Death Note

June 17th, 2006


Death Note

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A battle between the world's 2 greatest minds begins when Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to rid the world of criminals.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.8/10 (12,849 voted)

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko

Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Asaka Seto

Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals, and soon the world's greatest detective, "L," is hired to find the perpetrator. An all out battle between the greatest minds on earth begins, the winner controlling the world.

Writers: Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata

Tatsuya Fujiwara - Light Yagami
Ken'ichi Matsuyama - L
Asaka Seto - Naomi Misora
Shigeki Hosokawa - FBI Agent Ray
Erika Toda - Misa Amane
Shunji Fujimura - Watari
Takeshi Kaga - Souichiro Yagami
Yuu Kashii - Shiori Kashino
Shidô Nakamura - Ryuuk (voice)
Ryôhei Abe -
Sota Aoyama - Detective Matsuda
Chris Britton - Soichiro Yagami (voice: English version)
Norman England - FBI Agent
Masanori Fujita - Stalker
Michiko Godai - Sachiko Yagami

Taglines: The human whose name is written in this note shall die.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 17 June 2006

Filming Locations: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, Japan

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Light can briefly be seen reading Jenseits von Gut und Böse (English: Beyond Good and Evil) by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The basic concept of the book is that good and evil are not absolute, but rather social constructions and thus have different meanings varying from society to society. Obviously, it's a perfect choice for this movie.

Continuity: After L has installed cameras in Light's room and watches him from multiple angles, at one point some of the screens show Light is about to sit down, whereas on other screens Light is already sitting comfortably.

L: Gathering from Kira's behaviour, he is very immature and hates to lose... just like me.

User Review

"L, do you know shinigami's love apples?"

Rating: 8/10

Just returned from debut of Death Note, and surprisingly I enjoyed it. Manga to big screen adaptations don't always do so well, so I wasn't getting my hopes up over this. All the main characters are portrayed very well by the cast. Yes, even Tatsuya Fujiwara did a great job as the stories protagonist, Yagami Light. However, his rival, played by Ken'ichi Matsuyama was amazing. Completely captured the world's greatest detective's every mannerism with ease. But the true star of this 2 part story is definitely Light's shinigami, Ryuuk. Outstanding job by the CGI crew, and Ryuuk's voice was just as would be imagined in the manga. Can't really give too much away because I'd hate to spoil it for anybody who hasn't read the manga (that being said, definitely read the manga to see what was changed, in my opinion, the changes were overall good, not great, but it won't make you angry) . I guess the main question on everybody's mind would be is the movie better than the manga? No, but in a (about) 2 hour film you couldn't do much better with story. Well worth checking out.


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