Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Wolverine": 'Logan' Lost In Japanese Culture

Director James Mangold was recently interviewed about his plans for the upcoming "Wolverine" stand-alone sequel to the 2009 feature "X-Men Origins: Wolverine".

"It's a kind of adventure following such a unique character also in a really unique environment," said Mangold.

"I mean, the fact that half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese, this is like a foreign-language superhero movie that's as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir, with high-octane action as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film."

"Its about Logan getting lost in this very unique and insulated world of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture...the fighting is going to be unique because it's all influenced by Japanese martial arts.

"I think more than anything, it's a character piece, asking really interesting questions that are what pulled me in about what it means to be immortal. What is it to live forever, when you lose everyone you've ever loved?

"Either you watch them get killed, or you just lose them by attrition. What is it to feel the burden of saving mankind through all of its mistakes, over and over and over again. What's the toll it takes on you as a living being that is somehow living this Frankensteinian, eternal life?"

McQuarrie's original screenplay was based on writer Chris Claremont and illustrator Frank Miller's Marvel Comics "Wolverine" solo, 4-part 1982 limited series. In that comic book series, 'Logan', aka 'Wolverine', the mutant with 'adamantium' retractable claws, is a 'ronin', or masterless, failed samurai who hides a deep-seated code of honor underneath his rage.

Logan travels to Japan to confront the woman he loves and the man that would keep them apart.

Claremont introduced the villain 'Shingen Yashida', a crime lord that is Wolverine's physical better.

When his foe is eventually defeated, Logan prepares to settle down into wedded bliss with 'Lady Mariko', but the presence of new villains threatens to derail the peace, leading to a climactic battle between Wolverine and the 'Silver Samurai'.

Also included in the stories are "X-Men" mutants 'Rogue', 'Cyclops', 'Storm', 'Kitty Pryde' and 'Nightcrawler'.

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