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Death Note II: The Last Name

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DEATH NOTE: The Last Name is a sequel to the movie DEATH NOTE, which closely follows major plot elements from the original manga series, while featuring several new key story differences. The story begins on the heels of the first movie as Light Yagami joins the investigation team in pursuit of the serial killer known as "Kira." While L still strongly suspects that Light is "Kira," Light tries to uncover L's real name so he can kill him with his Death Note. Confusingly enough, a new rash of murders all around the world are taking place, with a Second Kira" claiming responsibility. Light learns the identity of the Second Kira and suggests they join forces to get rid of L. Will L be able to catch "Kira" before he is killed?

Bilingual (English/Japanese), featuring star voice actors from Anime series
Director s interview
Making of Death Note
Director & Cast Profile

The second live-action feature based on the manga Death Note by Tsugumi Ooba and Takeshi Obata, picks up exactly where the first film ended. After the death of the woman who had deduced his identity as the murderous Kira, Light Yagami plots to continue his vigilante campaign to rid the world of criminals using the magical Death Note. But his growing megalomania collides with the counter-schemes of phlegmatic super-detective L. Director Shusuke Kaneko and screenwriter Tetsuya Oshi add some interesting twists and subplots: Light meets budding pop star Misa Amane under very different circumstances, and the Japanese news media play a greater role in promoting Kira and assisting in his downfall. By keeping the story focused on the intellectual duel between Light and L, the filmmakers bring Death Note a much more satisfying conclusion than the animated series. Handsome Tatsuya Fujiwara captures Light's appeal--and his descent into madness. Kenichi Matsuyama makes an appropriately quirky and pallid L, an outsider who's willing to gamble everything on his theories. The CG Shinigami ("Gods of Death") Ryuk and Rem never quite fit into the live action world. Death Note proved so popular in Japan, a third feature L Change the World is slated for release in summer, 2009. (Unrated: suitable for ages 16 and older: grotesque imagery, violence, violence against women, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Kenichi Matsuyama, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Erika Toda, Takeshi Kaga
  • Directors: Shusuke Kaneko
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Subtitled, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VIZ Pictures, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JTTJ94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the manga and anime series that has captured the attention of viewers worldwide, "Death Note" the live action film makes its way to the US on DVD.

"Death Note" is an adaption of the popular manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata and stars Tatsuya Fujiwara (known for his work in the popular "Battle Royale" films), directed by Shusuke Kaneko (known for the 2006 hit film "Gamera") and another theme song "Snow (Hey Oh)" by the popular band RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.

The sequel is the conclusion to the thrilling cat and mouse chase as the murderer Kira (Light Yagami, who has attained a large cult following for killing off criminals) tries to find a way to kill his nemesis, the top investigator in the police force known as L. While L suspects Light Yagami as being Kira.

The film is 140 minutes long, pacing was indeed well done and overall, despite being different from the manga and anime series, both Shusuke Kaneko and Tetsuya Oishii managed to come up with a thrilling, dark and gripping storyline that remains faithful to the overlying theme of the film.


The film is featured in 16×9 anamorphic widescreen and was originally shot in 35mm (1:85:1 ratio). My main interest was to see how the CGI would be for the shinagami Ryuk and Rem. And how that would translate on film and the two shinigami look exactly like it does in the anime and manga series but Rem seems to look more less detailed than Ryuk. But overall, the CG works with the film.

As for audio, the film is featured in both English and Japanese via digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. King on November 10, 2008
My 14-year-old son got me hooked. He got free tickets to see it in the theatre. Snce he doesn't drive yet, dear old dad had to take him. I thought since this was vol 2, I better see vo1 1 first. I watched the first and was impressed....very cool movie. I was actually lookng forward to the second. I was not disappointed...OUTSTANDING movie. I personally can't wait for it to come out on dvd so I can watch them back-to-back. Definitely worth it and btw...I am a middle aged college grad. Watch it too and you wil be hooked. Now I can't wait until Feb.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2009
Far more a continuation than a sequel, "Death Note: The Last Name" follows the immensely popular and entertaining Death Note. The agile game of cat-and-cat continues between Light (Tatsuya Fujiwara) and L (Ken'ichi Matsuyama). Tables are turned, fortunes are reversed, and a new Death Note and shinigami comes into play.

The story continues almost exactly where "Death Note" left off. A young and popular idol, Misa, gets herself a Death Note and an accompanying shinigami, Rem. An devoted fan of "Killer", she decides to follow in his footsteps, even though she lacks the genius and finesse of execution. She is much more of an emotional wild card than Light's calculated style. L is still in hot pursuit, and he gets to show his stuff a little more in "The Last Name", demonstrating why he has the reputation he has. There are quite a few twists and turns, but the pace is good and the film never gets slow or bound up in it's own mythology.

All of the original cast has returned, including director Shusuke Kaneko. Matsuyama, as L, is particularly good, and it is no wonder that his performance spawned a spin-off flick "L: Change the World". The new shinigamis each have their own individual look and personality, and are animated well enough that you soon forget they are CG characters. Light is a little bit too steadfast, because we all know exactly what we would do if we had an admirer like Misa, but I guess that is the price you pay for being a cold, calculating genius/killer. Still, he is a man of absolute steel, as he shows more than once.
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Death Note is based on the popular manga (Japanese Comic) and loosely based on the anime series of the same name. I've never read the comic but I've finally finished the anime series, and I have to say the Live-action version, Death Note and Death Note the Last Name does the franchise justice. This series is one of the best I've seen from Japan in quite a while. I will review both films because while the first film, which is indeed phenomenal and it can definitely stand on its own, the story is very much linked together. Suffice it to say, the live-action adaptation is better when seen one after the other, and this last chapter is what gives the thrilling saga of Light Yagami and the truly odd, sugar-devouring, detective called "L" its closure.

Plot synopsis loosely derived from the DVD cover:
In "Death Note", Tatsuya Fujiwara plays the role of Light Yagami, a genius law student who picks up the "Death Note" and uses it to "cleanse" the world of evil. Upholding justice obsesses him and he envisions himself as a god in the crime-less utopia he plans to create. As criminals continue to die in unexplainable ways, people start saying that it must be the work of a "messiah", of whom they call Kira. L, played by Kenichi Matsuyama, works for the International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO) and is deployed to solve the Kira mystery.

In "Death Note 2: The Last Name", the story continues as Light devises a plan to be part of the Kira Task Force headed by L. While the two geniuses are busy dealing with each other, a second Death Note drops into Earth. Rem, a Shinigami (Death God), brings the second notebook and Misa Amane (Erika Toda), a pop star and Kira worshipper, comes into possession of it.
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