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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 hero. The fugitive. The warrior. The survivor. The legend. 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$132,556,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$414,828,246
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Edition)

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Datasat | Dolby Atmos | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

(At around forty-six minutes) The clip of the song, to which Mariko is listening on the bullet train, is "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft" by The Carpenters. See more »

Goofs

(at around 5 mins) 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. 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

Rounded-rectangle encompassed full-screen credit: "The making and authorized distribution of this film supported over 15,000 jobs and involved hundreds of thousands of work hours." 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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Connections

References Diamonds Are Forever (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
Written by Terry Draper (as Terry Edward Draper) and John Woloschuk (as John William Woloschuk)
Performed and Produced by Tara Busch
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24 December 2013 | by sohansuragSee all my reviews

Wolverine is one of the iconic characters in both the Marvel Universe as well as the 20th Century Fox's movies; so is his Adamantium claws and healing factor. An immortal and living through ages he does have a lot of stories ready to be told through movies/comics. We did get an Origin movie, X-Men Origins Wolverine which was panned by critics and audiences alike. But I felt it was trashed more than it deserved to be. It had loads of action and bits from the original Wolverine Origin story arc but it did trash the character for the sake of being an action-heavy summer blockbuster. A weak script, irrelevant characters and a stupid take on 'the merc with a mouth' underwhelmed the audiences. Anyways The Wolverine salvages some of its lost prestige putting a lot of focus on the core character.

Rumors that Darren Aronofsky'd be helming the new Wolverine had me excited but the director's chair was handed over to James Mangold in the end. I am not skeptic at all regarding Mangold's directing prowess, as evident from gems like 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the line and Identity. But I was wondering how he'd handle a superhero flick. After watching it, its safe to say Mangold's direction is far better than what I'd expected it to be.

The Wolverine is undoubtedly based on Frank Miller's take on the superhero and I was already familiar with the names Mariko, Shingen and Yukio. It all came like a whiff of fresh air. The Wolverine is sort of a reboot for the series and a brilliant stepping stone for a new franchise which could tell a parallel story to the X-Men movies. Although it has its roots attached to the previous flicks, we are dropped into the midst of Wolverine's story. There ain't no origin, there ain't no 'Previously'; instead we are just dropped into a narrative which ploughs forward to the thick of Japan. The Wolverine could be compared to treatment our superheros been getting recently. He's been stripped off his healing factors and he is left like so almost the entire movie and it does bring out some tension. I mean when he had the healing power, we knew he wouldn't just die even if she's split into two (admit it!)

The Wolverine is directed well and so was it well written and the action sequences well choreographed but its not without its flaws though. As mentioned above The Wolverine still has the debris it's carried on from X-Men The Last Stand and I wasn't pleased with it. Wolverine has flashbacks of his lost love? Seriously? Isn't it time his healing factor took care of that already? I mean its the god-damn Wolvie we're talking about here. Jean Grey's flashbacks (more like boring nightmares and more than once) kept crawling into the plot disrupting the pace and I just didn't like it. Of course Wolverine is tormented from what he'd done in the past but that doesn't mean, we the audience need to be tormented from start to end. The Japan setting was a bit distracting as well and maybe thats a personal thing. I am not a big fan of Martial arts movies and there was an excess of martial arts settings and jargon here in the movie though it all did look good. Props were fantastic and the action sequences thick, especially the Bullet Train sequence is something to gape at.

Hugh Jackman effortlessly steps into his Wolverine shoes for the 6th time and having worked with Mangold in Kate & Leopold did wonders for The Wolverine. This is the Logan we've all praised and been used to and Hugh easily slides into the role and storyline straight from X-Men The Last Stand albeit forgetting X-Men Origins Wolverine. But then again playing Wolverine would have become second instinct for Hugh by now. Supporting cast couldn't be praised for the same, most of them being just bait for the plot. Especially Wolverine love interest in the movies, I felt they had absolutely no chemistry. Rila Fukushima did an absolutely splendid job playing Yukio. I had huge expectations for Svetlana Khodchenkova who played the only other mutant in the movie, Viper but she just served for some eyecandy and wasn't even fleshed up to be a proper antagonist.

For what its worth, The Wolverine is a splendid action movie which concentrates more on the character and the plot than heavy heavy action sequences. If you are an X-Men/Wolverine fan you are gonna love it and please do stay back after the credits coz there is a monumental end- credit to be seen there.


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