Next year, Netflix will premiere an American adaptation of the popular manga and anime series, Death Note. But hardcore fans of the original Death Note should know that there have already been three Death Note live-action movies in Japan. The fourth movie is coming out later this year, and now the latest trailer for Death Note: Light Up The New World is available with English subtitles.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the original story by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the Death Note was a supernatural notebook that could kill anyone whose name was written on it. A teenager named Light Yagami found the notebook and used it to eliminate anyone he saw as a criminal. A world famous detective named “L” was dispatched to find Light’s alter ego, Kira, and end his reign of terror.
Light Up the New World takes place ten years after the last live-action film, long after the apparent demise of Light and L. But considering that Kenichi Matsuyama and Tatsuya Fujiwara are reprising their roles as L and Light, respectively, they’re at least going to make cameo appearances in this film. The new story will deal with six Death Notes appearing on Earth and the resulting race to find them all. Cyber-terrorist Yūki Shien (Masaki Suda), special task force leader Tsukuru Mishima (Masahiro Higashide), and private investigator Ryūzaki (Sosuke Ikematsu) are the primary characters chasing down the Death Notes. Light’s accomplice, Misa Amane (Erika Toda) is still out there, but Sakura Aoi (Rina Kawaei) may be an even deadlier wielder of the Death Notes than Light himself.
The trailer also poses the intriguing question of whether Light is still alive, but there isn’t a definitive answer in this footage.
Death Note: Light Up The New World will be released in Japan on October 29, with a November 10 release date for Australia and New Zealand. It’s not clear when the film will be available in North America, but we’re definitely not betting against it.
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