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The Wolverine (2013)

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Wolverine comes to Japan to meet an old friend whose life he saved years ago, and gets embroiled in a conspiracy involving yakuza and mutants.

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James Mangold

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Mark Bomback (screenplay), Scott Frank (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Logan
Tao Okamoto ... Mariko
Rila Fukushima ... Yukio
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Shingen
Svetlana Khodchenkova ... Viper
Brian Tee ... Noburo
Hal Yamanouchi ... Yashida (as Haruhiko Yamanouchi)
Will Yun Lee ... Harada
Ken Yamamura ... Young Yashida
Famke Janssen ... Jean Grey
Nobutaka Aoyagi Nobutaka Aoyagi ... Security
Seiji Funamoto Seiji Funamoto ... Servant
Shinji Ikefuji ... Pock-Face
Qyoko Kudo ... Aya
Nobuaki Kakuda Nobuaki Kakuda ... Buddhist Priest
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Storyline

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 near-immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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The fight of his life will be for his own. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wolverine 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,113,752, 28 July 2013

Gross USA:

$132,556,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$414,828,246
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Runtime:

| (Extended Edition)

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Datasat | Dolby Atmos | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Ian McKellen's cameo as Magneto marks the first time in ten years that he played Magneto and Gandalf in the same year. X2: X-Men United (2003) was released the same year as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), while this movie was released the same year as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013). See more »

Goofs

(at around 41 mins) 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. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[an air raid begins on Nagasaki. At a prison camp, a young lieutenant sets all the prisoners free]
Young Yashida: You! Go! Go!
Logan: [in a pit] That was a B-29, bub. There's no outrunning what's coming. You're better off down here. I'd hurry if I were you.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the names of all the Japanese crew members who worked on the film are given almost exclusively in Japanese characters. See more »

Alternate Versions

Extended version contains the following changes in addition to more graphic violence:
  • While Yukio sleeps during the jet flight, there's an additional flashback of Logan with Yashida in the bunker calling the former kuzuri and asking how old is he.
  • In the limo on the way to see Yashida, Yukio describes a little more about Yashida with Logan's cynical remark: "Wow, did they give you a little card to memorize?"
  • Before the servants bathe Logan, he remarks that the other shoes are smaller than his.
  • There's an additional exchange between Yashida and Logan as Yukio was to give Logan his surgical mask.
  • The servant informs Shingen that Yashida wants to seem him. He gets up and dresses up before Mariko comes in demanding to see him. Shingen brushes her aside and in the next new sequence, there's a father and son exchange where they talk about assuming control of the company, confirming who is the successor and Shingen complaining about bringing in the stranger. Logan watches them from his room.
  • An additional set-piece taking place in the hotel where Logan and Mariko hide. Logan sees two men on the street and decides to confront them. Before a thug fires at him, he has a hallucination of Jean but gets pushed off from the balcony. The other thug fires the taser at him and we see the both thugs having fun at him. As the gunman is about to shoot Logan one more time, the other thug crashes onto the car, with a knife on the back. Mariko throws another knife at the other thug, before Logan uses the taser at him.
  • In the countryside retreat, Mariko gives Logan a dry set of clothes before heading to the bedroom.
  • When Yukio and Logan return back to Yashida family house to find Shingen, they found three corpses on the floor
  • There's an exchange between Viper and Harada, on Mariko's safety. She instructs him to dip the arrows in the poison that she has prepared to slow Logan down.
  • The second additional set-piece in the film with Logan battling ninjas on bikes. Yukio comes into assisting him with the snow blower. He blows the vehicle up before running into the tower. Meanwhile, Harada is also seen following Viper's instruction, dipping his arrows with her poison.
  • There's a scene also explaining why Yukio saves Logan again during the fight with Viper: she regains her consciousness and follows the trail to the tower.
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Soundtracks

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Written by Roland Pierrehumbert, Fred Gudit, Michel Demierre, Boris De Piante, Lionel Blanc, Juerg Naegeli & Jacques Marion
Performed by Sideburn
Courtesy of Sideburn Music
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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 ma-cortesSee 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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