their memories of possessing them. Light orders Rem to give Misa’s Death Note to Kiyomi Takada, a reporter covering the Kira case, while he buries his own Death Note elsewhere. Light would then “prove” he is not Kira by also being detained while Takada continues Kira’s killing spree.Light and Misa are released but still watched by L. Light finds a clue leading to Takada and the task force sets a trap to arrest her. As the team discover the Death Note in Takada’s possession and Rem’s existence, Light kills Takada using a piece of the Death Note inside his watch to regain ownership of the Death Note and not be incriminated. When Misa is allowed to leave, Light asks her to find his buried Death Note and use it to kill L. After being told that the task force is flying to the United States to research the Death Note, Light tricks Rem into killing Watari and, seemingly, L; Rem herself dies for intentionally killing someone to help Misa, due to the fact that Shinigami cannot help other humans live by using their Death Note, as it is a violation of their law. To tie up loose ends, Light tries to use his original Death Note to kill his father, much to Misa’s horror.It is revealed that L is alive and wrote his name in the Death Note with the intent to die almost a month in advance, thereby fooling Light. The task force did not leave for the U.S. but instead surveilled Light from another location, therefore hearing and observing Light’s confession as Kira and replacing Light’s Death Note with a decoy, and Light’s attempt to kill his father with this decoy has exposed him as Kira. Cornered by the investigators, Light pleads for Ryuk to kill the task force. Instead, Ryuk writes Light’s name in the Death Note as he is not on anybody’s side, telling Light that any human who owns a Death Note is banned from Heaven and Hell and will instead spend eternity as Nothingness. Light dies in his father’s arms, begging him to believe he acted as Kira to carry out justice. Knowing that supernatural events were involved, the official line put out by L and the investigation team was that Light was killed by Kira. Twenty days later, Soichiro and L meet one last time before L dies peacefully. One year later (on Light’s birthday) Soichiro keeps telling this version of the story to Sayu and his wife, as Sayu adores Light but did not support Kira’s actions. Misa also celebrates Light’s birthday, still loving him but having no recollection of the Death Note. The film ends with Ryuk flying and laughing around Tokyo Tower.Death Note 2 is a brilliantly done movie. I can’t think of any major flaw with it. The acting was good. It did feel quite stretched out though, it’s more than 2 hours long. But that only made the plot that much more twisting and kept the audience guessing. A great sequel to a great film.

REVIEW: DEATH NOTE (2006)

CAST

Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale)
Kenichi Matsuyama (Ten Nights of Dreams)
Erika Toda (Blade of The Immortal)
Asaka Seto (One Missed Call 2)
Mikihiro Ogawa (Letters From Iwo Jima)
Shinnosuke Ikehata (Ran)
Shigeki Hosokawa (Kamen Rider Hibiki)
Shunji Fujimura (Black Butler)
Takeshi Kaga )The BEast To Die)
Yuu Kashii (Galileo)
Hikari Mitsushima (Kamen Rider Den-O)

Light Yagami is a Japanese college student whose life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the “Death Note”, lying on the ground. The Death Note’s instructions claim that if a person’s name is written within while picturing that person’s face, that person will die. Light is initially skeptical of the Death Note’s authenticity, but after experimenting with it, he realizes it is real. After meeting with the previous owner of the Death Note, a Shinigami named Ryuk, Light seeks to become “god of the new world” by passing his judgment on those he deems to be evil or who get in his way. He begins using the Death Note to kill scores of criminals, becoming a notorious serial killer known as “Kira.”As the Kira killings continue, some in Japanese society come to see Kira as a righteous figure. Interpol launches an investigation of the murders, but months pass without any fruitful lead. The case eventually attracts the attention of L, a reclusive and world-famous detective. Working with Interpol and the Japanese police, L manages to confront Light through a television broadcast and demonstrates his deductive skills, correctly surmising Kira’s residence in the Kanto region and that he can “kill without lifting a finger.” The race begins between L and Light to discover each other’s identity, and a game of cat and mouse ensues between the two geniuses. After Light hacks into the police database to find information on acquitted criminals, L realizes that Kira is somehow related to the Kira task force led by Light’s father Soichiro. Light finds out that he is being followed by an FBI agent named Raye Iwamatsu and, through a series of events, kills him and his fellow agents. Raye’s fiance, Naomi Misora, takes it upon herself to uncover Kira’s identity. Suspecting Light, she kidnaps his girlfriend Shiori and demands that he confess if he wants to save her. Light adamantly insists that he is not Kira. When Shiori tries to escape, Naomi shoots her and commits suicide. Shiori dies in Light’s arms.Death_Note-007Ryuk finds that Light had actually engineered Naomi’s death using the Death Note, as he had already found out her identity and written a scenario whereby Naomi would commit suicide after shooting Shiori. Ryuk is confused that Light would deliberately put Shiori in danger, but Light reveals that he had written her name in the Death Note as well. Using these events to foster hatred for Kira, Light asks to join his father’s task force. While Soichiro is slightly reluctant, L immediately grants his wish and it is hinted that he is still certain that Light is Kira. As a precursor to the second movie, Misa, an actress, is chased down an alley by a man wielding a knife, intent on killing her. As she screams for help, the man dies of a heart attack just like Kira’s victims. A second Death Note lands beside her.GGmain-791x430Despite 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.