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.
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:
20:20 (17th – 23rd)
17:30 (Fri 17th – Tue 21st)
20:50 (Wed 22nd & Thu 23rd)
20:10 (17th – 22nd)
Cineworld Glasgow (Renfrew Street)
21:45 (17th – 21st)
18:30 (22nd & 23rd)
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)
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: