Hugh Laurie's House, Tezuka's Black Jack Co-Star in Ad (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
The American live-action medical television series House and Osamu Tezuka's classic medical manga/anime Black Jack are joining forces to promote the Japanese DVD rental launch of House's fourth season on August 4. Dr. House (played by British actor Hugh Laurie) and Black Jack will appear together in a television commercial, which will be the first collaboration between an overseas live-action television series and a Tezuka anime.
Geneon Universal Entertainment is the DVD distributor of House in Japan, where it is known as Dr. House. Geneon Universal pitched the concept to Tezuka Productions, who readily agreed. The "Taiketsu" (Showdown) commercial will launch on the CS satellite television system's Fox channel on August 4. In the commercial, the two maverick doctors face off to see who has the best skills.
Source: Sankei Sports
Image © 2007 Universal Studios
© Tezuka Productions, Black Jack Committee
Update: According to Eiga.com, the voice actors who dub both titles into Japanese will participate in the commercial, which will be viewable from the official Japanese House website. There will also be magazine advertisements.
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