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Death Note / Death Note: The Last Name Complete Set (Japan Version)
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This 4-disc boxset comes with feature films Death Note and Death Note: The Last Name, a special CD, a booklet, and a bonus disc with making of and other extras.

Popular manga series Death Note first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump in December 2003. With its anti-hero protagonist, dark psychological themes, and innovative premise, Death Note was an instant hit, amassing an avid readership in its three years of serialization. In 2006, the manga was adapted into a two-part film series with the first film, Death Note, released in the summer. Starring Fujiwara Tatsuya (Battle Royale), Matsuyama Kenichi, and a CG death god voiced by Nakamura Shidou (Be With You), the film was a blockbuster success, topping the Japanese box office for two weeks and starting a Death Note trend in Asia. A few months later, the thrilling conclusion was revealed in the highly anticipated sequel, Death Note: The Last Name, which opened simultaneously in Hong Kong and Japan; this time, the film held the top box office spot for four straight weeks in Japan. Full of unpredictable twists, probing mind games, and gallows humor, the Death Note series is as enthralling as it is challenging, bringing a new level of wit and tension to popcorn entertainment.

One day, bored death god Ryuk leaves his Death Note in the mortal world, just to see what will happen. A Death Note is a death god's weapon for killing; as the instructions within clearly state, the human whose name is written in the notebook dies. Ryuk's Death Note is picked up by Light (Fujiwara Tatsuya), a bright and restless student who assumes the notebook is a joke - until someone drops dead. Realizing the power that has been bestowed upon him, Light adopts the name Kira (Killer) and sets about ridding the world of criminals. His callous renegade justice, however, is not tolerated by the authorities. Faced with so many unexplained deaths, the police enlist the assistance of L (Matsuyama Kenichi), an eccentric young genius with a taste for sweets and detective work. And so begins a dangerous battle of wits between the mysterious L and the increasingly calculating Light.

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Product Title: Death Note / Death Note: The Last Name Complete Set (Japan Version) 死亡筆記 / 死亡筆記 - 最後的名字 Complete Set (日本版) 死亡笔记 / 死亡笔记 - 最後的名字 Complete Set (日本版) DEATH NOTE complete set complete set Death Note / Death Note: The Last Name Complete Set (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Fujiwara Tatsuya | Matsuyama Kenichi | Seto Asaka | Hosokawa Shigeki | Toda Erika | Kashii Yu | Nakamura Ikuji | Tanaka Yoji | Tsugawa Masahiko | Komatsu Miyuki | Aoyama Sota | Nakahara Takeo | Shimizu Shin | Nakamura Shido | Mitsushima Hikari | Minagawa Sarutoki | Katase Nana | Fujimura Shunji | Kaga Takeshi | Magy | Uehara Sakura 藤原龍也 | 松山研一 | 瀨戶朝香 | 細川茂樹 | 戶田惠梨香 | 香椎由宇 | 中村育二 | 田中要次 | 津川雅彥 | Komatsu Miyuki | 青山草太 | Nakahara Takeo | Shimizu Shin | 中村 獅童 | 滿島光 | Minagawa Sarutoki | 片瀨那奈 | 藤村俊二 | 鹿賀丈史 | Magy | Uehara Sakura 藤原龙也 | 松山研一 | 濑户朝香 | Hosokawa Shigeki | 户田惠梨香 | 香椎由宇 | 中村育二 | 田中要次 | Tsugawa Masahiko | Komatsu Miyuki | 青山草太 | Nakahara Takeo | Shimizu Shin | 中村 狮童 | 满岛光 | Minagawa Sarutoki | 片濑那奈 | 藤村俊二 | 鹿贺丈史 | Magy | Uehara Sakura 藤原竜也 | 松山ケンイチ | 瀬戸朝香 | 細川茂樹 | 戸田恵梨香 | 香椎由宇 | 中村育二 | 田中要次 | 津川雅彦 | 小松みゆき | 青山草太 | 中原丈雄 | 清水伸 | 奥田達士 | 顔田顔彦 | 中村 獅童 | 満島ひかり | 皆川猿時 | 片瀬那奈 | 藤村俊二 | 鹿賀丈史 | マギー | 上原さくら Fujiwara Tatsuya | Matsuyama Kenichi | Seto Asaka | Hosokawa Shigeki | Toda Erika | Kashii Yu | Nakamura Ikuji | Tanaka Yoji | Tsugawa Masahiko | Komatsu Miyuki | Aoyama Sota | Nakahara Takeo | Shimizu Shin | Nakamura Shido | Mitsushima Hikari | Minagawa Sarutoki | Katase Nana | Fujimura Shunji | Kaga Takeshi | Magy | Uehara Sakura
Director: Kaneko Shusuke 金子 修介 金子修介 金子修介 Kaneko Shusuke
Release Date: 2007-03-14
Publisher Product Code: VPBT-12688
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: No Subtitle
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: VAP
Other Information: 3DVDs + CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004620724

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金子修介 (監督) / 藤原竜也 / 松山ケンイチ / 大場つぐみ (原作) / 小畑健 (原作)

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Professional Review of "Death Note / Death Note: The Last Name Complete Set (Japan Version)"

January 25, 2007

This professional review refers to Death Note (2006) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Based on a hugely popular Japanese manga (and soon anime), Death Note offers a premise that will likely appeal to disaffected adolescents everywhere. Death Note supposes that human lives are snuffed by "Shinigami", roving ghouls who write human being's names down in a notebook called - not surprisingly - a Death Note. Bored Shinigami Ryuk (a CG creation voiced by Shido Nakamura) leaves his Death Note in a vacant lot because he's curious about the effect a Death Note will have on the human world. Luckily - or perhaps not - it's picked up by Light Yagami (Tatsuya Fujiwara of Battle Royale), a disenchanted law student who, upon learning just what the Death Note does, decides that the supernatural notebook is his key to bringing real justice to the world. Operating from the anonymity of his bedroom, Light begins a mass-murder crusade that stuns the world, and is eventually given the name "Kira" by his adoring and/or frightened public.

Meanwhile, the cops aren't so charitable of Kira's crusade. Though he only offs purported bad guys, Kira's righteousness smacks of an unchecked god complex. Immediately, Interpol is on Kira's tail, led by L, a mysterious detective who communicates with the cops through a laptop speaker. On Japan's side, the Kira case is handled by Souichiro Yagami (Takeshi Kaga AKA Chairman Kaga from Iron Chef!), a just policeman who just so happens to be Light's father. Souichiro is dedicated and smart, but he's a complete moron next to L, who launches a battle of the wits with Light that threatens to become legendary. With just one or two moves, L establishes that Kira makes his home in Japan. With a couple of extra moves, he begins to deduce just what the rules are for Kira's killing abilities. L is clearly one smart guy, but Light is pretty damn crafty himself. Can Light really beat the local cops, the FBI, Interpol, and L on his way to becoming the world's new God?

The idea of a single kid playing God is actually one of the major themes of the popular manga. In the manga, Light is portrayed as a brilliant, affluent kid who's better than his peers - and he knows it. His desire to play God supersedes any notions of morality, and justice is something that Light freely defines. The manga Light cares only about himself, and is willing to sacrifice anyone and everything in the service of his new Utopia, not to mention his massive ego. The movie version of Light makes the character less arrogant, saddling him with a girlfriend named Shiori (Yu Kashii), and linking his desire for justice to the realization that the justice system is flawed.

The creation of personal issues for Light makes him much more identifiable and likable than his manga counterpart, though it partially negates some of the source material's most interesting themes. Still, the film version compensates with a few new tweaks to the character, and Tatsuya Fujiwara gives the character an appropriate air of malevolence. Light's power clearly corrupts, but it does so quietly and insidiously, and largely through Light's ego-threatening cat-and-mouse game with L and the law enforcement types who are trying to catch him. L is eventually revealed to be a sweets-loving Goth kid played by Kinichi Matsuyama, whose quirkiness is taken directly from the pages of the manga. Matsuyama apes the character's oddball appearance and behavior perfectly, making it somewhat easy to believe he's really a genius detective. Basically, someone this weird has to be brilliant, otherwise they'd probably be ridiculed like some sort of circus freak. L is easily the manga's most likable character, and Matsuyama goes a long way towards making him likable on film too.

Still, L's success as a character is totally due to the manga, and has little to do with director Shusuke Kaneko's vision or handling. Despite deviating occasionally from its source material, Death Note is remarkably faithful to the manga, and does very little to make the manga's exposition-filled pages cinematic. The manga is tough to adapt to film anyway, since it's mainly about Byzantine rules, multi-layered mind games, and lots and lots of explaining. The exact rules of the Death Note need to be explained, as do L's investigations and deductions, Light's scheming (he talks primarily with Ryuk), and general chatter on whether or not this whole mass-murder of criminals thing is really that bad. The themes are interesting, but after a while, the constant talk can weigh the viewer down. One would think the director of the latter-day Gamera films would find some room for physical excitement. No dice. Death Note's excitement is more or less cerebral, meaning it's better to read it than it is to watch it.

But even if the manga is better than the movie, Death Note isn't a waste of time. Fans of the manga will undoubtedly be intrigued by the minor differences between manga and movie, and they're probably sold on the premise anyway. Non-fans will have to swallow the straight-faced manga silliness to suspend disbelief - which isn't as easy as it seems. Ryuk, while enjoyably voiced by Shido Nakamura, looks exceptionally fake, and Light and L's characters can be distracting because of their glam bishonen manga looks. Non-fans have to get by the deadpan cheesiness and really listen to get into the film. If they do, they can be rewarded. For all its manga-based silliness, Death Note has an undeniably intriguing premise, and Light's ways of using the note to one-up his pursuers can be fascinating. Basically, the Death Note gives Light the ability to not just kill, but also control before killing, and the elaborate deaths and drawn-out plans that he arranges can be darkly entertaining stuff.

It's the complex rules and dark revelations that ultimately make Death Note fun to watch, and towards the end of the film, Light does start to resemble the charismatic, selfish,and completely amoral being that he is in the manga. It's a good thing that the character gets on track, because Death Note doesn't even end here. The film barely scratches the surface of the manga's celebrated confrontation between Light and L, leaving the meat of that conflict to the already-announced sequel, which will appear in theaters only a few short months after the first film. Titled Death Note: The Last Name, the sequel will likely possess even more exposition and intense cerebral storytelling than the first film, plus it'll add the character of Misa (Erika Toda) - a teenybopper popstar who also possesses Death Note powers - to the already convoluted mix. Given the usual nauseating behavior by teenage popstars in Japanese anime and manga, the addition of a character like Misa to the dark live-action trappings of the Death Note films sounds like a bad idea. But if Kaneko and company can even partially adapt L and Light's battle of the bishonen geniuses, then Death Note 2 should still be fun stuff.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Death Note / Death Note: The Last Name Complete Set (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (12)

Hajime Mashite
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June 3, 2009

This customer review refers to Death Note (2006) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
To Moly97 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
What you`re saying is absolutely true, and a good point as well. N is not in the movie, neither is he in the next movie. I think it`s worth pointing out that a lot of the characters from the manga are missing, so that people know that they`re not buying an a movie which is exactly like the manga in every way. Me, I had looked forward to seeing Mello...hah! Well, Moly97, I believe the child in L change the worLd is Near? I haven`t watched it yet. Still Death Note a good movie. I agree that some of the issues that we ponder upon when reading the manga take a backseat to the actual telling of the story. I believe it`s because a book will always move slower, giving us time to think, while a movie goes by a lot faster. Think of the brilliantly drawn sequence in #12 where noone spoke and we just saw various pictures of all the different characters doing their thing. It was very suspense - filled yet nothing special happened. Why was it exciting? Because time stood still, in a way it cannot do in a movie. But I love everything Death Note! It`s the ultimate story! Sorry for the long comment.
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Hajime Mashite
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June 2, 2009

This customer review refers to Death Note (2006) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Suspence without violence Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A very good movie, though I think the follow - up is better, maybe because it holds the actual solution to the mystery but also because it allowed the various characters to step forward and become more visible and real, while this first movie merely tiptoes around the possible dangers and challenges that each character represents. I think perhaps they could have made the two movies one but then again, I love collecting these movies in every variety so...I love L , he is the reason why this film gets a 10 with me, but I think Light is also a very strong character, better than in the books. You actually get to know what he`s thinking and how he feels about things. He is very expressive, especially in the scene where he meets Ryuk for the first time. All in all I`d recommend it, sure! But don`t forget to watch THE LAST NAME as well.
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Moly97
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May 15, 2009

This customer review refers to Death Note (2006) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Which ending do you like the best? Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I have Death note 1, the movie and all 12 of the manga . I got confused toward the ending of the manga
because there were too many characters and subplots. I looked forward to seeing Death note 2, the last
name so I know what the ending is all about. Overall it is not a bad ending. Very simple. I looked
forward to seeing N but N is not even in this movie. I guess the whole story is too long for the movie.
The most powerful scene in the manga was when
Light was screaming when his father died. He finally got to taste what it was like to lose a loved one. But
in the movie, he was so evil that he even tried to kill his own father. The other part of the manga that has
meaning to me was the nothingness that we entered after we die. All the power struggle when we are alive
does not mean much after we die. I love the character of L the best. But in order to know the true story of the death
note , I guess I have to start saving money to buy the complete anime series.
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June 26, 2008

This customer review refers to Death Note (2006) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
3 people found this review helpful

I Loved It!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie was wonderful to watch. It kept me at the edge of my seat, and therefore I had to go ahead and watch the second one, but or course, that's a whole other review. Anyway, I loved the story line, I loved the characters, and I still love the cartoon even if the story lines are a little different. That's usually what happens between movies and series. My favorite character, of course, was L. He was my favorite because of his quirkiness, his strange posture, and his brains. He was very brilliant. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who will watch it. You will not regret it at all, unless you're too stuck on the anime to give this one a try. Just do it. Buy it now.

Daiquiri's Are Always Cool ^__^
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March 30, 2008

This customer review refers to Death Note (2006) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Awesomely Sugoi! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I never really got into the manga, but I was out buying Casshern the other day and I'd get a bargin if I bought another DVD, so I bought this one. (I was watching a TVXQ interview and they said the movie was good, so I tried it. ^^)

This movie was awesome and highly amusing. It mixes mystery and humor very well. ^_^ Now, I HAVE to get the second movie. ^_^ I also like the familiar faces (like how Light is the same actor who played in Battle Royal.) His acting was excellent.


Anyway, it's a must have. ^_^

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