2016 Death Note Film Brings Back Ken'ichi Matsuyama in L Role
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website of Death Note Light up the NEW world, this year's live-action Death Note sequel film, revealed on Thursday that Kenichi Matsuyama will reprise his role from the Death Note films as the legendary detective L. It has been eight years since he last played the role in 2008's L change the WorLd.
Matsuyama said he was very pleased that he could play L again after so long. It only took him three minutes to become L again, even though he grew apart from the role mentally and physically. He added that he is grateful for this work to let him search for the L within himself.
The announcement does not state whether L will appear as part of the film's main story, or as part of a flashback. The character Ryūzaki (Sousuke Ikematsu) is considered to be L's successor, who says he will surpass L.
The new film will open in Japan on October 29. A three-episode prequel mini-series titled Death Note NEW GENERATION premiered on Hulu on September 16.
Australian distributor Madman Entertainment previously streamed an English-subtitled trailer for the film in August.
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 by 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.)
Miyuki Sawashiro (Lupin the Third's Fujiko Mine, Psycho-Pass' Shion Karanomori) as Ama, a new Shinigami
Shinsuke Sato (live-action Gantz, Gantz: Perfect Answer, Library Wars films) is directing the film. Aside from the film's theme song "Dear Diary," Namie Amuro is also performing the insert song "Fighter" for the film. The theme song "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: Comic Natalie