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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

Writers:

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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When he's most vulnerable, he's most dangerous. 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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Details

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Atmos | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Almost all of the promotional materials for this movie featured a shirtless Hugh Jackman. In contrast, he appears shirtless only in a few scenes in the final cut. This was done in order to emphasize the superior shape he got into for the movie. See more »

Goofs

The actual fireball at Nagasaki was only 100 meters in diameter. It would not have crossed the bay. 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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Written and Performed by Kensuke Mitome & Gôta Wakabayashi (as Gouta Wakabayashi)
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Logan finally gets a stand-alone film to do him justice
25 August 2013 | by hbk_nwo33See all my reviews

Logan's latest adventure is undeniably a step-up from X-Men Origins: Wolverine but it falls short of the standard set by X-Men: First Class.

It was great to see Logan out of his usual environment, and it was a fresh location for superhero films in general from their usual US base but for the most part, especially the action scenes, they could have been anywhere. The Japanese location felt underutilised in setting this film apart from others in its genre. The action scenes are good, even if they do raise a few continuity questions, and the last third of the film is certainly filled with action, twists and turns. James Mangold managed to succeed where Origins did not, he managed to introduce a whole cast of characters but they generally all felt developed and not just crammed in for the sake of it.

The film's biggest disappointment though was that it felt like it slipped back into the comfort of it's western formula, taking it from achieving the potential the story had, especially when Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct. The source material presented an opportunity for Logan's darkest and edgiest movie yet, but what we gets feels familiar but in a new location. Where it does set itself apart from previous entries with its dream sequences, which vary from good to distracting, but at least they tried something new.

Make sure you don't leave the cinema when the credits hit though, if you've not learnt the Marvel formula yet then you might want to consider doing so.

Overall, The Wolverine is a fun film but one that falls short of its potential. Hugh Jackman is still a perfect fit for Logan, and it was a nice change to see the character in a new environment and in his own story (Origins was not really a solo outing).


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