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The best Japanese films I've ever seen (and yes I have seen others),
This review is from: Death Note 2 - The Last Name (2 Disc Limited Edition)  [DVD] (DVD)Death Note and its sequel (more accurately a continuation) Death Note: The Last Name are not just the best Japanese films I have seen, but amongst the best and most intelligent science fiction films I've seen.
I haven't seen much Manga though, and to help those who may be reading this who aren't too keen on Manga, I'll admit that I found it difficult to take the computer-generated character of Ryuk seriously at first (Ryuk is a god of death only the human Light Yagami can see). I soon got over that - very quickly in fact - and came to appreciate the skill involved in creating him. So my point here is that you don't have to be fan of Manga to enjoy this film.
The story that stretches across both films is highly ambitious in what it covers - morality, the corrupting influence of having power over life and death, tension and an intricate plot worthy of the best detective films - but it pulls it all off spectacularly and with an originality and freshness that keeps you watching and wondering all the way through.
Even though my knowledge of Japanese comes entirely from listening to Hiro Nakamura, I could tell that the actors - particularly those playing the main characters of Light, Light's Father and L - are exceptionally talented. I saw the films originally on FilmFour and they were subtitled. I would never enjoy a dubbed movie, and I think that far more people should be willing to give subtitled films a go, as if you don't you miss out on so much.
I've seen these films once, but am sure will want to see them many times again, which is what drew me to this page on Amazon. One day, I'm sure, they'll remake this very badly in English - so if this review is still around in cyberspace then, please don't buy the remake - buy this.