Find Out Why Logan Is In Japan In New Story Details For The Wolverine


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We’ve all been paying attention to the behind the scenes doings of James Mangold’s “The Wolverine”. Though the story is based on the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller arc—one of my all time favorites—plot details have been relatively sparse. As you’re well aware, “based on” means very little sometimes. Now, however, we get a little peek behind the curtain. In the new issue of Empire, producer Hutch Parker talks plot and lets it slip why Logan (Hugh Jackman) winds up in Japan.

Here’s what Parker has to say on the matter:

We pick up Logan in a very isolated state, full of self-loathing. He is sought out by a young Asian woman for reasons he doesn’t fully understand, who is asking him to follow her to Japan where he is meant to reconnect with someone he spent prison-time with in Nagasaki. And the legacy of that experience—effectively Logan saved him—is that this man is on his deathbed, and is looking to give him a gift, to thank him for the life he’s had. But this gift draws Logan into a very complex and very unexpected world within both contemporary Japan, and to some degree the feudal history of Japan. The quality of this story is that it takes Logan on such a challenging personal journey. He’s so in isolation, so out of his element. It’s a much more powerful distillation of his character than you’ve seen before. It’s why people have always love this particular story.

In a vague way this sounds similar to the Claremont/Miller storyline, but the details have been substantially altered. Still, this description is thematically comparable to the source material. You have Logan in the land of the rising sun, engulfed in the underworld of modern Japan, there’s a shadowy woman, and he’s delving into as yet uncharted elements of his past that will force him to confront some unpleasant truths. While the nuts and bolts may not be an exact replica, the changes don’t make me cringe reading them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely concerned, and we’ll have to wait to see this bad boy until we can be sure, but this is close enough to remain optimistic in a cautious sense.

Parker’s description also explains why we’ve seen shots from what we can assume is a World War II internment camp.

“The Wolverine” also stars Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Vvetlana Khodchenkova. Logan and friends will slice their way into theaters on July 26, 2013.

Via : Comic Book Movie

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Dedpool

    Should be good. I like whenever Logan is in Japan. The anime did a take on that story too, and though the voice was a bit annoying it was pretty well done. So another new take should be fun.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    I was thinking this sounds quite awesome while reading it.

  • decisivelead

    this is going to be awesome!

  • imrickjames

    The only thing that bothers me about this is that they mention it takes place after X3, even though they introduce Nariko in X2 thus implying he had already been to Japan before and she already got pissed at him for what happened there and had “the procedure” done to get strong. Do they just plan on reintroducing her and ignoring that part of X2 altogether? or is “days of future past” suppose to not only erase X3 but the events of X2 as well (going that far back in time would have to erase all 3 X-men movies)? And again if “days of future past” erases X3 then this Wolverine movie is also none canon… I’m getting a headache.

    • Dedpool

      It’s Mariko, and Deathstrike’s name is Yuriko. Easy to mix up. Two different characters.

      • imrickjames

        Well that makes sense if they are two different characters but I remember from watching the x-men tv series (all those years ago) that lady deathstrike was pissed at Logan for what happened in Japan, something about him killing her father, and they were an item at some point therefore his reluctance to harm her. Maybe the cartoon changed that story from the comics but I remember that specific episode as the one where they discover a ship in the sewers of New York and there’s an alien that sucks the souls of people.

        • Dedpool

          Correct about the episode, it was a 2 parter, and first aired during prime time!! However the name was still Yuriko, and I think what they did was mix the chracters of Yuriko and Mariko together.

          • Juggernaut

            That’s funny, I was always confused by the circumstances surrounding this very discussion. LOL

          • Dedpool

            Mariko was shingen’s daughter a yakuza boss, yuriko was daughter of man perfected working with adamantium, and because he’s got the claws she blames him for her fathers death, which happened when someone stole the formula. In the show I think they mixed the 2 stories so she became the lost love as well.

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          • imrickjames

            There we go it all makes sense now. I always thought it was funny that in the movie they didn’t [lay on that as I thought it would have been an important part of Wolverine’s story. Now I know why.

          • Juggernaut

            Yeah, as cool as Deathstrike was in X2 they really scaled down her role to nothing more than a henchwoman for Stryker. Having her serve as some sort of an old flame from the Weapon X days would have been a cool area to have explored. Oh well.