New Japanese Movie: Death Note


I have always loved Asian horror cinema but recently it seems like there has been a drought of good movies over there. I'm not sure if we are to blame for having Japanese directors making movies that they think will make them big money in America or what. But this movie has caught my eye.

Shusuke Kaneko is directing a film based on a manga serial by Tsugumi Ôba (story) and Takeshi Obata (drawings). The film will star Battle Royale alumni Tatsuya Fujiwara along with Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Asaka Seto, Yû Kashii, Shigeki Hosokawa, Erika Toda, Shunji Fujimura, and Takeshi Kaga.

Death Note follows Tatsuya's character Raito Yagami that has discovered a notebook that allows him to summon murderous demons. All he has to do is write the name of who he wants the demons to kill in the notebook and their dead. Now he knows what he is doing is wrong but he does it anyway because "evildoers must die in order to create a better society".

If that doesn't sound like a kick ass movie I don't know what does. Now onto the goods. Now this short teaser trailer unfortunately doesn't show much footage from the film but it does leave quite an impression.

Death Note will be a two part movie similar to Kill Bill. Universal Studios of Japan are releasing the first half on June 17th and the second sometime in October. You can check out the official Death Note Website here. Keep it here and I'll make sure you guys know when some more footage turns up from this promising looking project.

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