is a series of two live-action Japanese films
released in 2006 and based on the Death Note manga
series by Tsugumi Ohba
and Takeshi Obata
. The films primarily center on a university student who decides to rid the world of evil with the help of a supernatural notebook
that kills anyone whose name is written in it. The two films were directed by Shūsuke Kaneko
, produced by Nippon Television
, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan
A spin-off film directed by Hideo Nakata
, titled Change the World
, was released on February 9, 2008.
The series is about Light Yagami
, a young man and college student whose life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the "Death Note", lying on the ground. The Death Note's instructions claim that if a person's name is written within it while picturing that person's face, that person shall die. Light is initially skeptical of the notebook's authenticity, but after experimenting with it, he realizes that the Death Note is real. After meeting with the previous owner of the Death Note, a shinigami
, Light seeks to become "god of the new world" by passing his judgment on those he deems to be evil or who get in his way.
After months of killing criminals, Light is dubbed Kira by the public and some believe him to be righteous about killing criminals. Interpol
is no closer to catching him, and is going to pass the case on to the Ministry of Health as... Read More