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The Wolverine [2013] (1 disc)

Director:James Mangold
Writer:Mark Bomback
Scott Frank
Composer:Marco Beltrami
Length:126 minutes
(2 hours 6 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:69%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Logan, a.k.a, The Wolverine, is sent into modern-day Japan by a billionaire for his thanks, But when Logan gets convoluted in a battle where he does not only face a deviant atrocity and lethal samurai steel, but will judge Logan's struggle against his own immortality.

Reaction: Not wonderful, but a better outing than Wolverine's previous movie. It's okay, but it's hard to make a charismatic lead out of a character who literally doesn't care what you think of him.

Personal Rating: 6/10

James Mangold => Director
Mark Bomback => Writer
Scott Frank => Writer
Marco Beltrami => Composer
Lauren Shuler Donner => Producer
Brian Tee => Noburo
Conrad Coleby => Red Beard
Famke Janssen => Jean Grey
Hal Yamanouchi => Yashida (as Haruhiko Yamanouchi)
Hiroyuki Sanada => Shingen
Hugh Jackman => Logan
Ian McKellen => Magneto (uncredited)
Ken Yamamura => Young Yashida
Nobuaki Kakuda => Buddhist Priest
Patrick Stewart => Charles Xavier (uncredited)
Qyoko Kudo => Aya
Rila Fukushima => Yukio
Seiji Funamoto => Servant
Shinji Ikefuji => Pock-Face
Svetlana Khodchenkova => Viper
Takao Kinoshita => Fruit Cart Vendor (as Takao Kimoshita)
Tao Okamoto => Mariko
Taris Tyler => Bar Man (Red Beard's Friend)
Will Yun Lee => Harada

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This is Jackman's sixth portrayal of Logan/Wolverine.
  • Guillermo del Toro expressed interest in directing, being a fan of the Japanese saga in the "Wolverine" comics. He met with [?] James Gianopulos and Hugh Jackman about directing the film, but ultimately decided he did not wish to spend 2-3 years of his life working on the film.
  • Jessica Biel was offered the role of Viper but a deal couldn't be reached and she dropped out.
  • [?] Darren Aronofsky was originally set to direct and worked on the project for six months before departing, citing the long overseas shoot would prevent him from seeing his family (he had just separated from Rachel Weisz, the mother of his child). During his time attached to the film, he rewrote the screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and it is speculated that the real reason for his departure was the studio's unwillingness to approve his draft - which aimed for a hard 'R' rating due to heavy sexual content and brutal violence.
  • Mariko recounts nightmares of a kuzuri. "Kuzuri" is Japanese for "wolverine."
  • According to Hugh Jackman, Wolverine being surrounded by death while being unable to die due to his healing factor is a major theme in the film: "He realizes everyone he loves dies, and his whole life is full of pain. So it's better that he just escapes. He can't die really. He just wants to get away from everything."
  • This is the second movie in the franchise without any opening credits, the title isn't shown until the end of the movie.
  • [?] Jessica Henwick and Katie Leung were considered for the role of Yukio. [?] Togo Igawa was considered for the role of Shingen.
  • An alternate ending was filmed where Yukio presents Logan with a box that contains his yellow Wolverine mask from the comic books. The scene is presented as a bonus feature on the BluRay edition.
  • Hugh Jackman said that with this film, he finally achieved the physique that he always envisioned in his mind that Wolverine should have. He said that for some reason, on each of his 5 prior takes at the character, he felt that he never had enough time to get in shape; for this film he finally had enough time, and got his body exactly the way he wanted it to look. Co-star Will Yun Lee also said that it was Jackman's best physique for the role of Wolverine.
  • To prepare for the role, Hugh Jackman contacted Dwayne Johnson for advice on bulking up for the movie. Johnson suggested Jackman could gain a pound a week over six months (24 weeks) by eating 6,000 calories a day of "an awful lot of chicken, steak and brown rice." He said that for his shirtless scenes in the film, he wanted to look "as ripped and cut as possible". So he adopted a dehydration diet (used in bodybuilding) where he did not consume any liquid for 36 hours before filming his shirtless shots. He said it made him feel "headachy" and faint but he was pleased with the results as dehydrating tightens everything up and gave him the exaggerated muscle definition and vascularity that he wanted to show in his shirtless scenes.
  • Young Yashida gives Wolverine a samurai sword with 6 Kanji letters engraved on it. These kanji read: "Never Died, Never Aged, Never Destroyed". This is apt for Wolverine.
  • Famke Janssen filmed her Jean Gray cameo in three days. Hugh Jackman said, "There's no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is - we've seen through the movies - is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, but in this movie, she has a presence which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself."
  • In the film Yukio and Viper are mutants whereas Harada is not; it's the other way around in the comics.
  • Almost all the promotional materials for the film and the posters featured a shirtless Hugh Jackman; in contrast, he appears shirtless only in a handful of scenes in the actual film. This was done in order to emphasize the superior shape he got into for the film.
  • Ian McKellen's cameo as Magneto marks the first time in 10 years that he has played both Magneto and Gandalf in the same year. X-Men 2 was released in the same year as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, while this film was released in the same year as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.