The Wolverine

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1: ; The Wolverine in high definition; The Wolverine second screen app; X-Men: Days of Future Past set tour; 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 2:; The Wolverine in standard definition; The Wolverine for portable media players
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2013
  • UPC: 024543833123
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,450

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Jackman Logan, Logan/Wolverine
Tao Okamoto Mariko
Rila Fukushima Yukio
Hiroyuki Sanada , Shingen
Hal Yamanouchi , Yashida
Svetlana Khodchenkova Viper
Brian Tee Noburo,
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 Jr. Executive Producer
Rachel Coenen Makeup Special Effects
Tomas Cohen Associate Producer
Weta Digital Animator
Ross Emery Cinematographer
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Hugh Jackman Producer
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
Christopher McQuarrie Screenwriter
Chuck Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Dror Mohar Sound/Sound Designer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick Nicolaou Makeup Special Effects
John Palermo Producer
Hutch Parker Producer
Zoe Saleeba Makeup
Lauren Shuler-Donner Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Marc Spicer Camera Operator
Michael Turner Art Director
Sheldon Wade Makeup
Yoko Narahashi Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wolverine
1. Chapter 1 [5:03]
2. Chapter 2 [2:35]
3. Chapter 3 [1:00]
4. Chapter 4 [1:44]
5. Chapter 5 [3:31]
6. Chapter 6 [2:52]
7. Chapter 7 [2:23]
8. Chapter 8 [2:51]
9. Chapter 9 [4:33]
10. Chapter 10 [2:14]
11. Chapter 11 [1:28]
12. Chapter 12 [3:21]
13. Chapter 13 [4:24]
14. Chapter 14 [4:33]
15. Chapter 15 [1:36]
16. Chapter 16 [2:47]
17. Chapter 17 [5:31]
18. Chapter 18 [1:58]
19. Chapter 19 [5:28]
20. Chapter 20 [6:09]
21. Chapter 21 [5:20]
22. Chapter 22 [:30]
23. Chapter 23 [4:17]
24. Chapter 24 [3:05]
25. Chapter 25 [3:03]
26. Chapter 26 [4:58]
27. Chapter 27 [2:41]
28. Chapter 28 [:22]
29. Chapter 29 [2:22]
30. Chapter 30 [3:33]
31. Chapter 31 [3:40]
32. Chapter 32 [2:50]
33. Chapter 33 [3:02]
34. Chapter 34 [4:58]
35. Chapter 35 [1:55]
36. Chapter 36 [2:49]
37. Chapter 37 [1:30]
38. Chapter 38 [8:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Wolverine
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      Audio
         English Dolby Digital 5.1
         English Dolby Digital 2.0
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing: On
         Español Subtitles: On
         Français Subtitles: On
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