With the box-office success of superhero movies like Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, expectations are equally high for the latest film in the X-Men series, The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman. While the adamantium-filled mutant is the main focus of the movie, Japan can be considered a “supporting character” here, with most of the action set in both the country’s 1940s and present.
At last year’s CinemaCon, 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman confirmed that The Wolverine would still be shot on location in Japan, despite the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters. And while a lot of the scenes had to be relocated to Australia (still made to look like it was in Japan) due to logistic and budgetary constraints, certain areas in Japan like Omishima Island, Tomonura and Tokyo still figured prominently in the movie’s production stage.
The opening scene in the trailer shows a huge explosion, which might be a reference to the Hiroshima bombing. Logan/Wolverine is shown to be rescuing a young soldier named Yashida, who 60 years later (and played by Hal Yamanouchi), would ask him to share his mutant powers with him. Of course Logan is reluctant to do so since he knows it would also be a burden. A whole slew of characters played by Japanese actors show up, including Will Yun Lee playing Keniuchio Harada, Yashida’s son who is also a mutant called Silver Samurai. Logan even gets a potential new love interest in the person of another mutant named Yukio, played by Rila Fukushima. The Wolverine will be showing in the US and UK cinemas on July 26th, although no release date for Japan has been announced yet.
[ via Daily Mail ]
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