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Netflix criticized for showing aftermath of real-life train crash in their manga adaptation Death Note

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Jan 9, 2019

Even though Death Note has been available to stream on Netflix for well over a year now, the film is at the center of a new controversy involving some footage that was used in the production. 

The horror movie, which was initially adapted from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's manga series, premiered on Netflix back in August of 2017. In the past few days, the show's come under fire for using images of a 2010 train crash in Belgium that killed 19 people and injured more than 300. The footage of the crash appears in a fictional newscast within Death Note

Dimitri Temmerman, a spokesman for the Belgian rail operator SNCB, told BBC News that using the aerial footage of the crash showed "little respect" for the victims and their families. He added that the company hadn't been told of any agreement between them and the streaming service to include the images in the film.

Crash survivor Anita Mahy told De Standaard that the use of the images was "ridiculous and inadmissible." 

"It is unheard of that a true fact is used for fiction and commercial gain. I think it is a complete lack of respect for those involved. You'll just sit and watch an evening movie unsuspectingly and then face the accident again." 

News of the first surfaced late last week, and so far, neither Netflix nor the crew of Death Note have officially commented on the matter. It's also unconfirmed if their production studio had acquired permission to use the footage or not. A sequel, Death Note 2, is currently in development. 

We'll update the story as the situation develops. 

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