Director: Shūsuke Kaneko
Writers: Tetsuya Ôishi
Based on the Manga/Anime by: Tsugumi Ôba/Takeshi Obata
Producers: Toyoharu Fukada/Seiji Okuda/Takahiro Satō
Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara/Ken’ichi Matsuyama/Asaka Seto/Erika Toda
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 140 minutes
In the second installment of the Death Note film franchise, Light Yagami meets a second Kira and faithful follower Misa Amane and her Shinigami named Rem. Light attempts to defeat L along with Teru Mikami (a Kira follower) and Kiyomi Takada (another Kira follower) but in the end will Light win? or will a Shinigami named Ryuk make all the difference in Light’s victory or his ultimate death?
Death Note: The Last Name is the sequel to Death Note, an anime adaptation. However, does Death Note: The Last Name follow in Death Note’s footsteps or should this movie be in the Death Note? The story is very good and continues on from where the first movie left off, the characters are brilliantly written and the acting was great as well. The scenes were brilliantly executed and the CGI was also very good, especially for the Shinigamis (Death Gods who own the Death Note). I thought that Tatsuya Fujiwara did great as Light but Kenichi Matsuyama stole the movie as L, who acted and behaved exactly how the character in the anime did so it was nice to see the movie stay faithful to the series in some ways. The writing was very good and the dialogue was great too. All in all, it’s like the anime series with some welcoming changes.
I enjoyed this sequel, I thought that it wasn’t going to be as good as the first movie but I would say that it was on the same level, if not, better. The story basically continued on and it managed to keep the balance of the characters and their stories and how they all interact with each other. The acting was very good and I think the CGI was great. The designs for Ryuk and Remi were brilliant and they haven’t changed them from the series (well, except for the fact that they’re in 3D). I think that, even though they have made big changes from the Death Note story, they’ve pulled it off and they’ve done a good job making the story into two movies. This movie is great, it has everything you liked about the first movie in this and more. If you like Death Note, you’ll be happy with this.
The cast and crew have done a terrific job with this sequel. Almost everything was spot on from the anime and the changes they made were great and they fit in the story so well.
Reviewed by Dazz Camponi