Guess what’s making it’s international debut at the Hong Kong International Film Festival? Death Note! Based on the manga (of course!) by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note is all about death, demons and morality. The protagonist, high-school student Light Yamagi (played by Fujiwara Tatsuya who also starred in Battle Royale, another movie based on the manga that was based on the novel by Koushun Takami), finds what looks like an ordinary notebook that actually has the power to kill anyone whose name is written in it. So who does Light kill? Criminal low-lifes. Is it right? Is it moral? Well, who would you kill if the Death Note found you?
Death Note is an ongoing manga series in Japan so I’m not too sure how solid the film adaptation will be…Movies made from manga generally are better when the series has ended…But the good news, really, is that it’s premiering in Hong Kong! Where Dog Bite Dog will be premiering in a matter of days! Yea, yea!
So you can guess where I’m going this weekend: uh, yeah, that would be Baltimore….