Wolverine

The Wolverine

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Director: James Mangold, Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

Cast: James Mangold, Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

     
 

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A haunted Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) journeys to Japan to bid an old friend farewell, and gets drawn into a conflict involving ninja and yakuza in stand-alone spin-off set following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, and preceding the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story begins in Nagasaki. As a B-29 bomber appears in the sky and air-raid

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A haunted Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) journeys to Japan to bid an old friend farewell, and gets drawn into a conflict involving ninja and yakuza in stand-alone spin-off set following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, and preceding the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story begins in Nagasaki. As a B-29 bomber appears in the sky and air-raid sirens howl, panicked Japanese troops begin committing ritual seppuku. Terrified, yet unwilling to sacrifice his own life, young soldier Yashida takes cover in a heavily fortified prison pit containing the immortal mutant Wolverine, who shields him from a deadly blast. Decades later, Wolverine has sworn off violence after he was forced to kill his beloved Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). He's confronting a hunter who has been using illegal, poison-tipped arrows when the sword-wielding Yukio (Rila Fukushima) comes to his aid, and summons him to Japan at the behest of the dying Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), now the head of Japan's largest and most powerful tech giant. Just hours before passing away, Yashida implores Wolverine to protect his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamato), whom he has personally chosen to take over the family business -- much to the chagrin of her plotting father Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada). When the yakuza attempt a high-profile kidnapping of Mariko during Yashida's funeral, Wolverine comes to her rescue, and receives some much needed help from enigmatic ninja Harada (Will Yun Lee). Narrowly escaping with their lives, Wolverine and Mariko go into hiding with the yakuza and ruthless mutant Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) hot on their trail. But the battle is far from over, and with Wolverine's healing powers mysteriously diminished, he may not be able to protect Mariko for long.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
You can take away his powers and pump him full of lead, but you just can't keep a good mutant down. Director James Mangold and screenwriters Scott Frank and Mark Bomback prove this point with style and energy to spare in the X-Men spin-off The Wolverine, a rare comic-to-film adaptation that doesn't sacrifice substance for the sake of thrilling action. The story begins in Nagasaki. As a B-29 bomber appears in the sky and air-raid sirens howl, panicked Japanese troops begin committing ritual seppuku. Terrified, yet unwilling to sacrifice his own life, young soldier Yashida takes cover in a heavily fortified prison pit containing the immortal mutant Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), who shields him from a deadly blast. Decades later, Wolverine has sworn off violence after he was forced to kill his beloved Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). He's confronting a hunter who has been using illegal, poison-tipped arrows when the sword-wielding Yukio (Rila Fukushima) comes to his aid, and summons him to Japan at the behest of the dying Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), now the head of Japan's largest and most powerful tech giant. Just hours before passing away, Yashida implores Wolverine to protect his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamato), whom he has personally chosen to take over the family business -- much to the chagrin of her plotting father Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada). When the yakuza attempt a high-profile kidnapping of Mariko during Yashida's funeral, Wolverine comes to her rescue, and receives some much needed help from enigmatic ninja Harada (Will Yun Lee). Narrowly escaping with their lives, Wolverine and Mariko go into hiding with the yakuza and ruthless mutant Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) hot on their trail. But the battle is far from over, and with Wolverine's healing powers mysteriously diminished, he may not be able to protect Mariko for long. When X-Men Origins: Wolverine was unleashed onto screens back in 2009, 20th Century Fox was in an uproar over a leaked version of the film featuring unfinished effects, and fans were largely underwhelmed -- not just because of the pedestrian storytelling and action on display, but also the blatant mishandling of Deadpool, a cult character known casually as the "merc with a mouth." In The Wolverine, Mangold, Frank, and Bomback are operating on a whole different level. Taking place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand and largely drawing inspiration from the popular 1980s Marvel miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, Frank and Bomback's script folds complex themes of mortality, family, honor, and forgiveness into a kinetic, sci-fi-tinged adventure that ups the ante with each subsequent action scene -- and does a good job at keeping us guessing about key character motivations throughout, providing a fairly straightforward story with a satisfying air of neo-noir mystery. The distinctive Japanese setting gives this one-off a flavor all its own, even as the characters and conflict tie in seamlessly with the universe set up by Bryan Singer 13 years ago (Jackman must have set some sort of record for playing the same comic-book superhero in so many films over such an extended period), resulting in a film that satisfies our craving for mayhem without insulting our intelligence. A battle atop a speeding bullet train successfully redefines a cinematic trope that grew stale decades ago, and just when the story seems to run off the rails in the final reel, Mangold and company manage to pull it back from the brink, bringing the story full circle with a tragic denouement. By now it would be a shock to see Jackman mishandle the character, and in The Wolverine not only do we find the actor in top physical form, but also playing up the mutant's tortured past to poignant effect. His talent for quips can still get big laughs too, as perfectly evidenced in a scene that finds the short-tempered character realizing he hadn't dispatched one of his enemies as intended. The rest of the largely Japanese cast toe the line with sturdy reliability, and Khodchenkova is appropriately serpentine as the poison-spitting Viper. The score by Marco Beltrami, meanwhile, combines Eastern and Western sensibilities with a fantastic ear for detail, at times seeming to echo Ennio Morricone's best work to deliver an air of palpable tension, which helps put this sinewy side story on par with the best of the main series.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2013
UPC:
0024543876663
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, 3D]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:06:00
Format:
3D
Sales rank:
13,235

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1 - Blu-ray 3D feature film; The Wolverine in high-definition 3D; ; Disc 2 - Blu-ray feature film + bonus material; The Wolverine in high definition (theatrical cut); Alternate ending; X-Men: Days of Future Past set tour; The Wolverine second screen app; The path of a Ronin; - Inspiration: a Ronin's journey; - Design: mastering the arc; - Execution: a killer team; - Hugh Jackman: the man behind the mutant; - Reflections: the evolution of Wolverine; ; Disc 3 - Blu-ray feature film + bonus material; The Wolverine in high definition (unrated extended cut); Audio commentary by director James Mangold; ; Disc 4 - DVD feature film + digital copy; The Wolverine in standard definition; The Wolverine for portable media players

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Jackman Logan
Tao Okamoto Mariko
Rila Fukushima Yukio
Hiroyuki Sanada Shingen
Svetlana Khodchenkova Viper
Brian Tee Noburo
Hal Yamanouchi Yashida
Will Yun Lee Harada
Ken Yamamura Young Yashida
Famke Janssen Jean Grey
Nobutaka Aoyagi Security
Seiji Funamoto Servant
Shinji Ikefuji Pock-Face
Qyoko Kudo Aya
Nobuaki Kakuda Buddhist Priest
Chiharo Mizuno Old Woman
Takao Kimoshita Fruit Cart Vendor
Conrad Coleby Red Beard
Taris Tyler Bar Man (Red Beard's Friend)
Sarah Naylor-Liddell Yukon Bar Patron
J. Remilton Yukon Bar Patron,Man Near Bar
Andy Owens Yukon Bar Patron
Allan Popple Yukon Bar Patron
Geoff Burke Bartender
Yasuyo Shiba Reporter 1
Mai Ishikawa Reporter 2
Yuriko Kimura Mieko
Ryuta Kimura Hitoshi
Briden Starr Party Girl 1
Maria Lukasheva Party Girl 2
Tess Haubrich Cashier
Taki Abe Japanese Businessman
William Takayanagi-Temm Tower Guard
Kuni Hashimoto Lead Officer
Erich Chikashi-Linzbichler Senior Officer at POW Camp
Shingo Usami Driver
Naoya Ogawa Yakuza 1
Atsushi Sawada Yakuza 2
Takashi Matsuyama Yakuza 3
Masa Yamaguchi Yakuza 4
Eric Laciste Yakuza 5
Hideki Sugiguchi Yakuza 6
Garret Sato Dying Yakuza
Kosuke Masano Army Officer 1
Yoji Tatsuta Army Officer 2
Yoshinori Fukushige Train Commuter
Hiroshi Kasuga Yashida Security Guard
Yumiko Nakamura Mariko Staff
Kimi Saki
Keiko Matsumoto Shizu
Louis Okada Pat Down Guy

Technical Credits
James Mangold Director
François Audouy Production Designer
Lisa Beach Casting
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Kate Birch Makeup
Mark Bomback Screenwriter
Joe Caracciolo Executive Producer
Rachel Coenen Makeup Special Effects
Tomas Cohen Associate Producer
Weta Digital Animator
Lauren Shuler Donner Producer
Ross Emery Cinematographer
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Priscilla John Casting
Paul Katte Makeup Special Effects
Sarah Katzman Casting
Jessica Kelly Casting
Jen Lamphee Makeup
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Georgia Lockhart-Adams Makeup Special Effects
Michael McCusker Editor
Chuck Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Dror Mohar Sound/Sound Designer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick Nicolaou Makeup Special Effects
Hutch Parker Producer
Zoe Saleeba Makeup
Suzanne Smith Casting
Marc Spicer Camera Operator
Michael Turner Art Director
Sheldon Wade Makeup
Yoko Narahashi Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wolverine
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
15. Scene 15
16. Scene 16
17. Scene 17
18. Scene 18
19. Scene 19
20. Scene 20
21. Scene 21
22. Scene 22
23. Scene 23
24. Scene 24
25. Scene 25
26. Scene 26
27. Scene 27
28. Scene 28
29. Scene 29
30. Scene 30
31. Scene 31
32. Scene 32
33. Scene 33
34. Scene 34
35. Scene 35
36. Scene 36

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The Wolverine 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This takes place after the battle with The Phoenix. Logan was grief stricken over Jean's death. Every time he closed his eyes he saw her. That was the type of pain that men die from. However Logan's mutation - the claws, senses, healing and primal attitude - was all about physical survival. He wanted to die, but his body wouldn't let him. In his grief he'd run away from everything and everyone. He'd been living in the wild, literally in a cave. His warrior spirit had gone dormant. He believed that Wolverine had died with Jean. That changed when he met a young mutant named Yukio. Yukio's power was a very specific type of foresight, she could see how and when people would die. She'd been sent to find Logan. Her employer, Yashida, had known Logan during WWII. Yashida was dieing, and wanted to see Logan again. Yashida also had an offer for Logan. He believed he could give Logan a normal life, could take away his mutation. That was an offer Logan refused. Once in Japan Logan became entangled with multiple battles, involving the Corrupt Justice Department, Corporations, and the Yakuza. All of which were a threat to Yashida's granddaughter, Mariko. Yukio and Mariko had been raised together, they were sisters in every way except birth. After Mariko was captured Logan and Yukio teamed up to save her. Logan's battles were more complicated than usual. His Mutant Powers had been diminished, especially his healing. His body could no longer expel bullets, and major wounds caused scars. His strength and endurance was also diminished. His enemies believed weakening him would be to their advantage, they were wrong. By making him risk death to protect Mariko, they reminded him what it meant to be alive. He'd made him even more dangerous. Logan eventually learned how his power had been weakened. A device was implanted inside his body, wrapped around his heart. He used his claws to cut into his chest and ripped it out. His powers were restored the moment it left his body. For a minute Logan was actually dead, his system flat lined. Then his breathing returned, his wounds healed, and scars vanished. While that was happening Yashida's mutant hating son, Shingen, dueled Yukio. She fought well, but lost. Shingen was delivering a deadly blow, when his sword was intercepted by Adamantium Claws. Mutant strength once again flowed through all of Logan's muscles. Their battle was fierce, in words and blades. It ended with Logan ran through by a katana, and Shingen impaled by the claws. With that the Japanese had finally Woke the Sleeping Wolverine. Wolverine went on to rescue Mariko. Her captor was encased in bionic armor made of Adamantium. Red hot adamantium swords severed all of Wolverines claws, and drills dug into the stumps. The suit had been designed to link Wolverine's healing to it's wearer. Wolverine screamed in agony, as his body was forced to rejuvenate Yashida. The invitation and the threats to Mariko - all part of a trap. All so Yashida could take, what Wolverine wouldn't give. Mariko stared in horror at the monster that had once been her Grandfather. Then she and Yukio stabbed Yashida with the severed Adamantium blades, forcing him to drop Wolverine. What little healing he'd stolen was used up to keep him alive. Yukio and Mariko bought Wolverine the time he needed to heal. Then he tore the armor apart with his bare hands. Although the Adamantium blades had been taken from him, his original bone claws had already regenerated. With a primal roar he impaled Yashida, and threw him out a window. At the end Logan's mind had finally healed, he'd worked through his grief. He was heading back to the States. Yukio was with him. She hadn't been invited, nor had she asked for permission. She'd appointed herself Wolverine's sidekick - his student, ally and conscious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago