2016 Death Note Film Reveals 5 Stills Featuring Sakura Aoi Character
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The staff of Death Note Light up the NEW world, this year's live-action Death Note sequel film, unveiled five new stills from the film on Thursday. The stills show scenes of Rina Kawaei's character Sakura Aoi, as well as filming in a shopping district.
The new film will open in Japan on October 29. A three-episode prequel mini-series titled Death Note NEW GENERATION will premiere on Hulu on September 16.
Australian distributor Madman Entertainment previously streamed an English-subtitled trailer for the film last week.
In Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's original 2003-2006 supernatural suspense manga, a teenager named Light finds a notebook with which he can put people to death by writing their names. He begins a self-anointed crusade against the criminals of the world, and a cat-and-mouse game begins with the authorities and one idiosyncratic genius detective.
In the new film's story, a highly advanced information society is beset by global cyber-terrorism in 2016. New charismatic figures, who "inherited the DNA" of Light (previously played Tatsuya Fujiwara) and the detective L (Kenichi Matsuyama), emerge. The successors of the two geniuses will wage a war over six Death Notes on Earth.
A crucial plot element will be the "Six-Note Rule": only six Death Notes are allowed to exist at a time in the human world. Of course, the Shinigami (Gods of Death) themselves are limited to the number of Death Notes. Therefore, up to six Shinigami may exist in the human world. This rule existed in the original manga, but previous adaptations in the franchise have not used this rule thus far.
Sousuke Ikematsu (The Last Samurai's Higen, MOZU's Kazuhiko Shingai) as Ryūzaki, L's successor and a world-famous detective.
Masahiro Higashide (live-action Parasyte's Hideo Shimada, live-action Ao Haru Ride's Kō Mabuchi) as Tsukuru Mishima, a "Death Note otaku" and an investigator pursuing the Death Notes
Rina Kawaei (Azumi: Bakumatsu-hen stage play) as Sakura Aoi, the most terrible Death Note user ever, an indiscriminate murderer, and the complete opposite of Light Yagami.
Mina Fujii as Shō Nanase, an investigator on the Death Note task force.
Eiichiro Funakoshi as Kenichi Mikuriya, a Supreme Court justice who possesses a Death Note.
Erika Toda as Misa Amane (Toda is reprising the role from the previous live-action films.)
Shidou Nakamura as Ryuk (Nakamura is reprising the role from the previous live-action films and anime.)
Sota Aoyama as Tōta Matsuda (Aoyama is reprising the role from the previous live-action films.)
Shinsuke Sato (live-action Gantz, Gantz: Perfect Answer, Library Wars films) is directing the film. Namie Amuro is performing the theme song "Dear Diary" and the insert song "Fighter" for the film. "Dear Diary" is a ballad that is based on the film's title "Light up the NEW world." The song "Fighter" is a dance number written from the point of view of the character Misa Amane.
The film is a "forbidden sequel" to the two earlier live-action Death Note films, 2006's Death Note and Death Note: The Last name. The film was shot in overseas locations, and Warner Brothers will distribute.
Source: Anime! Anime! (Kōsuke Obana)