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When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

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In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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When enemies rise... when immortality ends... the ultimate battle begins. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$120,000,000 (estimated)

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$53,113,752 (USA) (26 July 2013)

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$132,550,960 (USA) (29 November 2013)
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Wolverine becomes involved a twisted intrigue in which takes on Japanese Yakuza and protecting a damsel in distress
29 June 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons . Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. But when wolverine is most vulnerable, he's most dangerous . In Japan young Yashida gives Wolverine a samurai sword with 6 Kanji letters engraved on it. These Kanji read: "Never Died, Never Aged, Never Destroyed". This is apt for Wolverine.

The story is more complex and thoughtful to follow than previous entries for newbies and takes itself seriously and displays interesting characters involving through the movie and some new mutant . The screenplay provides a well-executed and exciting final and tied the threads were leaving along the film . Based on Chris Claremont-Frank Miller "Wolverine" comic (1982), especially the Japanese saga, where anarchic character, the outsider Wolverine , being in this world full of honor , Samurais , tradition and customs; someone who's really anti-all of that, and trying to negotiate his own way . According to James Mangold, this film is influenced by the Japanese samurai films 13 assassins (2010) and Hiroshi Inagaki's Musashi Miyamoto Samurai trilogy; the Western Shane 1953) and The outlaw Josdey Wales (1976); the crime films French connection (1971) and Chinatown (1974); and the dramas Black narcissus (1947) , Chungking Express (1994) and Happy Together (1997). Nice acting by Hugh Jackman , he said that with this picture , he finally achieved the physique that he always envisioned in his mind that Wolverine should have. He said that for some reason, on each of his 5 prior takes at the character, he felt that he never had enough time to get in shape; for this film he finally had enough time, and got his body exactly the way he wanted it to look. Famke Janssen filmed her Jean Gray cameo in three days , this role is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself . Special effects by Weta Digital are fantastic but they don't overshadow the story . The film contains an impressive, breathtaking ending battle plenty of computer generator effects . For the bullet train fight, the actors and stunt performers filmed on wires above a set piece surrounded by a green-screen. The moving background came from filming on an elevated freeway in Tokyo. The visual effects artists got the background from filming with a rig and eight Red Epic cameras angled at 45 degrees. Filming at 60 km/h, the footage was then sped up to 300 km/h.

Thrilling and rousing musical score by Marco Beltrani . Colorful as well as evocative cinematography by Ross Emery . The motion picture was professionally directed by James Mangold , though Guillermo Del Toro and Darren Aronofsky were originally set to direct and the latter worked on the project for six months before departing . According to James Mangold, the film had started out as a prequel to X-Men (2000), but later he decided to make it a sequel to X-Men , the last stand (2006) : "I wanted to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story, and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that's such an interesting part of Logan's character that it is nearly impossible to explore in a prequel" .


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