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"The Wolverine is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease, or toxin at an accelerated rate. The healing factor also slows down his aging process, enabling him to live beyond a normal human lifespan".
Immortality. Living eternally and never having to suffer of disease or sickness. Is it a living curse or a gift? What's is life without a purpose? A sense of direction? James "Logan/Wolverine" Howlett has lived well over a century and the movie "The Wolverine" (2013) picks off from X-Men - The Last Stand. 

Once upon a time, Logan was in Japan. The last days of World War 2 when the nuclear bomb was dropped in Nagasaki, Logan survive the bomb and saved a young Japanese solider, Yashida (Haruhiko Yamanouchi). Years pass and Yashida went on to build Yashida Empire to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful man in Japan. 

Logan who has since became desolated, self-loathing ever since he killed the woman he love - Jean Grey. (flashback X-Men - The Last Stand). We see him wondering helplessly, shying away like a lone wolf in the wilderness. Logan is then  sought by Yashida who sent an able young warrior, Yukio (Rila Fukushima) to look for him. 

Yukio informs Logan that Yashida is now on his deathbed and seeks to bid goodbye to the man who saved his life personally. We then move on to Japan. Despite the advancement in technology, the Japanese are still very proud of the feudal history and have retained many traditions with respect. 

With much reluctance we see Wolverine travelling to Japan, meeting Yashida-san on his death bed. Yoshida requested that Logan allow his medical team to transfuse his blood so that they can enable Yashida to live longer. This is also to help Logan realise his dream to become a regular human who would grow old and eventually die.

The movie picks up pace when we Yashida dies. At the funeral, the Yakuza attempt to gain power by kidnapping Yashida's granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto).  Logan tries to intervene but discovers he is unable to heal as quickly as before. Confused and quite out of his element, He managed to escape with Mariko.

A nice take...and perhaps unexpected for many X-Men and Wolverine fans. The hubster and I felt that this was an enjoyable movie and certainly deserves the necessary credit. The action in this movie remains quite grounded. It is not laden with ridiculous city damage CGI's.

It is also very honourable to know that the producers offer respectable showing of the ninjas / samurais. Logan gets his ass kicked sometimes (not too much but it certainly showed that Wolverine is actually vulnerable) even Wolverine is still his usual badass, but this tale adds an emotional core.

Its also refreshing that the Japanese language was allowed in the scenes without the usual voice overs etc in English. In a way, it does add more depth into the movie.


THANX Cathay Cineplex @eCurve for the movie treat! The movie was approximately 126 minutes but our couple seats in Hall 3 was nice and comfy:D