Wolverine goes ninjanote By the way, in the movie, he's instructed to wield the sword with both hands.
The Wolverine is a 2013 superhero film based on the character of Wolverine. Again.Directed by James Mangold, the film is loosely based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's acclaimed 1982 Wolverinemini-series, which saw the character traveling to Japan. It is the second attempt to give Wolverine his own movie following X-Men Origins: Wolverine to which this was originally going to be a sequel.Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine from the X-Men film series, and is joined by Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada, Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida, and Rila Fukushima as Yukio. Set some years after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, the movie follows Logan as he returns to Japan after the disbandment of the team. While there, he is caught up in a world of Yakuza intrigue and falls for Mariko, the daughter of a powerful industrialist.Watch the official trailer here, the first international trailer here, and the second international trailer here. The storyline that inspired this film was also loosely adapted into a Wolverineanime series in 2011. Currently, another stand-alone Wolverine film set for a 2017 release in is development.Followed by the First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Artistic License - Nuclear Physics: Yashida stares directly into the flash of an atomic bomb and suffers no ill-effects. He should have been blinded on the spot, which would have made it a lot harder to run for the well. His survival of the following explosion and radiation is somewhat more plausible, due to distance and detonation factors (an air-burst detonation leaves relatively little fallout), but still rather unlikely given he waited until the blast had practically caught up to them.
While fighting atop the bullet train, Wolverine charges at a mook many feet behind him by leaping up so that he remains in the same place while the train speeds by under him. In reality, Wolverine and the mooks are already moving at the same speed as the train, so jumping would at best provide only minimal deceleration through wind drag, as opposed to Wolverine temporarily flying like he's Superman.
A superheated adamantium sword is depicted cutting through room temperature adamantium. While (in the canon) adamantium can only be made malleable by superheating it, superheating the sword would only render the sword more malleable, not what it's cutting. Given X-Men Origins: Wolverine already demonstrated that adamantium can potentially damage other adamantium under the right conditions, the sharpness and angle of the sword strikes should have been sufficient to do the job, especially when backed by the strength of Powered Armor.
As You Know: When he saw the old pit where he saved Ichirō, Wolverine was about to tell what had happened there... and Mariko stopped him: she already knows that story.
Atomic Bombings Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki: The bombing of Nagasaki is featured at the start of the movie. Wolverine is shown as a POW held in a camp across the bay, and both he and a Japanese soldier survive while everyone else in the camp kick it. Said soldier is Ichirō Yashida, Mariko's grandfather.
The Atoner: Wolverine goes to Japan to face his guilt for killing Jean Grey and to receive help from an old friend who might have the means to remove his Healing Factor and make him mortal.
Harada ends up as this near the end of the film.
Audible Sharpness: Aside from Wolverine's claws, the ringing noise when young Yashida presents the samurai sword to him in the well goes on for several seconds.
Shingen Yashida. No mutant powers, no supertech, just a katana. Nonetheless, he holds his own against the Wolverine himself. Oh, and he was weakened by Viper's poison at the time, poison that it appears was intended to kill him.
Harada is mundane The Leader of a clan of mundane ninja.
Yukio’s mutant power is a limited form of precognition that allows her to see how people will die. Her strength and skills come entirely from training, yet she kicks about as much ass as Wolverine, a decades old veteran warrior with an indestructible skeleton, metal claws, and an enhanced healing factor.
Wolverine has a very difficult time with the two determined Yakuza on top of the bullet train, who do all the same death-defying stunts as Wolverine without any superpowers at all.
Beard of Sorrow: Logan starts out with a shaggy one, likely resulting from the events of The Last Stand.
Berserk Button: Threatening people Logan cares about will make him go berserk, which is pretty normal. Causing unwarranted suffering on wild fauna, however, also puts him on a violent warpath.
BFS: The Silver Samurai wields an enormous katana and wakizashi, both made out of pure adamantium. Holding these swords with both hands triggers the blades to become superheated and be able to cut through adamantium.
Big Bad: Ichirō Yashida who is responsible for bringing Logan to Japan and has an Evil Plan to steal his Healing Factor. However, the yakuza that kidnap Mariko on two occasions were hired by Shingen and Mori.
Big Bad Ensemble: There are two separate villainous factions in this movie: One led by Shingen Yashida, and one led by Shingen's father Ichirō.
Bilingual Bonus: Yashida's sword, the one he tries to pass on to Logan, is inscribed with kanji characters that mean "never grow old, never die".
Bloodless Carnage: The scores of Mooks that find themselves on the pointy end of Wolverine's claws don't bleed note Though there's plenty of blood flying around in the "Unleashed" edition. However Wolverine bleeds, though it doesn't mean much since he's Nigh Invulnerable even with his gimped healing factor.
Bloodier and Gorier - In the extended cut there is no Bloodless Carnage, up to and including a number of ninjas being sucked into a snow-blower and scattered across a few buildings.
Bodyguarding a Badass: Yukio to Logan: "Think of me as your bodyguard" Wolverine just eyerolls and goes with it. It's understandable in this case because Logan isn't used to fighting without his Healing Factor. The 'everyone can use back up' reason is employed.
Brick Joke: In the beginning of the movie, Logan is shown clearly distressed and nervous whenever he's on a plane, vigorously clutching the arms of his chair in terror. In one of the movie's final scenes, he can be seen clutching his chair yet again.
Broad Strokes: As an adaptation to Wolverine's backstory in Japan in the comics, Logan does not have any knowledge of Japanese culture and etiquette throughout the film.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is mostly treated as Canon Discontinuity (for starters, the opening has Logan in World War II alone instead of accompanied by half-brother Sabretooth), except for some examples listed in Continuity Nod.
Brought Down to Badass: Logan's deteriorated Healing Factor is the film's major plot point, but he's still got the adamantium skeleton, the claws, and an extremely high tolerance for pain that lets him shrug off wounds which would bring down a normal man. He eventually needs treatment but he lasts quite a while.
California Doubling: Parts of the film set in Japan and Canada were filmed in and around Sydney, Australia.
Call Back: One of the first modern day scenes in the film is Wolverine delivering some punishment to a hunter who supposedly used a poisoned broad-tip arrow to hunt bears. Poison, particularly poisoned arrows, come back in the third act, when Harada uses a poisoned arrow to knock Wolverine out for the climax.
Caught in the Rain: Logan and Mariko return to the house in Nagasaki after a sudden rainshower and change from their wet clothes into traditional Japanese wear. Mariko notes that Logan is wearing his wrong and goes to adjust it; it's no surprise what happens next.
Logan was an avid Death Seeker to atone for his guilt after Jean's death. When Ichirō gave him the offer, Logan refuses until he was sabotaged by Viper. The loss of his accelerated healing clearly shook up Logan as he is thrown battle after battle to the brink of death. He recovers this ability and he also manages to let go of Jean by the end of the film.
Mariko began having no interest in the Yashida zaibatsu when her grandfather named her as his heir but with the turmoil over its ownership and the climactic turn of events, her appointment as the Yashida CEO is one she accepted wholeheartedly.
Played straight with the adamantium Powered Armor that is not explicitly called Silver Samurai. The moniker of Silver Samurai was named after a suit of samurai armor that serves as a Legacy Character for the Yashida generations.
Averted by Wolverine who calls himself The Wolverine at one point.
Played with for Viper, who never calls herself "the Viper" but does says she's a viper.
Played straight with The Hand (mainly linked to the Daredevil / Elektra franchise, and ownership of those rights reverted back to Marvel before the film was finished), who are referred to as "The Black Clan" and led by Harada.
Ichiro Yashida has elements of Shingen Harada, the second Silver Samurai. The most obvious being the suit of Powered Armor.
Shingen in the film is a combination of the comics Shingen Yashida and the personality of Kenuichio Harada.
Yukio's knife-throwing skills were given to Mariko, in a plot-important role.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Shockingly averted as despite sending a whole army of ninjas for Logan to fight, he manages to kill two by surprise in the belief he was still weakened by Viper's device, only for Harada to immediately fall back and use rope arrows to slow Logan down and highly poisonous arrows to knock him out.
Also Wolverine's classic costume makes a brief appearance in the alternate ending. When Yukio and Logan board the plane, Yukio hands him a large flat box. He opens it to find himself staring at a familiar yellow face mask, with other spandex pieces. All he can do is give Yukio a "Really?" look.
Shingen Yashida from is a rich businessman with ties to the Yakuza.
Ichirō Yashida, in the end of his life.
Corrupt Politician: Noburo Mori, Minister of Justice, is doing nothing to enforce justice. Instead he's trying to bumb off his finance and fooling around with prostitutes.
Cranial Processing Unit: Zigzagged. Wolverine cuts the head off the Silver Samurai robot, and it falls over. Then it gets back up again and then it's revealed that the Samurai isn't a robot, it's a suit of Powered Armor with a man inside. If Wolverine had just cut a little lower...
Damsel out of Distress: When Mariko is snagged by thugs at her grandfather's funeral, she was well on her way toward escaping from them when Logan reached her and finished them off. Also she saves Logan a few times and helps take down Silver Samurai with her knife-throwing skills.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Viper, who seems to know about Logan's Healing Factor, along with using Mariko as a Distressed Damsel to force him to come to the facility where she plans to take his mutant powers away. She even deliberately taunts him to make him pull his claws out while he's restrained in a chair.
Dark Action Girl: Viper is a vicious poisoner and martial artist to the point that even men don't mind fighting her.
Darker and Edgier: The film is more serious than the previous X-Men movies, presenting the story as a noir crime drama.
Harada wasn't killed in the comics, who falls under Type 2 of this trope.
Decomposite Character: Silver Samurai is split into two separate characters. Harada (Samurai's civilian ID in the comics) is depicted as a ninja and Mariko's former lover, while the ACTUAL Silver Samurai is Mariko's grandfather, Ichirō, who uses a silver suit of samurai-themed powered armor.
Defiant Captive: Mariko got in a few hits on her kidnappers and even put one of Hanada's assassins in a chokehold. She saves Logan from Silver Samurai.
Designated Girl Fight: Yukio fights Viper at the end, though it's mostly because Logan is occupied with the Silver Samurai at the time.
Desperately Seeking A Purpose In Life: Logan is essentially a wandering hobo when the film starts, mostly just living in the wilderness and avoiding contact with people as much as possible. Only when he meets Mariko does he start to have a renewed hope to go on living.
Ichirō, somewhat. Logan throws him off the building and he crashes below, but he was probably already dead even before hitting the ground.
Wolverine also tried doing this to Noburo, but luckily for him, there was a swimming pool beneath the window Wolverine threw him out of.
Enemy Mine: Harada cites Viper as a "means to an end," and voices his displeasure towards her consistently. Viper seems indifferent to Harada attitude-wise, but she just sees him as another inferior underling.
Evil Plan: Yashida wants Logan's Healing Factor so he can live forever. This is why he sends Yukio to retrieve him.
Exact Words: When Wolverine is interrogating Noburo he tells him that he'll throw him out the window if he "doesn't like" what he hears and says nothing about telling the truth. Sure enough, Noburo gives him the information he asked for, but gets thrown out the window anyway, because "I didn't like it."
Face-Heel Turn: Ichirō Yashida was apparently a genuinely nice and caring man once, but when his cancer started destroying him, he became obsessed with immortality and turned evil.
Viper talks in a polite and seductive tone when discussing her evil plans.
Ichirō Yashida continues to discuss philosophy and talk like a kindly grandfather even as he is literally sucking out the life of Wolverine. He also seems to genuinely want Logan to find peace in death.
Femme Fatale: Viper kills with a kiss... literally. She does know how to use her considerable sexuality as a weapon.
Follow the Leader: While the use of post-credits scenes was nothing new (not even in this franchise, as X-Men: The Last Stand already did its own), the Marvel Cinematic Universe popularized their use as a tool for 'world-building', i.e. using them to tie non-sequel movies into a bigger universe. The Wolverine "copies" this concept as it contains a Stinger that ties it into X-Men: Days of Future Past, when originally this movie wasn't going to be related to First Class nor the original series.
Yukio's vision of Wolverine's future, although it doesn't play out quite the way she saw it.
Noburo's remark about the Yashida's expensive adamantium research.
The fact that Yukio didn't foresee Ichirō dying that night.
Forgotten Fallen Friend: In Logan's mind, Jean is "all alone" where she is, and wants him to join her... except Logan knows that she loves Cyclops, who is also dead... and Xavier, who, while not her lover, was still a mentor and good friend, who, as far as Logan knew, was also dead. It's a Justified Trope in that if she was an actual ghost, Logan's guilt could have been keeping her from moving on. And if she wasn't, and merely a manifestation of his guilt, then it's perfectly understandable that she would focus on Logan and play on his secret fears.
Freudian Excuse: Shingen covered for his father robbing his own company to extend his own lifespan, only for Ichirō to leave everything to Mariko instead.
Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: The good adulterer Logan, sleeps with Mariko, but he's a wounded soul and she's trapped in a loveless engagement. The bad adulterer Noburo, is just getting his jollies on, and was engaged to Mariko to get money. He's also conspiring to have her killed for even more money.
Good Thing You Can Heal: Wolverine, as usual, takes a lot of punishment throughout the film, but his survival of an atomic bomb really stands out.
The Japanese officers in the beginning of the film performing Seppuku as American bombers approach their city.
Logan's attempt at self-surgery. He even warns Yukio to look away when he's doing it to remove a bug that Viper implanted in him to reduce his Healing Factor effectiveness.
Green Aesop: Our hero walks past a brown bear peacefully. He later passes some hunters, who behave like rowdy, drunken idiots. A clerk reacts disdainfully and asks Logan, "You're not a hunter, are you?" Later we learn that the hunters were sloppy and stupid, and used illegal poisoned arrows, which resulted in the rest of them getting killed and also doomed the bear to a slow, agonizing death. Logan is distraught by the bear's suffering and returns to torture the surviving hunter, which is called "justice" by Yukio.
Headphones Equal Isolation: Mariko wears them... while Logan is battling Yakuza above her in a Traintop Battle. At one point a Yakuza thug clinging to the roof sees her through a (locked) skylight and roars in impotent rage, which of course she doesn't hear.
Healing Factor: Wolverine loses this, which is suppressed by the Yashida Corporation, through technological means. At least until he figures out how they did it and rectifies the problem.
Heel-Face Turn: Harada switches allegiance from Ichirō Yashida as 'the head of the Yashia family' to Mariko, who was named the head after Ichirō's faked death.
He's Back: Magneto, with his power, and Xavier alive again in the stinger.
Also when Logan figures out how his healing power was suppressed and manages to regain it all, turning him back into the the near-unstoppable fighter he is.
Heroic Sacrifice: Near the film's end, Wolverine sets himself up for one during his battle with Ichirō (who was piloting the Silver Samurai armor), only for Harada to step in and distract Yashida long enough for Logan to get his bearings. The distraction gets Harada impaled onto a massive heated sword.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mariko and Yukio. They are not sisters, Yukio was a poor girl found in the street by the Yashida family, but they were raised and treat each other as if they were sisters.
Hijacked by Ganon: Ichirō Yashida was alive all along and was the real mastermind behind weakening Wolverine and kidnapping Mariko. Shingen was nothing in the end.
Hitman with a Heart: Downplayed with Harada. While he isn't a hitman in the traditional sense, he's a bodyguard for the Yashida family. (By extension, serving as THEIR hitman. He and Viper are in an Enemy Mine arrangement during the film) Harada has a Heel-Face Turn near the end of the film after being spurned by Mariko for Logan. Shame that it ends up getting him killed in a Heroic Sacrifice.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Had the Big Bad not have told Wolverine how to properly hold a Japanese sword all those years ago, he'd still be around to mock him for it.
Hot Blade: The Silver Samurai was able to cut Wolverine's admantium-coated claws with a superheated Adamantium sword. Since Adamantium suffers from a Like Cannot Cut Like rule, presumably the intense heat melts the claws off.
Hypocrite: Logan gets really angry at Noburo for cheating on Mariko, his fiancé, despite having slept with her the night before while knowing about her engagement. As seen under Good Adultery, Bad Adultery, there's a distinction. From Wolverine's perspective, Noburo, by arranging a marriage with her father, is essentially asking for her hand, where Mariko is being forced to marry him so as not to shame her father. Given his shock when she tells him, it's clear he sees the distinction.
I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Unless the wound is fatal, most characters will shrug off injuries and fight on without any detriments to their skill. Although in Wolverine's case, once he has time to rest, his wounds will catch up to him.
Yashida: Mariko. It's me, your grandfather. Mariko: I buried my grandfather.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Wolverine is tempted by the option of growing old and dying like everyone else because it could mean a more mundane life. He later reconsiders it.
Imminent Danger Clue: At Yashida-sama's funeral, Logan notices one of the monks has a tattoo sticking out his sleeve. In Japan, tattoos pretty much mean "gangster".
Immortality Hurts: Inverted. When he was immortal, Wolverine's wounds healed quicker and so the pain faded faster. When he loses his healing factor, the wounds and their pain linger.
Immortality Immorality: Ichirō Yashida wants to gain immortality by stealing it from someone else. That should be the first clue that he's not a good person.
Immortality Seeker: Ichirō Yashida became obsessed with becoming this after meeting Logan back during World War II.
Impaled Palm: Logan does this to a hunter that survived a bear attack, using the same arrow the hunter used on the bear which then caused it severe pain and suffering and forcing Logan to perform a Mercy Kill on it.
The comics Kenuichio Harada is THE Silver Samurai, Shingen's arrogant illegitimate son and a mutant seeking to rule the Yashida clan for himself. He despises the "gaijin" and the Yashidas especially his half-sister Mariko. In the film, most of his personality reflected on Shingen while Harada is relegated to the Yashidas' bodyguard, Mariko's ex-fiance and not even the actual Silver Samurai. His closest reference to the comics is his affiliation with Viper.
Viper aka Madame Hydra is a high-ranking member of HYDRA (and eventually leader) who is a human with superb martial arts skills and knowledge with poisons. Much like Juggernaut before her, the film depicts her as a mutant scientist with snake-like attributes who mainly works for herself. Confusingly, Fox was still allowed to use her, even though she's much more tied to Nick Fury and SHIELD. Strangely enough, it's the Silver Samurai who is one of HYDRA's leaders during the events of X-Men: The Official Game.
Interrupted Suicide: Wolverine stopped Yashida when, as the other generals, preferred to die with honor with his own sword instead of in the atomic explosion that was coming. Wolverine took his blade out, and brought him to the pit.
I Owe You My Life: Logan saved the life of his benefactor decades ago. In return, he offers Logan the chance to have a mundane life rather than immortality.
Jidai Geki: Not an actual Jidai Geki movie technically speaking (as it is set in the modern day), but The Wolverine features stylistic Homages and Shout Outs aplenty to the genre and its conventions: samurai, Japanese ideals of honor, ninja clans serving noble families, etc.
Just Train Wrong: The Shinkansen (bullet train) is powered by overhead lines, which the film gets right — the characters studiously try to avoid hitting them — but these overhead lines power the trains by way of very large pantographs, which take up substantial space on the roof the train. We could Hand Wave it as the Traintop Battle occurring atop a part of the train without one, but careful watching suggests that simply do not exist on the bullet train in the film, which is shown zooming along with no physical connection to the catenary above it. Case in point: there are at least two obstacles mounted low enough to pass between the train and the overhead lines, and Logan is forced to (carefully) leap over them. The question of how they got there aside, each of these on their own would have caused a major rail accident — perhaps the worst in the bullet train's half-century of operation — before it even got to him.
Le Parkour: Logan uses a messy variation, which is still effective. One of the shirtless Yashida Yakuza uses this, as well as Harada and his Ninja, although it veers into Freerunning here and there. They're Ninja after all.
Living Forever Is Awesome: Logan refuses Yashida's offer to revoke his immortality. Despite his hardship, he prefers living with his pain to the alternative.
Look Behind You: During the Traintop Battle, Logan and a mook have to keep dodging arches using each other as visual cues when to duck or jump. Wolverine eventually tricks the mook into doing the wrong one. Splat.
Look Both Ways: One of the Yakuza gets hit by a car as they chase Logan and Mariko across the street.
Love Hotels: Logan and Mariko stay in one for the night although no love making actually occurs (at least, not at the hotel).
Made of Indestructium: Wolverine's claws and the Silver Samurai suit and swords are made of adamantium. It's revealed that the swords can be superheated, which allow them to cut through Wolverine's claws. Fortunately, the bones within still grow back.
Made of Iron: Yakuza Enforcers seemingly have no issue with surviving high speed impacts into the top of a bullet train after leaping over train traffic lights. The most you'll get out of them are minor, irritated grunts.
Magic Pants: Logan's pants somehow survive being incinerated while the rest of him is burned to a crisp during the bomb shelter scene. In fact, they aren't even singed.
Mayfly-December Romance: The nigh-immortal Logan becomes involved with Mariko, who's around her twenties in the present day. Logan leaves at the end to continue his journey despite finally coming to terms with Jean's death.
All of Famke Janssen's cameos show her in very revealing clothing.
Viper tends to wear some nice skin-tight outfits.
Mythology Gag: The film provides some nods on the Wolverine limited series, where most of the characters are taken from.
Instead of Harada, the film's Silver Samurai is old man Yashida. Since the comics name Kenuichio is not a real Japanese name, the film derives Yashida's name Ichirō from the actual Japanese name, Kenichirō.
Mariko's arranged marriage, that she accepts as a thing of honor, which she does not expect Wolverine to understand because he's not Japanese.
Ichirō pledges his katana to Logan as gratitude for saving his life. In the comics, Mariko is the one who pledged the Yashida katana to Logan after he kills Shingen.
Like the film, the mini-series also took place shortly after Jean's death, and involved a love triangle with Mariko and Yukio.
In the "Return of the King" arc of Ultimate X-Men, Logan ends up running through a bear with his claws, although the film's version is much more peaceable and emotional.
The Silver Samurai possesses the ability to heat up its blades, causing them to glow. This resembles the way the comic iteration of Silver Samurai coats his katana with a glowing tachyon field.
A very small nod on the Fatal Attractions arc may also apply where the Silver Samurai extracted Logan's Healing Factor from the marrows of his broken claws (removing the adamantium along with it.) Wolverine later regrows his claws, now in bone form.
In an example combined with Foreshadowing and Sequel Hook, a commercial for Trask Industries, the makers of the mutant-hunting Sentinels, can be seen at the end of the film.
Moments when Jean Grey is seen, its in a white room. Perhaps representing Phoenix in the White Hot Room?
The Alternate Ending has Yukio giving Logan a more realistic version of his classic yellow and brown and yellow costume from the comics. Complete with a mask!
Mariko holding two of Wolverine's claws at the end could be an X-23 reference.
Probably not intentional, but look at Logan's train-lunge. With the black trenchcoat, it's pretty reminiscent of Victor Creed's action scenes from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Not Wearing Tights: Played straight. Wolverine wears street clothes instead of his costume from the previous films, as he is no longer a member of the X-Men, though the Silver Samurai wears a suit of Powered Armor resembling his comic book costume.
Almost averted, though. In a deleted alternate ending, we see Wolverine opening a suitcase he's been given and finding there... his classic comic book suit. After the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, though, we might never see him wear that costume.
Poisoned Weapons: Some moronic hunters attack a bear with illegal poisoned arrows. The bear kills several of them and escapes, but is left in agony. After Wolverine gives it a Mercy Kill, he angrily confronts the remaining hunters and stabs one of them with one of the arrows. Later, Wolverine is attacked by several ninjas with poisoned arrows.
Poisonous Person: Viper’s mutant power renders her immune to all viruses and toxins, but she's able to secrete them with her fingernails and tongue.
Prophecy Twist: Yukio predicts Logan will die with his heart on his hand. She's never wrong. Logan does die (in medical terms: his heart stops functioning for an extended period of time) with his "heart" on his hand, but his healing factor kicks back in soon thereafter and he is able to return to the land of the living.
Red Herring: Will Yun Lee (Harada) was promoted to have rigorous sword training but throughout the film, most of his action scenes involved archery. If you're familiar with the comics character, one might be surprised that in this film, Harada is NOT the Silver Samurai.
The Resenter: Lord Shingen hates the fact that his father prefers his own daughter over himself. He tries to kill her over it.
Resistance Is Futile: This is the reason why Logan did not join the Japanese freed prisoners that were running away from the explosion that was about to happen, and preferred to stay in his pit. They can't escape from the near-ground zero of an atomic explosion.
Revealing Skill: Two examples in the stinger. The metal stuff flying to the air announces, for those who realize things quickly, that Magneto is back and with his power restored. The people frozen in their tracks, a stunt from X-Men 2, announce that Xavier is alive again.
Ronin: Wolverine is described as one metaphorically. His 'lack of a master' translates to 'lack of a purpose' and drifting along with his immortality. note His comic counterpart does indeed have samurai background
R-Rated Opening: The film begins with the atomic bomb being dropped on Nagasaki, along with several Japanese generals committing suicide and Wolverine getting his skin blasted, setting the darker tone for the movie compared to previous X-Men movies.
Rule of Drama: Wolverine's regeneration is established throughout all of the X-Men movies to take only seconds, but in the final fight with the Silver Samurai, his severed claws don't grow back until he prepares to strike the coup de grace. Somewhat understandable for the ones that had only been cut off a few moments ago, but one hand had been clawless for several minutes. It's justified by the fact that lacerations heal much faster than bone breaks, let alone bone regrowth.
Samurai in Ninja Town: Wolverine is technically a Ronin, and a clan of Ninjas serve as antagonists in the movie, therefore...
Self-Surgery: Wolverine inserts his hand into his chest to remove a bug that's killing his healing factor.
Seppuku: The Japanese military leaders preferred to die with honor rather than in the atomic explosion that was coming.
The film begins with a Japanese man getting a wound from an atom bomb on his cheek that never heals. This happens to the protagonist of the famous Japanese novel about the Hiroshima bombing, Black Rain (Kuro Ame).
Smug Snake: Viper, both figuratively (overconfident) and literally (that forked tongue!).
Soft Water: Noburo gets thrown a dozen hotel floors into an outdoor swimming pool yet after he lands, he's still moving.
Spared by the Adaptation: Mariko Yashida, who was killed in the comics, but survives till the very end of the film. This is also the case for her fiancé Noburo.
Standard Female Grab Area: Played with Mariko, it seems mostly effective until she decided to fight against her Yakuza kidnappers, where she lands a few blows until she escapes with Logan.
Status Quo Is God: Pleasantly and surprisingly averted. Taking quite a bit of adamantium from Wolverine's claws right before a major installment coming up takes some balls from the creators. However the movie also plays this straight. Magneto is confirmed to have regained his powers, while Professor X is back. And in the wheelchair. And promotional images for the next film reveal that sometime in the future Logan gets his adamantium claws back.
Television Geography: Wolverine and Mariko flee on foot from the attack on the funeral held at the Zojoji Temple, located near Tokyo Tower, and Mariko then says goodbye at Ueno Station. Which means that they ran for about 7 kilometers, while at the same time passing by half a dozen other train stations on the way, from where they could've ridden directly to Ueno. Not only that, they go , which is about 7 km from both endpoints, meaning that they travelled almost 14 kilometers in the space of a couple of minutes.
There Is Only One Bed: Logan and Mariko are on the run from Yakuza thugs when Logan suddenly declares they'll hold up in the nearest hotel. Unfortunately it turns out to be a love hotel and there aren't any empty rooms adjacent to each other. Mariko asks where he's going to sleep; Logan says curtly, "I won't" and stands outside in the rain, presumably his version of taking a cold shower.
That Man Is Dead: At one point in the movie, Logan says to Mariko that he killed the "kuzuri" that she calls him when he killed Jean Grey.
Shingen Yashida: What kind of monster are you? Logan: The Wolverine!
Traintop Battle: A bullet train, to make it that much crazier. Logan and the Yakuza have their work cut out just holding on and are almost flattened by the wind resistance, to say nothing of the low-hanging arches that fly by regularly.
Trap Is the Only Option: A picture of where the bad guys have taken Mariko is impaled in the chest of a dead mook, with COME AND GET HER written in blood on it. He does, but is at least smart enough to have Yukio infiltrate by a less obvious route.
Unexpected Successor: Shingen Yashida thought he would inherit his father Ichiro's corporation after the latter's impending death. Then Ichiro snubbed Shingen by naming Shingen's daughter Mariko as his sole heir in a new will. Mariko isn't happy about this either, since she never wanted that much power and authority in the first place. Ichiro was plotting to cheat death all along by stealing Wolverine's Healing Factor. The reason he named Mariko his successor instead of Shingen was because Shingen would never be content to be a puppet with authority in name only.
The Unfavorite: Multi-generational one. Shingen claims Ichiro never considered him a worthy son, instead favoring his granddaughter, Shingen's daughter Mariko. Whether he is telling the truth or not, however, is left up to the viewer. Given subsequent revelations about his father, he might also have simply been mistaken; Viper implies that Ichiro chose Mariko as his successor because she'd be easier to manipulate than Shingen.
Zig-Zagged with Ichirō Yashida towards Wolverine. He did want to acquire Wolverine's Healing Factor to achieve eternal youth, but he claims that it's for Logan's own good since that what he (Logan) really wanted. Nonetheless, Ichiro still seems genuinely thankful to Logan for Lsaving his life back in WWII.
It seems he's doing partially out of necessity, aside from his desire to avoid death. He wants to protect his legacy, which includes his granddaughter. He redirects his sword when Mariko gets in front of it to protect Wolverine. He was also trying to get it peacefully by asking Wolverine first, so this was more out of desperation than outright malice and ungratefulness.
Shingen also. He shows nothing but open contempt for Logan throughout the movie, never once acknowledging or thanking him for saving his father's life, if not for which he wouldn't even exist.
Unrobotic Reveal: Wolverine rips off the Silver Samurai's head to reveal Ichirō Yashida inside.
Villainous Breakdown: Shingen Yashida, after Viper scarred him. He losses all composure and fights Wolverine like some berserker.
We never do find out how the three men from the start end up dying together in the same truck. Not even in a stinger.
Noburo isn't seen or mentioned again after his apparently nonfatal nosedive into a swimming pool.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Exploited by Ichirō Yashida to convince Logan to accept his "gift" of growing old and dying so he can live beyond his natural life span.
Wolverine Claws: Wolverine's weapons of choice are still the metal claws that pop out of his hands.
Wronsk I Feint: Upwards variation: the Traintop Battle has Wolverine and the Yakuza mooks jumping and ducking to avoid the overhead signs above the train. At a certain point, Logan makes it like he's going to jump... so the other guy does so and gets struck by a higher up sign.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Mariko Yashida is introduced caring for her grandfather in a family compound that values tradition (Yukio changes into a yukata when she arrives, Wolverine passes by a kendo match, etc). She demonstrates the 'core of iron' when targeted by kidnappers and confronting her evil grandfather.
Your Cheating Heart: While Mariko is missing, Noburo Mori's partying with hookers, something that greatly angers Logan. Though it's more because this behavior reveals that he's involved in the plot against his fiancée.
Zettai Ryouiki: Yukio has a grade B when she first confronts Logan in the beginning.