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The story

‚??You are a soldier and you seek what all soldiers seek, an honorable death, an end to all your pain,‚?Ě says Yukio (Rila Fukushima) to Logan ‚?? aka Wolverine ‚?? (Hugh Jackman). He‚??s in Japan, invited by Yukio‚??s grandfather, Master Yashida (Haruhiko Yamanouchi), an elderly billionaire, near death, who wants to thank Logan for saving his life during World War II. That‚??s the setup for ‚??The Wolverine,‚?Ě latest feature in the X-Men franchise.

Who will inherit Yashida‚??s corporate empire, becoming Japan‚??s most powerful man ‚?? or woman? What caused Logan‚??s psychic pain? Why is young Mariko‚??s (Tao Okamoto) life in danger? For answers to these and other questions, see ‚??The Wolverine.‚?Ě

The actors

As Logan/Wolverine, Hugh Jackman endures bad dreams, psychic pain, chronic remorse, and non-stop danger in Japan, pursuing and being pursued by bad men and women. Jackman‚??s Logan is intense, passionate and despairing. ‚??A man can run out of things to live for,‚?Ě Lord Yashida says to Logan, ‚??like a samurai without a master. You are ready to die now, aren‚??t you?‚?Ě ‚??You don‚??t want what I‚??ve got,‚?Ě says Logan. His companions in this adventure are young women, Mariko and Yukio, played by Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima, the one, in need of love and protection, the other, martial-arts proficient and able to see the future.

Others in the cast include Svetlana Khodchenkova as enigmatic Viper, Haruhiko Yamanouchi as dying Master Yashida (Ken Yamamura is young Yashida), and Framke Janssen as deceased Jean Grey, whom we see in Logan‚??s dreams. Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee and Will Yun Lee are Shingen, Noburo and Harada, characters who reveal their intentions as the plot unfolds.

Other comments

‚??The Wolverine‚?Ě picks up Logan‚??s story from the end of 2006‚??s ‚??X-Men: The Last Stand,‚?Ě and in this moody, dark, noir-ish, martial-arts action film, we follow Logan‚??s descent into self-loathing and intentional abandonment of his powers of self-healing and immortality. ‚??I‚??ll never hurt anyone, ever again; I made a vow,‚?Ě he tells Jean Grey. But, like Western gunfighters and reform-minded gangsters in many a movie, he‚??s drawn into one more fight, this one in Japan, between traditional samurai values and modern corporate corruption and greed, in which Wolverine is a samurai warrior with an existential crisis, but no master.

Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi action and violence, sexuality and language, the movie runs 126 minutes. It‚??s adult fare, not many laughs. Darker than most X-Men films, still it‚??s got plenty of action for fans. Stay for the credits.

Final words

Conflicted ‚??Wolverine‚?Ě

Seeks his identity ‚??

Remorse, angst, action,

Or immortality?

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