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Death Note (Desu nôto) (2007)




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Released into Japanese theaters in 2006, director Shusuke Kaneko's stylish adaptation of the best selling manga quickly trampled The Da Vinci Code on Japanese screens and subsequently and set box office records in Hong Kong and all across Asia. The plot picks up as aimless law student Light Yagami (Tetsuya Fujiwara) discovers a mysterious notebook in the middle of the street. Soon thereafter, Light discovers that if he writes a name in the notebook, that person will instantly die (generally of a heart attack). Of course it doesn't take long for Light to realize the extraordinary power he now holds, and before long he hatches a plan to rid the planet of crime by scribbling the name of notorious criminals in the pages of the powerful notebook and make the world a safer place for decent citizens everywhere. But Light isn't alone in his mission, because his new companion Ryuk - a flying god of death who only Light can see and who also happens to be the true owner of the notebook - is always there to egg him on and get a little laugh from the criminal holocaust. Over the course of the next few weeks, Light does away with millions of nefarious baddies and the global crime rate drops by seventy percent. Still, the police aren't too happy that a regular civilian seems to be taking the law into his own hands. Perhaps the only person capable of discovering Light's true identity is L (Kenichi Matsuyama) - a brilliant teenage detective with a taste for sweets and remarkable deductive reasoning skills. When the police chief (Takeshi Kaga of the hit television series Iron Chef) - who also happens to be Light's father - is assigned the task of unmasking the elusive killer, things really start to get interesting. A fast paced, goth-infused, cat-and-mouse thriller, Death Note was followed at the box office by the equally successful sequel Death Note: The Last Name just a few short months later.

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Erika Toda
as Misa Amane
Shigeki Hosokawa
as FBI Agent Ray
Asaka Seto
as Naomi Misora
Tatsuya Fujiwara
as Light Yagami
Takeshi Kaga
as Soichiro Yagami
Sota Aoyama
as Tota Matsuda
Yu Kashii
as Shiori Akino
Shin Shimizu
as Kenzo Mogi
as TV Director
as Rem
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Critic Reviews for Death Note (Desu nôto)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

The combatants' mano-a-mano gamesmanship has such pulpy inventiveness that your inner fan-boy will most assuredly rejoice.

August 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Fiendishly unusual, it's an offbeat time-waster that genre fans will definitely want to make a note of.

April 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Towards the end things grow darker and more complex, leading to a satisfyingly emotive and unresolved finale and leaving the door wide for the inevitable and welcome sequel.

April 25, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Inspired in places, it unfortunately plods for most of the run time.

April 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An entertaining, creepy, and beautifully written horror film...

September 11, 2012 | Full Review…

It's like Infernal Affairs/The Departed crossed with Devilman, Primal Fear and Drop Dead Fred. If that combination doesn't scream "Watch me!" to you, well, you're wrong.

December 30, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Death Note (Desu nôto)

Freaking excellent. Did not expect to enjoy this movie so much, and that ending. Wow!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Directors Cat

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Staying true to the original series in almost every single aspect, "Death Note," the live action film, succeeds both as a homage to it's source material and as a film on it's own. It's interesting, engaging, and all around fantastic, aside from the cheap direction, low-budget, and laughable effects, this film proves mesmerizing in the storytelling portion, and never let's up until it's perfect cliffhanger at the end. This film takes scenes of the original Anime show and almost replicates them, which was a very nice to see, but there are a few minor changes that bothered me, but all-in-all, I loved watching this film. The direction is basic, but the writing is great, the story is phenomenal, and the casting is almost perfect. The live-action version of "Death Note" is spot on!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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