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Movies, as an astute producer once told me, are news. Much of the medical news recently, from Japan and elsewhere, has been scary, including stories about out-of-control viruses and out-of-their-minds doctors and nurses who kill instead of cure their patients. So why make yet another dull J-Horror pic with a long-haired female ghost when real life is becoming more frightening?

That seems to be the reasoning behind both the medical mystery “Team Batista no Eiko (Glorious Team Batista),” and “L Change the World,” the sequel to the hit “Death Note” films that feature their most popular character — the so-called genius detective L.

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