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(2013)

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Anachronisms 

The samurai sword that was named Danzen (and was supposedly old) had a visible locking clip in the scene inside the Nagasaki POW pit. This means that it was an early 20th century Imperial army made sword (a reproduction mass produced for Japanese officers).
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Continuity 

After Logan loses some of his healing powers and his wounds do not heal as quickly as they should, he is shot several times, bleeds and is left with wounds that take time to heal. However, despite extending his claws through the skin between his knuckles multiple times, this leaves no blood or visible wounds of any kind.
Logan is shot in the back with many arrows as he tries to make his way to rescue Mariko. After he is captured and taken to Viper, we see the back of his t-shirt and there is not a single hole in it.
At the funeral, Viper is shown using a cell phone to film Logan fighting. When she is interrupted by the gang member with a gun, she shifts the angle of the phone to the right, and then lowers it completely. The image on the phone does not reflect these movements, it continues to show Logan centered in the image.
When Wolverine is attacked at the hotel and falls off the balcony he is shot in his left shoulder. When he awakens, the vet has stitched a bullet wound on his right shoulder.
When Viper is walking into Shingen's office she is taking off her glove as she is entering, camera pans to Shingen, then back to her and she is taking off her glove again.
When Mariko and the Wolverine say goodbye, Mariko is standing in front of the plane and someone brings her a yellow briefcase which subsequently disappears.
When Logan and Mariko run into a small Japanese casino, they run into a room to take shelter from the people chasing them. You hear only three shots but you see six. First, from Logan side, the mobster misses two shoots, the third shot is seen denting the door and a fourth one also dents the door lower than the first. Then, from the mobster side there's only a dent again but he shoots twice more and the second dent is higher than first.
The private jet that Wolverine boards in Alaska is different than the jet shown mid-air on the way to Tokyo.
At the beginning of the movie, a look-out cries, "Hiroshima is being attacked." Later, the city is referred to as Nagasaki.
When Wolverine and Yukio came to Noburo place, in the car Yukio cries and her eyes are wet. In the second after that, her eyes are dry.
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When Logan and Mariko spend the night at the Nagasaki house, it is pouring rain most of the night. The next morning when Logan exits the house to find Mariko (and subsequently chase after her kidnappers), the ground is completely dry, not even a puddle is seen.
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Shingen is poisoned by Viper during the ninja assault on the Yashida residence, causing scarring across half his face. These scars are missing when Logan and Yukio arrive right after this and Shingen attacks them in the medical room.
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Exterior shots of the private jet are of a Dassault Falcon, interior shots are of a Gulfstream (G650).
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Logan takes a sip of the shot of alcohol, then purports to pour the rest of the shot onto Red Beard. What's poured on Red Beard is much more than a half of a shot.
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Errors in geography 

Logan and Mariko catch a shinkansen (bullet train) from Ueno Station and head South West towards Nagasaki. This would require them to change trains at Tokyo Station, the next stop from Ueno Station. Additionally, where they board the bullet train, you can see the sunny sky between the roofs above the boarding platforms. Boarding for the shinkansen at Ueno Station is deep underground.

Factual errors 

When Logan is pulling the X-ray machine up his body, an X-ray of his legs is shown. In this X-ray, he has no knee-caps.
The appearance of a single bomber in the sky would hardly constitute reason for the Japanese officers to commit seppuku.
Explosions do not enter blind cavities like the well shown. Even a shallow ditch is sufficient protection from a blast wave. Blind tunnels are used in mines to protect workers from explosions.
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The Bullet train is an electric train, yet there are no overhead wires. Wolverine leaps and ducks to avoid being knocked over by the gantries which are there to support the overhead wires.
During the fight on the roof of the train when Wolverine jumps upwards, according to the laws of physics he should simply land more-or-less where he started, but he is seen flying towards his opponent.
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Throughout the movie, katanas are shown cutting chains or padlocks with a swift flick. They may be sharp, but it still requires a lot of force to cut thick steel.
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Hunting with crossbows is illegal in the Yukon.
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At the funeral scene, Yukio points at the silver armor and said it belongs to "Shiruba Samurai", The Silver Samurai. "Shi-ru-ba" is Japanese pronunciation of English word "Silver". The Japanese word for Silver is "Gin". Silver Samurai, if any, will be called "Gin no Samurai" not "Shiruba Samurai"
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Miscellaneous 

The correct etiquette for handing over a samurai sword is with two hands under the sword, held up horizontally, with the grip facing to the left, blade to the right, usually accompanied by a bow. The giver is symbolically in a non-threatening, more vulnerable position, demonstrating submission and trust.
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When Logan saves Yashida from the atomic blast at Nagasaki in the well the heat and flame from the blast reach into the well to burn much of Logan. Heat and flame can't enter a cavity like that unless there was airflow through the chamber - from all that we can see there was only one entrance/exit. Secondly, after the initial shockwave and blast dissipate Logan stops Yashida from exiting the well due to further risk of danger (assumedly from radiation). Since the atomic bombs dropped in Japan were the first to be used in history, how would Logan know about the radiation danger? Admittedly this opening sequence was rendered as a recollection by Logan much later, so how much of it is memory and how much is dreamed is open to question.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Pretty much everything about the Nagasaki bombing is wrong. In the film...

  • ...the planes are coming in low enough to be clearly seen
  • ...it is sunny weather with few clouds
  • ...there is a panic, as if onlookers know what is about to happen
  • ...the bomb carries an audible whistle, and falls only for a few seconds
  • ...the explosion focal point is at ground level
  • ...the initial heat/light flash is rather harmless
  • ...the detonation is shown as a black smoke-ball
  • ...the sound is heard immediately on detonation
  • ...the shock-wave carries fire with it


...where as in reality: it was a cloudy day; the destruction of Hiroshima was not widely known, so there was no panic; the small number of planes was dismissed as a reconnaissance flight; they came in at high altitude, above 30 000 feet / 9000 meters; the bomb did not carry a whistle, and fell for nearly a minute; the explosion happened at 500 meters altitude; the initial flash would have instantly scorched and blinded Yashida severely; the explosion was silent until several seconds later at that distance; the initial fireball was larger, and was not black smoke; the sound from it took several seconds to reach that distance; the shock-wave would have come sooner to the camp; the shock-wave did not carry fire with it, certainly not to the point of creating a raging but short-lived fire storm.

However(!) all of that is a dream, within a dream, in a universe slightly different from ours.
Wolverine and Mariko are traveling in the same compartment in the Bullet Train. During the fight on the roof of the train, Wolverine and his enemies fall back many compartments. However when one of the assailants looks down through an overhead window, he can still see Mariko, and Wolverine appears way ahead of Mariko's seat.

However, it's not clear that the rest room which Wolverine uses to clean his wounds was in the same compartment of their seats. He could have gone forward an undetermined number of compartments in the train before finding one that was not been used. He runs into the yakuzas just going out of the rest room.
The pit where Logan is imprisoned is not a water well because it's too close to sea level AND to the shoreline to ever contain fresh water. It's not a torture or prison pit because it has a formed concrete bunker on top with gun slits. It's not a gun emplacement because it contains no gun mount, and the floor is too far below the slits for anyone to stand and fire. It's not a bunker because its only access is via the fully-exposed manhole cover, and there are no stairs for people to climb down for cover. The short chain ladder at the bottom would be useless since it's not functional for someone at the bottom, and it can't be removed or emplaced by someone at the top. Since the pit is part of a dream made out of vague memories, it can be incoherent.
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During dinner, Mariko removes upright chopsticks from Logan's bowl and places them on the table while explaining it is considered bad luck in Japanese culture. Their conversation continues for a few minutes. Near the end of the scene, the chopsticks are again standing upright again in the bowl and she once more removes them and places on the table. This is not a goof but it's intended to remark that Logan doesn't take seriously Japanese customs for he repeats the inconvenience some minutes later. During the conversation you can see Logan making some movements in his plate, and he is unseen much of the time, so it's possible that he puts his chopsticks upright again.
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The first scene with Jean and Logan switches between two shots portraying them in bed together. However, in one of the shots, Logan is on his side, and in the other, he is on his back. This results in him appearing to go from his side to his back to his side to his back without actually moving or interrupting the conversation. But this scene is a dream. Frequently, dreams are incoherent and doesn't add up..
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Plot holes 

Wolverine's claws have been established as being able to easily cut through all kinds of metal; even thick armored doors & concrete. A thin sword would not have even slowed them down.
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Throughout the film Wolverine has flashbacks to the dropping of the atomic bomb and yet in the first X-Men film, Jean Grey states that he has no memory of what happened to him and in X-Men Origins Wolverine, he is shot in the head by William Stryker and wakes up with having lost his memory. Since this has been established twice, how can he remember the events of the war?
The archer on the roof was not concealed at all - everyone could see him easily despite his black pajamas, and he would have attracted just as much attention as someone wandering around on a city roof at an important event anywhere else.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Logan and Mariko are seeking shelter from the rain, the camera pans from right to left and the rain moves in line with the view.
When Logan is chopping the tree, not even the leaves quiver as the axe impacts it. And despite several large CG wood chips flying off with each strike, the notch does not change size or shape. Nor is anyone else seen to be helping remove the tree, or any parts Logan might have already cut off, or any parts he's cutting off, or the stump that will be left when he completes the cut. And the "road" that was said to be blocked by the fallen tree is shown to be merely a path along a waterfront park - hardly worth bothering two unexpected visitors who came to the village to hide out about helping to remove it.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Viper sheds her skin, her hair comes away with the old skin, leaving her bald. But her eyebrows and eyelashes seem to have grown under the old skin - they're still there on the fresh, new skin.
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When the Yakuza kidnap Mariko from the Nagasaki house , Logan chases them over rooftops then jumps unto a parked truck as he gets off he grabs the rail of the truck which you can clearly see is a mattress and not really made of metal.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In the fight with the Silver Samurai, the cyborg handles a super heated katana with only one hand, its other hand occupied in holding down Logan. In the next instance, when Logan holds the katana, it was cold and he had to recall that it was a weapon that requires two hands. Once he used both hands, only then did the katana heat up.
During the fight with the Silver Samurai, Logan steals a weapon from his opponent's back. Moments later Logan is punched and knocked over with the weapon still in his hand. In the close-up shot, the weapon is clearly gone from his hand. He then proceeds to get up and the weapon is back in his hand.
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During the end battle, Logan implies that the trick to activating the heated element of the adamantium sword is using two hands (because it is a Japanese sword). However, there are multiple times when the robot (Yashida) activates the sword using one hand.
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Miscellaneous 

(at around 1h 55 mins) After stabbing Harada, the robot raises the heated sword (that cuts through anything) and Harada is raised with it. The sword didn't cut through his body.
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Plot holes 

Viper is not established as having healing powers of her own, and the process of shedding skin does not heal physical trauma like being cut or crushed as she was.
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Viper says she suppressed Logan's healing so he could be killed. Later, she reveals that she needs him alive with his healing power intact.
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No reason is ever given or even suggested for building a giant powered armor suit at the top of a ~30-story tower with a central hole through every floor, and criss-crossing walkways.
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Although iconic for the character, Logan's healing powers do not come from or through his claws. They were added long after his healing appeared. So amputating the claws and drilling into them would not be helpful in attempting to transfer his power.
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The hot blade is established as being necessary to cut through adamantium (despite contrary claims in other films of this franchise). But then a cold drill is shown penetrating easily.
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During the final battle with Yashida, when he drains Logan's powers, there is no explanation as to why he ages in reverse. Also, he is stabbed in the head after his body becomes 'invincible' as he claims, but does not regenerate as Logan does. We've seen Logan sustain many injuries to his head, spine, and other critical organs, but regenerates just fine. Also, if his abilities were transferred to Yoshida, how would Logan have regained his ability to regenerate if they were not transferred back?
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