Death Note

Death Note
US Theatrical: Aug 25, 2017

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said at 9:35 PM on Wed Nov 1 2017
I've got a question for the people who watched both this and the anime, and hate or disliked this movie....

If this movie didn't use any of the names of characters from the anime (except maybe Ryuk since he's a demon) and the characters looked different and weren't based off the originals but it was still the exact same movie with the exact same actors just with those little touches changed.....would you have hated it any less?

And a bonus question....if they did do that, would it still be considered white-washing? Cause it's based off a Japanese anime, but now instead the Death Note (probably the same one from the anime) is now in America.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:36 PM on Wed Nov 1 2017

"And a bonus question....if they did do that, would it still be considered white-washing? Cause it's based off a Japanese anime, but now instead the Death Note (probably the same one from the anime) is now in America."

I think that wouldn't be strictly whitewashing in the sense that "the Japanese characters are now american", but it'd be whitewashing in the sense that "this could have been a Japanese story, but now it's not". Know what I mean? Not really on the character level, but on the broader, story/world/cultural-based level.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 4:25 AM on Thu Nov 2 2017
If it was the same story, no. The story is one of the issues, it is a case of trying to do so much in so little time.
Now I’ve said that if they just used *a* Deathnote and then used new characters and an original story than I think this movie could have been better.
said at 10:45 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@NCZ If that's the case, the Question that stems there is, is that more or less acceptable than white-washing? I mean, don't get me wrong, I think white-washing is clearly a problem in Hollywood and nothing bugs me more when a film is set in Japan, but the lead is white (I'm looking at you Ghost in a Shell)......But if they took Death Note, and made an American version that could be both a sequel to the anime and it's own thing, would that not be more acceptable?

I mean, it's not like the Japanese and Chinese haven't also done adaptations of American works but set in Japan or China. They re-imagined Unforgiven, but set in the Meiji Period. They did a Chinese remake of What Women Want.

I personally think if this film didn't use characters from the anime (except maybe Ryuk) and instead did something different but still use the basic premise of "there's a book that kills people when you write there name in it" it might have been an easier pill to swallow.
said at 10:48 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@Music Meister No argument there, the story in this movie was pretty much garbage. But I think that mostly stems from them trying to condense an entire anime into one film.

They really should have just tried and do their own thing. I feel like this movie could have worked.
said at 7:31 AM on Wed Nov 1 2017
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Awful adaptation and movie but Willem Dafoe as Ryuk was fantastic casting, though I still prefer Brian Drummond in the role.

I thought it was cool Paul Nakauchi (Hanzo from Overwatch) played Watari in this.

Also I found it a bit amusing Chris Britton (Soichiro Yagami) had a small role in this.

I think there was a missed opportunity for their to be more voice actor cameos in the movie since they filmed it in Vancouver, they could have played people Light was killing in this. Yes I know it's rather morbid but could've been pretty amusing.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:28 PM on Tue Oct 31 2017
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While this movie does deserve some of the hate it gets, i would actually like to focus on some stuff I liked.
Willem DaFoe as Ryuk is of course great casting but no one talks about Lakeith Stanfield as L. I thought he did a great job, he seemed to play L as being a the spectrum and I think that’s a great idea for L.
There was at least an attempt to make Mia a more complex character, something the original series didn’t do. She wasn’t a great character in general but they at least make her more than just eye candy.
I liked the music...sometimes.
And...that’s it.
said at 2:30 PM on Tue Oct 31 2017
@Music Meister 'Mia?' Oh you mean Misa?!
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:45 PM on Tue Oct 31 2017
I did like they made her different from Misa and used people’s assumption of her and worked againast it.
It’s like what Edge of Tomorrow did, it only slightly based their characters on the original characters.
said at 3:11 AM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@Music Meister I agree with the positives you mentioned, really.
said at 1:36 PM on Tue Oct 31 2017
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The only saving grace about this film was Ryuk, and Willem Dafeo's performance, other than that the film is just schlock, and another prime example of how not to adapt a comic/animated program.
said at 8:48 AM on Tue Oct 31 2017
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All according to... keikaku? Keikaku means... uh, plan?
said at 9:07 AM on Tue Oct 31 2017
@CelestialOuroboros If the plan was to make a dark comedy with gratuitous violence then........yes?
said at 7:31 AM on Tue Oct 31 2017
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This film was nothing short of a disaster honestly. The acting was awful, the plot was terrible even if you remove the fact that it was a bad remake of one of the greatest animes, no shows of all time and the characters were boring and generic, leading it to fall into the footsteps of Dragonball Evolution and Ghost in the Shell. Hollywood...please stop making live action whitewashed anime. It always flops. Just let anime be anime because if you don't then the only good thing that will happen are memes and jokes about your failure.
Fernie Fernandez
said at 9:48 AM on Tue Oct 31 2017
@Soul-dragon Have you forgot about AoT and Black Butler?

They had LA adaption, but the actors were Japanese while most of the characters are European...

GitS was ok though...
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