Death Note Film Spinoff for Matsuda to Air in Japan
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for L change the WorLd, the spinoff from the two manga-based Death Note films, has announced on Saturday that another spinoff special centering on the Tōta Matsuda character will be broadcasted in Japan. The theatrical L change the WorLd spinoff itself focuses on the iconoclastic detective L and a case he tackles during 23 crucial days in his life. Actor Sōta Aoyama reprised his Death Note role of Matsuda, the eager and naïve police detective who works with L, for the shooting of the theatrical spinoff. However, all of his scenes will be cut from the final print. Instead, those scenes will be combined with additional scenes shot later to create the tentatively titled "Spinoff Matsuda" special for television.
The official website also posted the second full trailer for L change the World on Friday. (After the splash opening on the linked site ends, select the button that is second from the left.) Unlike the first one-minute trailer, this new two-minute trailer reveals more of the origin of the threat that L confronts and features the "I'll Be Waiting" theme song sung by American rocker Lenny Kravitz. It also reveals many of the characters who will return in one form or another for the film.
Actor Ken'ichi Matsuyama reprises his role of L, but the reins of the spinoff film have been handed over to Hideo Nakata, the director best known for the Ringu film franchise. The film opens in Thailand, a country that hosted some on-location shooting for the film, on February 9 — the same day it opens in Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong.
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