News UK Trailer for Live-Action Black Butler Film
posted on 2014-10-08 17:58 EDT by Andrew Osmond
Warner Bros UK has posted a trailer for its upcoming cinema release of Black Butler, the live-action version of Yana Toboso's Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) manga. The film will open in UK cinemas on October 17, and is rated as '15' on the BBFC website for 'stong violence and gory images.'
While the original Black Butler manga and its anime adaptation are set in 19th century England, the live-action film is set more than 130 years later in 2020, in an Asian city where Western and Asian cultures freely intermingle. Another difference is that the butler's master in this version is female, though she impersonates a man. Since only males can take the reins of the Phantomhive family, a young woman named Shiori dons male clothes and the name Kiyoharu Genpō to lead the massive Phantom Corporation.
The world Shiori lives in is divided between East and West, and she works as an intelligence operative (nicknamed the Queen's Watchdog) for the Queen of the Western nations, who is trying to unite the world. The Queen tasks Shiori to solve a "consecutive mummified mysterious deaths incident" as well as an incident of the disappearance of some women. Before long, Shiori manages to discover a "black invitation" that ties the two incidents together, but that invitation leads her to a world she should not have entered, and she is cornered into a dilemma.
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.
Via UK Anime Network
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