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‘Death’ takes ‘Note’ of Netflix adaptation…

Death Note on Netflix

‘Death Note‘ is a classic Japanese thriller full of supernatural forces and moral complexity… will the Netflix adaptation breath new life into the idea or not?


Most Impact readers will be aware of Death Note and the phenomenon it has become, expanding out from its eastern origins and being a story that’s found resonance in other territories. It began as a serialised manga story in 2003 and has since been adapted into a Japanese live-action film series beginning in 2006, an anime series, a musical, a live-action television drama and now netflix is readying to show a new film inspired by the concept.

Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami, a university student who finds a mysterious notebook with the power of life and death. Any name written in its pages will ensure that person dies. It belongs to a demon or death spirit named Ryuk, but Light is determined to use it as a force for good… finding a way for the book to deliver final justice on those that escape legal retribution. But though his intentions may be good, absolute power corrupts absolutely and as Light’s decisions become more drastic he finds himself not only shadowed by Ryuk but pursued by a suspicious detective.

There’s been a fair amount of controversy about this latest adaptation, due to hit Netflix in August, largely because – once again – a traditionally Japanese property has cast a caucasian lead for a western audience. It’d a fair criticism, but we’ll be judging this latest Death Note purely on its merits when it debuts…

Here’s a taster…

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