Death Note II: The Last Name
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Death Note II: The Last Name
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?]]>
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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Shusuke Kaneko
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Subtitled, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 20 minutes
- Release date : March 31, 2009
- Actors : Kenichi Matsuyama, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Erika Toda, Takeshi Kaga
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : VIZ Pictures, Inc.
- ASIN : B001JTTJ94
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,780 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The actor that plays L is from the same village as my GF, and tbh, he did the best L acting when comparing the recent Death Note from Netflix. (The Netflix version is more fun to watch, but it is a bit too different for some fans)
The acting is on par with the first part, which is to say flawless. Everyone holds their own even when the sparks fly between the Light and L.
The CGI rears its ugly head again. However, by this point, these movies aren’t about the special effects; it’s about the cat-and-mouse chase starring the two leads.
This movie suffers from the Kill Bill Syndrome, which is that the follow-up to a great first half pales in comparison. I was let down by this final part. However, overall, these two Death Note movies are above and beyond almost every other excuse that passes for a movie nowadays.
suspenseful. The story progresses much faster then the
anime but it is worth it.
This one is is well done, the acting is great and
the story has a different ending then the anime/manga
but to some of us Death Note fans that's not that bad.
Also the dubs aren't bad either but it doesn't hurt
to read the subtitles, i watched it twice when i got it,
the first in dubs and the next in subs.
Very enjoyable, i recommend this to anyone that saw the
first one; Death Note Live Action.
Death Note is practically world-famous by now, being one of the greatest supernatural murder mysteries of all time, or at least I'd say it is, and many people would back me up on that.
This is a sort of alternative story that picks up where the first movie left off. I highly suggest getting the first before this one if you haven't already. And if you haven't seen this one, I'd say it's definitely worth it. The storyline differs slightly from the original Death Note series, and it's very well played out, until the rather shocking ending.
I give it a 10/10.
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Story wise, The last name is a direct continution from the previous film, as it sees Death Notes protagonist Light Yagami aka Kira (Tatsuya Fujiwara) continuing his killings in order to create his ideal world. This time round however, he has teamed up with the genius, yet eccentric detective known as L (Kenichi Matsuyama) in the hopes of revealing his true identity so he can finally defeat him. However, things are complicated when a second Kira arrives on the scene, the Japanese pop idol Misa Amane (Erika Toda) who also happens to be a Kira worshipper.
What ensues is yet more, tense, supernatural thriller brilliance full of twists and turns at every corner, that will leave you glued to your TV screen for the 2hours plus that it lasts. Like the first movie, is pretty loyal to its original source manga, however, it does differ quite a bit in parts as only half of the entire Death note story was converted to live action film. So some bits had to be changed in order to bring a satisfying conclusion without messing up the story too much. I think it is a good idea that the movies were made this way, because it means that even if you know the death note manga inside out, there are still plenty of surprises in store for you with the movies.
This movie is constantly backed up by some truly suberb acting. Kenichi Matsuyama ultimately shines as he portrays his character L. As well as being an intriguing character, L also provides some comedy in the movie with the ridiculous amount of cakes and sweets he eats in every scene, as well as one superb bit where he is wearing a hilarious mask over his face while out in a public place. Tatsuya Fujiwara, best known for his role in the Battle Royale movies, pulls through with another solid performance. This time, we get to see an even more maniacal side to Light's personality which is briliantly acted by Fujiwara.
This DVD set contains a plethora of extras such as the making of, production diary video, press conference, premiere at Tokyo Forum as well as some trailers and an image gallery.
The first thing that I noticed about this set is the lovely presentation, which is the same style as what the first movie looked like. Once you remove the outer sleeve from the case, you will notice that the cases design looks like a miniature death note. On the inside there are a few pages with character profiles and death note trivia on them, as well as the rules of death note and some blank pages. Behind these 24 pages are the 2 discs that contain the movie and the special features.
If you are looking for an intense action packed movie, then you should look elsewhere. Death Note instead focuses on the intricate battle of wits between two genius minds, while bringing forward the themes of morality and what really defines justice. So if you have seen the first movie, there is no reason not to check this one out as well. If you are new to death Note its worth watching the first movie as it is somewhat more accesible and easier to digest than the manga or anime. If you enjoy the movie you may be glad to know that the 3rd death note movie entitled 'L change the world' is coming out on DVD over here towards the end of 2008, but before that you need to check out the manga and anime (if you havent already) as they are absouteley essential.
So Death Note 2: The last name, is an excellent adaptation of a Japanese Cult Phenomenon as well as a superb sequel and is truly great addition to the franchise and to your DVD collection.
The DVD's themselves came in a lovely box which is an added decorative bonus to my shelf of Death Note goodies. My mother and father couldn't get into the anime as much as me or my sister but liked the concept, so we showed them these films instead and they loved them!
Don't have the time to sit through the whole anime? Not into reading manga? The movies are not 100% accurate to them, but they do hold a lot of the original content (some scenes are almost identical too!) so it's a worthy watch for those that want to get into the Death Note series but don't feel ready yet to commit to a long series of books or DVDs.
These films do not disappoint - they are gritty and dramatic, and the cruelty of the characters is clear and unchanged. The story continues from the first film, and shows Light continually losing and then gaining the upper hand against L and the police force.
Highly recommend! Great dramatic conclusion.
I loved death note and ended up seeing the complete boxset.
Mind games,deceit,and gods of death,well there's even more than that,a definite must buy by aneme fans.
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