The Wolverine
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Wolverine can be found here.

Logan (Hugh Jackman) is persuaded to leave his wilderness hideaway and travel to Japan in order to pay his goodbyes to the dying Mr Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), a Japanese soldier whom he saved from death during the bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. When Logan learns that Yashida's will names his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) as the sole heiress to his fortune, discounting his own son (and Mariko's father) Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada), Logan becomes Mariko's only protection against the Yakuza trying to kidnap her and to kill Logan, who appears to have, for some inexplicable reason, lost his ability to heal.

In the X-Men film series, The Wolverine is the fifth movie in the X-Men series, preceded by X-Men (2000), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and X: First Class (2011) and followed by X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Deadpool (2016), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). In terms of story arc, however, The Wolverine follows X-Men: The Last Stand. The Wolverine is loosely based on the 1982 four part comic-book mini-series that was Wolverine's first solo title created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. A ninth movie in the series, titled X-Men: The New Mutants, is in development. The release date is unknown.

The film is primarily set in Japan and explores Wolverine's humanity and feelings of being a stranger in a strange land as well as including the characters of Shingen, Mariko, and Yukio (Rila Fukushima). That story has Logan coming to Japan to meet his girl friend, Yashida Mariko, who was ordered by her crime boss father, Yashida Shingen, to marry a physically abusive associate to settle a debt. Logan confronts her father about this and is beaten and disgraced as a mere Western animal in a duel secretly rigged in the formidable crime lord's favor. Afterward, a deeply discouraged Logan is cast into the street where he is secretly manipulated by Shingen to start a relationship with his personal assassin, Yukio, to unwittingly participate in a mob hit with protecting Mariko arranged as additional incentive. Eventually, Logan realizes the truth, has an epiphany about his humanity and strikes back at Shingen in revenge. The only significant plot element from that mini-series is the opening sequence of Logan dealing with a killer bear that was maddened by a poison tipped arrow and tracking down the irresponsible hunter that shot it and didn't bother to finish it off. There is some brief reference at the Yashida funeral scene of Wolverine being unwelcome by the Yashida clan as a Western interloper in their affairs. Otherwise, the plot is wholly original with additional characters from Marvel Comics like Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) and Harada (Will Yun Lee).

According to Hugh Jackman, the film takes place "eighteen months to two years" after the events of The Last Stand.

It probably wasn't wrong, she may not have interpreted it correctly. Yukio predicted that Logan would die with his chest ripped open and his heart in his hand. She also mentions that she never gets a complete picture, and such visions are like looking through a key hole. So what she saw may have been a dead Wolverine with a hole in his chest and a bloody thing in his hand, and assumed it was his heart. However, it may have been the medical bug she mistook for the heart. Wolverine did flatline at one point, so the prediction was correct; her vision simply didn't show her that Wolverine's regenerative capabilities would revive him again.

It's highly implausible but it adds to the theme of Yukio being a very highly trained and formidable warrior and is a nod to the legend of a samurai being skillful enough to perform such feats. A katana (samurai sword) is widely considered to be one of the best-designed and finest blades in the world. However, a katana is considerably thicker on the dull edge than on the cutting edge. If someone tried to cut through a real bottle the way Yukio had, the bottle would simply shatter. However implausible this might be, one explanation could be that when Yukio cut through the bottle, she left a small amount of glass that left the upper and lower halves attached to each other for a few moments before the bottom dropped off.

Adamantium IS indestructable. However, it can be damaged by other adamantium or from vibranium, the alien metal from which adamantium is synthesized.

Rememering Yashida's words that 'a katana is meant to be used by two hands', Logan grabs it with both hands, which causes it to glow. He goes after the adamantium samurai and manages to lop off its head, revealing the pilot to be Yashida himself. Yashida explains that he lured Logan to Japan in order to steal his 'unwanted healing' and transfer it into his own dying body. By drilling into Logan's exposed claws, Yashida starts to drain Logan's immortality. As Logan grows older and older by the second, Yashida grows younger and younger. Suddenly, Mariko appears, carrying two of Logan's adamantium claws. She calls Yashida a 'monster', hurls one of the claws into his skull, and buries the other one in his neck, forcing Yashida to release his grip on Logan. Logan regains strength, grows his bone claws back, and uses them to impale Yashida. He then tosses Yashida, adamantium suit and all, over a cliff where it crashes on the rocks below. In the final scene, which takes place some days later, Logan says goodbye to Mariko, who is now in control of her grandfather's fortune, and he and Yukio board a Yashida airplane. Yukio insists on accompanying Logan as his bodyguard and asks him where he would llike to go.

No, but during the credits is a teaser for X-Men: Days of Future Past presenting a scenario in which Logan is going through an airport security checkpoint and is startled to see all the metal objects in the x-ray trays begin to jump up and down. Logan spins around to see Magneto (Ian McKellen) standing behind him. 'There are dark forces moving in,' Magneto warns, 'building a weapon that could mean the end for our kind.' While everyone in the security line stands frozen, Logan sees a wheelchair carrying Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) weaving through the crowd. 'How is this possible?' Logan wonders aloud. 'As I told you a long time ago,' Xavier replies, 'you're not the only one with gifts.'

Yes. The bone claws, which were underneath the adamantium all along, were able to grow back, while the metal on them was lost after the claws have been cut off by Silver Samurai. Essentially, Wolverine's claws reverted to what they were before the Weapon X treatment, although he has his adamantium claws in Days Of Future Past. The leading theory is that Magneto re-grafted them.

Director James Mangold announced a harder cut for Blu-ray quite early and actually was able to create an Extended Cut. And this longer version really is quite a lot more brutal and bloody than the original one, which already was quite explicit for its PG-13 rating. Digital blood was used quite often to make scenes harder, other scenes feature more action, blood and gore in general. The result should be on pretty much the way the fans want to see Wolverine on the big screen. The additional action and violence are not the only alteration, of course. Wolverine's vocabulary is more explicit and there are more dialogs and plot scenes as well. In some scenes of the Extended Cut, the music had to be removed due to continuity reasons. In total the Extended Cut runs more than 12 minutes longer than the Theatrical Version and a detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

No. Unfortunately Stan Lee was unable to make the trip to Australia where most of the film was shot.

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