Death Note

Death Note (2006)

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A Shinigami (Death God) drops a notebook in the human world where a young genius picks it up. The notebook displays the message: "The human whose name is written in this note shall die" It is the notebook of death that can determine when a person will die. Light Yagami, an extremely bright elite university student is the one to possess this ultimate tool that should remain only in the hands of read moreGod. Light decides to create an ideal world and begins to hold the scales to judge the criminals in his discretion. Meanwhile, the ICPO (International Criminal Police Organization) has placed a mysterious detective called "L" in the Japanese police force to investigate the series of criminal cases. "L" is an eccentric genius who has successfully solved many cases in the past that were deemed unsolvable. With L's expertise, the police are able to tighten the investigative screws over these cases, but Light, also cleverly manipulating the notebook of death, tosses and shakes the investigation. The future of mankind is at the mercy of this fierce battle between the two brains.

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11 people found this review helpful
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Nov 17, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
First off, i will admit that I've never been much of a fan on shonen. Whether its anime or drama,I've always preferred watching romance. For someone like me, who only prefers romance dramas, i fell in love with this!

Yes, the movie definitely changed some things from the anime. But what movie doesn't? Especially for anime, some things would look a little weird without changing it while doing the live action. And read more this way, you're not watching the exact same thing. I found both the anime and the movie very entertaining, and i recommend both.

The acting in this was also really great! The actor who played Light was very impressive, I could see where he was coming from, and what type of personality he had easily. L was played really good too! I'm team L all the way, and never once was on Light's side!

So if your considering whether to watch it or not,here is what i suggest: if you are an avid anime fan keep an open mind that there are changes to the movie. If you've never seen the anime, i suggest watching that first. That way the movie won't spoil you with what will happen. Or vice versa. Whichever you prefer. Hoped this helped!
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Nov 18, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I like these kind of dramas/movies and though I haven't watched any of its anime version or read its manga and I think it's a good thing cause I was able to enjoy the movie. I love the characters and how it was portrayed by the actors. I find the storyline unique and that kept me watching this movie till the end. The music was cool enough for me. I plan on read more watching the anime but I'm glad I watched the movie first before my impression will be spoilt if I did the other way. I will surely watch this again. It's one of the classic Japanese movies worth re-watching because of it's unique plot and especially if you are a fan of it. I recommend it especially if you want to watch something with your friends. This is certainly worth a try and one of the best Japanese movies.
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It's a drama but since it's full of suspense it feels like a movie, same as death note with two leads on the same level chasing eachother
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Movie based on the same story and characters ( adapted from japanese manga/anime )
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    claudya87 Apr 19, 2017 - edited

    Had to check the movie..and while others liked L, I always rooted for Light.

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    coolcancerian Nov 23, 2016

    Oh my incredible this is me within 5min ...L is such a spl charecter..but that guy light was frustrating..ahh hated him ...both actors were good

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    KatieBo Sep 7, 2016

    Love this movie so much. The only problem i had with it was that in the manga/anime and my imagination, Light has more of a boyish appearance than a manly one (which Fujiwara Tatsuya has).

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    Senna_BeautyPop Nov 20, 2014 - edited

    in which order do i watch it? 1- death note 2- death note the last name 3- L change the world like this??

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      Hessa Dec 20, 2014

      That is correct.
      But "L: Change the World" is just a spin-off.

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      Senna_BeautyPop Dec 20, 2014

      thank you so much!! ^__^

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    GuillaumeCoigniez Oct 6, 2014

    Good cast but way too rushed story. I mean wtf, why don't you hear the caracthers think? It is still good but it just misses the best part of the story. I'm kinda disapointed.

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    sal123 Aug 6, 2014

    I liked it was pretty good,

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    AnaK24 Feb 9, 2014

    Sure the anime is better, but Im surprised how the director manages a very faithful adaptation. Considering the need to change a few things to make it work, thats normal, its a very good movie.

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    xAishiterudesu Dec 7, 2013

    I planned a year ago to watch this.. But that day never came, until today. And I regret it for not watching this earlier.. I really love Death Note. «33.

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    yuurei Nov 3, 2013

    I find it a little amusing that so many people hate this movie for being different than the manga/anime, when if had been too similar everyone would probably still hate it.

    Maybe I'm weird, since I'm a huge Death Note fan, but I actually like that its different. I don't like watching the exact same story twice unless I'm rewatching something I've already finished, so the movie was pretty interesting in my opinion.

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    T4nz Oct 24, 2013

    Anime=100 times better!

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    Neko Oct 5, 2013
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Seung225 Sep 23, 2013

    And I thought Dragon Ball's american live action was horrible...

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    diemme Aug 11, 2013

    The casting was poor - the actors portraying Light, L and Misa make them so annoyingly tiresome that I spent most of the film hoping Ryuk would push them all off a cliff. Watchable on a rainy day with nothing else to do but otherwise stick with the anime.

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    Ranchik Apr 18, 2013

    The negative reviews seems to come from what should I call it, the manga/anime's diehard fans? fanboy? fangirl? I don't know, but I'm telling you, I read the manga before I watched this, I loved them, but I still prefer this version. Not because the movie is better, but do you know how a manga series could be a carousel? I mean no matter how great & enjoyable the manga is, it only goes with the same pattern. I'm aware Death Note is far from the worse case of how bad a carousel tendency in famous manga/anime could be, but you get the idea. That’s why I think this movie excels at taking out all of what makes Death Note series a great show, and chopping out the repetitive things, and differ it from the manga so it'll still have a good suspense for those who already familiar with the story..

    Excellent adaptation! And simply excellent movie in general.

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    romnin18 Feb 20, 2013

    the FBI agent is way too careless


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    Jun 17, 2006
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    2 hr. 6 min.


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