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The Wolverine Featured

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Marvel Entertainment and Dune Entertainment present a 126 minute, PG-13, action, adventure, fantasy, directed by James Mangold, written by Mark Bomback and Scott Frank with a theater release date of July 26, 2013.


As the story opens Wolverine/Logan (Hugh Jackman) is held captive in a hole during the war at Nagasaki but when a bomb is about to be dropped on the Japanese camp a young soldier named Yashida (Ken Yamamura) has released the POW’s including Logan but when he is about to take his own life Wolverine in turn saves him.  Years later Wolverine has gone into hiding atop the Yukon Mountains that is until a group of hunters have killed his bear and caused his angry side to take action.  In a local bar where he comes face to face with the bears killer Wolverine comes face to face with a young Japanese woman named Yukio (Rila Fukushima) who has been sent to find him by a dying Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi).  Yashida has asked for Logan to come to Tokyo so that he can once again thank him and say goodbye.
Once in Tokyo Logan is scrubbed up, ladies you’ll like this scene, and presented to Yashida.  Yashida though has a separate agenda than to say goodbye, he wants to live forever like Wolverine.  Logan has struggled with life and death ever since he killed Jean (Famke Janssen) and Yashida thought it was an open window to eternity.  When Logan declines the offer by Yashida he is asked to protect his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) who upon his death will be in great danger.  You see when Yashida dies he will leave everything to her making her the richest person in Japan.
There are a number of twists and turns in the film but they all fall together beautifully making this story a well written and thought out script by the writers.  Working for or against, hard to tell at times is the Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) blonde, intelligent and beautiful with some special powers of her own has a number of hidden secrets.  Kenuichio Harada, the Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee) a childhood friend to Mariko who her grandfather asked as his dying wish that he protect her from the danger that will soon fall upon her life.  Shingen Yashida (Hiroyuki Sanada), Mirko’s father who happens to have more than his daughters best interests in mind.  So much for unconditional love here!
There are many fight scenes and chases throughout the film which start at the Yashida funeral and carry over to a speed train as Wolverine tries to protect Mariko from harm but the major struggle is within Wolverine as he fights to understand his own mortality.  Since the Viper has infected him in some way Wolverine is suddenly not healing as he once was and is experiencing pain, tiredness and near death experiences.  If not for the help of a student Veterinarian he may have perished early on.  Albeit in the end, he not only fights 700 years of perfection but that of a monstrous robot who will stop at nothing to kill the Wolverine after he drains him of his powers.  Yet through it all Wolverine has one objective which is to save Mariko from her own death that could be caused by the hands of the people who was supposed to love her. 
Remember not to leave until the credits roll since there is more story to be told two years later that will leave you breathless in anticipation for the next Wolverine adventure.  This film is brilliantly directed and written with a great story line, cinematography, score and special effects all enhanced by 3D.  It is balanced well between dialogue and hard core graphic hand to hand and weapon to weapon fight scenes which will satisfy both the men and women in the audience.  It is superbly cast with standout performances by Jackman of course, Okamoto who tends to grow on you after the first 20 minutes and Fukushima who has an odd yet loveable and fierce attraction to her and her character.  Khodchenkova plays the pretty blonde with a rough demeanor who pulls it off well throughout the story much more so than some of her bad wardrobe choices while Yun Lee tends to be seen more than heard yet has a number of great action moments in the film.  Janssen has minimal moments while she plays a bit of a ghostly reminder to Logan that she is all alone in death.  Noburo Mori (Brian Tee) plays the so called fiancé to Mariko with his best scene played out in his tiny red underwear before he takes a leap of faith.  Even Yamamura and Yamanouchi don’t have huge appearances but both men do more than perfect playing out their roles as the grandfather past and present.  In the end I highly recommend this film since it truly has enough in it for everyone.  Written and thoroughly enjoyed with three paws out of four by Jon Patch.

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

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