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A new Japanese trailer for director James Mangold’s The Wolverine has arrived, and it offers a sleeker look at the upcoming Fox superhero movie. While the plot points shown remain the same — Logan somehow loses his immortality when he needs it most — the action sequences here are played up more, as is the film’s Japanese setting.
The Japanese name for this movie seems to be Wolverine: Samurai, so that should be indicative of the route this story is heading in. The new trailer ditches the flashbacks of Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey in favor of showing how Wolverine is affected by the loss of his healing powers and the loss of his friend. But it’s pretty clear from what’s been released of the movie that a larger story is unfolding we aren’t privy to yet. It seems unlikely that a bunch of people just happen to attack Logan right after he lost his ability to heal. That smells like a conspiracy if you ask us.
The Wolverine, which stars Hugh Jackman, Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee and Brian Tee, opens on July 26. Here’s the official synopsis:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.