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 Wolverine, the popular character from Marvel Comics' X-Men franchise. Directed by James Mangold, the film includes characters from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's seminal Wolverine mini-series, which saw the character traveling to Japan. It is the second attempt to give Wolverine his own movie following X-Men Origins: Wolverine.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 heirloom katana that Yukio brings with her to meet Logan. She is able to cleanly slice barstool legs and a beer bottle, without even harming the man on the stool or the guy holding the beer bottle.
While adamantium blades are indestructible and can virtually cut through anything, superheating it is the only way to slice through another adamantium substance with laser-like precision.
Action Girl: Yukio, for the most part, but Mariko gets in on the action as well.
Actor Allusion: In The Stinger, Magneto warns of "dark forces approaching," which is from Lord of the Rings.
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, his body was already going the same speed as the train while riding it, so leaping in the opposite direction shouldn't have caused him to travel any farther than a normal jump. The only difference would be that the additional wind drag would slow him down somewhat, making the train beneath him pass by slightly more quickly.
A superheated adamantium sword is depicted cutting through room temperature adamantium. While (in the canon) adamantium can only be made malleable by superheating it, the opposite result would occur in the above scenario - the superheated (i.e. the malleable) sword would get cut in half, or at least badly bent, by the normal temperature adamantium it strikes. Think about it - you're using something soft to hit something hard.
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.
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.
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: Viper. However this is a subversion. In reality, she is actually The Dragon to Yashida.
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. Wolverine does bleed, however, though it doesn't mean much since he's Nigh Invulnerable even with his gimped healing factor.
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.
Brought Down to Badass: Logan's deteriorated Healing Factor is the film's major plot point, but he's still got the adamantium skeleton and claws, not to mention an extremely high tolerance for pain that lets him shrug off wounds which would bring down a normal man. He does need treatment eventually, but he lasts quite a while.
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.
The Cameo: Magneto and Xavier in the Stinger, which also shows an in-universe advertisement for Trask Industries for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
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 does get better, 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 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 does call himself The Wolverine at one point. Played with for Viper, who never actually 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.
Cranial Processing Unit: Played straight when Wolverine cuts the head off the Silver Samurai robot, and it falls over. Subverted when it gets back up again. Then double subverted when 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...
Disney Villain Death: Yashida. 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.
Face-Heel Turn: Yashida goes from a soldier who braves friendly fire to release enemy prisoners in a moment of compassion to the ultimate villain of the film.
Fake Nationality: Korean Will Yun Lee playing Kenuichio Harada. Wolverine himself, a Canadian played by Australian Hugh Jackman. Also Magneto, a German Jew played by a Brit.
Family of Choice: At the end of the movie, Mariko adopts Yukio as her sister, "her only family," as the rest of the Yashida family have been killed off.
Viper, who discusses her evil plans in a polite and seductive tone.
Ichirō Yashida, who not once raises his voice and pretends to care about Logan's well being, insisting on the hypocritical "death is good" argument with him even on the final battle.
Femme Fatale: Viper can pull off the murderous seductress role with ease.
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.
Grandfather Clause: Then again, two years before the MCU started The Last Stand had a Sequel Hook stinger, and the original Wolverine movie did it as well.
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.
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. Of course, 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.
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.
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.
He's Back: Magneto, with his power, and Xavier alive again. In the stinger.
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 ends up getting 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 actual mastermind behind weakening Wolverine and kidnapping Mariko.
Hitman with a Heart: Subverted slightly 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.
Hypocrite: A particularly egregious one where 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. It's lessened somewhat by the fact that Noburo had Mariko delivered to Shingen to be killed but instead of that Logan berated Noburo for the cheating part.
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.
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 leader of HYDRA 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 and mainly works for herself. 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 an actual 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.
Le Parkour: Logan uses a very messy variation, which is still very 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.
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.
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. Subverted when 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.
Mighty Whitey: In Japan, Wolverine is the only white man in the story with any lines, and he's the big hero, while all the Japanese men are either misguided or evil.
Mr. Fanservice. Logan — especially the bathing scene — and an impressively built Noburo, who ends up getting caught in his underwear by Wolverine.
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 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.
No Immortal Inertia: When Logan's healing factor is sucked out of him, he ages rapidly, gaining wrinkles, hair turning grey and his eyes clouding over as if he suddenly developed severe cataracts.
Not Hyperbole: When Logan tells Noburo he has ten words to explain what's going on, he means ten words.
Prophecy Twist: Yukio predicts Logan will die with his heart on his hand. She's never wrong. And she's right, 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.
Logan's injuries take their toll after his Healing Factor slowed down. For one, he's much more susceptible to concussions and piercing weapons.
Several of the thugs fighting Logan in their various encounters learn it's not a smart move to punch a guy in the face when he has a metal skeleton.
Building a huge mountain fortress and buying enough Adamantium to build a 10-foot cyborgsuit with giant thermal-charged katanas can put even a major corporation in serious financial debt.
Record Needle Scratch: When the long-haired, bearded Logan is presented to Yashida's servants, the background music stops with this.
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.
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, despite having no samurai experience as his comic counterpart does. And because Viewers Are Morons, the movie explains twice what a Ronin is.
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.
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.
Super Strength: Logan tosses people improbably far when he gets the chance. Of course, having to lug around an adamantium skeleton for years is going to make you a fair bit stronger than a normal human. Popular Science has made the observation that getting punched by Logan is pretty much like running face first into metal scaffolding. That's very appropriate.
Takes One to Kill One: Wolverine's adamantium claws get severed by a superheated adamantium blade wielded by the silver samurai.
Take Up My Sword: Ichirō pledged his sword to Wolverine for saving his life. That's the highest honor someone can give in Japan.
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.
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.
Wolverine Claws: Wolverine's weapons of choice are still the metal claws that pop out of his hands.
The Worf Effect: Movie-wise, it is only Magneto who has the most chances of defeating Wolverine one on one. The Silver Samurai is a robotic suit of adamantium and equipped with adamantium weapons. He is the only one who can actually go toe-to-toe against Logan and is a legitimate threat who managed to bring him down single-handedly. Without the intervention of Logan's allies, the Silver Samurai could have beaten Wolverine, even with his healing factor.
Not really, the movies are pretty consistent (and with the comics, at that). The only people who can give Wolverine a run for his money are people with adamantium (Silver Samurai and Lady Deathstrike), other Canadians (Sabretooth), and mutants with mental powers (psychics and Magneto).
Yamato Nadeshiko: While Yukio has minor moments in the film, Mariko Yashida IS the poster girl of this trope.
Your Cheating Heart: Noburo Mori with a couple of prostitutes, something that greatly angers Logan. Though it's more because this behavior reveals that he's actually involved in the plot against his fiancee.
Zettai Ryouiki: Yukio has a grade B when she first confronts Logan in the beginning.