It won’t be long before Netflix’s live action Death Note film is available to stream on screens around Australia and the world. The manga, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata was a runaway success, spawning a hugely popular anime series, novels and more than one Japanese live action film.
For those who are unfamiliar with the plot of Death Note, the Netflix summary gives you a pretty good idea of what you’re in for;
“Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.”
The Netflix adaptation has been a source of controversy and fascination among fans, with claims of white-washing, and mixed confusion/excitement over some of the casting choices. The Netflix version of Death Note will be set in the US, rather than in Japan, with some characters names being changed to reflect the setting (eg. Main character Light’s last name is now Turner rather than Yagami), and fan favourite character ‘L’ being played by an African American actor (Lakeith Stanfield).
Controversy or not, we’re excited and curious to see how it turns out. The most recent trailer makes the film look pretty awesome and Willem Dafoe providing the voice for Ryuk gives us chills. It might be a departure from what Death Note fans are used to, but we’re hoping it will still do the beloved series justice.
Check out the trailer below and let us know; are you excited for this version of Death Note?
Death Note is released on Netflix worldwide on 25th August.