Release Year: 2013
Director: James Mangold
Writers: Mark Bomback (screenplay), Scott Frank (screenplay)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Ken Yamamura, Famke Janssen
An old acquaintance summons Wolverine to his deathbed in Japan. Soon he finds himself embroiled in a family conflict that forces him to face his own demons.
After the disappointment that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) more was expected of the follow-up solo Wolverine movie, which would tackle the Japanese storyline so loved by fans of the comics. The result was a better movie, but only a little better. Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables, 2012) is as always very much at home in the character and exploits the opportunity for Wolverine to reflect on the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) as best he can. The Japanese setting feels fresh and interesting and is used not merely as a backdrop, but feels integrated into the story. Despite good moments and great scenes (including a high-adrenaline action sequence on top of a train) the film never really kicks into the right gear and feels mostly like a missed opportunity.
Guillermo del Toro considered directing the film as he has always been a fan of the Japanese stories in the Wolverine comics. However, he ultimately decided that he did not wish to spend 2-3 years working on the film.
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