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Just like the poster before it, the newest still from The Wolverine makes it very clear this film is set in Japan. The title character will be fighting ninjas and flashing his claws, but thus far what seems to set it apart from the other films in the X-Men franchise is its location.
But the fact that this film is set in Japan will stretch beyond just where Wolverine fights. Director James Mangold said in a recent interview that Logan will in many ways be a “samurai without a master” in the upcoming movie.
“I felt it was really important to find Logan at a moment where he was stripped clean of his duties to the X-Men, his other allegiances, and even stripped clean of his own sense of purpose. I was fascinated with the idea of portraying Logan as a ronin – the definition of which is a samurai without a master, without a purpose,” he said. “Kind of a soldier who is cut loose. War is over. What does he do? What does he face? What does he believe anymore? Who are his friends? What is his reason for being here anymore? I think those questions are especially interesting when you’re dealing with a character who is essentially immortal.”
The Wolverine, which opens July 26, stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee. It is inspired by the 1982 Marvel Comics miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.