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Live-Action Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji Film's New Footage Streamed

posted on 2013-09-05 18:00 EDT
NANA/Tiger & Bunny directors cast Hiro Mizushima in January 18 film

The official website for the live-action film based on Yana Toboso's Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) manga began streaming previously unseen special footage from the film at midnight on Friday. The limited 24-hour presentation marks "Kuro Day" — "kuro" is a homonymous wordplay on both "black" and "9/6" or September 6.

The website is also streaming the separate teaser trailer for the film:

While the original manga is set in 19th century England, this new film is set more than 130 years later in 2020, in an Asian city where Western and Asian cultures freely intermingle. Since only males can take the reins of the Phantomhive family, a young woman named Shiori dons male clothes and the name Kiyoharu to lead the massive Phantom Corporation.

The film stars Hiro Mizushima (Zettai Kareshi - Kanzen Muketsu no Koibito Robot) as Sebastian, a demonic "super butler" with impeccable knowledge, manners, grace, cooking skills, martial arts, looks, and more.

Ayame Gōriki plays Sebastian's new master Shiori. Like the master Ciel in the original manga, Shiori has a seal in her right eye as a symbol of her contract with Sebastian. Sebastian watches over and protects Shiori, but at a price — he consumes her soul.

Rounding out the cast are Mizuki Yamamoto as the maid Lin, Yuka as Shiori's aunt Hanae, and fashion model Louis Kurihara as the undertaker Jay. This will be the first time since Beck three years ago that Mizushima is starring in a film. Mizushima previously played another eminently capable butler inspired by a manga series, Mei-chan no Shitsuji.

Kentaro Otani (NANA) and Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Karas, Asura) are co-directing the film, which began shooting in April. The film will open in Japan on January 18.

The manga debuted in Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine in 2006, and its 16 volumes thus far have 15 million copies in print, including those published in 42 countries and territories. The 17th volume of the manga shipped in Japan last month. The manga already inspired a television anime series in 2008, a television anime sequel in 2010, and a stage play in 2009.

The manga received the top prize in the shōnen manga category of France's Japan Expo Awards in 2010 and the Best International Manga Award in Germany's Animagic in 2011. Yen Press released the 14th volume in the series in North America in July.


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