Death Note (Desu nto)
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Released into Japanese theaters in 2006, director Shusuke Kaneko's stylish adaptation of the best selling manga quickly trampled The Da Vinci Code on Japanese screens and subsequently and set box office records in Hong Kong and all across Asia. The plot picks up as aimless law student Light Yagami (Tetsuya Fujiwara) discovers a mysterious notebook in the middle of the street. Soon thereafter, Light discovers that if he writes a name in the notebook, that person will instantly die (generally of a heart attack). Of course it doesn't take long for Light to realize the extraordinary power… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The combatants' mano-a-mano gamesmanship has such pulpy inventiveness that your inner fan-boy will most assuredly rejoice."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"It's like Infernal Affairs/The Departed crossed with Devilman, Primal Fear and Drop Dead Fred. If that combination doesn't scream "Watch me!" to you, well, you're wrong."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, OC Weekly
"Fiendishly unusual, it's an offbeat time-waster that genre fans will definitely want to make a note of."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"Towards the end things grow darker and more complex, leading to a satisfyingly emotive and unresolved finale and leaving the door wide for the inevitable and welcome sequel."
‑ , Time Out
"If you love good story telling, an intricate plot, cute young Japanese stars, and a punky shinigami, you won't find a film better than Death Note... unless it's Death Note 2."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Inspired in places, it unfortunately plods for most of the run time."
‑ Ross Bennett, Empire Magazine
"An entertaining, creepy, and beautifully written horror film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"In thinking about what I'd do with a Death Note... I'd probably write my own name in the notebook while watching this movie."
‑ Brian Chen, Filmcritic.com
"while Death Note may boast what is in every sense a killer concept, it's rather blandly directed, repetitive, over-explained and overlong"
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
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