The Wolverine

e9874c6e5690c316c5ad235c6713e108After the events of X2, Logan wonders the world in solitude to forget about the horrors of his past. Unfortunately for Logan, his distant past comes back to haunt him. While Logan is reluctant at first, he is convinced to go to the other side of the world to put an end to one part of his life.

 The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold, serves to be a better surprise than its predecessor Wolverine Origins. When I first heard about the movie I was surprised to hear that Wolverine would be having an adventure in Japan. When one thinks of the places a near immortal with animalistic characteristics, anger issues, and large razor sharp claws would go Japan isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind. But hey, why not try something new.

The film begins by explaining how Japan is connected to Logan (Hugh Jackman) by showing a flashback of a time when Logan was a POW in Nagasaki during WWII. Just before the atomic bomb was dropped Yashida (Ken Yamamura), a young Japanese soldier, tries to release Logan from his prison so he could escape the blast, but ironically ends up being saved by Logan after the bomb fell.

We are then shown how Logan dreams of the late Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) displaying just how much her death haunts him. The dream quickly turns into a nightmare as it shows Logan stabbing her in bed with his claws giving a whole new meaning the term bed-wetting. As Logan wakes from his nightmare we find that he has literally become a mountain dwelling hermit that lives in a cave.

He goes about his daily routine of marking his territory, heading into town to buy something while ignoring a rowdy bunch of hunters, and saying hello to his neighbor which is very large grizzly bear. As Logan sits in his cave drinking alone he hears the noise of conflict out in the woods. He follows the noise to find his bear neighbor dying with a poisoned arrow sticking out of its back. After Logan puts the bear out of his misery he then hunts down the hunters.

Upon tracking down the hunters, a young Japanese sword master named Yukio (Rila Fukushima) shows up to stop Logan from killing them. Afterwards, Logan follows her to her filthy rental car full of junk food wrappers and hears how she works for the Japanese man Logan saved in Nagasaki when the bomb fell. As thanks for saving his life so long ago she is to give him a shiny sword. Additionally, she wants to take him to Japan so he can say goodbye because the man is dying. This takes some coercing, but she is able to convince him to go.

As he arrives in Tokyo, Logan is immediately a fish out of water as he deals with formal Japan etiquette and cleanliness. As Logan finally meets with the elderly and dying man that he saved so long ago, he tells Logan that there is a way to rid him of his near immortality. Logan refuses after some thought, but is then requested for assistance in protecting the man’s granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto). After Logan leaves he witnesses Mariko arguing with her father. After her father slaps her she immediately tries blow off steam by attempting to run off a cliff to her death. Luckily Logan is there to stop her. After decides to stay and help he is then dragged into the convoluted world of corrupt politics, business, and not so stealthy ninjas.


Release Date: July 26, 2013

Starring:  Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Ken Yamamura, Famke Janssen

Director: James Mangold

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 126 min

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eddie_face2_500.jpgEddieson Burkhalter | Writing Contributor
B.A | Japanese | San Diego State Univ.
My name is Eddieson. I’m an open minded dreamer that likes to look for new opportunities, experiences, and challenges in life to make things a bit more interesting. After graduating from San Diego State University with a Japanese degree and minor in Business,  I landed an office job in Shinjuku, Japan where I dealt with online marketing matters as well as content creation. Though I come from an international business background I could never escape the alluring call of an emotionally manipulating story, regardless of the medium, that could turn the toughest body builder into a two year old child watching The Muppets and eating “pig newtons”. So long as the story is well done it doesn’t matter to me whether it’s presented as a comic, video game, anime, book, movie, or even an interpretive dance with bananas and jello. After some intense independent study I have not only been more than inspired to join the industry, but brought to a point where I wonder why I gave up pursuing this stuff in college and turned to a course of pulling my hair out before each exam. Regardless, I love stories and hope to be presented with the opportunity to tell my own; most likely through writing. With a fire in my heart and goals set I am actively gaining skills each day to hopefully one day help others in their endeavors as well as achieve my own dreams. |Instagram @BlaEddieBlaView My Articles 

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