As someone who was already familiar with the core mythologies connected to the Japanese manga/anime Death Note, I realize what a herculean effort Adam Wingard had bringing his recent live-action film adaptation to fruition. While the manga spawned 3 feature films overseas, Wingard attempted to convey the entire saga in a single film. It was a bold and ambitious move that both excited and frustrated recent viewers.
Condensing the entire Death Note mythos into a single film meant making many painful cuts, mostly in regards to character development and background stories. This is most apparent in the film’s treatment of the Shinigami (aka “Death God”) Ryuk (voiced by Willem Dafoe). While Wingard portrays him as a chaotic menace with an agenda of his own, the character is much more complex. The Shinigami is a part of Japanese culture, so the full connotations of the character may have been lost on American audiences.
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We’ve been running a series of horror biographies delving into the untold stories of many of the genre’s most compelling characters, and the folks at Hybrid Networks have produced a video that’s right up our alley: The Untold Story of the Shinigami Ryuk.
If you watched Death Note and weren’t sure what to think of this intriguing character, the video below is a must watch. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Rob is back, this time with the origins and the history of the most popular Shinigami Ryuk. In this video Rob will go through the characters origins from both the manga and anime.
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Check out the trailer and synopsis for Death Note below.
Official Synopsis: A high school student discovers a supernatural notebook that has deadly powers. He can kill anyone he wishes simply by inscribing their name within its pages. Intoxicated with his new power, he begins to eliminate those he deems unworthy of life.
Death Note stars Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, and Margaret Qualley.