Black Butler UK Release Details

Warner Bros. UK are gearing up to bring over a selection of films that are adaptations of popular manga over the next couple of months with Black Butler leading the charge. It is due to arrive in cinemas across the UK on October 17th . The details of where and when Black Butler will be screened have been revealed and I have them to report about as well as the UK trailer which is below and the UK poster which is just underneath this opening paragraph.

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Japanese: 黒執事

Romaji: Kuroshitsuji

Running Time: 119 mins.

Release Date: January 18th, 2014

Director: Kentaro Otani, Keiichi Sato

Writer: Tsutomu Kuroiwa (Screenplay), Yana Toboso (Original Manga)

Starring: Ayame Gouriki, Hiro Mizushima, Mizuki Yamamoto, Takuro Ohno, Yuka, Ken Yasuda

In the year 2020 in an Asian city where Eastern and Western cultures mix, a young woman named Shiori (Gouriki) finds herself plunged into a world of mystery and danger.

Shiori is the orphaned head of the Genpo noble family, owners of a massive toy manufacturing enterprise. Since only males can take over the reins of power in the Genpo family, she must pretend to be a man and so she takes on the name Kiyoharu Genpo and wears male clothes. On top of running the company, she also functions as a secret watchdog for the Queen, a service that her family has provided for generations. 

In her role as an agent of the Queen, Shiori is assigned the task of investigating the disappearance of young women and an ongoing serial murder case in which the mummified dead bodies of various dignitaries are discovered. The only clue left at the crime scenes is a strange tarot card which has a “black invitation” that leads to a deadly world and all of this may be connected to the deaths of Shiori’s parents. When Shiori receives an invitation herself, she summons a demonic butler from hell named Sebastian (Mizushima). He is a supernatural servant who has impeccable manners, flawless grace, and deep wells of knowledge as well as having deadly martial arts skills, and devilishly good looks. His job is to watch over Shiori and protect her as they hunt for who sent out the invitations and who is behind the mysterious crimes. All Shiori has to pay for his service is her soul.

The details known about the release so far are that the film has been given a 15 certificate and will be the Japanese language version with English subtitles and it will launch on October 17th. The cinemas playing the film and the times are:

Cineworld Bolton
20:20 (17th – 23rd)

Cineworld Cardiff
17:30 (Fri 17th – Tue 21st)
20:50 (Wed 22nd & Thu 23rd)

Cineworld Crawley
20:10 (17th – 22nd)
20:15 (23rd)

Cineworld Glasgow (Renfrew Street)
21:45 (17th – 21st)
18:30 (22nd & 23rd)

Cineworld Sheffield
11:30 14:25 17:15 20:05 23:00 (17th & 18th)
11:30 14:25 17:15 20:05 (19th, 20th & 21st)
11:30 21:00 (22nd & 23rd)

Cineworld Stevenage
21:35 (17th – 23rd)

AMC Cinema Manchester

Warner Bros. Japan have become a major presence in the Japanese entertainment world with film adaptations of anime and manga with the likes of Berserk: Golden Age Arc – The Egg of the King, Wild 7 and Rurouni Kenshin getting the big screen treatment. This year alone saw the release of three major titles like Black Butler on January 18th, and two Rurouni Kenshin films over August and September which are due to get a release in the UK after Black Butler.

Here are images from the film:

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4 thoughts on “Black Butler UK Release Details

    1. I had fun with other films produced by Warner Bros. Japan so I’m excited to see it!

      It’s a big opportunity to see more Japanese films in mainstream cinemas so I’m going to support it as much as possible and that means taking lots of people and spreading the word!

  1. Same here Ellen I’ve been wanting to see this film since I saw the first trailer earlier this year. I enjoy the level of support that Japanese films in its original language are starting to be more common in cinemas these days. I hope that one day we can see this influence cross over a lot more widespread with anime films and tv series receiving theatrical screenings. Mushishi hour long specials, simultaneous releases of films across the world, like what Space Dandy did with its TV airing.
    I enjoy reading your blog Genki, you know a lot about Japanese films, and these posts have been a fantastic insight into the world and heart of Japanese cinema.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad to see that others enjoy the things I write about and get some benefit from it! 🙂

      I enjoyed Black Butler a lot. The story was a little too clunky as it tried to establish a new live-action series and justify the change in characters/locations but the cinematography, art and costume designs and the acting were super. I found the fights really exciting and loved Ayame Gouriki and Hiro Mizushima’s performances where there’s a lot of comedy on offer.

      Japan needs to be a lot more proactive in sending its content overseas in as many different formats as possible. Until then Warner Bros. are doing a good job and I hope they continue. I hope you guys get the chance to see it.

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