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Black Butler Comes to Live Action

Today’s breaking news: happy days, the fabulous Black Butler has been made into a live action film! Hold onto your hats, the lovely Sebastian is coming!

Black Butler posterBased on the best-selling comic series written and illustrated by Yana Toboso, the long awaited live-action film “Black Butler” finally arrives in UK cinemas.

Hiro Mizushima of “BECK” (2010), portrays the perfect, but arrogant, demonic butler, Sebastian, in this stylish action film directed by Kentaro Otani of the “NANA” series, and Keiichi Sato of “Asura” (2012).

Mummified dead bodies of various dignitaries from around the world are being discovered, a mysterious tarot card left beside them at the scene. The world is headed towards chaos…

Kiyoharu is the young head of the Genpo noble family, owners of a massive toy manufacturing enterprise. He also functions as a secret watchdog for the Queen, a service that his family has provided for generations. The Queen orders Kiyoharu to solve the mummification incidents, and he starts to investigate. He is supported by his perfect butler, Sebastian, who is actually a demon.

BlackButler_02The year is 2020; Kiyoharu has been hiding his true female identity since his parents’ tragic death 10 years earlier. In return for perfect service to his master in public and private, Sebastian will receive his master’s soul after Kiyoharu achieves revenge for the murder of his parents. Who is really behind the serial mummification deaths? Will Kiyoharu finally find out who killed his/her parents?

Black Butler (cert.15) opens in UK cinemas* on 17th October 2014, courtesy of Warner Bros UK.

Run time: 121 mins
Japanese with English Subtitles
*Cineworld Cinemas

About the Original Comic

The original comic “Black Butler” was written and illustrated by Yana Toboso, being serialized in the monthly G-Fantasy, published by Square Enix. Since the start of the comic in 2006, the series has been very popular and has sold 19 million copies worldwide. It has been translated into over 20 languages, and sold in 42 countries and territories. Yana Toboso is a celebrated New York Times Best Seller.

Hiro Mizushima “BECK” (2010) “Mei’s Butler” (TV, 2009)
Ayame Goriki “Gatchaman” (2013) “The Kiyosu Conference” (2013)
Yuka “A Letter to Momo” (Voice, 2012) “Reincarnation” (2005)
Mizuki Yamamoto “The Kirishima Thing” (2012)

Directors: Kentaro Otani “NANA” series “Thirty Lies or So” (2004)
Keiichi Sato “Asura” (2012) “Tiger & Bunny – The Beginning” (2012)
Screenplay by: Tsutomu Kuroiwa “The After-Dinner Mysteries” (2013)
Cinematographer: Terukuni Ajisaka “Seaside Motel” (2010)
Action Director: Takahito Ouchi “SP” series

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