Death Note screening

The ImaginAsian Center of Los Angeles will be screening DEATH NOTE on August 29. This is a live-action adaptation of a Japanese manga that was previously turned into an animated film. The director is Shusuke Kaneko, who revived the Gamera franchise in the 1990s, giving Godzilla a good run for his money. Here is a description from the ImagnAsian website:

DEATH NOTEis based on the bestselling supernatural action mystery manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. With over 15 million copies sold, the hit comic has finally been adapted into two live-action feature films: DEATH NOTE and Death Note: The Last Name. Directed by Shusuke Kaneko, known for the popular "Gamera" monster film series, DEATH NOTEwas first released in Japan in 2006, becoming an instant smash hit. The story begins when ace student Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue "Shinigami" death god named Ryuk. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies. Upset with the justice system, Light takes matters into his own hands and vows to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of all evil.

You can read a review of the film at Cinefantastique Online.

The ImaginAsian Center is located at 251 South Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The phone number is 213-617-1033.

A word of warning: The ImaginAsian's official website is not update. It lists RE-CYCLE - which screened on August 15 and 21 - as "Now Playing." If you want to confirm showtimes before taking the trip to downtown Los Angeles, you can send an email here: