Title and poster visual for the 2016 Death Note Movie revealed

As previously reported, Death Note, the supernatural thriller manga by writer/artist duo Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, is getting another installment of live-action movie this year, set to release on October 29. Now, courtesy of its official website, we are informed of the movie’s title: Death Note Light up the NEW World. In addition, a key visual for the movie is also revealed in the form of a poster featuring the three main characters: Tsukuru Mishima (Masahiro Higashide), Yūgi Shion (Masaki Suda), and Ryūzaki (Sousuke Ikematsu).


The words on the poster roughly translates to: “A decade after that incident … Six new Death Notes have been scattered.”

Indeed, the plot for this new feature is an original one set several years after the manga canon. The story will center around 6 Death Notes scattered on Earth 10 years after the KIRA incident and the battle that ensues between Kira and L’s spiritual successor. The film is dubbed as a “forbidden continuation” of the original live-action adaptation franchise that ended in 2006. The revealed characters and their respective actor/actress are as follow:


  • Yugi Shion, played by Masaki Suda (Philip in Kamen Rider W, Karma Akabane in live-action Assassination Classroom) is a cyber terrorist that worships Kira.


  • Ryuzaki, played by Sousuke Ikematsu (Higen in The Last Samurai, Kazuhiko Shingai in MOZU) is L’s successor and a world-renowned detective.


  • Tsukuru Mishima, played by Masahiro Higashide (Hideo Shimada in live-action Parasyte) is a police investigator that chases the Death Note cases.


  • Sakura Aoi, played by Rina Kawaei (Azumi:Bakumatsu-hen stage play) is a Death Note owner that murders people indiscrimately and sloppily; she’s described as the opposite of Light Yagami.


  • Sho Nanase, played by Mina Fujii is another investigator on the Death Note cases.


  • Erika Toda reprised her role as Misa Amane, the original Second Kira in the original story.


  • Lastly, Shidou Nakamura also reprised her role as Ryuk, the shinigami to Light Yagami’s death note.

The film, directed by Shinsuke Sato (live action Gantz) is reported to shoot overseas. Warner Bros will distribute the film. Death Note originally ran from 2003-2006 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump and tells the cat and mouse game between Light Yagami, a high school student that seeks to reform the world using a killing note he stumbled upon one day and L, the world’s best detective. It has since spawned numerous adaptations, the last one being the live-action drama just last year.

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