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Death Note: The Last Name

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GenresThriller, Supernatural, Detective fiction
Music ByKenji Kawai
TaglineThe last name to be written in the DEATH NOTE... Whose name will it be?
Edited ByYōsuke Yafune
Film NameDeath Note: The Last Name
StarringTatsuya Fujiwara, Kenichi Matsuyama, Erika Toda, Nana Katase, Shunji Fujimura, Takeshi Kaga
Directed ByShūsuke Kaneko
Produced ByTakahiro Satō
Release Date2006-11-03
Running Time141 minutes
Screenplay ByTetsuya Oishi
Distributed ByWarner Bros. Pictures
Original Titleデスノート the Last name
Box Office in USD52.3 million
CinematographyHiroshi Takase
Country of OriginJapan
Production Company NameNippon Television, Shueisha, Konami Digital Entertainment, VAP, Horipro, YTV, MTV Japan, Shochiku, Warner Bros. Pictures Japan
Death Note: The Surname is a spectacular sequel to Death Note that seamlessly picks up where the first film left off. The film presents an exciting battle between two intellectual giants: Light Yagami, a law student and skilled user of the Death Note, with which he can kill anyone just by writing his name, and L, a brilliant and very mysterious detective determined to solve the problem. question This film introduces a new character, Misa Amane, the co-owner of Death Note with her own agenda. This tense psychological thriller takes the viewer on a rollercoaster of unexpected twists and turns, challenging the morality of judgment and the concept of justice.


Death Note: Surname continues the thrilling story of the first film, culminating in a mental battle between the film's two main characters, Light Yagami, and the enigmatic detective known as L. Escalation. After acquiring a supernatural notebook that gives him the Death Note, which allows him to kill anyone simply by writing his name on it, Light embarks on a secret crusade to rid the world of villains. But his actions attract the attention of L, an eccentric but brilliant private detective.
In The Last Name, Light's manipulation of the Death Note takes a complicated turn that imbues the story with thrilling tension as he goes to the investigative team to stop it, forcing him to hunt and be hunted. A second Death Note is also introduced, held by Misa Amane, Kira's loyal follower. Misa's arrival adds another layer of complexity, painting a compelling story about the abuse of power and the morality of justice.
The film's gritty atmosphere and cerebral cat-and-mouse play make it a thrilling viewing experience. The morally gray positions of the characters and the surprising twists of the plot keep the viewer on edge, making "Death Note: Last Name" an exciting psychological thriller. A fascinating exploration of the concept of "absolute power corrupts absolutely", this film will keep you guessing until its explosive ending.



'Death Note: The Last Name' "film" screenshots
'Death Note: The Last Name' "film" screenshots
'Death Note: The Last Name' "film" screenshots
'Death Note: The Last Name' "film" screenshots
'Death Note: The Last Name' "film" screenshots


In Death Note: Last Name, Light Yagami and the anonymous detective "L" continue their cat-and-mouse hunt. Light, the new owner of the Death Note, intends to use his deadly power to rid the world of evil. Meanwhile, L, suspecting that Light is the new Kira, is determined to reveal the truth.
After a previous series of unexplained deaths, Light encounters a second death note. The second part of the thriller introduces Misa Amane, a well-known model who becomes the second Kira. Not only does he still have his death note, but he also has unique "Shinigami eyes" that can reveal a person's true name and lifespan.
A power struggle ensues as Light and Misa begin to use their obituaries against each other, ultimately with dire consequences. When Light manipulates Misa into revealing L's identity, Misa falls in love with him, further complicating the plot.
At the same time, L's suspicions about Light grow stronger, leading him to make numerous attempts to uncover Light's truth, risking his own life. As the death toll rises, so do the stakes, and the power of banknotes threatens to destroy the world. In an intense climax, L manages to outwit Light, risking his own life and ultimately revealing Light's true identity. This revelation shows the extent of Light's manipulation and ruthlessness, fittingly ending the second part of the Death Note series.
The plot enlightens us about the destructive power of unlimited control and how far individuals can go to protect their truth. True proof of the ancient saying; "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Death Note: The Last Name is an emotional journey that will keep you from progressing and make you question our definitions of right and wrong.


Making Death Note: The Last Name was an intense and painstaking affair. The brilliance of this sequel can be attributed to the excellent production quality. Produced by Nippon Television, this film continues the unique narrative style and emotional intensity of its predecessor, taking the story to new heights.
This film broke new ground in production design as it aimed to create a dark and brooding atmosphere. Attention to detail was key, especially in the design of Death Note itself. From the leather-bound book to the eerie gothic lettering, the dedicated production team didn't miss a beat.
Casting was another successful chapter in the film's production. Actors Tatsuya Fujiwara and Ken'ichi Matsuyama reprise their roles from the first film, returning as Light Yagami and L, respectively. The cast's dedicated performances add to the raw emotion that is characteristic of the Death Note series.
We can't talk about the production without mentioning the fantastic special effects. Portraying Ryuko, a Shinigami, in the film was a major achievement. By combining artistic photography with high-quality computer-generated imagery, the production team brings the character to life and emphasizes the supernatural element inherent in the film's story.
The soundtrack, composed of haunting melodies, perfectly conveys the atmospheric tension of the film. It provides an exciting addition to the high-stakes moments and manages to enhance the thrilling atmosphere.
But above all, it is the creative vision and the excellent performance of the entire production team that makes Death Note: The Last Name stand out. Carefully designed, carefully crafted, it transcends the boundaries associated with traditional cinema. It's a testament to the power of clever scripting, thoughtful direction, top-notch acting and detailed production.


Death Note: The Last Name's 'Expenditure' marked an important moment in Japanese film history when it hit screens in 2006.
Audiences around the world have been eagerly awaiting the continuation of the thrilling saga following the success of the first installment, Death Note, based on the popular manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The Last Name undoubtedly confirmed its authority at the box office, taking first place and becoming the third highest grossing film of the year.
Directed by Shusuke Kaneko, the gripping story featured a dramatic confrontation between righteous detective "L" and "Light Yagami" who were possessed by the Death Note, a ruthless and all-powerful being capable of ending lives in its name.
The film's release in Asia, Europe and North America expanded the reach of Japanese cinema and increased the global appeal of a compelling story created by masterful direction and exemplary performances by the lead actors. Additionally, reception was overwhelmingly positive, with critics praising the mature handling of the source material. Audiences admired the intensity, tension and moral ambiguity that resonated throughout the film.
Also, the release of the film was not just an isolated event; graduated in 2006 and became synonymous with Japan's growing dominance of the fantasy horror genre. It ushered in a new era of high-stakes, high-profile, critically acclaimed cinema that continues to influence and inspire filmmakers around the world.


Death Note: Surname was well received by audiences and critics alike, building on the momentum of its predecessor. The film was praised for its faithful adaptation of the original manga's story and characters. The performances of the main cast, especially Ken'ichi Matsuyama as L and Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light, received critical acclaim. They successfully captured the complex dynamics of their respective characters and created an unrelentingly tense atmosphere throughout the film.
Critics were particularly impressed with the film's bold decision to deviate from the manga's plot, which added an element of unpredictability to the story, engaging die-hard fans and newcomers alike. The film's themes of morality, justice and the corrupting influence of government have been appreciated.
The film's complex plot, combined with its thematic depth, ensured that Death Note: The Last Name not only stood out as a sequel, but also stood out as a great film. Despite occasional criticism of the film's long running time, its impressive performances and suspenseful plot were generally seen as worth the investment. The success of Death Death Note: The Last Name cemented its status at the box office and earned a lot of money both domestically and internationally.

Cultural impact

The cultural impact of Death Note: Surname remains significant, especially because of its departure from the original manga and anime. As the second installment in the Death Note film franchise, it presented complex moral dilemmas and dark themes surrounding life and death, challenging audiences worldwide.
Cinematically, the film developed an engaged fan base that praised its visual aesthetic and narrative innovation. Putting fan-favorite characters Light Yagami and L Lawliet in an intellectual battle of wits not only fueled dramatic tension, but also cultivated complex audience identities and heated debates about their conflicting ideologies.
In terms of thematic resonance, the film's exploration of the ethics of judgment, where the Light wields the divine power of life and death, continues to raise philosophical questions in contemporary pop culture. The film's engagement with justice and morality develops deep dialogues that demonstrate its cultural permeability beyond its status as a cinematic spectacle.
In addition, the film's depiction of the Shinigami, a creature of Japanese folklore, increased global appreciation and understanding of Japanese culture. Presenting this mythical creature to an international audience actively expands multicultural awareness, even as it maintains the unique flavor of local history.
Additionally, the film's female leads, particularly Misa Amane, have fueled conversations about gender dynamics in popular media. Controversial, her portrayal provoked debates about female objectivity and agency, suggesting the film's social and cultural symbolism. Essentially, Death Note: The Surname creates cultural effects that transcend the cinematic experience. Contributing to dialogues about moral complexity, gender stereotypes, and cultural representation, the film underscores its profound influence on the pop cultural landscape.