DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world Press Notes
The saga continues! The Death Note series; the legendary transmedia phenomenon that we all remember.
The saga resumes 10 years after the original series concluded…
Warner Bros. Pictures Japan and Nippon Television Network have provided information and high-res photos for DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world (デスノート Light up the NEW world, Desu Noto Light up the NEW world, 2016), the new sequel to the international hits DEATH NOTE (デスノート, Desu Noto, 2006) and DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME (デスノート the Last name, Desu Noto the Last name, 2006). The film will open at the Marunouchi Piccadilly, Shinjuku Piccadilly, and other cinemas across Japan on October 29.
In the beginning it was a manga series which sold over 3 million copies domestically. Then it was turned into two movies, released back to back in June and November of 2006, ranking among the highest grossing movies of the year. The 2-movie-package strategy proved so successful it became a template for many movie adaptations of manga.
“If your name is written in the notebook, you’ll die” was the catchy concept that intrigued the young generation. The DEATH NOTE movie franchise was so popular across the world it spawned a spinoff, DEATH NOTE: L, change the WorLd (Lの本当の秘密, L no Honto no Himitsu) in 2008. The movie franchise was released in 60 plus countries. The story was told on transmedia platforms such as an animated series, novels, theater production, and a television drama. 10 years later, the transmedia monstrosity remains popular across generations.
10 years have passed since two geniuses fought the battle of intelligence. Light Yagami aka Kira used the Death Note on fugitives to punish them until “L” stopped him at the cost of his own life. Havoc is created when Death puts his Death Note in the mortal world again. The Death Note Task Force, originally set up by police officer Soichiro Yagami, is reinstated. Their office is in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. With Yagami dead, the Task Force is made up of 5 investigators including Tsukuru Mishima (Masahiro Higashide) who is well versed on the Death Note incident, and Touta Matsuda (Sota Aoyama) who is the only one from the original Task Force.
Shibuya, Wall Street and Russia are on high alert with Death Note killings taking place. That’s when a world renowned private investigator, Ryuzaki (Sosuke Ikematsu), joins the Task Force. He is regarded as a successor to L and it is him who figures out that there are six Death Notes this time.
As the investigation continues, a computer virus called “Kira virus” spreads across the world. The virus comes with a message, “Attention Death Note owners; turn your notebook in to me immediately.”
If all six Death Notes were possessed by one individual, the person would have the ability to rule the world. A fight ensues between those who wish for the second coming of Kira and those who oppose the evil plan.
Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, October 29th, 2016 (Roadshow)
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Screen Size: 2.35:1
Tsukuru Mishima: Masahiro Higashide
Ryuzaki: Sosuke Ikematsu
Yuki Shien: Masaki Suda
Misa Amane: Erika Toda
Sakura Aoi: Rina Kawaei
Sho Nanase: Mina Fujii
Touta Matsuda: Sota Aoyama
Kenichi Mikuriya: Eiichiro Funakoshi
Ryuk: Shido Nakamura
Director: Shinsuke Sato
Screenplay: Katsunari Mano
Original Story: Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (Published in Shueisha’s Jump Comics)
Planning and Production: Takahiro Sato
Planning Cooperation: Weekly Shonen Jump Editorial Department
VFX: Digital Frontier Inc.
Music: Yutaka Yamada
Production: “DEATH NOTE” FILM PARTNERS
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan
World Sales: Nippon Television
© Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata / Shueisha © 2016 “DEATH NOTE” FILM PARTNERS
For more information on the DEATH NOTE series please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- AFM /AFI FEST REPORT #3: DEATH NOTE
- Record-breaking weekend for DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME
- DEATH NOTE Anime Series Comes to DVD from VIZ Media
- VIZ Pictures Licenses Theatrical and DVD Rights to Live Action DEATH NOTE Films
- Directors to Attend Vancouver Screenings of DEATH NOTE and THE iDol
- DEATH NOTE Live-Action Film on R1 DVD
- VIZ Media Announces Anime Releases for Fall 2008
- DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME U.S. Theatrical Event!
- Win Tickets to See DEATH NOTE Movies in Canada and US
- NY Anime Festival Sponsors DEATH NOTE Day at Kinokuniya
- DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME Ticket Winners!
- DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME Press Notes
- Canadian Theatrical Debut of DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME
- DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME on Region 1 DVD from VIZ Pictures
- DEATH NOTE: L, change the WorLd U.S. Theatrical Event!
- Win Tickets to See DEATH NOTE: L, change the WorLd on April 29
- DEATH NOTE: L, change the WorLd Ticket Winners!
- DEATH NOTE: L, change the WorLd Press Notes
- NY Anime Festival and VIZ Pictures to Hold DEATH NOTE Day
- DEATH NOTE: L, change the WorLd on Region 1 DVD
- Two New DEATH NOTE Box Sets in the UK
- Death Note: L, change the WorLd Novelization now Available
- DEATH NOTE Movie Collection Coming to Blu-ray
- VIZ Pictures to Release First Blu-Ray: DEATH NOTE COLLECTION
- Win DEATH NOTE Blu-ray or BATTLE LEAGUE HORUMO DVD!
- DEATH NOTE Blu-ray and BATTLE LEAGUE HORUMO DVD Winners Announced
- DEATH NOTE 1 & 2 Blu-ray Collection Comes to UK
- Revisit the World of DEATH NOTE in the New Black Edition from VIZ Media
- DEATH NOTE Anime Now Available on Netflix Streaming
- VIZ Media Presents Death Note & Bakuman。 Manga Creator at 2014 NY Comic Con
- DEATH NOTE Anime Series Complete DVD Set on November 18th
- DEATH NOTE Anime Makes Its First Ever Blu-ray Debut On March 1st