L: Change the World

L: Change the World

5.0 7
Director: Hideo Nakata

Cast: Hideo Nakata, Kenichi Matsuyama, Youki Kudoh, Mayuko Fukuda

     
 

A detective has a tight deadline to crack a case that could claim the lives of millions in this crime drama, a spin-off from the Desu Notu (Death Note) franchise. L (Kenichi Matsuyama) is a cop with a serious sweet tooth and a fondness for gadgets who has been handed a very important assignment. A group of environmentalSee more details below

Overview

A detective has a tight deadline to crack a case that could claim the lives of millions in this crime drama, a spin-off from the Desu Notu (Death Note) franchise. L (Kenichi Matsuyama) is a cop with a serious sweet tooth and a fondness for gadgets who has been handed a very important assignment. A group of environmental radicals who want to decimate the Earth's population in the name of a greener world have gotten their hands on a potent man-made virus that could wipe out half the globe if it is released. It's L's job to track down the eco-terrorists and see that the virus is kept under wraps, but after signing his own name in the Death Book, he's given himself only 23 days to bring the radicals to justice. L: Change the World was the opening-night attraction at the 2008 Udine Far East Film Festival and was a major box-office success in Japan.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
What makes a good comic-book movie villain? With his brilliantly devious mind, his ruthlessness, and his overweening ego, Light Yagama, from the first two Death Note films, certainly made the grade. Faced with centering a new film, L: Change the World, around the compelling character of L (Kenichi Matsuyama), the pale, candy-gobbling hunchbacked crime-fighting boy genius of those movies, the filmmakers' most obvious failure is that no one steps into that void left by Light. Absent the compelling Death Note mythology, the film focuses on L's efforts to stop a group of double-crossing mad scientists from unleashing a deadly supervirus and effectively wiping out the human race. L is also saddled with caring for two precocious children whose lives have been upended by the sinister plot. The combination of gruesomely disfiguring disease (shown frequently and in graphic detail) and the goofy antics of L's eccentric babysitting adventure doesn't work. Kenichi Matsuyama's performance is still amusing, but the screenwriters focus more on his quirks than his genius, making him more of a comic figure, which compromises the tonal balance of the Death Note films further. In taking over directing duties from Shusuke Kaneko, Hideo Nakata (Ringu, Dark Water) fails to find the tone of comic dread that Kaneko made seem so effortless. Admittedly, the Death Note films seemed a bit choppy, as Kaneko attempted to cram a wealth of detail from the original material into two features. The films seemed a bit like trailers for themselves, but they were never less than highly entertaining. By contrast, L merely seems rushed and sloppy. It seems disconcertingly like a quick cash-in, and as such it's unworthy of its unique lead character. The film had its North American premiere at Subway Cinema's 2008 New York Asian Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
UPC:
0896911001188
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Viz Media
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:09:00
Sales rank:
41,565

Special Features

Audio commentary; Behind the scenes & interviews; Japanese original trailers; Official English trailers; Event bonus footage teaser; Death Note live-action trailers; Death Note anime trailer; Viz Pictures presents

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Death Note 3: L, Change the World
1. Opening [4:11]
2. Main Title [10:16]
3. The 23 Day Countdown [4:51]
4. Watari's Death [3:44]
5. Environmental Group "Blue Ship" [4:11]
6. L's Work - 19 Days Left [1:44]
7. A Gift from F - 14 Days Left [3:46]
8. First Babysitting - 8 Days Left [5:54]
9. A Message from Chiang Mai [1:36]
10. Matoba's Ambition, Kujo's Betrayal [5:47]
11. The End of Professor Nikaido [6:47]
12. Access from K [2:50]
13. Maki's Visit - 6 Days Left [4:05]
14. K's Visit [6:01]
15. Angel Crepe [3:47]
16. Shopping in Akihabara [6:49]
17. Breaking News [5:06]
18. 3 People in the Park! - 5 Days Left [:04]
19. The Last Hope: Professor Mastsudo [1:12]
20. The Answer is "MK" [6:27]
21. Maki's Confrontation [7:25]
22. Airport Lobby - 2 Days Left [5:46]
23. Panic in the Plane [2:09]
24. L Storms the Plane [4:12]
25. Save Everyone! [5:27]
26. Maki in the Hospital [4:34]
27. Parting with the Boy [1:32]
28. Credits [3:17]

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