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15 | 119 Minutes Directors: Kentarō Ōtani, Keiichi Sato
film is a live- action version of a manga and anime, but with some fundamental, fan- baiting changes. The other versions were about a magic demon butler and his human boy master in Victorian England. The film keeps the butler, but makes his “master” a teenage girl disguised as a boy, while the setting is changed to a dull future Asia of anonymous buildings and stupid gangsters. Here, the duo investigate a killer who’s mummifying VIPs.
The first hour is pretty terrible, with self- conscious acting, so- so fights and an air of chronic silliness. However, it improves notably in the second half, becoming fun, exciting and even touching in the denouement. However, it’s only worth trying if you know Black Butler already; newbies will be lost.